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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'Ever Given' refloated but global e-commerce will flounder amid delays, says ParcelHero

'Ever Given' refloated but global e-commerce will flounder amid delays, says ParcelHero

The international delivery expert ParcelHero says the refloating of the ‘Ever Given’ is welcome news, but the blockage of the vital Suez Canal will cost £4.35 billion and delay many Amazon and other e-commerce orders for weeks.

Comment from Logistics UK re the refloating of the EverGiven in the Suez Canal

Comment from Logistics UK re the refloating of the EverGiven in the Suez Canal

Alex Veitch, General Manager for Public Policy at Logistics UK, the business group representing the sector, said in response to the freeing of the EverGiven today (29 March 2021)

Congratulations, you’ve just hired new brand ambassadors. They’re your delivery drivers

Congratulations, you’ve just hired new brand ambassadors. They’re your delivery drivers

It’s not just video calls that boomed over the pandemic. Online sales have exploded with physical shopping being restricted and social contact curtailed.

Logistics UK statement on the creation of four new Trade and Investment hubs

Logistics UK statement on the creation of four new Trade and Investment hubs

In response to the Department for International Trade’s announcement of the creation of four new Trade and Investment Hubs in Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast and Darlington, Sarah Laouadi, Manager of European & International Policy at Logistics UK, comments:

Lockars launches in the UK

Lockars launches in the UK

New parcel delivery ecosystem Lockars has launched in the UK. According to Lockars, the network will transform the way that packages are sent and received while solving some of the biggest issues that carriers, retailers and consumers face during the delivery journey.

'Game changer' WMS functionality saves time, money and resource

'Game changer' WMS functionality saves time, money and resource

A B2C fulfilment expert has quickly taken advantage of a next generation software adoption platform to win bigger business and improve internal operations.Brian Kirst is co founder and Chief Strategy Officer for leading US 3PL provider Resurge,and his new best friend is an ‘AI-style’ training tool called SnapBuddy, which enables him to self configure WMS rules changes and modifications without delay.

New Rail Alliance membership is just the ticket for Dakota Integrated Solutions

New Rail Alliance membership is just the ticket for Dakota Integrated Solutions

Dakota Integrated Solutions Ltd, a real-time data capture, printing, mobility and voice-enabled solution specialist, has recently joined the Rail Alliance, the rail sector’s largest dedicated B2B networking organisation.

Phil Jarrett, Commercial Director at Dakota, comments: “Our new membership of the Rail Alliance means that we will be able to offer our range of solutions to its supply chain community in order to help them meet the industry’s challenges..."

How has Brexit affected logistics and handling services?

How has Brexit affected logistics and handling services?

Since the beginning of the year, the impact of Brexit has had a clear effect on every stage of the logistics process, from transport fees and new limitations to restrictions on imported goods, according to new research by flexible logistics platform Trident Worldwide.

Knowles Transport: Sustaining growth with Empirica

Knowles Transport: Sustaining growth with Empirica

Logistics specialist Knowles Transport has been using the Empirica warehouse management system (WMS) from Chess for almost two decades.

Schwarzmüller delivers all trailers ex works with telematics from idem telematics: data services free of charge for three months for all fleet operators

Schwarzmüller delivers all trailers ex works with telematics from idem telematics: data services free of charge for three months for all fleet operators

The networked trailer is becoming the ‘new normal’ in the commercial vehicle industry: customers of Wilhelm Schwarzmüller GmbH can now experience the benefits of data-supported real time functionalities for three months without obligation.

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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