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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XPO Logistics executive to speak on workforce diversity at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham

XPO Logistics executive to speak on workforce diversity at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham

XPO Logistics, the global provider of freight transportation services, has announced that Lynn Brown, HR director – UK and Ireland, XPO Logistics, will be a featured speaker at the Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC Birmingham, West Midlands. Brown will speak on ‘Securing a More Diverse Workforce’ at the Future Transport workshop on 1 September 2021, hosted by Motor Transport at 10:00 BST.

A new era of accelerated Intralogistics Automation

A new era of accelerated Intralogistics Automation

The unfortunate mix of Brexit and Covid-19 has had a tremendous impact on businesses around the world forcing them to re-evaluate how they operate in uncharted territory. This disruption has presented many challenges over the past 18 months but fortunately, many opportunities, with unprecedented e-commerce growth during Lockdown providing new customers and unexpected revenue.

Why must businesses take environmental matters into their own hands?

Why must businesses take environmental matters into their own hands?

By Claire Price of QMS International.

With net zero deadlines looming closer, more emphasis is being put on businesses to pull their weight when it comes to cutting their carbon footprint. But why should they act, and what can be done? Claire Price of QMS International explores this question in more depth.

Logistics UK’s response to ONE unemployment figures

Logistics UK’s response to ONE unemployment figures

In response to this week’s publication of the latest unemployment figures by ONS, Elizabeth de Jong, policy director at Logistics UK said:

Fortec launches core operational solution

Fortec launches core operational solution

Fortec Distribution Network (Fortec) has launched its core operational system, Nexus. The company describes the move as its latest step towards delivering excellence for its stakeholders.

Two thirds of UK logistics workers want employers to support them on the commute

Two thirds of UK logistics workers want employers to support them on the commute

According to a nationally-representative survey into 2,000 UK workers, conducted by corporate transport technology specialist Kura, nearly 60% of logistics workers across the UK hold real concerns around the commute post-Covid. There is a strong cry for help with the commute from employees, particularly among younger workers.

Giving a voice to maintenance and inspection

Giving a voice to maintenance and inspection

Manufacturing & Logistics IT spoke with Phil Jarrett, commercial director of Dakota Integrated Solutions, and Paul Whittingham, operations director of Truckfile, about the companies’ partnership and what voice maintenance and inspection technology offers technicians within the freight transport sector.

Freight forwarders welcome HMRC confirmation of implementation timetable for new Customs declarations processing system

Freight forwarders welcome HMRC confirmation of implementation timetable for new Customs declarations processing system

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has welcomed the announcement by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) clarifying the final implementation date when a new computer system will replace an existing system used for processing Customs declarations.

55% of hauliers witness digital transformation benefit

55% of hauliers witness digital transformation benefit

More than half of hauliers have benefitted from digital transformation according to research carried out by transport management software provider Mandata.

How to choose a Real-Time Transportation Visibility Platform (RTTVP)

How to choose a Real-Time Transportation Visibility Platform (RTTVP)

With Gartner having released its first-ever Magic Quadrant for Real-Time Transportation Visibility Platforms (RTTVP) in April, the supply chain visibility software category received even further validation from the market. Today, businesses need faster access to information, reliably accurate data and actionable insights into how to streamline their supply chains — and those needs are only increasing.

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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