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Alvys TMS

Alvys is a modern cloud-based TMS. It simplifies everything from quotes to cash with its forward-thinking carrier, broker, and hybrid workflows. The best part? Their native EDI solution. Say goodbye to EDI headaches - Alvys has tr...Read more about Alvys TMS

5.0 (12 reviews)

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Rose Rocket

Rose Rocket TMS is a transportation management software built for modern trucking companies and brokerages. The software helps you input orders, generate contracted rates and spot quotes, track & trace shipments, manage documents,...Read more about Rose Rocket

4.5 (32 reviews)

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Excalibur WMS

Excalibur WMS by Camelot 3PL is a cloud-based or on-premise warehouse management solution (WMS), designed exclusively for third-party logistics (3PL) warehouses and fulfillment operations. Excalibur is customizable for a variety o...Read more about Excalibur WMS

4.3 (30 reviews)

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PCS TMS

PCS TMS for Shippers and Carriers offers seamless management of your entire transportation network from the Cloud. The cloud-based TMS is intuitive, efficient and affordable for shippers, carriers and asset-based brokerages of all...Read more about PCS TMS

4.4 (139 reviews)

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ShipHawk

At ShipHawk, we’re dedicated to improving and automating the world behind the buy button for growing companies. The reality today is that independent businesses must deliver on expectations set by the mega-retail giants and they h...Read more about ShipHawk

4.8 (30 reviews)

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TMSfirst AI based TMS

TMSfirst drives maximum supply chain artificial & business intelligence performance in any supply chain environment - Transportation, Planning, Scheduling, Management & Real-Time Transportation Visibility on One Platform connected...Read more about TMSfirst AI based TMS

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MyCarrierTMS

MyCarrier was formed, inspired, and driven by the shipping and logistics digital innovation possibilities. We aspire to be the ubiquitous platform that connects customers and carriers instantly and without barriers to fuel the fut...Read more about MyCarrierTMS

4.7 (98 reviews)

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DAT iQ

DAT iQ is a cloud-based data analysis solution for freight Brokers and Shippers. This product delivers comprehensive rate, capacity, and performance analytics solutions to equip Shippers and Brokers with actionable insights to red...Read more about DAT iQ

4.6 (61 reviews)

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Honeybee TMS

Honeybee TMS by CTSI-Global helps businesses streamline supply chain management with freight audit and payment, transportation management system, and business Intelligence. Data from past shipments can be used to improve process...Read more about Honeybee TMS

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Tai TMS

Tai TMS is an all-in-one platform for quoting, booking, and tracking shipments. Tai TMS focuses on helping freight brokers grow their businesses. Tai automates the LTL shipping process and provides FTL brokers with a centralized p...Read more about Tai TMS

4.4 (54 reviews)

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FreightPOP

FreightPOP is the leading software in the logistics and supply chain management sectors, offering a comprehensive, cloud-based 5-in-1 platform that expertly caters to a wide range of shipping and transportation management needs. T...Read more about FreightPOP

4.7 (45 reviews)

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Trimble TMS

Trimble TMS solutions help carrier companies keep their costs and services competitive, while delivering significant value every day. Trimble’s TMS products helps businesses with fleet management, route optimization, dispatch, loa...Read more about Trimble TMS

3.5 (28 reviews)

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Da Vinci Supply Chain Business Suite

Da Vinci is a cloud-based supply chain management (SCM) solution designed specifically for 3PLs, internet retailers and wholesale businesses with demanding warehouse, fulfillment and transportation needs. In addition to a WMS an...Read more about Da Vinci Supply Chain Business Suite

4.5 (17 reviews)

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Oracle Fusion Cloud SCM

Oracle Supply Chain Management (SCM) With Oracle Supply Chain Management (SCM) & Manufacturing, organizations can respond quickly to changing demand, supply, and market conditions. Seamlessly connect your supply chain to create a...Read more about Oracle Fusion Cloud SCM

3.9 (9 reviews)

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LIVE Connect

Banyan Technology, the leading provider of freight management software for all over-the-road (OTR) shipping, delivers real-time intel, actionable insights, and instant access to information to help drive greater operational effici...Read more about LIVE Connect

4.6 (8 reviews)

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Motive

Motive, formerly KeepTruckin, builds technology to improve the safety, productivity, and profitability of businesses that power the physical economy. The Motive Automated Operations Platform combines IoT hardware with AI-powered a...Read more about Motive

Pirate Ship

Pirate Ship is a cloud-based shipping management solution that helps small businesses manage and streamline all processes related to purchasing and printing of shipping labels. The centralized platform lets users search shipments,...Read more about Pirate Ship

Freightview

Shippers with LTL, FTL, and/or Parcel have found a home with Freightview's multi-modal TMS. We allow you to pull in your negotiated LTL & Parcel rates as well as interact directly with carrier partners via the Spot Quote / Volume...Read more about Freightview

Samsara

Samsara helps the largest and most complex operations organizations empower workers, save on fuel, and build a world-class safety program—all from a single easy-to-use, integrated platform. With tens of thousands of customers ac...Read more about Samsara

AscendTMS Logistics Software

AscendTMS is a cloud-based supply chain management (SCM) solution designed for businesses of all sizes. Key features include load management, accounting, finance management, branch management and payment management functionalities...Read more about AscendTMS Logistics Software

Buyers Guide

Last Updated: March 16, 2023

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](#pricing)

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.

  • 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.

pricing

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.