In addition to functionality, there are a number of other aspects that are essential for selecting the right software. An important point for broad acceptance of the TMS software is good general usability. After all, if the users do not find their way around or if it takes several training sessions until the program is used in an almost optimal way, this generates additional costs.
Furthermore, it must be possible to connect to existing systems such as PPS or ERP software as easily and quickly as possible. Since production plans, quantities, dimensions or other master and movement data are retrieved from these, possible incompatibility must be ruled out even before implementation.
The larger the company is, the more important the scalability or expandability of the TMS software becomes. An already established system should be able to be extended without particular effort, wether it is due to the enlargement of a team, the connection of an additional region or the addition of further transport modes.
TMS systems and their functions are developing into an important competitive advantage in our digitalised world. Digitalized supply chains are necessary to master the fundamental challenges of transport logistics. Accordingly, systems are needed that can record and track goods movements in real time. In this way, customer requirements can be met on time and delivery chains can be controlled in the best possible way. If, for example, it is possible to establish cross-functional real-time communication between TMS and ERP and warehouse management of one’s own company as well as with the customer’s systems, material flows can be controlled and documented in a purposefully and structured manner.
Thanks to real-time communication, even transports already on their way can be diverted or held up, whereby so-called event management is used. This allows traffic jams or accidents to be avoided and potential risks to be averted. Additional external real-time data such as regional weather warnings or forecasts could trigger an update of the route planning.
An added value (in addition to fast, real transport optimisation) lies in the detailed documentation and recording of information, so that logistics processes can be specifically analysed and subsequently improved. Thus, good TMS systems not only plan and support today’s handling and planning, but also provide answers to tomorrow’s questions.
This concludes the series of transport cost optimization. It is important to us, that our readers get an overview so that the best solution for the existing requirements can be introduced. Remember, optimization is always a continuous improvement.