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Freightview

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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WISE

Royal 4's WISE warehouse management system is a leader in supply chain management solution. With nearly 30 years of experience in the industry, this product is a great investment for any size enterprise.
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ShippersEdge

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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Kenandy Cloud ERP

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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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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ViewPoint Logistics

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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Infor Supply Chain Management

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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BluJay Solutions Procurement

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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Latitude WMS

PathGuide Technologies delivers comprehensive warehouse management systems to optimize productivity and key processes across a distribution enterprise. Their flagship product, Latitude WMS, is engineered to embrace the system’s... Read More
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Telogis Route

Established in 2001, Telogis Route provides a full, end-to-end Transportation Management platform for fleet-based companies of all sizes. This powerful solution includes features such as job scheduling, status tracking, a rules engine,... Read More
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TECSYS EliteSeries

TECSYS, one of the leaders in the market, provides a series of supply chain management solutions suitable for mid-size and large distribution companies. They currently service over six hundred corporations in verticals such as healthcare,... 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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Wireless Warehouse in a Box™ by Systems Logic

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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3G-TM

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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UltraShipTMS

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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Apprise

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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NorthStar WMS

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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Oracle SCM Cloud

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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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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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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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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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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MercuryGate

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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Epicor Supply Chain

Epicor is a leading provider of enterprise software solutions for small to medium-sized companies. Solution can be deployed on-premise or hosted by Epicor. Solution is customizable and can easily integrate with existing solutions.
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FreightMaster TMS

FreightMaster TMS offers planning and control for users looking to maximize their logistics practices. This is a great suite for shippers with single or multiple locations and 3PL's. FreightMaster TMS can save users time by automating... Read More
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Transplace TMS

Transplace is a non-asset based third party logistics (3PL) provider, offering manufacturers and retailers logistics technology and transportation management services. These services include intermodal, truck brokerage, logistics... Read More
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TMW Transportation Management Software

We really like the fact that this application can operate both as a stand-alone system or alternatively integrate with your ERP solution. Buyers should evaluate TMW if they want to improve dispatch management and asset tracking.
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JDA Software

We recommend JDA Software to logistics professionals in a number of industries, including CPGs, biotech, pharmaceuticals, aerospace & defense, electronics and apparel. Used by over 80 percent of Gartner’s Supply Chain Top 25.
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SAP - SCM

Over 30,000 companies, spanning 120 different countries, are using SAP ERP Financials to conduct their financial management. Noteworthy names include General Mills and Office Max. SAP ERP Financials is a part of SAP’s Business Suite,... Read More
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Syntelic

With its flexible, feature-rich solution, Syntelic offers organizations a total supply chain management solution. Syntelic fuses advanced algorithms and sophisticated business logic to track the flow of inventory and labor in the warehouse,... Read More
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Logimax

Logimax is a warehouse management system that leverages the strength of the IBMi platform.  It is built for 3PL and multi-customer warehouse businesses. It is also suitable for industries such as consumer packaged goods, pharmaceuticals,... Read More
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BrokerWare TMS

Brokerware TMS was designed to help more efficiently and effectively manage the daily operations of a freight brokerage. 3PL Systems developed a solution that is extremely user-friendly, allowing companies to easily manage all shipping... Read More
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Appian by TMW Systems

17 of the top 25 dedicated carriers utilize this solution. Appian is a transportation and route optimization solution from TMW Systems. A good system for a wide variety of logistics operations, from 3PLs to dedicated carriers.
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Roadnet Transportation Suite

Roadnet Technologies offers a complex transportation and logistics system. Aimed to reduce miles, increase driver safety, boost profit, and improve the use of vehicles, this solution lowers costs and improves customer service.
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AdvantageTMS

AdvantageTMS by HA Advantage assists users by automating the carrier selection process and ensuring transportation managers select the most cost-efficient carriers. A great fit for those that deal with less-than-truckload freight.
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AMT

AMT by Orion is an end-to-end ERP suite that offers transportation and logistics management functionality designed for those in the apparel industry. Also includes advanced reporting and business intelligence features.
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Real Time Value Network

RTVN by One Network Enterprises is a great logistics solution for those in a variety of industries, including automotive, chemicals, CPGs, oil and gas, medical equipment, and more. Web-based application accessible in the Cloud.
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Demand Commander

