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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Verizon Connect study finds failure to adopt new technology costs fleet managers two days a week

Verizon Connect study finds failure to adopt new technology costs fleet managers two days a week

Recent research released by Verizon Connect* reveals that fleet managers could save as much as 14 hours a week – the equivalent of nearly two full working days – by adopting technology that helps them automate tasks.

Manufacturers: Say goodbye to your rigid, if efficient, supply chains

Manufacturers: Say goodbye to your rigid, if efficient, supply chains

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On the move - Transport Management Technology Report

On the move - Transport Management Technology Report

Manufacturing & Logistics IT spoke with a number of leading analysts and vendors within the transportation management systems space about current trends and possible future innovations within this critically important industry sector.

Manufacturing & Logistics IT - March 2020 edition

Manufacturing & Logistics IT - March 2020 edition

The New Digital Format of the magazine has been created to be intuitively interactive, easily navigable and optimised for viewing on a desktop or mobile device.

This edition features a Special Technology Report on Transportation Management Systems (TMS). For this report, we spoke with a number of leading analysts and vendors within the Transportation Management Systems space about current trends and possible future innovations within this critically important industry sector.

Microlise provides SmartFlow driver & subcontractor management app free of charge during coronavirus crisis

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Making the most of available data

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EDI as a Service from Data Interchange enables new revenue and growth opportunities for the IT channel

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PSI Logistics and agiplan GmbH conclude partnership

PSI Logistics and agiplan GmbH conclude partnership

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British Motor Museum brings together industry professionals for annual logistics event

British Motor Museum brings together industry professionals for annual logistics event

Over 100 professionals across the logistics industry came together recently, to discuss the trends, challenges and opportunities within the global supply chain at Descartes Systems UK Ltd’s UK Customer and Partner event.

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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