In today’s modern technological world, logistics companies must have access to sophisticated technology to digitize the supply chain and ultimately drive greater efficiency and reliability otherwise they won’t be able to match up to their speed with this fast-growing world and become obsolete.
Our company designs and develops certain software systems for your logistic company that will help them to automate a range of routine processes, track their goods, improve user experience, and increase your reliability, scalability, and efficiency. By combining the latest in technology with an unmatched knowledge of your needs, our team of experts deploys best-in-class practices across your network.
Types of software used in logistic companies:
1. Warehouse management system
2. Transportation management system
3. Supply chain management system
4. Asset management
All these are interlinked to each other and must work unanimously to make the company prosperous.
A transportation management system (TMS), is one of the software among four that automates the physical movement of goods that involves delivery planning, carrier management, and shipment tracking. All the stakeholders of a logistic company like manufacturers and distributors require TMS in one way or another.
TMS solutions can automatically choose a transportation company based on the cargo type, route length, and previous cooperation. Its functions include freight management, carrier rating, route, mode, and carrier optimization.
Let’s look at the benefits provided by TMS so that you won’t have any doubt while investing in it.
In a TMS, order information is accessed by all related parties from planners to drivers and customers. It assists users to view and manage transport requests.
First of all the essential details like commodity or weight and setting up current location and destination are filled by TMS. A system often automatically generates a route and assigns transport and driver.
Then, created orders with their routes and assigned transports are available to order planners and drivers on a dashboard that allows them to see their workload for the day. All documents are also automatically linked to their corresponding orders so the driver can keep them on their smartphone or tablet. As drivers update the status of orders en route, planners have an overview of all scheduling changes and truck locations.
It creates an optimal route for carriers with significant fuel economy which will eventually cut down fuel expenses and accelerate your freight line. With TMS, you can track the fleet’s position, load level, and equipment condition. We can help you make transportation more profitable and safer for drivers.
Shippers spend most of their time scheduling dock appointments and truck drivers waste time waiting in line for their turn. Integrating with a WMS allows a TMS to include dock scheduling and load sequencing in the transportation plan. You will have an overview of all warehouse and transportation constraints and can make more accurate schedules, apply your business rules and rules of every location, and always have a load status available to you or customers.
A transportation management system manages all a company’s logistic data in one place. With route information, transportation costs, and other data points being input into one platform, you can pull a plethora of data reports to monitor critical metrics impacting your business. Managers can then use this information to make efficiency changes, route adjustments, and implement new procedures to improve business.
Enhance customer service
Customers have high expectations for package shipments these days. They want fast delivery, damage-free packages, and reliable tracking details. Many companies struggle to meet customer demands for package transportation, but a transportation management system changes all of that. Through a TMS, you can review the cost-efficiency of various carrier services and the frequency of on-time delivery. Monitoring this information will help you select the most reliable and efficient carriers for your products. The TMS can also let customers know when their order is shipped, and it will provide tracking information. All of this information lets customers know when to expect their packages.
You can digitize all paperwork
Companies have to handle a lot of paperwork in their day-to-day lives. Most of them have developed systems for the flow of documentation and feel comfortable with their process. However, there are downsides to only working in paper documentation, it’s messy, hard to keep organized, requires storage, and can lead to all sorts of delays and disputes if it’s not handled promptly.
An advantage of a transportation management system is that while it can’t eliminate paperwork, it can automate most of the associated tasks and keep things organized in one central location. Some programs automatically collect and store up-to-date insurance documentation from truckers, relieving you of the responsibility. Additionally, load slips can be created and kept as digital copies, invoice processing can be consolidated, and payroll can be automated. Such features can remove the majority of complications that come with traditional paperwork.
Negotiate contracts with ease
A transportation management system allows you to compare freight rates between carriers quickly. It can even help you negotiate contracts through detailed comparisons. The system will also compile all contract details, from rates and quantity commitments to supplementary charges.
It can also let you know if there is a certain number of transactions that will push you into a new savings category with the freight carrier. Easy access to comparable carrier information helps you select the best carriers and suppliers for your business while maximizing cost savings in the process.
If you want to plan and execute your shipment processes and have visibility over them, you must invest in TMS. Transportation management systems facilitate the shipping process and make it easier for businesses to manage and optimize their transportation operations, whether they are by land, air, or sea.