The Importance of Transportation Management Systems in 2019 and Beyond


Logistics Management editor Bridget McCrea released an article at the beginning of this year updating us on the status of Transportation Management Systems (TMS) and their use in the supply chain.  Read on to see what she had to say about the status of TMS in 2019:

There have been a vast variety of reasons that those in the supply chains have turned to updated technology to make things run more smoothly on all fronts: there has been “rising freight rates, driver shortages, tight truck capacity, and changing customer demands” to name a few obstacles, according to McCrea.  TMS are a good solution for companies that need to revolutionize the way they go about their business and run their supply chains. This technology is a huge step up from relying solely on word of mouth communication or manually made spreadsheets.

2018 saw a significant increase in the use of TMS, as companies moved toward the newer technology in order to increase their efficiency and supply chain visibility.  Some of this increase came from “a continued investment in TMS on the part of larger shippers plus first-time buyers investing in their first platforms”; both of these were very important to the rise in TMS usage, according to the article.  Other companies are looking into cloud-based systems, in order to take their technology game on step further. MercuryGate was at the forefront with their cloud-based system.

As a system that “automates the inbound and outbound shipping processes”, TMS can be critical to companies looking to expand and refine their processes already in place.  This is a useful technology, can free up employees, and reduce human error. Also, it can help you gain great insight into your supply chain. For more information on TMS in 2019 and beyond, click this link:

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