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Transportation Management System

Streamline and optimize logistics operations across multiple carriers, from order planning and execution monitoring to financial control and performance measurement.

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Order-Centric for Flawless Execution

Optimized Transportation Management software

Optimizing your transportation operations can be a logistical nightmare. Businesses must orchestrate orders between multiple manufacturing sites, distribution centers, and sales channels, effectively monitor the process, as well as manage carrier costs and performance across inbound, outbound, and reverse order flows. The MPO transportation management system (TMS) streamlines and optimizes this complex process and seamlessly connects to a vast carrier network, providing visibility and collaboration across all transport modes (ocean, air, truck, rail, last mile, and parcel) - on one platform.

MULTI-SERVICE, GLOBAL, MULTI-MODAL SUPPLY CHAIN SOLUTION

Global Transportation Management System

Transportation Management v2

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Improve operational performance

Continuous transport planning and execution optimization, through order splitting, routing, mode and carrier selection, and consolidation

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Onboard new businesses quickly

Receive order in any form directly from the ERP and other systems, reducing integration efforts and ensuring easy maintenance thereafter

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Accomodate evolving business needs

Flexibility to configure complex flows, from milk runs and pool-points to rush orders and pre-booking via the system’s robust business rules

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Minimize cost inefficiencies

Comprehensive cost-to-serve determination for all transport and logistics costs, including handling, detention, warehousing, and customs duties.

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Why Choose the MPO TMS?

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Gain Visibility & Control

Connect electronically or via portals with carriers, suppliers, partners, and customers for visibility and collaboration across all transport modes (ocean, air, truck, rail, and parcel) - all on one platform

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Consistently Deliver OTIF

Ensure flawless, cost-effective execution via real-time alerts and in-app exceptions management, last minute order and route changes to meet demands, and last mile delivery optimization

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Control Costs

Continuous, real-time cost optimization, along with dynamic invoice matching to ensure that actual execution and agreed service levels align

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Case Story

Flex LtD. Uses TMS to Empower Its Customers

Flex went from making reactionary to strategic decisions across an extensive global network and empowered their customers using a global cloud platform for supply chain and transport orchestration.

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LSP Wows Global Client: Becomes End-to-End Provider

An LSP used MPO’s Control Tower and transport management software to enhance supply chain visibility across a global network of warehouses and carriers and gain efficiency and cost control over remote and time-restricted shipments and expedites.

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Efficiencies & Revenues Skyrocket for Distributor

MPO’s order and transportation management allowed an agricultural spare parts distributor to streamline fulfillment, obtain full order visibility, and reduce shipping costs for customers.

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DSV Gains Better Insight and Control Over Transport

DSV Solutions organizes transport for many diverse customers with varied product ranges and extensive networks. The MPO Transport Management System (TMS) enables DSV to control costs and provide optimal transparency to their customers

Transportation Management System FAQs

What is a Transportation Management System?

In essence, transportation management systems are used to move products from point A to point B as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. To succeed in this, a robust solution spans more than just the logistical component of supply chain management, providing end-to-end visibility across the entire multi-party network (beyond just logistics providers), as well as multi-modal and container, pallet, and parcel support.

 

For consistent on-time in-full (OTIF) delivery, a solution should provide support for exceptions management using real-time visibility over track and trace with real-time alerts and in-app corrective actions capabilities.

 

Transport planning is today a key function of transportation management systems. To take advantage of every opportunity for optimization, your TMS should automate key fulfillment concerns, such as rating, routing, and carrier selection while balancing each individual order’s service requirements and costs.

 

Financial and analytic functions are also vital to cost control and continuous improvement. Robust transportation management software will offer rate and invoice management and allow you to set and track performance KPIs.

What are the benefits of TMS software?

A TMS manages the entire lifecycle of a load, including: Load planning (mode conversion, carrier management, route optimization) Load execution (tendering, booking) Payment (settlement, auditing, billing), Freight tracking (status updates), Reporting (Analytics, KPI tracking).

 

The benefits of a transportation management system will vary depending on your business needs and challenges, but broadly speaking, organizations invest in the solution to drive operational efficiency and agility, as well as improve visibility and network coordination for more strategic decision-making, optimized cost management, and an improved customer experience.

 

It's not uncommon for a mid-size company to see a 5% OTIF improvement, which could generate as much as $30 million additional revenue.

 

With a comprehensive and holistic transportation management solution, benefits can also include reduced inventory and improved sustainability (for instance, by reducing empty miles, monitoring GHG emissions, and optimizing reverse logistics).

What is the best Transportation Management System (TMS) for me?

The best transportation management system for you will depend on your level of supply chain complexity, and overall challenges and goals. An ERP or a standalone transportation management system may be sufficient for simpler supply chains (regional, small, static network, few systems, few sales channels and order types).

 

However, if you need to exchange order data across a network of partners – such as multiple suppliers, warehouses, carriers, and forwarders, you'll need a more dynamic system with flexible, configurable business rules to accommodate rapidly evolving networks, as well as transportation and fulfillment models.

