The high-revolution has given emerging markets the opportunity to become fully developed, increasing the number of consumers and manufacturers. For existing businesses and shippers, this means more competition and demand for lower costs. Meanwhile, the increasing number of regulations and requirements on shippers has created a paradox between saving money and still meeting all requirements.
Unless your organization has been absent from the takeover of TMS in the conversations of online and print media, you have likely encountered plenty of reasons why a transportation management system (TMS) benefits shippers. Unfortunately, the information is not always clear, and figuring out if the investment into a TMS is worth it can be even more frustrating.
2017 is projected to be a year in which more shippers break out of the mold, embracing newer transportation management systems (TMSs). However, the adoption rates remain perplexing. As explained by Talking Logistics With Adrian Gonzalez, industrywide statistics indicate adoption rates have remained fixed near 33 percent for nearly two decades.
“What can you do to improve your company?”
That is a loaded question, loaded with innuendo, desire, financial concerns, questions about the state of the road and weather and much more, but the ways you improve your company are becoming easier to see. Modern, cloud-based analytics systems within transportation management systems (TMSs) have redefined how you strive for continuous improvement.
Transportation management systems (TMSs) have become among the top discussed subjects in mainstream media and across the internet. TMSs give shippers unparalleled access to information within their organization and better rates than previously possible. Earlier this year, we looked into some of the top trends pushing the TMS train forward, and safety and automation were clear frontrunners.
Transportation management systems (TMSs) are not a new concept, but where they are hosted now, in the cloud, is still new to the shipping industry. The cloud offers unique benefits to shippers, vendors, customers and logistics providers.
Last year, the technology trends in logistics seemed straightforward, and many of our technology predictions came true. The use of the new technologies, ranging from robotics to value-added services within transportation management systems (TMSs) saw greater implementation across supply chains via TMSaas, and widely-held beliefs about the supply chain’s limitations were tested.
Much talk about sales, automation and improved processes dominate the conversation when considering outsourcing logistics processes to a transport and logistics providers or using a 3PL-based transportation management system (TMS). Often, the transport and logistics providers’ reps claim initial returns may be as high as 25 percent, if not greater.
If you are a shipper who regularly ships via the over-the-road mode of Less Than Truckload, also known as LTL, you understand there are a lot of moving parts to have efficient LTL Shipping. Efficient means executing a program that allows you to achieve maximum outcomes all while not using too many resources, too much time, or spending too much money.
Using less-than-truckload for medium-sized shipments is one of the great innovations in shipping. It produces results at a fraction of the cost of full truckload (FT) or small package shipping. However, the needs of the modern shipping industry have reached an optimal point, and the only way to further push the envelope is by using a dedicated transportation management system (TMS).