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Key elements to consider when

Choosing a TMS Solution


How to choose the right TMS solution for your business

Evaluating a TMS for your specific business needs can be a complex and challenging task.  To make sure your decision is the right one for your short-, mid- and long-term goals and that it covers your needs, here are some of the factors to keep in mind: 

  • Integration possibilities with leading solutions: investigate which ERP, WMS, CRM, EAM, or OMS systems can be integrated with the TMS of your choice to unlock its full potential and gain end-to-end visibility of your supply chain. 
  • Latest technologies and software architecture: vendors using the latest technologies and those who are keen to jump on the latest trends usually offer solutions that better adapt and evolve. 
    Gartner also points out the relevance of service-oriented architecture (SOA), where the configuration follows clearly-defined business processes.
    It is also essential to consider whether the solution offered is cloud-based or not. You can read more about the benefits of a cloud-based solution here.
  • Flexibility and scalability: look for a solution that grows alongside your business. In the past, only big organizations were implementing TMS solutions. Nowadays, more SMEs realize the benefits that technology can bring to optimizing their supply chain and transportation processes, and look for solutions that are flexible and scalable. No need to pay for capabilities you will not use – invest in your needs today and then build from there.
  • Real-time visibility capabilities: nowadays, live tracking and visibility of the shipment processes is becoming essential for any business. Look for a TMS that offers you the possibility to track and trace the shipment progress and react on time to possible changes or delays. in your needs today and then build from there..
  • Community management: : collaboration with carriers is essential, but so is collaboration with other supply chain partners. A TMS should allow fast and efficient onboarding of all involved partners (e.g., suppliers, customers, warehouses) and offer access to a connected community of shippers, carriers, marketplaces, etc

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