Transportation management systems (TMS) have been on the market for years. But some shippers have chosen not to implement one, for a variety of reasons. Yet they also come to a point where a TMS becomes more relevant to their business. In other cases, an existing TMS simply cannot handle the demands of e-commerce, global shipping, and other complex moves. That’s where switching providers or kickstarting a using a TMS RFP template process can begin.
Ensuring the TMS RFP meets the shipper’s business needs remains the most critical aspect of the selection process. Asking the right questions eases any barriers during the TMS selection and implementation process. Preparation and education are essential to make that informed choice.
Top challenges in a TMS RFP
Not asking the right TMS RFP questions can leave shippers on the wrong end of an informed choice. For instance, can the TMS handle international, multiple modes, including last-mile delivery management? Typically, it’s not enough to simply handle a single shipping mode or just enable e-commerce.
Why a Technology Partner Is Critical to Promoting a Faster RFP
Top Considerations When Going Through the TMS RFP
Asking the right questions was referenced above, but there are other things to consider when crafting the perfect RFP for your TMS or any other system.
Much like the RFP process for onboarding a new carrier, it is essential to consider all aspects of the business, says John Hancock of Inbound Logistics.
“This process will involve several different parties—and ensuring everyone is aligned on your objectives will help manage time, resources, and expectations. Questions to ask your team include: