How TMS Software Transforms Transportation and Logistics Teams

September 26, 2022

eBook: How TMS Software transforms your transportation and logistics team for cost savings and reduced team turnover.

TMS Software transforms transportation and logistics, producing vital efficiencies and promoting better shipping outcomes. A Transportation Management System (TMS System) such as Princeton TMX TMS System digitally transforms an entire organic function within the organization, that of Transportation Management. While TMS software is well-known for cost savings up to 25%, it can produce additional value by fostering a culture change that supports the recruitment and retention of critical Transportation Management Specialists and Transportation Management Managers.

Transportation Management has long been a job where work from home is not generally an option, and it can be very stressful with constant surprises. In 2020, turnover among logistics professionals topped 50%. At the same time the deficit in qualified truck/rail operators became more acute, and will not abate in the short term. Shippers need an answer that retains trained staff and improves relationships with carriers. TMS software is that answer.

TMS software implementation automates the many manual tasks associated with the daily workflow; planning, sourcing, execution, and settlement. In so doing, it shifts the daily operation of the transportation management center from tactical and reactive to observation, measurement, alert handing, analysis and performance adjustment. The transportation management team can plan and execute strategic initiatives for long-term implementation, taking into account forecasted shifts in the type, supply and cost of multi-modal transportation, bringing the promise of durable value and lowered long-term risk.

By redefining of the Transportation Specialist’s job from high-pressure reactive to observation, analysis and strategy, TMS software encourages culture change by shifting daily workflow from non-stop crisis management to planned execution. In addition, the standardization of processes and digitization of communications creates a work environment where remote work is a real possibility. Along with relieving burnout and potentially high-turnover, the opportunity for recruiting qualified people who need flexible work arrangements now exists as a result of deploying TMS software. These factors are essential to keeping this mission-critical organic function well-staffed and functioning smoothly within the organization’s supply chain.

Our e-Book takes a detailed look at how transportation management is enacted manually in many companies, and specific capabilities within TMS software that automate tedious and time-consuming processes, allowing for the digital transformation of transportation management. Specific benefits to employees and companies that promote long-term growth and good business practices are discussed. Transportation Management Systems are a critical link in the supply chain that can automate the interface with ERP and warehouse management as well as carrier payment, leading to more on-time shipment and increased customer and employee satisfaction.