Challenges Faced by Shippers in Today’s World
Dedicated Transportation Management Platforms Empower Shippers
Additional Benefits of TMS Automation
- Optimized distribution methods. Most enterprise TMS today includes route optimization. Still, it is essential to look for platforms that continuously review and redevelop routes, a crucial function to stay competitive and overcome obstacles in any mode. Also, look for an enterprise TMS that provides multi-modal shipping optimization, especially those modes needing more attention, like last-mile delivery, the most expensive of all the shipping modes per hundredweight.
- Utilization of new fulfillment models. Demand continues to increase, so new fulfillment models, such as just-in-time fulfillment require procurement at the speed of light. This literal example involves intuitive TMS functions that integrate with the WMS to automate reordering, inbound dock scheduling, and more.
- Access to dropshipping and cross-docking strategies. Dropshipping and cross-docking, while new fulfillment models, deserve a second mention. These strategies demand utmost confidence in the supply chain network, unparalleled collaboration, and automated order processing—functions inherent in a best-in-class TMS.
- Integrate your TMS with brick-and-mortar POS systems, notes Digital Commerce 360.
- Increased scrutiny of transportation costs and fees. A modern TMS also includes an assortment of freight auditing capabilities, such as running reports to isolate accessorials and keep them under control.
- Use of load consolidation programs. Load consolidation and deconsolidation are critical functions to keeping freight spend in check and using multi-modal shipping.
- Access to more carriers. Working with more carriers reduces capacity concerns and enables scalability in the freight network.
- Reduced risk for human error. Automation between the TMS and other supply chain systems, including the point of sale system (POS), reduces the risk of human error, which naturally increases customer service.