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.

Enabling the Network Effect in Transportation Management - Kuebix - Adrian Gonzalez

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.

Logistics Communities - Kuebix TMS

Leveraging Logistics Communities To Find Capacity in a Tight Market

Leveraging Logistics Communities To Find Capacity in a Tight Market

Companies that leverage logistics communities will be able to secure much-needed capacity in a tight market.

The Power of Supply Chain Visibility

The Power of Supply Chain Visibility

The Power of Supply Chain Visibility

Most companies today are struggling to achieve visibility and control over their supply chains to effectively manage their cost of goods and consistently meet customer expectations. However, there is a way to leverage technology to provide a platform where suppliers, carriers, and their customers are not only sharing information but also dynamically planning and executing their logistics operations collaboratively.

Driving Supplier, Carrier and Customer Collaboration

If your orders never change, promise dates are always 100% accurate and your warehouse or distribution center runs like a finely oiled machine, there really is no need to read any further. But if you are like most companies, you are struggling to achieve visibility and control over your supply chain to effectively manage your cost of goods and consistently meet the expectations of your internal and external customers.

Use this guide to learn how to leverage technology that provides a platform where suppliers, carriers and their customers are not only sharing information but also dynamically planning and executing their logistics operations collaboratively.

 

The Art of Inbound

 

Traditionally inbound shipping costs and operations have been a challenge to control. Most companies have not developed a comprehensive strategy to manage their inbound freight. Shipments arrive from their suppliers without a plan to drive the lowest shipping and unloading costs, or to consolidate shipments to maximize efficiency at the distribution center. Additionally, many companies have failed to introduce compliance standards to improve the behavior of their suppliers and efficiently plan the arrivals of shipments to their warehouse facilities. This results in three endemic problems.

Use this guide to benchmark your company against best practices in the industry and help to put together a strategic approach to capitalizing on the opportunities to manage the “art of the inbound.”

TMS Buyer’s Guide for Food & Beverage

Your supply chain is unique, which means what works for you might not work for someone else.

Our FREE, food and beverage TMS buyer’s guide will help you put the needs of your unique supply chain into perspective so that you can easily find a system that offers everything you need.

After reading this guide, you’ll have a clear picture of:

  • What integrations and capabilities you need from a TMS
  • How long it will take to get started with a new system
  • The level of support and training you will need

 


 

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The Complete Buyer’s Guide to Transportation Management Systems

Your supply chain is unique, which means what works for you might not work for someone else.

Our free TMS buyer’s guide will help you put the needs of your unique supply chain into perspective so that you can easily find a system that offers everything you need.

After reading this guide, you’ll have a clear picture of:

  • What integrations and capabilities you need from a TMS
  • How long it will take to get started with a new system
  • The level of support and training you will need