Navigating the Jargon of a TMS

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last change: 2-1-2024

Introduction:

In the dynamic world of logistics and supply chain management, terminology often becomes a battleground of interpretation. Some refer to our product as a Transport Management System (TMS), while others label it a Transport Execution Platform, a Carrier Management Platform, Logistics Software, or simply a Shipping Tool. The truth is, all these nicknames are accurate, and it’s not about choosing one over the other; it’s a matter of perspective and the unique capabilities our solution brings to the table.

Defining the Landscape:

Transportation management is a multifaceted challenge, and as the industry evolves, so does the terminology surrounding it. Each label provides a glimpse into a particular aspect of our solution. Let’s delve into the nuances of these terms to better understand the diverse functionalities our platform encompasses.

1. Transport Management System (TMS):

At its core, our solution is a TMS, offering end-to-end visibility and control over all transportation operations. From order creation to delivery, we offer a tool to manage your transport. Whatever carrier used. Regardless of whether your shipment still needs to leave your warehouse, or if it already has, a TMS streamlines the entire logistics process. It acts as the central hub for planning, executing, and analyzing transportation activities.

2. Transport Execution Platform:

Besides offering the possibility to manage transport from our central hub, we also specifically communicate your shipments to your carriers using numerous communication methods. This is where the term transport execution platform comes from. The term emphasizes the dynamic and real-time nature of our solution. As a transport execution platform, we excel at on-the-fly decision-making, ensuring that shipments are executed with precision. It’s not just about planning; it’s about adapting to the unexpected and optimizing execution in the face of evolving challenges.

3. Carrier Management Platform:

Our platform shines in its ability to manage carrier integrations easily and efficiently. Shippers should be able to set up integrations with their carriers without the help of expensive consultants. From onboarding to performance tracking, we help businesses to build strong partnerships with their carriers.

4. Logistics Software:

Although the term logistics software is also used frequently to describe our product, the term encompasses a broader spectrum of tools such as (amongst others) Enterprice Resource Planning software (ERP), Warehouse Management System (WMS), Supply Chain Management Software (SCM), and Transport Managament Software (TMS). Our platform stands out as a comprehensive solution within a larger spectrum of tools, with the possibility to integrate with such resource planning and warehousing tools.

5. Shipping Tool:

Whether you see it as a shipping platform or a shipping tool, our solution is designed to simplify the complexities of shipping. From rate quoting and label generation to tracking and analytics, we provide the tools necessary for businesses to navigate the shipping landscape effortlessly.

The Unifying Thread:

While the terminology may differ, the overarching theme is clear: our solution is a versatile powerhouse that addresses the diverse needs of the transportation and logistics industry. It’s not about fitting into a single category but rather adapting to the unique requirements of each user.

Conclusion:

In the labyrinth of logistics terminology, our product stands as a beacon of adaptability. Whether you refer to it as a TMS, a transport execution platform, a carrier management platform, logistics software, a shipping platform, a shipping tool, or simply a transport system, rest assured that our solution is more than just a name. It’s a comprehensive, agile, and indispensable tool for businesses navigating the agile world of transportation and logistics.

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Johan de Grijff, Commercial Director
published on: 2-1-2024
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