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All you need to know about Transport Management Systems and how they can help your business.

The Ultimate Guide to Transportation Management Systems

What can Alpega TMS do for your business?The transportation industry isn’t what it used to be. In today’s globalized world, shippers face challenges ranging from driver shortages to increased pressure on capacity, strict sustainability regulations,and high freight prices due to a shifting demand. There is no secret that the main challenges today in the supply chain include achieving increased visibility, reducing costs, and improving efficiency. And technology plays an essential role in supporting businesses facing supply chain changes to remain competitive in today’s market.

We have created this comprehensive guide to help you navigate around the TMS market.

Below, you will find different questions discussing topics ranging from TMS definition to benefits or implementation. 

What is a TMS?

Traditionally, businesses have relied on manual processes – such as excel sheets, phone, and email -- or several independent software solutions to manage their logistics. Today, many businesses use technology and TMS solutions to manage those.

TMS stands for transportation management system. A TMS is an end-to-end piece of software that helps businesses manage their logistics and streamline their shipping processes. It can be integrated with existing tools at your company or can become the central system to manage your logistics flows.

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How to choose the right TMS solution for your business

Selecting the right TMS solution and vendor for your business is an essential step to obtain the desired results and benefits for your supply chain. There are several factors to keep in mind when evaluating the market to make sure that the solution will support your specific challenges and will fit your business’ needs.

From technology choice to main capabilities, without forgetting security, we discuss some of the main factors you should pay attention to while evaluating and reviewing TMS providers.

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How does a company implement a TMS?

The successful implementation of a TMS starts by identifying the specific needs of your business and the first challenges to be solved and involves several steps and stakeholders.

The implementation process can vary in length and complexity depending on your logistics flows and the specific chosen TMS solution, but involves stakeholders typically from several departments (supply chain, finance, IT) and includes several steps: initiation, configuration, integration, training, and activation.

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What are the benefits of a TMS?

Supply chains are responsible for up to 70% of business costs, and thus the most looked benefit after implementing a TMS solution. However, it can have an impact on several different levels of the business, from customer experience to operational efficiency, the latter remaining one of the top benefits of TMS implementation.

The ROI of implementing a TMS varies depending on the business challenges, the size of the company, and the chosen solution. However, companies can start witnessing the positive impact on their logistics flows, cash flow, and ecosystem relationships soon after the implementation is completed.

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What is a cloud-based TMS, and what are its benefits?

Traditionally, TMS solutions were stored on-premise and maintained with costly servers in the client’s chosen location.

Nowadays, most solutions are cloud-based, offering several benefits to the customers. Those include easy implementation and maintenance, lower fees, higher security levels, and easy scalability of the solutions for businesses that face new challenges to run their supply chain smoothly.

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How does time slot management work in transportation? How does software facilitate this?

The scheduling and management of loading/unloading appointments is a time-consuming task, juggling excel sheets, calls, and emails with different carriers aiming at the perfect warehouse schedule without congestion and waiting time.

However, the reality is somehow different: manual administrative work is prone to error, and several conditions can impact the dock schedule such as traffic, accidents, specific requirements for some shipments….causing delays, congestion at the warehouses, and demurrage costs for the shippers.

A dock management system automates the scheduling process, reducing manual work, and ensuring a smooth warehouse.

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Strategic transportation sourcing: does a TMS help?

Strategic sourcing contributes to the competitiveness of a business’ supply chain. It requires management to reflect the long-term future and not just the immediate needs of the company, using historical data and considering the existing and future partnerships.

A sourcing software supports organizations making decisions to improve the supply chain sourcing by gathering all necessary data and connecting the stakeholders to ensure the best results for the specific business needs, which go beyond order price today.

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How does a TMS impact the overall supply chain?

A TMS supports the full process of the supply management, providing businesses with end-to-end visibility of their logistics, with different capabilities to focus on the different parts of the logistics process.

A TMS allows supply chain managers to maintain a high level of service while maximizing output and efficiency. Thanks to the different capabilities offered by vendors, businesses can tackle those challenges that matter the most (freight procurement, costs, visibility, etc.) while improving the collaboration with the supply chain ecosystem parties.

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Whether you are an SME or a multinational organization, a TMS can help you streamline your logistics flows and reduce costs while gaining visibility of your processes.

Discover how Alpega TMS helped MAN have better control of their containers across sites or how Hartmann save USD 1 Million thanks to a TMS.

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