Advancements in technology, particularly surrounding the use of a transportation management system (TMS), provide greater adaptability to shipping chains, carriers, and freight lines. The combination of new SaaS options, automation, and advanced platform services have changed the industry. Shippers, carriers, and brokers of all sizes realize goals and improve services with advanced TMS projects. However, not every system finds success on the first go around. When a TMS plan gets derailed and forward progress stalls, it may be time to take a step back and determine the best approach for getting back on track.
Determine Why the Original Project Stalled and What the Weak Link Was
- Initial set up costs may have been too high.
- Ongoing budget needs could not be met or maintained.
- The lack of vendor support put too much pressure on the network.
- Managers may have had a limited understanding of actual needs.
- Goals could have been set too high or too unattainable.
- Poor business case development initially sabotaged progress.
- Managers and team members simply didn’t take enough time to consider all needs.
- The team could not correctly navigate market disruptions.
- Unforeseen disruptions and deviations derailed progress.
Review Your Costs and Opportunities For Savings If a TMS Project Plan Had Been in Place
Build A New Business Case and Reaffirm Why a TMS Is Needed
Streamline the RFP Process With Thorough Benchmarking And Renewed Goals
TMS projects rely on accurate and reliable benchmarking and goal setting. This becomes particularly true when dealing with systems that manage trucking and order fulfillment. Goals provide a focus and help keep everyone on the same page. TMS projects and RFP plans often go off course because of poor planning and goal setting. This becomes a vital part of the restarting process for management and team members alike.