The request for proposal (RFP) process for a transportation management system (TMS) can appear challenging for unprepared shippers. However, assembling a list of critical freight and logistics requirements can improve the process. Shippers that enter an RFP equipped with a practical and specified list of logistics requirements will have higher chances of success. Before beginning the composition of your business’s logistics requirements, several key list components are considered. And these strategic approaches are part of the driving force behind increased TMS implementation and adoption rates. Adoption is expanding rapidly in recent months, says Bridget McCrea of Logistics Management. And shippers need to start by taking the steps and considerations outlined below.
Start by Identifying What Is Lacking With Your Current Tech Stack
The first step in articulating your business’s critical freight and logistics requirements should depend upon the current tech stack. The current technology available determines the immediate needs for TMS. Perhaps your business cannot properly track and manage freight, or perhaps there is a need for an improved user interface. The short of this: the critical freight and logistics requirements list will depend heavily on the current technology stack. Each TMS offers different benefits and should shape to benefit your company according to what you prioritize. Knowing that information is critical to defining the right resources for use within your TMS onboarding process too.
Identify the Logistics Requirements Available in Off-the-Shelf Solutions
With the current technology stack needs defined, the time for exploring TMS options has come. While systems can configure to fit your business in a tailored manner, these options take incredibly long to implement. In contrast to these more tailored options, pre-configured systems can roll out on day one and require little-to-no integration or customization. This eliminates most of the headaches associated with TMS implementation. This option makes for a great choice, too, because pre-configured systems can still meet your critical freight and logistics requirements. And paired with available TMS automation within pre-configured systems, identifying which logistics requirements can be achieved through off-the-shelf solutions can save time and money.