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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How can delivery companies use technology to prevent lost parcels?

How can delivery companies use technology to prevent lost parcels?

By Matthew Robertson, Co-CEO, NetDespatch.

Surprising statistics in the news recently revealed that over £250 million worth of deliveries are estimated to have gone missing in the UK in the last year.

Maxoptra speeds food Service deliveries for Arthur David Food

Maxoptra speeds food Service deliveries for Arthur David Food

Arthur David, the food service specialist, is taking control of its distribution costs and improving customer service by implementing a dynamic scheduling and route optimisation solution.

Maxoptra shortlisted for 2016 Fleet Hero Award

Maxoptra shortlisted for 2016 Fleet Hero Award

Maxoptra, the dynamic route planning software solution, has been shortlisted for a 2016 Fleet Hero Award in the category of Fleet Supplier.

Rapid growth across Europe drives expansion for MiX Telematics

Rapid growth across Europe drives expansion for MiX Telematics

MiX Telematics has made a number of key appointments and expanded its partner network in response to the growing and sustained demand for its products throughout Europe.

Inlog aims to transform the logistics market with Cloud Logistics partnership that offers ‘innovative TMS in a day’

Inlog aims to transform the logistics market with Cloud Logistics partnership that offers ‘innovative TMS in a day’

Inolog has announced its launch in a bid to transform inefficiencies currently facing the supply chain and logistics industry, starting with inbound logistics – one of the final pieces of the puzzle to solve.

Inlog aims to transform the logistics market with Cloud logistics partnership that offers TMS in a day

Inlog aims to transform the logistics market with Cloud logistics partnership that offers TMS in a day

Inolog has announced its launch in a bid to transform inefficiencies currently facing the supply chain and logistics industry, starting with inbound logistics – one of the final pieces of the puzzle to solve.

Parcelly wins big at last night's Retail Systems Awards 2016 with two awards

Parcelly wins big at last night's Retail Systems Awards 2016 with two awards

Parcelly is the UK Startup on a mission to solve the problem of failed deliveries and improve the way people collect, return and send their parcels. Since company inception in December 2014, Parcelly built a click&collect network of over 650 locations nationwide, and continues to innovate first and last mile delivery logistics.

Biometrics used in horse transport logistics

Biometrics used in horse transport logistics

With the value of thoroughbred precious sport horses ranging from several thousand to millions of pounds, their security, especially during international journeys as the elite compete in events around the world, is a very serious subject and one that has given ievo Ltd, the Newcastle-based manufacturer of biometric recognition systems, an interesting export application.

Harman to present a comprehensive end-to-end vehicle telematics security solution at escar Europe Conference

Harman to present a comprehensive end-to-end vehicle telematics security solution at escar Europe Conference

Harman International Industries, Incorporated, the connected technologies company for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, will present and discuss the company's latest End-to-End Telematics Security Solution at the escar Europe Automotive Cyber Security Conference.

Consistent product data crucial to optimising processes

Consistent product data crucial to optimising processes

Quick access to shipping information enables businesses to plan their processes more efficiently.

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.