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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BluJay approved as member of Solar Impulse World Alliance Network, receives ‘Efficient Solution’ Label for Sustainability in TMS

BluJay approved as member of Solar Impulse World Alliance Network, receives ‘Efficient Solution’ Label for Sustainability in TMS

BluJay Solutions, provider of global supply chain software and services, has launched its sustainability programme with its approval as a member of the Solar Impulse World Alliance.

News SOS app launched to help road transport and logistics professionals get home safely

News SOS app launched to help road transport and logistics professionals get home safely

A new app has been launched to turn smartphones into personal safety devices that provide live, round the clock assistance for logistics and road transport professionals travelling to and from their place of work.

Health and safety considerations for cold chain logistics

Health and safety considerations for cold chain logistics

By Ed Smith, freelance writer

When we head to the supermarket to do our shopping, it’s likely that most of us don’t stop to think about where the produce has come from or how it got there. But the food supply chain plays a crucial role in what we eat and when we eat it. Without it, our stores would be empty and so would our cupboards.

PD Ports unveils new digital platform to promote the River Tees and boost international competitiveness

PD Ports unveils new digital platform to promote the River Tees and boost international competitiveness

PD Ports, Statutory Harbour Authority for the River Tees and owner and operator of Teesport, has launched a new digital platform aimed at promoting the unique strengths of the river and supporting the Government in delivering its ‘levelling up’ agenda for the North.

Targa Telematics strengthens its shareholding structure to accelerate its growth and internationalisation

Targa Telematics strengthens its shareholding structure to accelerate its growth and internationalisation

Targa Telematics has made an enhancement to its shareholding structure with the entry into the capital of an investment company indirectly held by Investindustrial VII LP (‘Investindustrial’), focusing on a long-term value creation process by accelerating the international expansion started in 2016.

Inflexibility, working while sick and not valued – new research reveals fragmented reality for UK’s deskless workforce

Inflexibility, working while sick and not valued – new research reveals fragmented reality for UK’s deskless workforce

An annual international study exploring the attitudes and habits of deskless workers – everyone from care managers, lorry drivers and supermarket cashiers to warehouse operatives and restaurant staff - paints a fragmented UK picture of understaffing, high pressure, stressful working, and a lack of appreciation.

Why it's essential for businesses to track deliveries

Why it's essential for businesses to track deliveries

By Peter Jenkins, Ops Manager at Shift

The capacity to track deliveries when fulfilling online orders is essential for a business and, in this age of Coronavirus, possibly much harder than before. The pandemic has heaped pressure on businesses to ramp up their ecommerce capabilities and review their logistics.

How To Manage A Fleet Of Company Vehicles

How To Manage A Fleet Of Company Vehicles

By Rosana Beechum, freelance writer

When you’re running a business, it can seem like the more assets you have, the more overwhelming things may become. If you’re an entrepreneur, then you might feel this way when it comes to managing a fleet of company vehicles. Each one can be a costly asset to your firm that requires great care and attention, so getting things right here is incredibly important.

Manhattan Associates announces breakthrough in supply chain execution

Manhattan Associates announces breakthrough in supply chain execution

At its Momentum Connect customer conference, Manhattan Associates Inc. announced a landmark advancement in supply chain efficiency and optimisation.

Humanising Autonomy enhances behaviour AI for VisionTrack

Humanising Autonomy enhances behaviour AI for VisionTrack

Humanising Autonomy, a behaviour AI company, and VisionTrack, the in-vehicle video telematics and computer vision provider, have entered into a strategic partnership to bring advanced vulnerable road user (VRU) perception to vehicle operators globally.

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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