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Last updated: July 18, 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.
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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.
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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.
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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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AdvantageTMS Buyers looking for a Web-based transportation management system should consider AdvantageTMS. HA Advantage offers a free Optimized Benchmark Analysis to help users measure how their performance compares to competitors.
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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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SAP - SCM The TMS application from SAP is an integrated system that helps users adjust to many transportation conditions. Managing freight equipment, carrier selection, and monitoring fleet efficiency are all possible with this system.
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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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Epicor Supply Chain Management The supply chain execution functionality within Epicor Supply Chain Management provides the ability to manage the end-to-end supply chain process, from strategic sourcing all the way to transportation and distribution.
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Accellos One Warehouse and One 3PL Accellos One Warehouse offers a comprehensive warehouse management solution including EDI, a dashboard with real-time KPIs, truck and trailer tracking, and more. It's also available in on-premise or hosted solutions.
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Buyer's Guide

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.

TMS Features & Functionality

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 midsized 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.

Recent Trends in Transportation Supply Chain Management

As fuel prices continue to rise, logistics operations and trucking fleets are always looking for ways to streamline their operations and increase productivity. In response, vendors have made a number of updates to improve their functionality. Here are some of the biggest updates from three leading TMS logistics firms:

  • RoadNet Technologies. RoadNet is one of the premier vendors of trucking logistics software, and they were rewarded by being included in Food Logistics Magazine’s Top 100 providers list. In January 2012, RoadNet updated its transportation management system software to version 3.50, focusing the upgrades on service maintenance, delivery cost reporting and additional new features. One interesting new feature is the ability to address products that were overlooked during delivery and issue a redeliver request to the driver.
  • TMW Systems. In May 2011, TMW Systems acquired Appian, integrating the firm’s transportation management solutions for 3PLs into TMW’s own transportation logistics software solutions. Another new application offered within the TMW Systems suite is its new DriverManagement application. This solution automates the recruitment, hiring and onboarding of drivers. Announced in September 2011, the web-based application is designed to integrate with existing TMW transport management systems.
  • Precision. Precision TMS underwent a couple of major updates in the past year, including an upgrade to the web-based user interface of its TMS solutions. Version 4.3 (from April, 2011) saw improvements to the system’s workflow and added Automated Export System (AES) functionality and custom reporting. Service-pack update S33 added direct integration with SMC3 for improved tariff estimates for freight shipments, additional language support, and additional support for new USPS postage statements.


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