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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PTV Group acquires DPS International Ltd. and invests in cloud-based trip planning

PTV Group acquires DPS International Ltd. and invests in cloud-based trip planning

PTV Group in Karlsruhe, Germany has acquired the British company Distribution Planning Software International Limited (DPS).

TomTom Telematics and Continental join forces for enhanced transportation compliance solution

TomTom Telematics and Continental join forces for enhanced transportation compliance solution

TomTom Telematics and Continental have announced a collaboration to create a more efficient data archiving solution for HGVs.

Isotrak adds highly configurable ePOD application to mobile offerings

Isotrak adds highly configurable ePOD application to mobile offerings

Global fleet management software and service provider Isotrak has launched its new electronic proof of delivery (ePOD) mobile application for Android devices.

TomTom Telematics confirmed as Europe’s leading fleet management solutions provider for second year

TomTom Telematics confirmed as Europe’s leading fleet management solutions provider for second year

For the second year in a row, TomTom Telematics has been recognised as Europe's largest and most innovative provider of fleet management solutions by one of the leading M2M/IoT market analyst firms, Berg Insight.

TimoCom presents the year's highlight at IAA Commercial Vehicles 2016

TimoCom presents the year's highlight at IAA Commercial Vehicles 2016

Continuous optimisation of its transport platform is top priority for the IT service provider TimoCom. Topics such as automation, networking and digitalisation are of great importance for the transport and logistics industry - especially in the era of Logistics 4.0.

Mobilising the logistics supply chain

Mobilising the logistics supply chain

By Paul Swaddle, Chairman, Pocket App.

Regardless of the sector, be it banking, insurance, retail or utilities, the whole world seems to be adopting a digital or mobile-first strategy at breakneck speed and the logistics industry is no different.

Kuehne + Nagel introduces new application of logistics market intelligence as part of its digital evolution

Kuehne + Nagel introduces new application of logistics market intelligence as part of its digital evolution

Kuehne + Nagel has announced its digitalisation approach and introduced the next innovative product "gKNi", which is based on logistics data and predictive analytics.

Survey of 4,725 qualified logistics buyers ranks Seko Logistics best for technology

Survey of 4,725 qualified logistics buyers ranks Seko Logistics best for technology

Seko Logistics has been recognized as the number one freight forwarding provider of information technology solutions in a survey of 4,725 qualified buyers of logistics and transportation services.

LDC puts ByBox in its locker

LDC puts ByBox in its locker

Mid-market private equity firm LDC has provided £37.5million of acquisition and development capital to accelerate the international growth of ByBox, the UK field service engineer logistics and supply chain technology solutions provider, in a transaction that values the business at £105million.

Fleets grow online driver entitlement data usage

Fleets grow online driver entitlement data usage

Recent Freedom of Information figures seen by the ADLV (Association for Driving Licence Verification) show a significant rise in the volume and frequency of online driving licence data checking by UK Fleets.

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.