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Archives for April 2012

An Industry Formula for TMS


It’s important to tailor transportation management systems (TMS) to individual corporate users. But the technology can also be customized to specific industries, particularly in cases such as the chemical sector where there are many special needs.

According to the American Chemistry Council, the chemical business is a $ 720 billion industry that is one of the largest sectors of the U.S. economy. More than 96% of all manufactured goods are directly touched by chemistry. Read More…

Five Features That Define a Global TMS

Global TMS

Transportation management systems (TMS) have finally gone global. The technology’s vast potential as a tool for managing freight flows internationally has been known for some time, but up until now has not been realized. Companies with a world view of transportation will discover incredible opportunities for raising the efficiency of global distribution networks.

Here are five features that distinguish these globe-spanning solutions. Read More…

Why You Should Invite Clients to the TMS Table

TMS Table

When implementing a transportation management system (TMS) a lot of time and effort goes into making sure that every party with an interest in the system is represented at the table. But there is one group that is easily overlooked even though they can play a key role in the success of the TMS: clients.

Briefing your clients on the new system’s capabilities and processes, and eliciting their feedback early on, can pay huge dividends when it comes to implementing the technology. Read More…

Analytics in Action


In our last post we looked at the cultural barriers that prevent shippers from using advanced transportation management systems (TMS) to reengineer their supply chains, and capture impressive cost savings (Developing a Managed TMS® Culture). This week we consider how you can become a more effective user of high-power TMS technology.

First, let’s take a step back to appreciate what you already have under the hood. Implementing a TMS solution such as Managed TMS® is not a trivial exercise (for more on this see Capturing the Hidden Value of TMS Solutions). And one of the big payoffs is that this carefully planned process equips your organization to perform sophisticated network analyses. Read More…