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Infoplus

Infoplus is an inventory management solution for small to midsize organizations in industries including consumer goods, electronics, food and beverage, retail, pharmaceuticals and more. The system is offered primarily as a web-based... Read more

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WISE

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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Rose Rocket

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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Logistically

Logistically is a cloud-based transportation management solution (TMS) designed for 3PLs, brokers and shippers of all sizes. Features include billing and invoicing, load management, order management, shipment management, routing, scheduling... Read more

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PowerHouse

PowerHouseWMS is a warehouse management solution (WMS) suitable for businesses of all sizes and industries. It offers tools to manage multiple warehouse activities including receiving, replenishment, task interleaving, cycle counting,... Read more

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Oracle SCM Cloud

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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3G-TM

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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ShippersEdge

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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TECSYS EliteSeries

TECSYS provides a series of supply chain management solutions suitable for midsize and large distribution companies. They currently service a wide range of verticals such as healthcare, 3PL, and other high-volume distribution industries. TECSYS... Read more

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NorthStar WMS

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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U Route

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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Latitude WMS

Latitude WMS is a warehouse management solution for retail and wholesale distributors of all sizes. Key features include cycle counting, performance metrics, picking, putaway, receiving and WMS training. Latitude WMS provides users... Read more

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Transwide TMS by Alpega

Alpega is a provider of modular Transportation Management Solutions (TMS). Delivered as a Software as a Service (SaaS), this suite of integrated solutions enables shippers, logistics service providers, and carriers to collaboratively... Read more

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HighJump Warehouse Advantage

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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Best Ship

Best Manifesting is a USPS Certified and Authorized Vendor of eVS and Mail.dat offering multi-carrier options with the user-friendly product Best Ship since 2006. Best Manifesting offers custom development and integration to all inventory... Read more

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2Ship

2Ship is a cloud-based transportation management solution designed for home offices, small businesses, enterprises and distribution centers for third-party logistics (3PL) firms. Features include import and export, bills of lading,... Read more

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BlueCherry

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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ShipHawk

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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ViewPoint Logistics

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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AIT SureShip

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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Buyer's guide


Last Updated: March 2, 2019

While larger-scale logistics solutions (known as "integrated suites" of software) tend to cover a wide variety of supply chain functions, freight software programs—generally marketed as “freight forwarder” or “freight broker” software—are specialized logistics solutions that focus on the shipping phase of the supply chain.

System features will vary depending on the vendor, but some freight software packages offer inventory control functionality, such as order and invoice automation, and dispatch capabilities in addition to shipping functionality. Because these features can be specific to certain shipping needs, it’s important to find the freight software system that best suits your business.

To help you understand the market, we’ve put together this buyer’s guide. Here’s what we’ll cover:

What Is Freight Software?
Common Features of Freight Software
What Type of Buyer Are You?
Pricing: Web-Based vs. On-Premise

What Is Freight Software?

Freight software is a type of logistics software used primarily for tasks such as shipment quoting, carrier selection and route planning, tracking shipments, dispatching and inventory management. Many third-party logistics (3PL) businesses use freight software to facilitate their daily operations.

While some vendors offer freight software as part of a larger, integrated logistics platform, those systems may be too complex or cost-prohibitive for small to midsize shipping businesses that only need functionality related to their specific operations.

There is no uniform definition for these products, due to their variation in functionality. However, freight brokerage products are often geared towards specific types of businesses—for example, smaller 3PLs that only need to facilitate the shipment of goods between a manufacturer and customer. Freight forwarder software, on the other hand, may include added functionality, as freight forwarders generally offer storage options and may even ship goods themselves (more on this below).

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Carrier selection feature in URoute frieght software

Common Features of Freight Software

Because the freight software category encompasses a variety of different products, it’s important to select the features specific to your business needs. Many freight software products offer some combination of the following features:

Quoting Allows users to estimate prices for individual shipments based on factors such as weight and distance. This function is needed by 3PLs and other freight brokers in order to bid on shipments from manufacturers.
Carrier selection Determines the optimal carrier for a particular shipment, using factors such as price and route. Some systems can intelligently filter out carrier options based on your requirements to shorten the selection process. May offer a shipment consolidation function to pair similar shipments together for better pricing.
Route planning Also found in larger transportation management software packages; allows users to optimize shipping routes based on distance, fuel cost, load size and other factors. More suitable for domestic shipping operations, as most features are geared towards trucking (some, but not all, solutions can support international operations).
Shipment tracking Provides visibility into live shipments and delivery statuses. Many shipment tracking features offer snapshots of the shipment’s details, special delivery instructions and billing amounts. Modern technology allows for real-time tracking information, which can include estimated time of arrival and alerts in cases of delays or other issues.
Dispatching Tracks delivery vehicle capacity and delivery times. Some features also offer time logs for drivers, as well as other employee-management functions. These kinds of capabilities allow more oversight into delivery driver behavior and increases accountability among employees.
Inventory management Monitors freight being stored on the way to its final destination. Suitable for smaller freight and 3PL companies, as these features typically include basic inventory control functions only. (Full inventory management suites provide wider functionality geared towards larger warehouse operations and high-overhead businesses.)

What Type of Buyer Are You?

Again, due to the variance in features that can be included in freight software products, it’s best to begin evaluating options based on the nature of your company’s operations:

Freight brokers. For companies that facilitate the bidding process between manufacturers, shippers and buyers, such as smaller or growing 3PL companies, freight broker software with a simple quoting feature may be the most functionality that is needed. These systems typically include additional tools such as invoicing or shipment tracking, though they may not be necessary for your business.

Freight forwarders. For businesses that do the above and offer additional storage or warehousing services for goods throughout the shipping process, freight software with added functionality may be required. This might include an inventory management component, which would help users keep track of the items coming in and out of their facility, or dispatching capabilities to assist with the shipment of goods.

Pricing: Web-Based vs. On-Premise

Pricing for these solutions is dependent on the functionality they offer and the deployment model that is chosen. Deployment models include:

  • Web-based. This is software that is hosted online, on servers managed by the software vendor, and that can be accessed by users from anywhere via an Internet browser. These are generally subscription-based (“Software-as-a-Service”) systems that charge either a monthly or annual fee, usually based on the number of users who will need to access the system.

    Web-based deployment models are the most common freight software offerings on the market, particularly for small to midsize businesses. This is because these solutions often have a lower cost of entry than on-premise systems: There is no setup fee or additional hardware that needs to be purchased.
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  • On-premise. This software is hosted on the buyer’s own servers, typically at the business location. For this type of software, buyers typically must purchase an upfront, perpetual license for continued use of the software; there is no additional subscription fee. However, users might see additional fees for upgrades, customizations or maintenance, and hardware may need to be purchased.

    On-premise freight software solutions tend to be larger, more expensive systems that include a wide degree of functionality; they may actually be more similar to an integrated suite of transportation management or logistics software. However, these systems may be the right fit for certain businesses—particularly those with larger shipping operations.

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Whichever deployment model you choose, there is one basic rule to keep in mind: the more functionality your freight software provides, the higher the price will be.