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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John Lewis & Partners targets greater store efficiencies with Paragon

John Lewis & Partners targets greater store efficiencies with Paragon

John Lewis & Partners has implemented Paragon’s Live Management software to increase the efficiency of its nationwide operation.

BigChange Mobile Tech transforms Utopia furniture deliveries

BigChange Mobile Tech transforms Utopia furniture deliveries

Utopia Furniture Group has rolled out a 5 in 1 cloud-based system from BigChange that combines mobile apps including electronic POD and vehicle tracking, with customer relationship management system (CRM).

4 Reasons Why Security Seals are Essential for the Aviation Industry

4 Reasons Why Security Seals are Essential for the Aviation Industry

The aviation industry is vital to the health of world trade and logistics. Manufacturers rely on airlines daily to get their products and people where they need to be. Over the past few decades, there has been a significant shift in the use of security seals on aircrafts.

Making the case for Transportation Management System….a BluJay Solutions white paper

Making the case for Transportation Management System….a  BluJay Solutions white paper

In a world where supply chains have become increasingly complex and global in nature, managing with spread-sheets and phone conversations with carriers are no longer viable options.

Download this white paper to see how a software as a service (SaaS), multi-tenant transportation management system puts power and efficiency into the hands of any company that wants to cut freight costs, improve visibility, and optimise activity in today’s competitive business environment.

Kinesis Telematics delivers safety and security for KDR Powerlines fleet operation

Kinesis Telematics delivers safety and security for KDR Powerlines fleet operation

KDR Powerlines, contractors to the electricity industry, including network operator UK Power Networks, has implemented vehicle tracking from Kinesis. With staff operating on site, sometimes alone and in remote locations, monitoring the location of vehicles and equipment helps ensure the safety of field staff and the security of assets.

The Buhr Group selected a TimoCom interface for use as a digital turbocharger

The Buhr Group selected a TimoCom interface for use as a digital turbocharger

Manufacturing & Logistics IT looks at how the Buhr Group moved into the fast lane by using TimoCom’s TC Connect interface.

Getting to grips with vehicle maintenance

Getting to grips with vehicle maintenance

By Derek Bryan, vice president EMEA, Verizon Connect.

Fleet managers have an ever-growing list of tasks they have to juggle each day. With high targets to meet and increasing cost pressures, vehicle maintenance can often drop to the bottom of the daily to do list and become a more ad-hoc process.

ContentSquare helps IKEA to unearth ‘previously undiscoverable’ digital insights at speed

ContentSquare helps IKEA to unearth ‘previously undiscoverable’ digital insights at speed

ContentSquare, the digital insight solution, has partnered with retailer IKEA, to enable its teams, company-wide, to access insight at speed, as part of its business growth and customer strategy objectives.

Kinesis Telematics give John Hardie Transport total control of logistics operation

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Fuel card integrated vehicle tracking from Kinesis is helping temperature controlled logistics specialist John Hardie Transport (JHT) take back control of its mobile operation.

Descartes launches mobile driver vehicle safety checks

Descartes launches mobile driver vehicle safety checks

Descartes Systems Group has announced that Descartes mobile driver vehicle safety checks are now available as part of its SmartCompliance suite.

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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