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7 Ways to Use a TMS to Add Flexibility in a Multichannel Environment

IoTKeeping pace with constantly changing multichannel models can be a formidable supply chain challenge. Increased competition and the quest for growth are driving the need to react quickly to changing market demands, all while maintaining high service standards and meeting consumers’ rising expectations. TMS technology can play a key role in helping companies develop new multichannel capabilities and improve existing ones.

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What Is a TMS, and How Can Businesses Profit From It?

transportation_management_systemA 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.

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4 Tips to Ensure the Upcoming Eclipse Doesn’t Leave Your Supply Chain in the Dark

solar_eclipseFrom hurricanes to cyber-attacks, supply chain managers have to anticipate and manage the impacts of unplanned disruptions. While most disruptions occur without warning, sometimes shippers and logistics providers do have an opportunity to see one coming and plan accordingly.

Such is the case for the solar eclipse that will occur across the United States next week. According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), this rare occurrence has the potential to impact millions of truck drivers, especially those moving freight across or within the 14 states that are in the path of totality. Read More…

Implementing a TMS: Why Communication is a Key Success Factor

TMS-implementationHaving invested in a transportation management system (TMS), you’re looking forward to its implementation. But the term “implementation” doesn’t really capture the full implications of this next step. Implementing a TMS means much more than installing and plugging in a system—the experience is transformative and requires some serious change management resources. Read More…