Transportation Management, TMS, Distribution Software

The management of transportation operations of all types, including tracking and managing every aspect of vehicle maintenance, fuel costing, routing and mapping, warehousing, communications, EDI implementations, traveller and cargo handling, carrier selection and management, accounting. A Transportation Management System (TMS) is a term mainly used to describe a software package that helps to optimise transportation activities within an organisation by maximising the efficiency of resources and reducing operational errors. A TMS system belongs to a software group that commonly fall under the category of Supply Chain Execution (SCE).

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Truck empty-running the target of new collaborative research initiative

Truck empty-running the target of new collaborative research initiative

Work has started on FreightShare Lab (FSL), a new collaborative research project focused on tackling the transport inefficiencies associated with empty and partially laden truck-running. UK Government statistics, released in October, indicate that over 30% of all truck journeys are made when trucks are empty (i.e. without a load being carried).

GateHouse Logistics releases upgraded road theft tool

GateHouse Logistics releases upgraded road theft tool

Logistics data unifier and aggregator, GateHouse Logistics A/S, has released an updated version of its ghSecure module to help shippers to better combat high-value road theft. ghSecure is a further module of the firm's ghTrack platform for the connected supply chain.

TPG Capital partners with telematics aggregator Palleter to launch Sixfold, Europe's next generation supply chain visibility platform

TPG Capital partners with telematics aggregator Palleter to launch Sixfold, Europe's next generation supply chain visibility platform

TPG Capital, the global private equity platform of alternative asset firm TPG, and Palleter, a visibility and prediction-based telematics aggregator, has announced that they are partnering to create a leading supply chain visibility platform in Europe, Sixfold.

Haulier's investment in new TMS technology delivers 50% efficiency savings

Haulier's investment in new TMS technology delivers 50% efficiency savings

A Midlands haulage firm is planning the next phase of expansion following investment in new transport management technology (TMS), which has already delivered substantial efficiency savings in less than six-months.

New website focuses on Transdek’s unique total supply chain solutions expertise

New website focuses on Transdek’s unique total supply chain solutions expertise

Freight in the City exhibitor Transdek UK has launched a new website to deliver an easy to navigate resource that highlights the total solutions approach the company provides. This uniquely spans both trailer and loading bay design to enhance both the efficiency and the synergy between the two.

CML advises businesses on how to utilise logistics at Brexit Procurement & Supply Chain Forum

CML advises businesses on how to utilise logistics at Brexit Procurement & Supply Chain Forum

On the 15th of November, Paul Bambrough-Smith, Global Logistics Manager at CML, was invited to speak at the Brexit Procurement & Supply Chain Forum at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in London.

The rise of artificial intelligence – Why the logistics sector needs to innovate to accommodate

The rise of artificial intelligence – Why the logistics sector needs to innovate to accommodate

The logistics industry is ever evolving, one of the major changes being the rise in artificial intelligence, which is inevitably having a major impact across all parts of the distribution chain. Logistic players, both large and small may be left wondering what these changes will mean for a human workforce in the near future. Tony Hughes, CEO of Huthwaite International, discusses the emerging trends in AI, such as voice recognition, as well as the pros and cons of this developing technology for companies.

Honeywell’s new passive RFID tag for vehicles enables secure data transactions for toll collecting

Honeywell’s new passive RFID tag for vehicles enables secure data transactions for toll collecting

Honeywell's new passive RFID tag enables secure vehicle identification while preventing counterfeiting, spoofing or exposing customer data to unauthorised users.

QRoutes launches schools and special needs transport planning software

QRoutes launches schools and special needs transport planning software

QRoutes has announced the latest version of its Transport Planning tool, which is available online as easy to use software.

Iceland Post deploys Descartes’ route planning solution for expanding delivery operations

Iceland Post deploys Descartes’ route planning solution for expanding delivery operations

Descartes Systems Group and Iceland Post have announced that Descartes' route planning solution is being deployed to manage delivery operations for Iceland Post as the company shifts its primary focus from mail to parcel delivery in support of the country's dramatic growth in ecommerce.

Transportation is the process of shipping or moving people, animals and goods from one location to another. Freight forwarding and distribution is carried out by air, sea and land on roads, railways, airways, waterways and canals.

 

5 elements are needed for transportation to occur: infrastructure or accommodation (including terminals or ports), a vehicle (body or technology), Energy (fuel or pulse), an Operator and Support Services which allow the transportation to occur safely.

 

A Transportation Management System (TMS) is a software system designed to manage transportation operations of all types, including tracking and managing every aspect of vehicle maintenance, fuel costing, routing and mapping, warehousing, communications, EDI implementations, traveller and cargo handling, carrier selection and accounting.

 

TMS are one of the systems managing the supply chain. They belong to a sub-group called Supply Chain Execution (SCE). TMS, whether it's part of an Enterprise Level ERP System or from an integrated "Best of Breed" Independent Software Vendor (ISV) has become a critical part of any (SCE) Supply Chain Execution and Collaboration System in which real time exchange of information with other SCE modules has become mission critical. A TMS can optimise and transform a supply chain network by planning and executing inbound and outbound transportation processes.

 

A Transportation Management System can reduce costs through improved load planning, routing and mode selection, and create the optimal carrier mix based on routing guides. It can connect you to a collaborative logistics network of carriers, shippers, and customers and assist with automating the entire transportation management process. It can raise service levels by providing real-time visibility into shipping processes and increase productivity by eliminating manual transportation processes. Collaboration with carriers, vendors, and customers will improve on time delivery through better co-ordination.

 

Transport management systems are available “Software-as-a-Service” (SaaS), meaning fewer IT resources, no upgrade costs, easy connectivity, and low total cost of ownership

 

Transport planning allows you to plan and use a traffic & transport infrastructure intelligently. It is about preparing, assessing and implementing policies, plans and projects to improve and manage a transport system.

 

There are a number of software solutions available to cut transport costs, improve efficiency and raise customer service levels.

 

Route planning software is designed to plan the best and most efficient route between two different geographical locations.

 

Route scheduling software enables you to import your data, geo-code your orders and optimise. You will then be able schedule the lowest cumulative miles to carry out your workload, at the most economical cost and with the greatest vehicle utilisation. Time windows, quantity, fixed visit duration, capacity, costs, skill set, working time directive and speed are just a few of the parameters that are taken into account when producing results.

 

Route optimisation software is a more simple form of scheduling, designed to help fleets conduct runs in the best logistical order or redefine set routes for greater efficiency.

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