Transportation Management Systems (TMS) are important to logistics service providers as they collaborate with their customers to minimize costs and provide enhanced service levels. They oversee the movement of all inbound and outbound freight modes (including intermodal), at the domestic and international level. Clients look for a TMS to optimize their loads, provide rate and transit time analysis, provide service requests and load confirmations to and from carriers, to optimize their routes, and to provide electronic delivery confirmations. They offer unlimited opportunities to significantly reduce costs.
There are many systems to choose from that include on-premise solutions and hosted SaaS (software-as-a-service) applications. A typical TMS implementation is expected to bring savings in transportation spend of at least 5-6%. TMS plays a critical role by providing more accurate and timely visibility to costs and other KPI’s and as a result cost savings are realized in several areas.
4SIGHT's seasoned professionals have implemented industry leading Transportation Management Systems (TMS) throughout their professional careers. We have direct, hands-on experience integrating these solutions in LIVE production environments across all industry channels. Our experience is our story.
With the right preparation, the right resources, the right methodology, and the right leadership, you can implement a successful TMS project quickly and effectively. Below is a list of services that 4SIGHT can provide throughout the life of a TMS implementation project:
- Program/Project Managers
- Application Specialist
- Business Analysts
- Documentation Specialists
- Production Support
- Project Advisors
- Functional/Technical Leads
- QC Testing Specialists
- Solution Architects
- Software Developers
- Reports Developers
- Data Conversion Specialists
- Performance Engineers
TMS Functional Components:
A good TMS will have two basic modules - planning and execution. Our team has experience implementing the following TMS Functional Components:
Successfully implementing these projects is not easy. 4SIGHT's structured and proven TMS methodology helps guide you through the implementation process, but it's our resources that make the difference. Our experience, our relentless commitment to success, and our upfront planning methodology, Implementation RoadMap, sets us apart from the competition.
Below we outline some of the TMS Implementation Lessons Learned:
- Ensure that TMS Vendor clearly understands your current operations before designing future state.
- Do not design for 100% of process – standardize and manage exceptions with SOPs.
- Do not underestimate the level of ‘business process’ resource involvement throughout the implementation and go-live (e.g., System Admin, Trainers, Business/Reporting Analysts)
- Dedicate at least 1 (preferably 2) TRANSPORTATION Business Process Specialists to serve as ‘System Administrators’ and a primary contact for the TMS Vendor. Note: this is not an IT role!
- Do not short-cut master data cleanup
- Routing Guides
- Locations/Reference #’s
- Weights, cubes, pallets
- Do not short-cut testing efforts – utilize appropriate business process test scripts
Transportation has become increasingly difficult to manage with issues ranging from capacity constraints, to rising fuel costs, to driver shortages, and it is virtually impossible to manage effectively without a TMS.