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 cloud TMS system accounts for hours of savings

New cloud TMS system accounts for hours of savings

A haulier has significantly improved customer invoicing after investing in new cloud transport management technology, provided by software specialist Mandata.

Merged pharmaceutical firms seek fast-track route to savings

Merged pharmaceutical firms seek fast-track route to savings

The pharmaceutical industry is preparing for an accelerated pace of consolidation, with the number of mergers up 39 per cent since 2017¹. This year has already witnessed its first ‘super merger’ between two of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, Bristol-Myers and Celgene, valued at $74 billion.²

Barker and Stonehouse turns to Paragon’s routing and scheduling software for superior customer service

Barker and Stonehouse turns to Paragon’s routing and scheduling software for superior customer service

Barker and Stonehouse, the UK's largest independent family-run furniture retailer, has invested in a logistics solution from Paragon to provide customers with a superior delivery service with more choice.

Auto Windscreens to cut fleet insurance and fuel costs by 10 per cent with integrated video telematics

Auto Windscreens to cut fleet insurance and fuel costs by 10 per cent with integrated video telematics

Windscreen repair and replacement provider Auto Windscreens is predicting a 10 per cent drop in its annual fleet insurance and fuel bill using an integrated video telematics solution.

Integrated technology playing critical part in transport planning as concerns around driver shortage continue to grow, says Paragon survey

Integrated technology playing critical part in transport planning as concerns around driver shortage continue to grow, says Paragon survey

Logistics operations are increasingly turning to integrated technology solutions to overcome a host of transport planning pressures, while at the same time the driver and general skills shortage continues to weigh on the supply chain sector.

Paragon provides route planning expertise to help St Gemma’s Hospice raise £20,000

Paragon provides route planning expertise to help St Gemma’s Hospice raise £20,000

Dorking-based Paragon Software Systems has supported the St Gemma’s Hospice annual Christmas tree disposal service, helping the charity to raise more than £20,000 to care for terminally ill people in West Yorkshire.

TPG Capital to sell Transporeon Group to Hg

TPG Capital to sell Transporeon Group to Hg

Transporeon Group (“Transporeon” or “the company”), the global cloud-based business network for industrial logistics, has announced that Hg has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a majority interest in the company from existing investor TPG Capital (“TPG”), the global private equity platform of alternative asset firm TPG. Terms of the transaction are not being disclosed.

National distributor proves green and secure credentials for FORS certification with new TMS tracking solution

National distributor proves green and secure credentials for FORS certification with new TMS tracking solution

A national warehouse and express pallet distribution operator has invested in new tracking and driver behaviour technology from software specialist Mandata to reduce its environmental impact and improve security.

The green (last) mile – sustainability in parcel delivery

The green (last) mile – sustainability in parcel delivery

By Matthew Robertson, Co-CEO, NetDespatch.

Casting my eye over the predictions that the turn of the year brings always offers an interesting insight into which issues are gaining traction in the market.

AMP Clean Energy places Paragon’s logistics software at heart of customer experience transformation

AMP Clean Energy places Paragon’s logistics software at heart of customer experience transformation

AMP Clean Energy, formerly Forest Fuels, a leading biomass wood fuel supplier in the UK, has selected Paragon’s route optimisation software and fleXipod ePOD system to help transform its customer experience.

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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