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Building a Business Case for a Transportation Management System

Organizational change management (OCM) and executive alignment are crucial for any transformational project, especially a transportation management system (TMS) project. A TMS implementation touches core business processes across function groups, requires deep enterprise resource planning (ERP) integration, and has an enterprise-wide impact that provides shippers with the answers to advance their business.

To gain internal support for a TMS project, a strong business case is a necessary first step. This helps decision-makers understand how a TMS can deliver business outcomes, when results will be achieved, and the resource investment required. Your business case should highlight how a TMS can benefit enterprise initiatives and impact areas that decision-makers care about.

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Key Points for You to Consider in the TMS Procurement Process

There are many reasons a company might be in the market for a transportation management system (TMS). Often at the top of the list is the need for streamlined shipping processes and visibility to all transportation activities in one technology platform. Common supply chain challenges that lead to a TMS purchase include procurement and transportation operations living as two separate functions, lack of visibility to freight movement, and limited control of freight from inbound suppliers.

Regardless of your company’s size or reason for wanting to implement a TMS, there are several key points to remember as you work through this transformative process.

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Infographic: 5 Steps for a Successful Global TMS Implementation

How can global shippers most efficiently distribute products to an extremely diverse, multinational customer base? Delivering exceptional service levels, regardless of where products are sourced and manufactured, or how buyers choose to purchase products is a constant challenge. To accomplish it, many turn to global logistics solutions that blend transportation management system (TMS) technology with supply chain expertise.

Implementing this kind of TMS solution is a transformative process. Don’t expect it to happen overnight. But there are certain steps you can take to make it as successful as possible. Read More…

5 Easy Ways to Monitor Supply Chain Health

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Editor’s note: This post originally ran last year. Since it’s a relevant topic, we wanted to share it with you again.

Is the current performance of your supply chain network optimal? How do you gauge network performance, know which numbers are important to you, and understand what they mean?

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