Just as today’s smart phones bear little resemblance to the cell phones in use ten years ago, supply chain technology has vastly improved, and continues to see rapid advancements. Some TMS providers offer services that encompass the full life cycle of a shipment. Before a load is tendered or a route chosen, TMS solutions
include purchasing capabilities designed specifically for the transportation industry as well as carrier or fleet management. And, after the shipment has been delivered, a TMS can flag some of the most obvious invoice issues – a duplicate bill, a charge that is different than the quote –allowing shippers to address these discrepancies quickly and, if they choose, directly with carriers.