Transportation Management System – TMS
Transportation spend is a critical component for profitability in any supply chain.
This criticality is constant regardless of the modes, network, or processes involved. From procurement, to planning, to execution, effectively managing transportation costs while providing optimum service levels is the key to success.
Except for relatively simple operations, this requires an effective transportation management system, or TMS.
Selecting and implementing the right TMS components entails a blend of IT and operations expertise and well as experience with TMS solutions.
The TMS marketplace has evolved considerably over the past decade. It provides more choices in functionality, solution providers, and deployment models.
Best-of-breed vendors actively compete against top tier ERP providers. Suites compete against specialty solutions. Hosted and SaaS offerings compete against onsite packages.
Solutions are available for a complete range of transportation management including:
- Contract administration, bidding and procurement
- Load planning and consolidation
- Carrier selection, route/mode optimization, rating
- Load scheduling and tendering
- Delivery management
- Performance and asset management
- Freight invoice, audit and payment release
Tompkins provides a comprehensive suite of TMS services that can be tailored to your transportation needs and internal capabilities.
We look beyond application software and always incorporate transportation best practices into our project work.
Key areas in which Tompkins can provide guidance and support with your TMS projects include:
- Needs assessment and business case development
- Vendor selection
- Functional and detail design
- Configuration and setup
- Startup and stabilization
- Project management
We understand your entire transportation network needs, and the necessity to unite all components for a best fit solution.
Our experience cuts across all modes:
- Ocean-bound container freight and multi-modal
- Internal and contracted ground fleets
- Vendor-provided transportation
- Common carrier LTL
- Parcel carrier
Tompkins’ alliances with top-tier transportation management system solution providers assures that you have a consulting partner who can guide you in leveraging available technology to keep your transportation management systems running smoothly.
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