Professional transport management for all outbound logistics
Did you know that a professional transport management system (TMS) can be a business asset not only for haulage firms, but also if distribution is simply a peripheral activity? This is because the new generation of TMS are modular and hosted in the cloud.
Companies involved in the production and warehousing sectors are good examples of organisations that regard the transporting of goods as a secondary activity. Their primary focus is on their core business. Distribution is simply something they do in addition. Some have their own trucks; others prefer to use charter services to deliver their products to customers.
A traditional transport management system is a relatively expensive solution for outbound logistics on this scale. It’s understandable that organisations prefer to rely on spreadsheets and the planning capabilities of their logistics team, if they have one.
With a relatively small fleet of vehicles, it is possible to maintain an overview. But this becomes more problematic once there are more than five trucks. It can also be difficult when working with external transport companies and when the logistics planner is ill or on holiday. Yet swift and efficient delivery is a crucial factor in the customer’s perception of quality.
Challenges when working with spreadsheets
Combining trips efficiently and making the best choice of internal or external transport is quite a task. The more trips you combine, the more difficult it becomes to provide customers with accurate information about when their goods will be delivered. This is certainly the case when using intermodal charter services, which often require additional preparation time. Quick processing of information and feedback from the customer can also be a challenge.
Using a spreadsheet to plan logistics also has a significant financial drawback. It makes it almost impossible to gain an overview of the actual cost of the logistics-related activities performed by your company. Delivery costs are usually factored into the price of a product or service. The question is, are you covering the actual costs?
Modular and in the cloud
But there’s hope. The new generation of transport management systems include solutions for organisations that arrange transport as a secondary activity. The Logic Transport is a good example of a TMS 2.0. The system is modularly designed. Functions that are not required can simply be disabled. That way you only pay for modules that your organisation actually uses, such as order management and journey planning and scheduling for example. And the system does not need to be integrated with sales systems or other back-end platforms, which can sometimes be complicated.
Not only that, the system is hosted in the cloud. So your organisation does not have to make a major investment in order to be able to use it. The modules can be accessed from a desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet. They interface seamlessly with on-board computers in your trucks and even enable full communication between your organisation and external transport firms.
Sound business case
Organisations that operate outside the logistics sector can finally present a sound business case for the use of a transport management system. With The Logic Transport they only pay for functionalities they actually use. The fact that it is a cloud service is an added bonus.
With The Logic Transport you too will be able to combine trips more efficiently and identify the best charter service or use one of your own trucks. Never before has it been so easy to keep track of trip planning and scheduling and avoid duplicate planning. You will finally have a clearer picture of your transport costs and you will also be able to communicate more effectively with drivers and transport firms. All without having to spend more than you want on a complete system when you only intend to use a small part of it.
When will you start using this new generation of transport management systems? Your customers will certainly thank you for swift and efficient delivery of future orders.