Rail transport management: the TMS tool is just what you need

September 24, 2020

Today, more than 50% of organisations are convinced that TMS is the technology that will have the greatest impact on transport by 2022. And with good reason!

Today, more than 50% of organisations are convinced that TMS is the technology that will have the greatest impact on transport by 2022. And with good reason!

Indeed, to ship your merchandise from end to end, many processes are required to ensure the planning and execution of the transport. It is in this context that the implementation of TMS Transport (Transport Management System) management software allows manufacturers to better collaborate internally as well as with their suppliers in order to ensure competitive transportation and quality service. These supply chain optimization tools thus become an asset to improve the performance of the supply chain and make its processes more agile. 

However, today very few railway players have adopted such a transport management tool. 

Why should the rail industry players adopt it?

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. 

However rail transport faces the same challenges as road transport today: 

  • Simplify their complex transport processes with their suppliers by taking into account the constraints of each one.
  • Gaining visibility on the execution of the transport 
  • Be better prepared to manage incidents/unforeseen events (cancelled trains, hazardous material safety incidents, etc.).
  • gain in productivity and proactivity in transport management

However, rail transport management remains complex. Actors have a very limited view of the overall planning of their flows because each entity manages its own operations and the constraints are distributed among several actors.

Everysens: the only TMS tool that meets your railway challenges

"If you show people the problem and you show them the solution at the same time, they'll act on it." - Bill Gates.

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. 

  • End-to-end visibility for real-time incident management

Real-time tracking is a significant advantage of TMS which, in its classic version, does not systematically integrate real time. Monitoring shipments allows you to work on anticipating delays, and above all to be proactive in managing incidents, regardless of the partner/service provider. 

TMS is therefore a combination of functionalities that are indispensable for improving supply chain performance and, above all, for digitising transport processes that are still too time-consuming. The workload of the operational teams is thus smoothed out, to improve productivity, and thus enables them to manage their transport proactively, even (and above all) remotely and in an unprecedented context that we are experiencing in this period of crisis COVID-19 2020. 

  • a complete control of your rail transport according to your needs

This tool offers real control over the transport chain, allowing shippers, forwarders and carriers to gain in efficiency and profitability. In particular thanks to the customizable alerts: each customer is different, so these alerts are configured to meet the definitions of each one and the triggering criteria (severity, persons to contact, etc.). But the added value of these customizable alerts is the fact that they notify an anomaly before it becomes critical. The important thing is not to cure, as today's MSDs do, but rather to prevent in order to be proactive in incident management. 

In addition, Everysens' TMS tool takes into account the constraints in the field: our understanding and expertise in rail transport has enabled us to create the first TMS dedicated to the sector, where the complexity of transport is greater than that of the road sector. Hence the need for a transport management tool!