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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Supply chain warnings are sense not scaremongering, says FTA

Supply chain warnings are sense not scaremongering, says FTA

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is today (9 October 2017) urging British and EU negotiators who are meeting in Brussels to heed the warnings from traders and logistics operators on both sides of the Channel, that post-Brexit arrangements will need time and effort if the continued smooth passage of trade is to be established.

KiwiRail to drive high-performance culture with advanced workforce planning solution from Quintiq

KiwiRail to drive high-performance culture with advanced workforce planning solution from Quintiq

Quintiq, a Dassault Systèmes brand and supply chain planning and optimisation (SCP&O) solutions provider, has announced that its software has gone live at KiwiRail after a 9-week implementation period.

New trailer tracking technology delivers for Wales-based haulier

New trailer tracking technology delivers for Wales-based haulier

Investment in new tracking technology has enabled a South Wales-based international transport and haulage operator to significantly reduce the size of its trailer fleet and streamline operations.

Steel stockholder to save more than £250,000 with telematics and route planning solution

Steel stockholder to save more than £250,000 with telematics and route planning solution

Industrial Metal Services (IMS) is reportedly saving more than £250,000 a year by improved vehicle routing and driving behaviour across its 55-strong truck fleet.

Agility achieves QEP Experto Status

Agility achieves QEP Experto Status

Agility, the global logistics provider, reports that it is the first freight forwarder to receive QEP experto accreditation from Envirotainer for its cold chain management of pharma and life sciences products.

Set financial standing rates in pounds not euros after Brexit, says FTA

Set financial standing rates in pounds not euros after Brexit, says FTA

The logistics industry has been spared a further rise in the amount of financial standing required for operators to continue trading next January by a matter of weeks, due to a bounce in the strength of the pound in September.

New research reveals logistics technologies are falling short

New research reveals logistics technologies are falling short

Carousel Logistics, the pan-European logistics expert has launched its latest white paper entitled 'Is technology driving the future of your logistics?'

Manufacturers call on select committees to hold inquiries to improve Britain’s stretched road and energy networks

Manufacturers call on select committees to hold inquiries to improve Britain’s stretched road and energy networks

Britain's manufacturers have written to the newly appointed MPs on the Transport, Business Energy and Industrial Strategy and Digital Culture Media and Sport Select Committees urging them to hold inquiries into the state of Britain's roads and overstretched, expensive energy network.

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).

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.

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