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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New report from Global Fleet Champions helps fleet managers engage with drivers on key safety messages

New report from Global Fleet Champions helps fleet managers engage with drivers on key safety messages

All over the world, driver error and risk-taking is a leading cause of road crashes¹. For many employees, driving is the riskiest activity they undertake at work. Organisations looking to encourage and manage safe driving behaviours will benefit from new guidance published by the Global Fleet Champions (GFC) campaign.

Radius adds to Telematics Portfolio with acquisition of Sure-Track

Radius adds to Telematics Portfolio with acquisition of Sure-Track

Crewe-based Radius Payment Solutions, the group behind the telematics and fuel card brands Kinesis and UK Fuels, has acquired Sure-Track.  A specialist in stolen vehicle and plant recovery systems, Midlands-based Sure-Track also supplies fleet tracking and vehicle camera solutions.

UK highways will go ‘naked’ by 2027 as infrastructure is stripped back

UK highways will go ‘naked’ by 2027 as infrastructure is stripped back

Zenzic the organisation dedicated to accelerating the self-driving revolution in the UK by uniting industry, government and academia, has revealed that emerging CAM (connected and automated mobility) technologies will eliminate the need for road signage, with UK drivers seeing ‘naked highways’ by 2027.

VisionTrack provides video telematics knowhow to UK’s HGV platooning trial

VisionTrack provides video telematics knowhow to UK’s HGV platooning trial

VisionTrack is providing advanced video telematics technology for a fleet of commercial vehicles being used as part of truck platooning trials taking place within the UK. The company has joined a consortium of partners, led by Transport Research Laboratory (TRL), that is conducting the tests on behalf of Highways England and the Department for Transport.

New location in Wrocław: TIMOCOM is growing internationally and strategically expanding its presence in Poland

New location in Wrocław: TIMOCOM is growing internationally and strategically expanding its presence in Poland

The IT and data specialist TIMOCOM, with headquarters in Erkrath, Germany, will continue to grow internationally. The company is expanding its presence on the Polish market with an additional location in Wrocław. Both transport service providers and dispatchers, as well as manufacturing and trade customers will profit from the strategic repositioning and the associated location expansion in Poland.

Defence contractor Marshall deploys tracking solution with AT&T IoT connectivity

Defence contractor Marshall deploys tracking solution with AT&T IoT connectivity

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group (Marshall ADG) will deploy AT&T’s secure IoT capabilities into its overall connected container service model for its end customers, including its recently won global managed container service contract with the Dutch Army.

DHL selects Mixmove as digital logistics solution for European Amazon-deliveries from China

DHL selects Mixmove as digital logistics solution for European Amazon-deliveries from China

The international logistics giant DHL has selected Mixmove as its partner for digital handling of millions of deliveries from China to Amazon.

IAG Cargo offers customers new end-to-end monitoring service

IAG Cargo offers customers new end-to-end monitoring service

IAG Cargo has entered into a partnership with Cargo Signal to offer customers a new tracking service for cargo. Cargo Signal is a sensor-based logistics platform that uses Internet of Things (IoT) technology to improve decision making, tracking and efficiency of air cargo.

Freeway fleet in your pocket wins Industry Innovation Challenge

Freeway fleet in your pocket wins Industry Innovation Challenge

Freeway Fleet Systems has won a high-profile Innovation Challenge for a smartphone app to help manage fleets of commercial vehicles.

Gartner identifies 5 actions to optimise logistics costs from within the organisation

Gartner identifies 5 actions to optimise logistics costs from within the organisation

Given that logistics leaders face pressure from their stakeholders to optimise logistics costs while maintaining service and performance levels, Gartner, Inc. has identified five actions to achieve cost optimisation from within the organisation.

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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