Demand Commander is a robust, comprehensive demand planning and forecasting solution that provides companies with an entire suite of applications to manage every aspect of their sales and operations planning process. Demand Commander... Read More
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FlexTMS

We recommend FlexTMS by Echo Global Logistics for large shippers looking to keep track of operations. Features of this web-based software include weight analysis, rate negotiation, and freight bill audit and payment.
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SAP Business One

SAP Business One is an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) software suite which primarily serves small to medium-sized businesses with up to one hundred employees and less than $75 million in annual revenue. SAP Business... Read More
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Manhattan™ TMS

A global leader in supply chain management software, Manhattan Associates helps its customers forecast and manage demand in complex environments. Founded in 1990, the company has offices around the world and invests annually in research... Read More
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Supply Chain Planning & Optimization

Quintiq's powerful Supply Chain Planning & Optimization (SCP&O) platform was designed with flexibility and problem solving in mind, smoothing any issues with planning and job scheduling without making any changes to the core system... Read More
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Dr Dispatch

Dr. Dispatch is a transportation management system built specifically for logistics and freight companies. The system helps manage trucking and freight loads as well as contract and carrier rate documentation for each job.
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Pantonium

Strike the perfect balance between service and cost with Pantonium Platform. This scalable, web-based dispatch and operations management software was designed specifically for Demand Response, Para-Transit, and Non-Emergency Medical... Read More
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Icertis

Recently recognized at the 2013 ICT Awards by Frost & Sullivan as ‘Emerging IT Application of the Year’ in the Transportation and Logistics sector, Icertis has cloud based Contract Management, Transportation Management and Fleet... Read More
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Cirrus TMS

For companies and supply chains of any size looking to improve the overall shipping process, Cirrus TMS has been providing an end-to-end transportation management tool for over a decade. Cirrus TMS provides a host of useful features... Read More
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Maxoptra

Since 1999, Magenta Technology has been one of the leading providers of real-time scheduling tools. Maxoptra, their web-based Transportation Management offering, gives smaller companies a simple, cost-effective tool to manage fleets... Read More
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DispatchTrack Delivery Logistics Manager

DispatchTrack Delivery Logistics Manager is a powerful, web-based delivery management solution that helps with routing, tracking, and workflow management. It provides a central point of communication between drivers in the field and... Read More
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Asentex Contract Management

Asentex Contract Management provides a cloud-based and on-premise solution for organizations of various sizes including departments within large enterprises. This software is a fit for an extensive range of industries, which include... Read More
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NOVA by Aurora Software

Aurora Software, Inc. has been creating software solutions for the motor freight industry for over three decades. NOVA is their standalone transportation management system that is available as an on-premises or remote access product.... Read More
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Buyer's Guide

Logistics software companies provide tools to assist third-party logistics (3PL) providers; freight forwarders; air-, land- and sea-based cargo companies; exporters; importers and all related supply chain management (SCM) operations in reducing errors and improving efficiency in the SCM process.

But with so many different products out there serving every niche from dispatch and delivery to full-enterprise logistics suites, selecting the right logistics system can present a challenge.

We created this guide in order to support you when selecting a logistics system that will work for your company.

Here’s what we’ll cover:

What Is Logistics Software?
Common Features of Logistics Software

What Type of Buyer Are You?
Market Trends to Understand

What Is Logistics Management Software?

Logistic software is designed to provide logistics providers the necessary tools to support them in the execution and management of their product delivery business. There are basically two sides to this kind of software:

Supply chain management. These are the features that manage the execution of the freight pick-up, tracking and delivery. SCM entails managing all the inventory and transportation details to get the product to its final destination.

Screenshot of U Route dashboard

Screenshot of U Route dashboard

Brokerage and bidding. Since most logistics operators serve third parties on a contract basis, freight brokerage software needs to manage the business aspect, too. Freight broker software can include bid and contract management, CRM, accounting and other essential business functions. Because some businesses focus solely on this freight brokerage aspect, there are also specific software solutions, often labeled freight broker or freight forwarder software, which cater directly to these types of operations.

