Chargers: Go for a TMS tool dedicated to the Rail industry

September 24, 2020

According to Inbound Logistics, about 35% of shippers currently use an TMS in the United States, most of them large companies. In France and Europe, the figure is even lower.

According to Inbound Logistics, approximately 35% of shippers currently use an TMS in the United States. Most of them are large companies. In France and Europe, the number is even lower (around 10%). 

However, MST tools have proven their worth over the years, both in terms of cost reductions and improved transport performance. Today, they are a must-have in the age of digitalisation of transport. 

The TMS is aimed at all players seeking to better control their flows despite the complexity of their flows. And this for both types of transport players: carriers, who use TMS to manage their production tool; and shippers who are looking to control their budget and their transport service rate. However, this division between these two players is tending to fade away. Indeed, shippers are now seeking to broaden their control over transport and service providers are developing global pilotage service offers. 

However, the use of TMSs is still largely limited to large shippers. There is much to be gained from using MSDs for a business. 

Why are TMSs used by large corporations?

The high cost of implementing a software tool such as a TMS but also the maintenance of it can discourage SMEs. 

Unlike carriers, it is often difficult for them to describe precisely their need, or the concrete benefits expected. In addition, they already coexist in the company a number of tools, leaving functional gaps or, on the contrary, significant areas of overlap. To be effective, the TMS must find its place in this complex ecosystem and create value in a visible and meaningful way. 

Shippers: why adopt a TMS?

While for transporters, TMS is a strategic asset, as it is the nerve center of the company, allowing to control from A to Z the activity and the production tool, for shippers it represents an undeniable competitive advantage. 

A company that combines transport planning and execution control with an MST has a significant competitive advantage, and is able to achieve a lot of savings in the long term. 

Even if your objectives are not the same as those of the carriers, a TMS is still a relevant tool: 

Today, the exchanges between partners now multiplied, but also the implementation of decision support algorithms, profoundly change the shipper / carrier relationship. This is much more extensive 

From now on, the rise of collaborative work is becoming a necessity. As the true center of these exchanges between shippers, transporters and their ecosystem, TMS is a key element, and its use takes on its full meaning. 

All the players interact and anticipate on a single platform, in real time. 

A TMS designed for rail shippers

There is a growth in the market for TMSs specializing in road transport, as well as the emergence of overhead TMSs, encompassing different modes. There are currently no shipper TMSs specialized in the rail market, most of them working with in-house solutions or in excel. Existing tools are post-planning but planning is not done in these tools. 

Today, it is essential to say goodbye to the Excel sheets: 

*Not reliable, can generate errors, no back-up.

*Does not allow advanced analysis

*Strong training required

* No live collaboration, or very heavy

*No IA calculation

* Vulnerable to the departure of an employee or his unavailability

* No real time/IoT

Everysens is the solution to optimize and control its rail transport from end to end. We combine our expertise in AI and IoT to offer the first collaborative, predictive and real-time TMS on the rail market. Thought for shippers and freight forwarders in the rail world, Everysens offers the first collaborative, predictive and real-time TMS on the market. This platform digitizes a set of transport processes, simplifies exchanges as well as decision support thanks to IoT and IA technologies. From the planning to the execution of the transport, this management software ensures you a proactive follow-up on your flows, a control of your transport expenses and above all an enriched relationship, by offering a quality and efficient service.