1. Everything in one place
With the use of TMS, companies can manage their entire transportation operations from a single place. It means they can rate, book, track and interact with their orders no matter whether they are full truckload, LTL, parcel, air, etc. They don’t need to hop between different carrier websites to rate shop.
2. Lower freight costs
It always helps to lower overall freight costs for companies. It becomes easier for companies to access more carriers, create beneficial competition and provide more options. Logistics professionals can choose thecheap option at the service type they need every time.
3. Reduce manual entry
TMS integrated with an ERP or ordering system greatly reduce manual entry. Information on pallet weights, PRO numbers and destinations can be automatically populated to reduce human error. You can get rid of making notes on stickies or disjointed spreadsheets, all the order and route information is in one place, reliable information can be shared between stakeholders.
4. Optimize routing and load consolidation
TMS systems build more efficient loads and routes with the help of an optimizer. Which allows the user to specify different parameters for the load. It even builds the optimal load and route for easy tendering. Users can even view the route on a map to have a visual of where the order is planned so that they can make necessary changes.
5. Meaningful Analytics
All of a company’s logistics information passes through the TMS, that data can be transformed into actionable reports and dashboards. With TMS companies can see freight cost per item till the SKU level to make strategic changes that impact their bottom line. Get to seereal-time tracking data, carrier KPIs, and vendor scorecards. Reports and dashboards help logistics professionals stay on top of key metrics.
6. Gain visibility
The real-time tracking and analytics provide your customers with the visibility to their orders that they expect. Features like Dock scheduler, RFID and ELD integrations, Gate check make it easy to tell exactly where each truck is on the route.
7. Make paperwork easier
TMS makes the paperwork easier, BOLs, PODs and other paperwork can be printed directly out of the system to make process easy, efficient and correct every time. It speeds up pickup/drop-off times when drivers have accurate information with them.
8. Meet growing customer expectations
The growth and popularity of online shopping are changing customer expectations and make shipping more difficult for supply chains. Companies need to get orders to their destinations faster, cheaper and with complete visibility and these things can be achieved with TMS. Companies can provide exceptional customer service while meeting growing customer expectations.
9. Integrate external processes
TMS integration with their other systems helps to smooth processes across different teams and departments to keep the flow of information clean, consistent, speed up the entire operation and improve overall visibility.