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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DHL renews its principal partnership with Harlequins

DHL renews its principal partnership with Harlequins

Harlequins has renewed and enhanced its Principal Partnership with DHL. To celebrate the renewal, DHL organised a climb at The O2 in London with first team players Chris Robshaw, James Horwill, James Chisholm and Charlie Matthews, current Academy members George Head and Max Coyle, and Harlequins Ladies Jess Breach, Hannah Field and Jess Wooden.

Freeway announces fleet maintenance tech innovations at Coach and Bus UK 2017

Freeway announces fleet maintenance tech innovations at Coach and Bus UK 2017

Freeway Fleet Systems will be launching an electronic 24 hour worksheet as one of a series of fleet maintenance software innovations on show for the first time at Coach and Bus UK (NEC, 4-5 October 2017).

Blockchain system successfully deployed to revolutionise the logistics industry

Blockchain system successfully deployed to revolutionise the logistics industry

A successful pilot program delivered by logistics technology company Marine Transport International (MTI) demonstrates that the logistics industry will see improved connectivity, efficiency and security thanks to blockchain.

Capacity index decreases to seven year low & diesel index declines after four quarters of growth

Capacity index decreases to seven year low & diesel index declines after four quarters of growth

The thirty-second edition of the Transport Market Monitor (TMM) by Transporeon and Capgemini Consulting reveals that transport capacity decreased by 41.7% in Q2 2017 compared to Q1 2017.

Teletrac Navman and FleetCheck celebrate customer success

Teletrac Navman and FleetCheck celebrate customer success

Teletrac Navman – provider of telematics technology solutions for over 25 years – is celebrating customer success after partnering with award-winning fleet software specialist, FleetCheck.

Bishopsgate sees long-term benefit of TMS in drive for improvement and efficiencies

Bishopsgate sees long-term benefit of TMS in drive for improvement and efficiencies

New vehicle tracking and telematics are the latest developments for a Swindon-based international logistics and equipment installation specialist, which has seen the benefits of investing in transport management technology over the past 15 years.

Freeway launches compliance auto-integrator to ease Earned Recognition reporting

Freeway launches compliance auto-integrator to ease Earned Recognition reporting

Freeway Fleet Systems has developed a handy tool to help fleet managers gather vehicle compliance data for electronic reporting.

Telematics for short-term hire vehicles

Telematics for short-term hire vehicles

Masternaut has launched a new device to expand the use of telematics beyond the permanent fleet.

Increased appetite for last mile logistics boosts H1 returns, says CBRE

Increased appetite for last mile logistics boosts H1 returns, says CBRE

The Logistics property sector recorded a 5.0% total return for the first half of 2017, according to figures released in the CBRE UK Logistics Index.

Investors take interest in Online-Pricing-Platforms: Logistics Start-up Cargonexx is in the Fast Lane in Europe

Investors take interest in Online-Pricing-Platforms:  Logistics Start-up Cargonexx is in the Fast Lane in Europe

According to the venture capital data firm CB Insights, logistic tech start-ups are on track for their first billion-dollar year in cumulative funding after already having raised $583M across 33 deals in 2017.

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.