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WISE by Royal 4 Systems is a rules-based warehouse management (WMS) system that is able to support a number of industries, including 3PL, automotive, food and beverage and industrial machinery. WISE helps users manage core warehouse... Read More
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WISE by Royal 4 Systems is a rules-based warehouse management (WMS) system that is able to support a number of industries, including 3PL, automotive, food and beverage and industrial machinery. WISE helps users manage core warehouse... Read More
 
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ShippersEdge is a cloud-based transportation management solution that manages shipping logistics. It helps users manage shipments, submit claims and handle multiple carriers. ShippersEdge helps companies save time and control costs.... Read More
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ShippersEdge is a cloud-based transportation management solution that manages shipping logistics. It helps users manage shipments, submit claims and handle multiple carriers. ShippersEdge helps companies save time and control costs.... Read More
 
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SAP S/4HANA (for Supply Chain Management) is an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) software suite designed for businesses of all sizes and kinds. The product caters to multiple industry verticals, such as manufacturing,... Read More
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SAP S/4HANA (for Supply Chain Management) is an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) software suite designed for businesses of all sizes and kinds. The product caters to multiple industry verticals, such as manufacturing,... Read More
 
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Freightview is a standalone transportation management system designed for small to midsize businesses that ship less-than-truckload (LTL) freight and work with multiple carriers or brokers. Their customers include manufacturers and... Read More
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Freightview is a standalone transportation management system designed for small to midsize businesses that ship less-than-truckload (LTL) freight and work with multiple carriers or brokers. Their customers include manufacturers and... Read More
 
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3G-TM is a cloud-based and on-premise transportation management solution that is suitable for shipping and third-party logistics companies. It features order management, freight audit and payments, reporting and others. The solution... Read More
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3G-TM is a cloud-based and on-premise transportation management solution that is suitable for shipping and third-party logistics companies. It features order management, freight audit and payments, reporting and others. The solution... Read More

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Wireless Warehouse in a Box™ by Systems Logic logo
 
Wireless Warehouse IN A BOX is a cloud-based warehouse management solution (WMS) that offers web portal visibility, less than truckload solution, ERP integration, pick and pack fulfillment and warehouse metrics. It allows users to... Read More
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Wireless Warehouse IN A BOX is a cloud-based warehouse management solution (WMS) that offers web portal visibility, less than truckload solution, ERP integration, pick and pack fulfillment and warehouse metrics. It allows users to... Read More
 
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U Route is a transportation management system that was designed to tighten the link between shippers and their core carriers. Offering a host of features in a scalable web-based environment, U Route is a suitable option for companies... Read More
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U Route is a transportation management system that was designed to tighten the link between shippers and their core carriers. Offering a host of features in a scalable web-based environment, U Route is a suitable option for companies... Read More
 
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NorthStar WMS is a cloud-based warehouse management system for small, midsize and large businesses. It serves wholesale distribution, food processing, e-commerce, manufacturing and supply chain industries. Primary features include... Read More
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NorthStar WMS is a cloud-based warehouse management system for small, midsize and large businesses. It serves wholesale distribution, food processing, e-commerce, manufacturing and supply chain industries. Primary features include... Read More
 
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ShipHawk is a cloud-based transportation management solution (TMS) for medium-to-high volume parcel and less-than-truckload freight shippers. The system supports parcels, less-than-truckload freight, first and final mile carriers and... Read More
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ShipHawk is a cloud-based transportation management solution (TMS) for medium-to-high volume parcel and less-than-truckload freight shippers. The system supports parcels, less-than-truckload freight, first and final mile carriers and... Read More
 
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Oracle SCM Cloud is a cloud-based supply chain management solution that offers distribution, manufacturing, inventory management and fleet management within a suite. The product features product development, which allows users to... Read More
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Oracle SCM Cloud is a cloud-based supply chain management solution that offers distribution, manufacturing, inventory management and fleet management within a suite. The product features product development, which allows users to... Read More

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MercuryGate is a transportation and supply chain management system (SCM) suitable for businesses of any size in a variety of industries. It can be deployed as either a cloud-based or on-premise solution. It offers support for all carrier... Read More
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MercuryGate is a transportation and supply chain management system (SCM) suitable for businesses of any size in a variety of industries. It can be deployed as either a cloud-based or on-premise solution. It offers support for all carrier... Read More
 
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This is a great system for those looking to improve the logistics side of their operations, thanks to S2K’s integrated WMS/TMS software. S2K also includes multi-carrier integration for those that use multiple modes of shipping.
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This is a great system for those looking to improve the logistics side of their operations, thanks to S2K’s integrated WMS/TMS software. S2K also includes multi-carrier integration for those that use multiple modes of shipping.
 
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Transwide is a modular and carrier neutral Transportation Management Solution that is delivered in a Software as a Service format. The suite of integrated modules provides the tools for carriers to source, plan, execute, settle, and... Read More
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Transwide is a modular and carrier neutral Transportation Management Solution that is delivered in a Software as a Service format. The suite of integrated modules provides the tools for carriers to source, plan, execute, settle, and... Read More
 
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AIT SureShip is a shipping management solution that integrates Infor StyeLine and other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions with UPS, FedEx and USPS. It supports on-premise and cloud-based deployment and is suitable for industries... Read More
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AIT SureShip is a shipping management solution that integrates Infor StyeLine and other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions with UPS, FedEx and USPS. It supports on-premise and cloud-based deployment and is suitable for industries... Read More
 
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HighJump Warehouse Advantage is an adaptable, process-based warehouse management system (WMS) designed to be tailored to companies’ unique business practices. Due to its modular design, users can pick and choose from a suite of applications... Read More
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HighJump Warehouse Advantage is an adaptable, process-based warehouse management system (WMS) designed to be tailored to companies’ unique business practices. Due to its modular design, users can pick and choose from a suite of applications... Read More

