A transportation management system (TMS) is an end-to-end piece of software that helps businesses manage their logistics and streamline their shipping. By reducing complexity and connecting all the players in your logistics ecosystem, it simplifies the different stages of the supply chain processes, capturing them in one tool.
Traditionally, businesses have relied on manual processes – such as excel sheets, phone, and email – or several independent software solutions to manage their logistics. For example, some shippers used a warehouse management system that follows items until they leave a dock. They then had a tracking system, provided by a carrier for each mode and each stage of the journey. However, this piecemeal approach leads to a highly complex and disjointed view over the process, where a single miscalculation can result in significant loss of time and customer satisfaction. This simply doesn’t cut it in the 21st century.
Some of the most significant transportation management system benefits include greater visibility of the supply chain process, freight cost savings, and operational efficiencies.
Alpega TMS covers the end-to-end logistics process globally, across all modes – including transportation management features ranging from supplier sourcing and integration, network design, automatic scheduling, route planning, load building, document management, to analysis of your shipments and supply chain.
Cash flow is king, no matter what size organization you work for the size of your business. If the transportation documentation and invoicing process are incorporated, you can see, at the click of a button, what your overhead in and any incoming invoices you have. Since Alpega TMS is integrated transport management software, your ERP system can be fully integrated into your TMS software so you can manage freight costs, invoicing processes, rejections, and any additional costs, including freight accessorials. This enables you to actively manage your departmental finances and resources, not simply reacting to demands when they occur. This clarity improves your reporting process, saving you valuable time and resources.
Manual work is prone to error and, in an industry that has little room for error, a TMS can make a huge difference. With transportation management software, your documentation and communication processes are automated to deliver the best possible service, eliminating human errors and increasing client satisfaction.