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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.

1. Single System Architecture.
Most TMS systems are not unified. A genuinely global system spans all continents and provides visibility within the same operating environment without exporting and importing data into standalone systems.

2. Control Tower Visibility.
Global systems afford a panoramic view of an organization’s entire supply chain, from procurement to drill-down details on every shipment worldwide.

3. Multiple Services and Modes.
Companies should be able to see details for air, ocean, rail, and road movements, and obtain utilization reports for each. Support for the management of bids for any method of transportation worldwide is another feature of globally connected TMS solutions.

4. World-Ready.
The system should accommodate specific currency, language, tax, and tariff requirements for each country or region covered.

5. Management Reports.
A global TMS generates management reports such as carrier and client scorecards, and calculations of total landed cost calculations, that support more profitable management decisions and greater customer satisfaction.

The barriers to global transportation management are coming down. The industry is entering an era where a world view of freight movements is becoming a competitive necessity.

This post is based on the C. H. Robinson Worldwide white paper Going Global: Building a Sustainable Logistics Model in the Age of Globalization. To download the white paper go to: