Transportation management: how to choose the right TMS?

Every company is different, from its business lines and needs to its challenges. Therefore, companies cannot choose the same technological solutions for their processes. The same applies to transportation management systems (TMS).

"I see logistics executives concerned about reducing the cost of transportation and ensuring service to the consumer. Today, companies are focused on achieving last-mile delivery efficiencies and getting directly to the end consumer. This leads you to think about acquiring a TMS, which helps manage transportation of everything from bicycles to cargo planes," explained Igor Bussey, Tsol's commercial executive.

In an exclusive interview for THE LOGISTICS WORLD, Bussey recommended reading the Gartner Magic Quadrant. This tool establishes a classification of companies according to the complexity of their supply chains and future projects. Based on this data, it suggests certain TMS that logistics executives can consider.

"After that you should approach transportation management system vendors and ask for demonstrations related to what your company needs. These companies will show the benefits of their software for your specific operation and the competitive advantages compared to other vendors. This way you get a global view of these platforms in the market," Bussey explained.

Go with a consultant who specializes in transportation management systems.

Erik Markeset, CEO of Tsol, explained that many companies think that choosing a TMS from the market is an easy decision and budget is often an obstacle to not investing in a neutral third party to assist in the procurement process. However this can lead to more expensive mistakes than the software itself.

Bussey reported that there are companies in the market that are experts in TMS implementations that have the ability to guide companies in their choice of software. This strategy will help companies make a better decision, avoid mistakes in platform investment and ensure one of the main benefits of this technology: cost savings.

Expert advice is also useful for upgrading implemented systems. Bussey recommended calling companies that sell and implement technology, specifically software, to find out what is currently on the market.

The executive explained that with this contact, companies will realize that what was considered to make transportation management systems is already outdated, that there is a new world of technology that can be perfectly suited to current operations or to what they want to implement in the future.