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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Geotab becomes first telematics specialist to join ICFM’s Corporate Investor Programme

Geotab becomes first telematics specialist to join ICFM’s Corporate Investor Programme

Global fleet safety and mobility management leader Geotab has become the latest company to sign-up to ICFM's Corporate Investor Programme.

New transport app delivers Manifest benefits for Relay

New transport app delivers Manifest benefits for Relay

Relay Technical Transport, which transports and installs photocopiers, computers and vending machines among other items of office equipment, has invested in a new app that enables it to easily update progress on all delivery and collections in real-time.

Comsatel in Peru grows its fleet management business with strong telematics technology

Comsatel in Peru grows its fleet management business with strong telematics technology

Comsatel is a provider of fleet management services in Peru. The company has been in business for more than twenty years and offers a range of fleet management and vehicle security services based on satellite localization technologies.

Microlise telematics to help Abbey Logistics boost efficiency

Microlise telematics to help Abbey Logistics boost efficiency

Abbey Logistics Group, one of the UK's largest bulk liquid and powder transport providers, is deploying a Microlise fleet management telematics solution to 350 trucks and 300 trailers in its fleet.

Driving down the cost of last-mile delivery

Driving down the cost of last-mile delivery

By Matthew Robertson, Co-CEO NetDespatch.

I read a thought-provoking article recently which talked about how the 'last mile', though extremely inefficient, is the final frontier of logistics and the costs, whilst an absolute necessity, are burdensome to supply chains.

Production-synchronous Logistics Processes: Walter Schmitt implements Warehouse Management System by inconso

Production-synchronous Logistics Processes: Walter Schmitt implements Warehouse Management System by inconso

At the sites Bietigheim, Durmersheim, Germersheim and Mannheim, Walter Schmitt GmbH has recently been using an industry-specific warehouse management solution of the logistics software specialist inconso for industry-specific motor, transmission and axle deliveries.

Proactive Solutions helps to keep the Reynolds fleet on the road

Proactive Solutions helps to keep the Reynolds fleet on the road

Goodyear Proactive Solutions, the vehicle-to-fleet operations management system, has helped a leading UK distributor of fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy and cheese, reduce its tyre costs by almost 25%.

Allan Morris Transport haul £100,000 return using r2c Online

Allan Morris Transport haul £100,000 return using r2c Online

Bulk haulage and distribution specialist, Allan Morris Transport, has revealed savings of over £100,000 since adopting r2c Online's fleet management software.

Maxoptra helps Ash Logistics automate furniture deliveries

Maxoptra helps Ash Logistics automate furniture deliveries

Furniture delivery specialist Ash Logistics is using Maxoptra's dynamic route planning and scheduling software to improve the co-ordination and efficiency of its nationwide home delivery service.

Indoorway Industry 4.0 enables data-driven management in factories and warehouses

Indoorway Industry 4.0 enables data-driven management in factories and warehouses

Indoorway has launched a set of tools for monitoring and traffic analysis in manufacturing or logistics sites.

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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