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UltraShipTMS is a cloud-based transportation management system with integrated private fleet management capabilities for in- and out-bound logistics across all modes. The core TMS module automates the processes associated with rating,... Read More
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UltraShipTMS is a cloud-based transportation management system with integrated private fleet management capabilities for in- and out-bound logistics across all modes. The core TMS module automates the processes associated with rating,... Read More
 
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ViewPoint Logistics is an on-premise third-party logistics (3PL) solution that helps businesses to manage various activities of the supply chain process such as storage, handling and distribution of materials. ViewPoint Logistics... Read More
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ViewPoint Logistics is an on-premise third-party logistics (3PL) solution that helps businesses to manage various activities of the supply chain process such as storage, handling and distribution of materials. ViewPoint Logistics... Read More
 
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BlueCherry is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite featuring modules for omnichannel planning, product lifecycle management (PLM), shop floor control, logistics, e-commerce, finance and electronic data interchange. It is suitable... Read More
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BlueCherry is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite featuring modules for omnichannel planning, product lifecycle management (PLM), shop floor control, logistics, e-commerce, finance and electronic data interchange. It is suitable... Read More
 
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Apprise offers organizations an enterprise resource management (ERP) and supply chain management solution developed for consumer goods manufacturers, importers and distributors. It is suitable for companies operating internationally... Read More
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Apprise offers organizations an enterprise resource management (ERP) and supply chain management solution developed for consumer goods manufacturers, importers and distributors. It is suitable for companies operating internationally... Read More
 
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Rose Rocket is cloud-based transportation management software (TMS) that helps manage the business requirements of Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) carriers. Rose Rocket can be used either as a full-suite TMS or carriers can add any Rose... Read More
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Rose Rocket is cloud-based transportation management software (TMS) that helps manage the business requirements of Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) carriers. Rose Rocket can be used either as a full-suite TMS or carriers can add any Rose... Read More
 

Buyer's Guide

by Lisa Hedges,
Content Analyst
Last Updated: May 4, 2018


Here's what we'll cover:

What Is Transportation Management Software?
Common Features of TMS Systems
TMS Software: Integrated suites Vs. Best-of-Breed
TMS Software Pricing
TMS Software Deployment
Market Trends to Understand
Evaluating TMS 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 system can improve fleet performance and reduce supply chain expenditures. Along with warehousing solutions and fleet management systems, TMS solutions constitute the logistics side of an overall supply chain management system.

Common Features of TMS Systems

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. In addition to TMS solutions, fleet management software also commonly includes route optimization functionality.
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.
lean tms dashboard

Lean TMS dashboard

TMS Software: Integrated suites Vs. Best-of-Breed

Often, TMS software will be packaged as a group of modules within an enterprise resource planning and/or supply chain management system. Individual TMS applications can also be offered as standalone services.

The advantages to an integrated suite will be far better integration out-of-the box (e.g., fuel expenses automatically sync with the organization’s accounting modules), but what they have in breadth of features they might lack in depth, and for smaller organizations they can be overkill. Individual best-of-breed applications may require more custom built integrations, but they are typically more fully featured than their counterparts in integrated suites.

One thing to keep in mind is what your needs are. If you need to overhaul your entire system, then you would obviously want to look at a broad, integrated suite. If, however, you are only trying to improve one aspect of your operation or fill a functional gap, a best-of-breed application might be your best bet.

TMS Software Pricing

Transportation management systems are typically priced two ways: perpetual and subscription licensing.

Perpetual. The firm purchases a license to use the software in perpetuity, with the license price typically determined by the size of the organization or the number of vehicles in its fleet. Keep in mind that you often have to pay annual fees for support, maintenance and upgrades—one general rule of thumb is you can expect those annual costs to amount to roughly 20 percent of the perpetual license fee.

Subscription. The firm purchases a subscription (typically billed monthly) that is based on the current size of the organization or the number of vehicles in its fleet. Typically the organization will have to pay more for every additional truck it adds into the system. Fees for support, maintenance and upgrades are generally wrapped into the subscription price, so the organization can usually determine what the total cost of ownership for the system will be during its lifecycle.

TMS Software Deployment

Transportation management systems are typically deployed two ways: cloud-based and hosted on-premise.

Cloud-based. With a cloud-based system, the software is hosted on the vendor or a third party’s servers, and can be accessed through a web browser or via a mobile app if the vendor offers one. The recent trend has definitely been toward deploying cloud-based software, as it is often cheaper to deploy and easier to manage for smaller to midsize fleets.

On-premise. The organization hosts the software on its own computers and servers. The traditional method of software deployment, on-premise deployment has started falling out of fashion in the TMS realm due largely to the increased use of internet-connected hardware devices embedded in trucks or other commercial vehicles. That said, larger distribution firms, or firms with particular security needs might find more value out of an on-premise system.

Market Trends to Understand

Internet of Things. More TMS systems are starting to integrate or otherwise be paired with Internet of Things (IoT) hardware devices that are placed in the vehicle and are used to relay more than just simple GPS tracking. Food distributors, for example, often use internet-connected thermometers to ensure that food shipments are maintained at certain temperatures.

Global Trade Management. Some TMS platforms also feature modules for Global Trade Management, such as international tax and ISO compliance, international shipping schedules and other tools to assist with transoceanic shipping.

Driverless technology. It will be interesting to see which TMS vendors make the greatest strides into developing integrations for autonomous vehicles. It is expected that commercial autonomous vehicles will be on the roads en masse in as little as five years, so expect there to be much disruption in the realm of fleet and transportation management.

Evaluating TMS 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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