There are a number of significant TMS problems that can frustrate companies and their customers.
Often a company experiencing these problems tries to employ a “quick fix” to address the issue. But those quick fixes can become more of a problem than the original issue. Doing more harm than good, quick fixes — i.e., not fixes for the real problem — can set a company back.
And that will mean that the quick fix exacerbates and contributes even more issues in the future. However, advanced solutions, applying automation, and enterprise TMS solutions can help.
TMS Problems Are More Prevalent Among Lite Solutions and Limited Resources
Plenty of companies use so-called TMS “lite” solutions, instead of a full-fledged, multi-functional TMS system. These basic options can work well for simple transportation management in the early stages of company development, but over time these basic versions will not be able to handle TMS problems that appear. That is generally because these solutions lack full integration abilities and may rely on outdated, inaccurate, or incomplete data.
Many TMS problems come from a company’s focus on cost reduction instead of looking at the solutions that can bring them more customers and increase their revenue levels.
According to Forbes, “Historically, the main reason companies implemented transportation management technologies is to reduce costs. Very few companies implement logistics solutions to drive increased sales.”
Why TMS Quick Fixes Contribute to Other Pain
Often, quick fixes for TMS problems do not correct the main issue. Additionally, they only solve one question when a holistic solution could be adapted to update everything at once. That is an essential part of finding ways to advance a company’s interests and help their customers receive crucial information. While it is understandable to want to fix something right away and move on, it is also not realistic to fix only one part of an issue and assume that it is resolved.
Tips to Avoid TMS Problems With a Cohesive System
- Use an API to integrate supply chain systems.
- Keep the software updated and debugged frequently.
- Take advantage of SaaS-based platforms for more connection.
- Deploy new environments as needed to keep things moving forward.
- Connect other platforms based on customer demand.