In a world where so much transportation data is inaccurate and unreliable, having good data on transportation moves, customer deliveries, as well as good and bad carriers helps companies overcome key challenges like tight capacity, increasing freight rates, and driver shortages.

That’s where a modern TMS with the right framework and data model comes into the picture. By providing quality data—including accurate timelines for loading, unloading, and delivering freight—companies can ensure that carriers turn quickly and minimize downtime.

But the question is: Which TMS will help you meet customer demands while helping your company shore up its bottom line in the competitive environment?

First, you need to solidly understand the market realities and influences on your organization. From a “carrier choice” environment to faster timelines, shippers and 3PLs must be able to respond to outside factors, have broad visibility and stay nimble.

It’s also important to remember that selecting a TMS in the 21st century is about more than cost; it serves as the centerpiece of your entire supply chain ecosystem. As our own J.P. Wiggins, puts it, “Historically, firms looked at driving costs out of their networks, but that’s become secondary to customer delivery requirements, electronic collaboration, and overall fulfillment.”

Ready to learn more? Grab our latest white paper to learn the five key elements that you should look for when considering a TMS.