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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Digitalisation will launch logistics industry to new heights of innovation

Digitalisation will launch logistics industry to new heights of innovation

The ongoing trend of digitalisation will launch the logistics industry to new heights of innovation. Greater availability and quality of data lays the foundation for better integration of transport service providers.

Croatian-based Sarda d.o.o. to integrate INTTRA ocean shipping solutions into its software applications

Croatian-based Sarda d.o.o. to integrate INTTRA ocean shipping solutions into its software applications

INTTRA and Sarda d.o.o. have announced an alliance under which Sarda has integrated INTTRA ocean shipping solutions, including Container Booking, Shipping Instructions, Container Tracking (Track & Trace) and INTTRA eVGM, into Sarda's software.

UK supply chain and logistics sector driven by innovation as it looks to overcome Brexit hurdles

UK supply chain and logistics sector driven by innovation as it looks to overcome Brexit hurdles

The recently held Multimodal Show at the NEC saw leading businesses from across a range of sectors that are at the heart of the future for the UK supply chain, logistics and shipping industries.

Maxoptra crops mileage and delivery costs for farm supplier Zantra

Maxoptra crops mileage and delivery costs for farm supplier Zantra

Agricultural merchant Zantra is implementing Maxoptra dynamic route planning and scheduling software to manage deliveries of its crop protection solutions.

Retailers urged not to overlook reverse logistics as pressure to boost profits in 2017 continues to mount

Retailers urged not to overlook reverse logistics as pressure to boost profits in 2017 continues to mount

Retailers are failing to adequately review the efficiency of their reverse supply chains, particularly when it comes to the quick and effective disposal of returned, excess and unwanted stock, claims retail expert Howard Rosenberg, CEO of B-Stock Solutions.

Ctrack launches tracking solution for courier and express delivery fleets

Ctrack launches tracking solution for courier and express delivery fleets

Ctrack, an Inseego company, has launched a vehicle tracking solution aimed specifically at the courier and express delivery marketplace.

Logistics Tech Short: Driving competitiveness at parcel centres- Webinar 25th April 2017

Logistics Tech Short: Driving competitiveness at parcel centres- Webinar 25th April 2017

With almost all post and parcel operators continuing to invest in digital technologies to drive costs down and improve efficiency, what is it that allows you to differentiate and remain competitive? INFORM will look at your yard and how a yard management system (YMS), powered by Agile Optimization, enhances your competitive strategy.

MiX Telematics delivers additional benefits to Europe's largest paper and cardboard recycler

MiX Telematics delivers additional benefits to Europe's largest paper and cardboard recycler

Caerphilly-based DS Smith Recycling, the paper and cardboard recycler and provider of a full range of waste management and recycling services, has turned to MiX Telematics in order to further improve the efficiency of its fleet.

Research reveals that transport teams select routing software solutions that 'make life easier'

Research reveals that transport teams select routing software solutions that 'make life easier'

Research amongst decision makers operating delivery fleets has revealed that saving money is not the main objective when selecting new computerised routing and scheduling solutions.

Chemical products manufacturer optimises shipping processes with TimoCom

Chemical products manufacturer optimises shipping processes with TimoCom

Concrete has become an essential building material in modern life. Robust, long-lasting and versatile, the concrete and mortar admixtures are produced, among others, by Bauchemie Müller GmbH & Co. KG. Lars Laskowski, Logistics Manager of MC-Bauchemie, made the most of his visit to the TimoCom headquarters in January and explained the effort behind logistics to provide customers with their products.

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.