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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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.

Tesco UK selects Transporeon Group solution for inbound goods management at its UK distribution centres

Tesco UK selects Transporeon Group solution for inbound goods management at its UK distribution centres

Tesco UK signed a contract with the Transporeon Group for its retail division, Mercareon, to implement a cloud-based software-as-a-service solution for managing inbound logistics flows at all Tesco UK Distribution Centres.

Government Office for Science to address transport challenges of the future at Microlise Transport Conference

Government Office for Science to address transport challenges of the future at Microlise Transport Conference

A senior UK policy maker, who supports the Government's Chief Scientific Adviser in providing advice directly to the Prime Minister, will speak at the Microlise Transport Conference on the 17 May.

Abellio goes mobile with vehicle inspections as Freeway fleet maintenance system expands

Abellio goes mobile with vehicle inspections as Freeway fleet maintenance system expands

London bus operator Abellio is extending its use of the Freeway Fleet Management system to provide an additional 120 workshop users with access to Freeway via smartphone and tablet based electronic job-cards.

City Lifting on ten year high with AGM vehicle tracking

City Lifting on ten year high with AGM vehicle tracking

City Lifting, the specialist mobile and tower crane-hire Company, has relied on AGM Telematics' vehicle tracking for over 10 years and during this time, says the company, the system has played an integral part in the day-to-day management of over 100 City Lifting vehicles.

More insights with extended MiX Telematics in-cab video solution

More insights with extended MiX Telematics in-cab video solution

MiX Telematics, the global provider of fleet and mobile asset management solutions delivered as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), has announced an extension to its in-cab video solution, MiX Vision.

OnGrade presents its upgraded telematics system OverSite - records data in the Cloud to analyse causes of collision near-misses

OnGrade presents its upgraded telematics system OverSite -  records data in the Cloud to analyse causes of collision near-misses

Understanding the cause of a near miss or accident can help prevent it happening again. OnGrade, supplier of site safety tool SiteZone, has re-launched its upgraded OverSite telematics package which gives Site and Health and Safety Managers insights into the safety practices of on-site workers.

Bright future for Pie Mapping following DPD acquisition

Bright future for Pie Mapping following DPD acquisition

London-based Pie Mapping is well positioned for growth following the acquisition by UK parcel giant DPD, according to new CEO Stuart Hill.

TomTom Telematics to exhibit award-winning connected driver tech at CV Show 2017

TomTom Telematics to exhibit award-winning connected driver tech at CV Show 2017

TomTom Telematics will demonstrate its latest developments in connected fleet management systems at this year's CV Show, helping businesses achieve greater control over process efficiency, compliance procedures and driving standards.

Intelligent Telematics to demonstrate savings potential of integrated 3G vehicle camera solution at CV Show 2017

Intelligent Telematics to demonstrate savings potential of integrated 3G vehicle camera solution at CV Show 2017

Intelligent Telematics will be at the Commercial Vehicle Show 2017 (4F100) to showcase what the company claims to be the only 3G vehicle camera solution currently available in the fleet marketplace that delivers integrated driver behaviour monitoring and proactive claims management.

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.