A transportation management system (TMS) is a must-have for any business that needs to ship freight. A state-of-the-art TMS system can improve not only your company’s logistics but its overall supply chain. Your products will ship more efficiently and safely, leading to better customer service and company operations.
The Benefits of TMS Software
Lower Freight Expenses
A state-of-the-art TMS will boost logistics efficiency by optimizing carrier routing decisions and reducing redundant administrative activities. It will also decrease a company’s overall transportation costs by an average of 10 – 30 %, along with administrative and operational errors. A state-of-the-art TMS can save your business time and money.
Better Customer Service
With a transportation management system’s ability to track deliveries in real-time and communicate with customers, your customer relations should improve. Customers want to have information as soon as it’s available and be able to measure their KPIs. A state-of-the-art TMS will do just that.
Able To Track Shipments in Real Time
The customer tracking portal will give you visibility into your product flow and show you all the tracking updates on a map. You will see the location of your shipment and get updates on it.
A TMS also gives additional supply chain visibility to your customers. You can keep them posted on the shipment’s flow by sending instant notifications and updates generated through the TMS. It will represent you as a reliable shipper that prioritizes clients’ needs and shares control over the shipment.
Additionally, a TMS gives you the ability to identify service disruptions. You will have the advantage of quick updates so adjustments can be made. Tracking information can also be used for creating efficient route schedules.
Efficient Billing Process
With electronic invoicing, auditing, and processing, a transportation management system has the ability to save you and your customers money in processing fees. Think about how much time and resources it takes to complete the invoicing process by hand. The TMS should be able to read an invoice and compare it to the original shipment rate. If they are equal, the system can approve payment and trigger a customer bill. It is that simple. You need more time to tend to your business’s needs. With an efficient billing process, you will be able to do that.
Better Warehouse Management
An added benefit of a TMS is that many have a built-in warehouse portal. With greater insight into your transportation and warehouse management, you can all but ensure greater productivity. You will spend less time dealing with mistakes while increasing your efficiency.
You will be able to see your shipping lifecycles in real-time with a TMS. This gives you better insight into your inventory, increasing supply chain efficiency and accountability. This level of control of your inventory will have a trickle-down effect and help the rest of your supply chain.
Efficient Supply Chain
TMS software will help make your entire supply chain more efficient and increase productivity by streamlining your logistics operation. Your delivery process will be smoother, as will your warehouse management. You will have full visibility and transparency, allowing you to communicate with your customers more effectively.
PLS Logistics Services commits to giving customers everything they need to be successful through our advanced technology. With more than 30 years of experience in the transportation and logistics industry, we fully understand all the major challenges customers face when trying to improve their performance.
With our in-house transportation management system, PLS PRO, we provide proprietary management, data storage, and reporting. Our technology easily adjusts to your transportation needs, regardless of the complexity.
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