TMS Solution: The Big Picture

Inbound Logistics, May 2017 by Karen Kroll

Consider the experience of John Conte, logistics manager for Holman Parts Distribution in Pennsauken, N.J., a division of Holman Enterprises and a nationwide, single-source supplier of original equipment powertrain products with annual shipments topping 10,000. When Conte began looking for a TMS, he focused on solutions that were cloud based, easy to use, and could be adopted across the organization.

Conte didn’t want to sign a multi-year contract, or be charged for each transaction on top of monthly or annual fees. “If a provider wants to charge to print a bill of lading every time you make a shipment, those transactions will eat up the freight savings,” he says.

Conte selected a cloud-based TMS from Maynard, Mass.-based Kuebix that fit his requirements. The system has cut the time required to process a freight shipment from eight minutes to two, and offers “total visibility,” Conte says, noting that he’s responsible for operations at 11 locations.

The Kuebix TMS (Transport Management System) software also cut freight costs by about 15 percent without changing carriers. “The system allows us to look at all our carriers, shipment by shipment,” Conte says. “Depending on a shipment’s origin and destination, the system identifies the most cost-efficient carrier.”

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