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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Podfather ePOD software helps JW Filshill deliver success

1 Podfather ePOD software helps JW Filshill deliver success

JW Filshill, one of Scotland’s oldest independent food and drinks wholesalers, is using Podfather logistics software to improve customer service. 

Deliveries are the “beating heart” of ecommerce. Here’s how mid-size retailers can keep at peak fitness

2 Deliveries are the “beating heart” of ecommerce. Here’s how mid-size retailers can keep at peak fitness

By Jeroen Terheggen, VP for Mid-Market, nShift.

What happens after the customer clicks “buy” often determines whether they will buy again or go elsewhere. The manner, speed, and experience around deliveries is a key “moment of truth” for the customer relationship.

Midland Pallet Trucks streamlines e-commerce fulfilment with efficient intralogistics solutions

3 Midland Pallet Trucks streamlines e-commerce fulfilment with efficient intralogistics solutions

Keeping up with changing customer requirements, which is quickly moving online, can be a challenge for many logistics firms. Midland Pallet Trucks, the UK supplier of material handling equipment, is addressing this challenge head-on with a range of pallet trucks specifically designed for the demands of e-commerce fulfilment centres.

Registration now open for AntwerpXL 2024: XL-ing in Breakbulk, Project Cargo, Ro-Ro and Heavy Lift

4 Registration now open for AntwerpXL 2024: XL-ing in Breakbulk, Project Cargo, Ro-Ro and Heavy Lift

Easyfairs has officially opened registration for this year's exclusive AntwerpXL (AXL) event at the Antwerp Expo in Belgium, taking place from 8 October to 10th 2024.

Logistics lifehacks: How to organise and optimise facility schedules

5 Logistics lifehacks: How to organise and optimise facility schedules

By Tyler Nickel, Senior Product Marketing Manager, FourKites.

Wouldn’t life be easier if you only dealt with one commodity going to or from one provider, serviced by a single carrier?

Röhlig Logistics strengthens its digital portfolio with launch of customer reporting platform Röhlig Insights

6 Röhlig Logistics strengthens its digital portfolio with launch of customer reporting platform Röhlig Insights

The owner-managed logistics company Röhlig Logistics has expanded its digital portfolio with Röhlig Insights, an all-in-one reporting solution for air, sea and road shipments.

Chargel to showcase logistics solutions at GITEX AFRICA 2024

7 Chargel to showcase logistics solutions at GITEX AFRICA 2024

Chargel is participating in GITEX AFRICA 2024, set to take place from 29 to May 31 May in Marrakech. Building on the success of its previous showcase, Chargel returns to GITEX AFRICA for the second year in a row, offering an exclusive opportunity to engage with industry leaders, investors, and potential clients.

BlueBox Systems introduces BlueBoxCargo

8 BlueBox Systems introduces BlueBoxCargo

BlueBox Systems, provider of logistics visibility solutions, has launched BlueBoxCargo, an advanced tracking solution that combines the best features of BlueBoxAir and BlueBoxOcean.

Over 230 logistics leaders from around the world gathered in Bali to attend The Cooperative Logistics Network’s 7th Annual Meeting

9 Over 230 logistics leaders from around the world gathered in Bali to attend The Cooperative Logistics Network’s 7th Annual Meeting

The Cooperative Logistics Network brought together over 200 logistics leaders from across the globe in Bali to mark its 7th Annual Meeting. 

Simply Lunch rolls-out logistics planning and ePOD software

10 Simply Lunch rolls-out logistics planning and ePOD software

Simply Lunch, a producer of ‘food-to-go’, is using Podfather logistics software to support its sustainable business strategy. The family run business produces around 25 million products a year and makes more than 175,000 deliveries to organisations ranging from independent coffee shops to multi-national catering companies.

Transportation Management Systems (TMS)

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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