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Last updated: November 21, 2014

Top 10 Most Reviewed Transportation Management Systems

 
U Route Built to handle any size company, U Route offers transportation management that is comprehensive and accessible from the web. Features include carrier management, transportation cost analysis and RFQ building.
        6 Reviews
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Enterprise WMS and Interchange EDI 3PLs looking for an integrated WMS/TMS solution should evaluate the Enterprise WMS and Interchange EDI software suite. This Windows-based system has a quick-learning curve, and the system is often deployable in as few as 10 days.
       5 Reviews
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JDA Software JDA's TMS solution is used by large distributors, retailers and manufacturers to manage the flow of goods in and out of the warehouse. With over 6,000 customers, JDA is one of the biggest names in TMS.
        3 Reviews
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Latitude Warehouse Management Latitude Warehouse Management by PathGuide delivers scalable features and modules that can fit the needs of any company. By improving accuracy in inventory and order fulfillment, it increases overall efficiency.
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ShippersEdge ShippersEdge is a Web-based shipping management solution that we recommend to buyers looking for an affordable TMS. Supports both LTL and FTL shipping. Manages routes, quotes, claims, inventory tracking and reporting.
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AMT We really like the fact that AMT supports mobile devices. AMT can also be customized depending on the company’s particular warehousing and transportation needs. The solution is also electronic data interchange compliant.
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Verizon Networkfleet A 2014 finalist by Telematics Update for Best Telematics Service, Verizon Networkfleet is a robust, web-based system that offers a host of fleet-oriented features, including GPS tracking, fleet maintenance, and route optimization.
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Real Time Freight TMS WIth over 100,000 members, Real Time Freight is a cloud-based Transportation Management System that offers total visibility and complete transparency across the supply chain. Real Time Freight can support companies of all sizes.
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WISE WISE was developed by Royal 4, a leader in supply chain management for more than 20 years. The system offers transportation management as part of its WMS application and is flexible enough to support a number of industries.
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Cirrus TMS For companies of all sizes and types looking to improve efficiency within their transportation and shipping, Cirrus TMS provides a way for companies to compare shipping routes and carriers, improving efficiency and limiting costs.
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Buyer's Guide

Here's what we'll cover:

What Is Transportation Management Software?
Common Features of Transportation Management Software
Evaluating Transportation Management Systems

What Is Transportation Management Software?

Transportation management solutions (or TMS) help users plan and execute deliveries across the supply chain. Efficient deliveries depend on informed route planning, freight consolidation and enhanced visibility. By providing managers with appropriate tools like route optimization, load building and track and trace, the right TMS can improve fleet performance and reduce supply chain expenditures. Along with warehouse management solutions and truck routing solutions, TMS solutions constitute the logistics side of an overall supply chain management system.

Common Features of Transportation Management Software

Transportation systems offer a number of important tools to maximize efficiency and reduce costs associated with product shipping and logistics. Some of these features include strategic freight sourcing tools, multi-modal planning functionality, route optimization, freight consolidation and dock scheduling.

These features provide the following functionality:

Automated carrier selection A TMS improves the carrier procurement process by determining the smartest carrier and mode options for each delivery.
Shipment consolidation Consolidating shipments is the single fastest way to cut shipping costs. A TMS will assess all scheduled shipments and arrange them in efficient bundles, maximizing their load consolidation with each delivery.
Route optimization A TMS uses maps, road speeds, traffic data, fuel costs and modal limitations to determine the most efficient route to save time and gas.
Freight estimate optimization Whether you’re submitting bids or simply calculating shipping costs, a TMS will calculate the cost of delivery based on cargo weight, mode of shipping, delivery distance and other variables, and provide comprehensive reports and needs analyses to facilitate more cost-efficient choices.
Payments These systems include accounting functionality that helps users reconcile invoices with shipments, audit freight bills, reduce payment errors and establish tolerances for match-pay settlements.

Evaluating Transportation Management Systems

Demand for high-quality transportion software systems has gone up as organizations realize their cost-saving potential. But their historical lack of use means there’s no one truly dominant leader in the small and mid-size business markets.

Important considerations when selecting a TMS program include:

  • Is your organization interested in an on-premise or SaaS deployment?
  • Is your organization a small to mid-sized business? If so, does the vendor have an established reputation for serving the needs of business of this size?
  • Does the system support all modes of shipping within your operation?
  • Can the system offer specialized functionality to meet the unique delivery needs of your vertical market?
  • Does your organization engage in global trade? Not all TMS systems include functionality for international logistics.


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