As managing supply chain becomes more taxing on companies’ internal resources, there’s been a lot of growth in the number of small and medium businesses choosing to adopt a Transportation Management Software, according to research company Gartner. While TMS adoption rates are starting to pick up, there are still many companies caught in the cross-hairs, unsure if the benefits are a good fit for their specific needs.
Freight demand is strong and peak season is just ahead, meaning capacity will continue to grow tighter. Managing your supply chain with manual processes doesn’t provide the visibility, reporting, access to carriers, and freight optimization that a Transportation Management System can.
One of the top reasons companies think there’s no need to turn to a TMS is because they have current manual processes that they believe fit their current needs. There’s usually a sense of attachment to the process because there was time and effort put into creating it, and people have come to rely on these processes that they know well.
If companies are expecting their revenues to increase and their shipment volumes to multiply as a result, transportation managers will need to ask themselves some of these questions:
- If my shipment volume increases, will my current manual processes support the resulting additional workload?
- Will we be prepared to hire additional personnel to fill any gaps in our transportation needs?
- If business volumes increase, will I have time to source new carriers or will I be tied to our current carriers?
If you answered no to any of these questions, a TMS could help solve some of these problems.
A TMS houses transportation management needs in one place, including reporting, visibility, freight optimization, freight audit, and easily integrates with a company’s carriers, vendors, and their customers.
Freight optimization and reporting can help consolidate shipments to save money. Visibility into tracking, tracing, invoicing, and more can make sure nothing falls through the cracks. Housing all of your transportation management needs in one place and having access to a team of logistics experts through Trinity’s Managed Services can help increase efficiencies.
The attachment to current manual processes is just one thing that keeps companies from exploring a TMS and Managed Services options.
The whitepaper also covers:
- Why outsource?
- How to “try again” after a less-than-successful prior TMS implementation
- Why using a TMS isn’t about giving up control
- Cost savings with implementing a TMS