Common Features of Logistics Software

Inventory control Manages purchase orders and supply levels, tracking the on-hand, allocated and ordered quantities along with historical and trend information for forecasting purposes. Supports order fulfillment, warehouse control and supplier sourcing.
Transportation management Includes automated carrier selection (to determine the smartest carrier or shipping method for each delivery), shipment consolidation, route optimization, real-time tracking of cargo and dispatch scheduling.
Warehouse management Usually includes barcode or RFID scanning, inventory transfer and smart storage tools to support the warehouse manager in storage location decisions and assistance with picking/packing.
Import/export support Since many freight carriers deal with international cargo, most systems support you in managing currency exchanges, customs, taxes, multiple languages, trade regulations etc.
Track and Trace Helps monitor items’ previous and current locations as it moves through the supply chain. “Tracking” refers to items’ current locations, while “tracing” refers to items’ previous locations. Track and trace software relies on barcoding, GPS and radio frequency identification devices to collect this information.
Risk management Helps make the best out of bad situations by simplifying accident processing, insurance claims, lost freight or other incidents. Can also be used to identify potential areas to mitigate risk—for example, analyzing driver history or hazmat practices.
Integrated accounting Handles quotes, expenses, billing, invoicing, receivables and even currency transactions to ensure seamless information transfer between the management of freight and payment.
Customer relationship management Supports sales and marketing practices, as well as help desk and customer satisfaction.

What Type of Buyer Are You?

In our experience, most companies looking for transportation and logistics solutions fall into one of the following categories:

Domestic transport and courier. Smaller businesses dealing primarily with local or domestic goods are generally looking for smaller, simpler systems. Aside from the obvious elimination of the international shipping feature, the warehousing functionality tends to be scaled back as well, designed for ease of use rather than comprehensiveness.

Specialist. This applies to any business that focuses on one particular niche of the SCM industry. For example a shipping company will want detailed transportation functionality; a warehouse will want warehouse and inventory control; a distribution center will want dispatch and delivery. These companies will value best-of-breed solutions that have excellent functionality in their target niche more than they will broad integration across multiple categories.

Freight forwarder. Companies that manage the warehousing and delivery of freight need stronger warehouse and inventory features. For these buyers, our freight forwarding software guide gives more helpful information.

Third-party logistics provider. Since 3PL companies generally serve lots of customers from a wide variety of locations, they’ll need very robust CRM and accounting and excellent inventory control. They’ll likely want freight software geared specifically to the 3PL market like 3PLink and Accellos.

Private fleet manager. This represents the logistics arm of a larger company, for which SCM is a major and self-run component. These buyers will likely need an ERP-focused solution that easily integrates with the rest of the company’s operations. Example vendors include SAP, Manhattan Associates and RedPrairie. Our fleet management guide offers a list of solutions to help manage data on transportation operations.

Market Trends to Understand

  • Increase in RFID popularity: This technology has been in use for a while, but with costs coming down it’s gradually becoming more and more accessible to smaller businesses. Since RFID speeds-up inventory transfers much more than barcodes, the prevalence of RFID tracking to increase.
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  • More GPS-reliant features: Receivers like to know where their products are and when they’re going to get there. With the growing availability and popularity of GPS, expect to see more and more features that not only scan barcodes and RFIDs to know when it’s arrived where, but that tell the receiver exactly where that truck, train or ship is in transit.
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  • Better risk management: Between natural disasters, economic disasters, wars and cyber attacks, companies are starting to wake-up to the fact that logistics carries with it a high-level of risk. The most resilient companies are the ones that mitigate risk through diversifying their supply chains, using multiple factories, multiple modes of transportation and plenty of redundancy in communications channels.
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  • Greater compliance tracking: Another aspect of managing risk, many companies are starting to crack down on drivers’ Hours of Service (HOS) compliance by attaching electronic onboard recorders that track the time the vehicle is in operation. Since 2011, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has been working to make these devices mandatory for all interstate commercial bus and trucking companies. Although FMCSA’s efforts have met opposition from the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, many companies are already moving in this direction.
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  • More Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offerings: The entire software industry is moving toward service-based products rather than one-time purchases, and logistics software solutions are no different. Recent trends point toward improving business-to-business connectivity, which is good news for 3PLs and freight forwarders looking to streamline communications with their customers. Many freight management system vendors now offer the option to deploy applications on site or host the systems through the vendors' own servers.