Power and Flexibility: TMS Software For Complex Transportation Managed Through Business Processes

The Impact of a Third Generation TMS Software

Pre-TMS the focus was solely on cost savings. There were no execution systems. You worked with an independent algorithm to take LTL to TL. The first generation of TMS software (Late 1980’s) were simple, shipper, truck oriented systems.

The second generation (Late 1990’s) were complex, global systems for all modes, all geographies and large organizations focused strictly on ability to execute. The 3rd generation (Mid 2010’s ) is back to a focus on savings but with the right blend of flexibility and ease of use to actually achieve the promised savings.

3gmap1 TMS SoftwareTrends in Logistics:

Complex domestic routing

  • Multi-Stop, Multi-Leg, Pool Points
  • Consider constraints up front
  • Execution oriented planning
  • Address changes as they occur in real-time

Operational need for a full suite from order entry – settlement

  • Efficient operations with single platform
  • Respond in real-time to issues

Pricing flexibility to generate better margins

Increased need to handle spot/non-contract quotes

Multiple customers

  • Onboard customers easily
  • Route across customers – dynamic requirements

The Next Generation of TMS: 3G-TM

Logistics operations require a Transportation Management System (TMS) that meets the needs of today as opposed to the logistics issues of fifteen years ago.

Lines between dedicated fleets, common carrier and brokerage are blurring therefore, the new generation of TMS must service shippers, 3PLs and brokers alike.

A 3rd generation TMS must handle even the most sophisticated transportation problems, it must deliver and execute shipment plans, manage the dynamic logistics environment and be easy to implement.