Digital transformation is one topic that is dominating our industry—and rightfully so, considering the significant competitive advantages and opportunities it brings to global supply chains. It’s rare to come across an industry article or conference that doesn’t reference how supply chains are being disrupted, automated, and optimized through digitalization. We recently participated in two conferences that both focused on this topic: Transparency 18, a freight visibility summit hosted by FreightWaves, and the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference—Move to Mastery: Innovate, Disrupt, and Scale the Digital Supply Chain.
Everybody is talking about the digital transformation of supply chains. “Digitalization” is much more than a buzzword—it’s a very real shift in supply chain management, and the evidence supporting the critical nature of digital transformation is mounting. With the technology available, there’s great potential to use it to improve supply chains. Read More…
Technology and innovation drove many conversations in the global logistics and supply chain industry in 2017. Those topics reigned among the top posts here on Connect, too—as did posts about managing supply chain disruption and global shipping projections. As we hit restart and begin a new year, take a moment to revisit the top posts—and top supply chain trends—of 2017.
As consumers, we’ve all seen the semiautonomous features that have been steadily added to the cars we drive. Adaptive cruise control, automated parallel parking, automatic emergency braking, and blind spot warning systems are all examples of relatively recent features that aim to add efficiency and safety to our commutes, road trips, and general running around town. In the same way advancements are happening in the consumer automobile space, new technologies are helping shape the future of logistics as well. Read More…
A TMS, or transportation management system, is a digital platform that streamlines shipping processes by providing visibility into all transportation activities on one online interface. A TMS automates processes a shipper currently has in place. It also provides insights into new ways that the shipper can save time and money on future shipments. Such insights include transportation planning and execution, business intelligence, freight payment, and disaster recovery.
In this post, we’ll look at the major functions of a TMS, the benefits of these systems, the challenges companies face when they lack a TMS, and the factors to consider when choosing a TMS for your business.