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WISE logo
 
WISE was developed by Royal 4, a leader in supply chain management for more than 20 years. The system helps manage transportation as part of its WMS application and is flexible enough to support a number of industries.
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WISE was developed by Royal 4, a leader in supply chain management for more than 20 years. The system helps manage transportation as part of its WMS application and is flexible enough to support a number of industries.
 
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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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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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NorthStar WMS is a warehouse management system with integrated transportation and asset management, vendor managed inventory, and order fulfillment applications. It is a .NET Web-based solution that can be deployed either in the cloud... Read More
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NorthStar WMS is a warehouse management system with integrated transportation and asset management, vendor managed inventory, and order fulfillment applications. It is a .NET Web-based solution that can be deployed either in the cloud... Read More
 
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3G-TM is a comprehensive transportation management system suitable for shipping and third-party logistics companies. This system can be installed both on-premise and in the cloud. It can be bought as a suite, or its individual modules,... Read More
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3G-TM is a comprehensive transportation management system suitable for shipping and third-party logistics companies. This system can be installed both on-premise and in the cloud. It can be bought as a suite, or its individual modules,... Read More
 
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For companies looking for a simple, budget-friendly TMS solution, ShippersEdge is a web-based, highly scalable route optimization system that manages shipping logistics from beginning to end across the entire enterprise. ShippersEdge... Read More
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For companies looking for a simple, budget-friendly TMS solution, ShippersEdge is a web-based, highly scalable route optimization system that manages shipping logistics from beginning to end across the entire enterprise. ShippersEdge... Read More

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Wireless Warehouse in a Box™ by Systems Logic logo
 
Having mobility in mind, Wireless Warehouse In A Box™ offers turnkey WMS software with tier 1 capability with a multi-language, mobile solution. From blind receipts and directed put-away, to full pick, pack, ship and carrier compliance... Read More
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Having mobility in mind, Wireless Warehouse In A Box™ offers turnkey WMS software with tier 1 capability with a multi-language, mobile solution. From blind receipts and directed put-away, to full pick, pack, ship and carrier compliance... Read More
 
Infor Supply Chain Management logo
 
Infor Supply Chain Management is a powerful tool designed to help organizations optimize their supply chain from end-to-end. With analytics at its core, Infor SCM helps you gain greater visibility into every facet of your supply... Read More
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Infor Supply Chain Management is a powerful tool designed to help organizations optimize their supply chain from end-to-end. With analytics at its core, Infor SCM helps you gain greater visibility into every facet of your supply... Read More
 
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For over four decades, Maves has been delivering solutions that manage the storage, handling and distribution of materials in the Supply Chain. Maves' flagship product, ViewPoint Logistics, was designed specifically for third-party... Read More
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For over four decades, Maves has been delivering solutions that manage the storage, handling and distribution of materials in the Supply Chain. Maves' flagship product, ViewPoint Logistics, was designed specifically for third-party... Read More
 
HighJump Warehouse Advantage logo
 
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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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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EliteSeries is a user-friendly Supply Chain Management solution from TECSYS. In addition to flexible deployment options, open source architecture gives companies maximum flexibility to customize and integrate the system.
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EliteSeries is a user-friendly Supply Chain Management solution from TECSYS. In addition to flexible deployment options, open source architecture gives companies maximum flexibility to customize and integrate the system.
 
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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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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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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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BluJay Solutions’ Transportation Management offers cloud-based procurement, supply chain planning, execution and settlement transportation. Users also have access to BluJay’s Global Trade Network with various connected partners.... Read More
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BluJay Solutions’ Transportation Management offers cloud-based procurement, supply chain planning, execution and settlement transportation. Users also have access to BluJay’s Global Trade Network with various connected partners.... Read More

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S2K Warehouse Management Software logo
 
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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Kenandy cloud-based ERP is an enterprise resource planning solution built on Salesforce platform and created to help companies manage designing, manufacturing and product distribution workflows. It enables businesses to manage core... Read More
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Kenandy cloud-based ERP is an enterprise resource planning solution built on Salesforce platform and created to help companies manage designing, manufacturing and product distribution workflows. It enables businesses to manage core... Read More
 
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UltraShipTMS is a web-based Transportation Management System platform with integrated private fleet management capabilities for in- and out-bound logistics across all modes and has been on the market since 2001. The core TMS module... Read More
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UltraShipTMS is a web-based Transportation Management System platform with integrated private fleet management capabilities for in- and out-bound logistics across all modes and has been on the market since 2001. The core TMS module... Read More
 
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Oracle SCM Cloud offers a full suite of applications for companies to manage their supply chain, distribution, manufacturing, inventory management, and fleet.  Using product development, users can create a detailed bill of material... Read More
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Oracle SCM Cloud offers a full suite of applications for companies to manage their supply chain, distribution, manufacturing, inventory management, and fleet.  Using product development, users can create a detailed bill of material... 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

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Buyer's Guide

by Lisa Hedges,
Content Analyst
Last Updated: November 22, 2017


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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