Network-based TMS: How Connected Platforms Will Transform Transportation Management in 2020 and Beyond

Network-based TMS: How Connected Platforms Will Transform Transportation Management in 2020 and Beyond

In a keynote presentation earlier this year, Billy Beane, General Manager of the Oakland As, said, “You can’t run your business in 2020 like it’s still 1999.” Unfortunately, many companies are learning this lesson the hard way as they struggle to respond effectively to the dramatic market changes in 2020.

ERP Integration Kuebix

Integrating an ERP System with Kuebix TMS

Logistics professionals are struggling with the high cost of legacy transportation management systems (TMS) and their time-consuming implementations and limited capabilities. Kuebix solves this by offering a modular, scalable and intuitive TMS platform. And since it’s built on the latest cloud technology, Kuebix can seamlessly scale to meet any company’s complex needs.

Putting Community in TMS: Enabling the Network Effect in Transportation Management

Putting Community in TMS: Enabling the Network Effect in Transportation Management

Transportation management is inherently a network-based business process. It involves an ecosystem of different parties — a community, if you will, of shippers, carriers, consignees, brokers, and others that need to communicate and collaborate with each other in order to transport products and utilize assets and labor as efficiently as possible.

This transportation community is analogous to the connections and relationships enabled by social networks like Facebook and LinkedIn. A big difference, however, is that unlike Facebook and LinkedIn, which are powered by network-native software, the transportation community has historically been powered by enterprise-centric software — that is, transportation management systems (TMS) that were designed for, and used primarily by, the transportation function within the four walls of a company.

This fragmented, “inside the four walls” approach makes it challenging to quickly and efficiently match transportation demand with available capacity, as companies of all sizes experienced in 2018. This growing need in the market for better matching of supply and demand, coupled with the rise of cloud computing, software-as-a-service (SaaS), application programming interfaces (APIs), and other emerging technologies, is driving the next evolution of transportation management systems.

Simply put, transportation management systems are transitioning from being “inside the four walls” applications to becoming operating systems that power transportation communities and enable network effects.

Cloud TMS: Weis Markets streamlines “both sides” of the DC door

Download the case study to learn what is a cloud transportation management system (TMS) and how it helped Weis Markets.

Kuebix Big Data Whitepaper

Envision a world where a device that sits on your desk is ready to take orders, track a shipment, or research information on command. Much like today’s Siri, Echo, and Alexa, this device would sit idle and unobtrusive until you needed something, and then it would kick into gear to find out how many on-time orders your fulfillment company shipped last week, help you make a decision based on past buying patterns, or tell you how the storms that are brewing in the Southeastern U.S. will impact your estimated delivery dates.

What many companies don’t realize is that with effective management of big data, this type of actionable information—and the ability to use it to make informed transportation and logistics decisions—is readily available. In fact, after accumulating terabytes of data over the years, most of today’s organizations already have the foundational information right within their own four walls. The challenge lies in extracting this data, determining which of it is (and isn’t) useful, and then turning that information into actionable insights….