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The 4 Key Functionalities You Should Look for in a TMS

April 18, 2017

Written By: Translogistics

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Are you on the lookout for software that supports everyday logistics procedures? A transportation management system (TMS) is the driving force behind well-organized, interconnected supply chains. This technology aids with the execution of transportation, measurement and ongoing planning and is a necessity of contemporary logistics operations.

What should the ideal TMS software contain? Read about four of the most important TMS functionalities and why you should keep them in mind when selecting your next logistics solution.

  1. Business Intelligence
    An Invoice Analysis module presents information you need to create cost analysis studies, decide on raw materials and purchasing orders and select distribution center placements. With this module you can also study overall sales trends, assess company shipments and view details from other company branches. All of this is possible because of the Invoice Analysis module’s wide range of search and filter capabilities.
  1. Shipment View
    Shipment View is a module most frequently used by customer service teams to track shipments with ease. This module permits full shipment visibility with a complete history for every shipment, searchable by date and other filters. Tracking is always monitored and precise. This view also supports the creation of original shipment documentation and automated customer alerts.
  1. Image Research
    An Image Research module facilitates all logistics operations by providing easily procurable transportation documentation. As with Shipment View, searches are possible without the use of PRO or BOL numbers; any reference number associated with a shipment including job, order and sales numbers, can give you access to the associated documents. A zoom feature lets you see written information up close, print and email functionality is available for all documents and these automatically collected images are stored in the TMS for up to five years regardless of carrier.
  1. Reporting and Analytics
    Data is one of the most valuable resources a TMS can provide for businesses large or small, and with the Business Intelligence module, data and analytics are easily obtainable and advantageous. This module offers scrubbed invoices that make for educated business decisions on freight spend and more. It can also generate graphs to view distribution patterns. Historical shipment data, like documents in the Image Research module, is viewable for up to five years, as business analytics is a key functionality always in demand for the smart business leader.

Would any of these modules be of use to members of your logistics department? Learn how several of these popular TMS modules helped solve chemical manufacturer Misco Products’ supply chain struggles in Translogistics’ case study. 

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Are you interested in logistics management services? Contact Translogistics today.

 


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