How to choose a TMS transport tool?

September 24, 2020

New international flows have a significant impact on supply chains that were often designed for a domestic dimension. Imbalances in flows have led to a scarcity of transport capacity.

As the famous French moralist VAUVENARGUES said, "Necessity frees us from the embarrassment of choice."

New international flows have a significant impact on supply chains that were often designed for a domestic dimension. Imbalances in flows have led to a scarcity of transport capacity. Rising oil prices, security constraints and the lack of visibility on transported flows are the current challenges of a global logistics chain.

TMS software has a common goal: to be at the service of your overall performance. So how do you choose the right partner? Transport is an activity in constant evolution. Therefore, management software must also keep pace and evolve with your business and your needs. 

Here are some key elements to have in your TMS: 

Digitalization of processes: better collaboration, even at a distance

Transport management is made up of a series of relatively heavy and manual tasks to be managed between different teams, both internal and external to the company: a lot of administrative tasks and procedures to be respected, excels, letters, faxes, phone calls... Today all these time-consuming tasks are meant to be simplified. The digitalization of these processes thanks to a TMS tool allows a better management of operations. And who says digitalization, says possibility to manage your operations remotely, in teleworking, from your couch! 

Networking your supply chain also promotes collaborative work. Everything being centralized on a single platform, your employees will be more efficient in the exchange of information, which will now be instantaneous, and this at all stages of your organization and transport monitoring. Agility, collaboration and efficiency are the key words of TMS! Adopting a transport solution software is to have at the key a gain in productivity, profitability and quality of service.  

Planning: the basics of simplified transport

Planning is the main functionality of the collaborative TMS. This is even more the case when considering the actors in rail transport. The transport of goods by rail can take place in different ways (single wagonload, block train, intermodal rail-road) with associated constraints for each transport method and for each industry (domestic vs. international routes, available train paths, authorised vs. dangerous goods, etc.).

The implementation of a specialized rail TMS allows shippers to build a global inter-site planning, taking into account all the constraints related to this mode and its industry. The TMS thus calculates a realistic and optimised schedule according to customer orders, availability of means, RUs, train paths, maximum transportable tonnage, etc. Once it has been consolidated and validated by the parties involved, it enables the execution of the transport operation to be started by sending consignment notes to the railway undertakings, for example. Thanks to this centralisation of information, operational teams collaborate easily and benefit from a global and extended visibility of their transport delivery objectives. 

Everysens: the only TMS tool that meets your railway challenges

At Everysens, the promotion of rail transport and the attractiveness of this mode is part of our DNA. Everysens has developed a transport TMS to enable shippers and forwarders to meet all their transport management challenges, but not with a generic classic TMS. 

  • A digitalization of your processes from end to end

The Everysens TMS tool ensures proactive management of rail flows via a collaborative platform. Our logistics planning and transport execution system digitizes and automates transport processes from A to Z for better management of operations. 

  • Quick and easy to set up 

Easy to install and Plug&Play solution, the Everysens TMS tool is quick and efficient to set up. For example, one of the challenges of a TMS often lies in the need to connect to a network of partners, and to internal IT tools. Everysens accelerates these steps by offering your suppliers and customers portals to collaborate effectively. For each consignment note sent, no more need to call each other to modify the departure, the railway company can connect directly to the Everysens tool to validate or invalidate an order. Our transport management tool is therefore modular with a large number of functionalities. We are constantly adapting to your needs and your company. 

For more information on our tool, contact us for a demo.