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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By Mattan David, Supply Chain and IoT Director, Polymer Logistics.

Sensor-equipped pallets and roll cages can provide highly accurate location, temperature and humidity data, meaning that products reach retailers at the right time and in perfect condition. Polymer Logistics explains how these Internet of Things-enabled technologies are creating the smarter supply chains of tomorrow.

Cargo Chief launches C4 2.0 – the most comprehensive database of trucking lane intelligence for freight brokers

Cargo Chief launches C4 2.0 – the most comprehensive database of trucking lane intelligence for freight brokers

Cargo Chief has released the latest version of its C4 platform, version 2.0—now the most complete and informative database of trucking carrier lane preferences and availability in the OTR (over-the-road) industry.

Freeway software auto-reads fleet documentation to speed paperless working

Freeway software auto-reads fleet documentation to speed paperless working

Freeway Fleet Systems has developed intelligent document reading software to automate the handling of paper documents relating to the fleet.

Hermes drives enhanced delivery experience with new app launch

Hermes drives enhanced delivery experience with new app launch

Hermes, the consumer delivery company, has finalised the roll-out of its new app that enables retailers to deliver an enhanced consumer experience. This new development provides online shoppers with increased visibility, as well as more choice and control over how they receive their parcels.

BJS Distribution Storage & Couriers Limited future-proofs warehouse efficiencies with scalable WiFi solution from Zyxel

BJS Distribution Storage & Couriers Limited future-proofs warehouse efficiencies with scalable WiFi solution from Zyxel

BJS Distribution Storage & Couriers Limited is a family run, two-man home delivery and assembly service. The company warehouses and delivers large, heavy goods - including furniture and electricals - across the UK, for brands such as The Cotswold Company, Made.com and Wayfair.

The NX Group optimises high-tech distribution operation with Paragon’s routing and scheduling software

The NX Group optimises high-tech distribution operation with Paragon’s routing and scheduling software

The NX Group, a provider of secure supply chain solutions for the high-tech, beauty, and food and beverage sectors, has adopted Paragon’s routing and scheduling software to streamline transport planning and meet diverse customer requirements.

BigChange unplugs big savings for Yorkshire’s MW Waste

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Yorkshire drainage services company MW Waste has transformed its business with a mobile system providing 24 hour visibility of its emergency field operations.

Connexas Group forges partnership with WS Transportation

Connexas Group forges partnership with WS Transportation

Nationwide haulier, WS Transportation, has chosen to implement Connexas Group’s vehicle telematics solution to enhance efficiency, productivity and customer visibility across its ever-growing fleet of vehicles.

TIMOCOM: Economic slowdown affects transport/European countries with strong export economies hit hard

TIMOCOM: Economic slowdown affects transport/European countries with strong export economies hit hard

Germany, France and the Benelux states are feeling the affects of the global economic slowdown. These are the current numbers on the TIMOCOM transport barometer which the IT company uses every quarter to document the development of transport offers and requests on Europe’s largest freight exchange.

New report from Global Fleet Champions helps fleet managers identify and address driver fatigue

New report from Global Fleet Champions helps fleet managers identify and address driver fatigue

Driving while tired is a high-risk activity and fatigue is a factor in a large number of road crashes [1]. Organisations looking to reduce the risks associated with driver fatigue will benefit from new guidance published by the Global Fleet Champions (GFC) campaign.

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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