 

You may also want access to a large carrier network, shop competitive rates, enable smart planning with warehouse operations, and get multi-modal and container, pallet, and parcel support. The best transportation management solution for complex, often global organizations will be a holistic, multi-modal TMS.

What is the benefit of having a TMS as part of a Multi Party Orchestration platform?

A transportation management system (TMS) is a logistics platform created to support the physical transportation and shipment tracking of products between stakeholders. Over the years, this basic concept has evolved to include a complex ecosystem of vendors, carriers, suppliers, warehouses, retailers, and other parties, all with their own set of operations and constraints.

 

That's why today's shippers and logistics service providers need to be able to orchestrate the entire supply chain, logistics flows, and all the transportation steps in a multi-party business network. Simply optimizing one's own fleet or their own sites is not enough; businesses need to connect to the others in the network and ensure they can manage, control, and optimize each order flow from an end-to-end perspective. That requires going way beyond traditional ERP systems, warehouse systems, local carrier or fleet management systems, and even legacy transportation management systems capabilities.

 

The legacy TMS has limited functionality and restricts capabilities to batching orders with limited order-level reporting and speed. Next generation systems, or a TMS as part of a multi party orchestration platform, unifies the greater partner and systems landscape to enable versatility and better responsiveness. You can think of it as a "TMS-Plus" that collaborates with ERPs, WMSs, and other systems and carriers to manage flows from an end-to-end perspective - whether that’s an outbound flow related to sales orders, inbound flows and purchase orders taken from suppliers, or return order flows.

 

Such holistic, network-wide visibility and control creates opportunities to optimize processes across business units that would otherwise be overlooked. By collaboratively working toward shared goals, such as, for example, utilizing full truckloads and improving time performance, stakeholders can mutually benefit and improve operations.

 

Here are a few additional examples to demonstrate specific applications for TMS optimization:

  • After-sales flow management for reverse logistics
  • Real-time rate quotes from carriers via API
  • Parcel shipping (instead of batches), allowing greater flexibility and speed
  • Integrated dock planning and appointment scheduling
  • Multi-modal transportation and seamless integrations with carrier portals and your warehouse management system (WMS) or multiple systems
Why combine order management with transportation management?

Transportation management systems (TMS) have historically been stand-alone units that work alongside order management systems (OMS). The OMS groups orders then transfer them to the TMS in batches to process and execute shipments. This approach has become too limiting and restrictive to effectively operate in the modern supply chain.

 

Combined order management and transportation management natively built on one platform (otherwise known as an "order-centric TMS") provides incredible benefits, such as order-level reporting and faster speed. 'Natively built' means that order, logistics, and transport management capabilities are built from the ground up to work together, rather than through separate systems obtained through mergers and acquisitions. As such, users enjoy:

  • Enhanced transparency and control over the shipping process
  • Native support for multi-modal, multi-leg freight
  • Management by exception for enhanced decision-making, prompt in-line actions, and superior customer service

Because it spans the order planning stage, an order-centric TMS applies information and rules about inventory, allocation, and replenishment to make smarter planning and execution decisions when breaking up orders into shipments. The order-centric TMS is highly configurable for flexibility. When changes to partners, needs, or context call for new parameters, updated rules allow the system to immediately adapt. When issues or obstacles are met along the way, real-time communication and alerts offer agility and immediate course correction. And, because of its comprehensive overview of both the individual order as well as the end-to-end supply chain, businesses can effectively orchestrate orders across their networks while also addressing details on a granular level.

The order-centric structure captures not only transport costs, but all logistics costs including handling, detention, and warehousing.

What cost benefits does a TMS Provide?

Transportation management systems can help you reduce costs and grow revenue. Capabilities like automated and optimized flows with ideal carrier selection and timely exceptions management can often reduce transport costs by 10-15%.

 

Logistics teams can also reduce operating costs by about 7% through various efficiency gains. For instance, by using precise rating, intelligent planning, and minimizing 3rd party fees, detention penalties, and demurrage fees with visibility, alerts, and pro-active issue resolutions directly within the application.

How quickly can transportation management software be implemented?

As part of a neutral, supply chain cloud platform (or multi-party orchestration platform), implementing a TMS may actually be the path of least resistance today.

 

These transportation management systems can support real-time integration, so teams can typically begin enacting transformative change and generating value within 2-4-month increments, with breakeven in less than one year.

Fast time-to-value is also owed to its flexible and configurable architecture, as well as the ability to "unify" the systems landscape. From a single, supply chain cloud platform, teams can create a standardized solution –in this case, a transportation management solution – across multiple different ERPs and WMSs in about half a year. From there,  differentiators can be configured to adapt and scale as needed.

Customer Testimonials

“Building a single integrated Pan-European supply chain network has enabled us to serve our customers better while driving down overall costs. It’s helped us increase our product availability, decrease our freight and transportation costs and provide our customers with the spare parts they need to be successful faster. In short, it’s helped us be a better partner with all of our customers.”

Marc Conings

International Distribution Manager - Kramp

“We went through an entire selection process and picked MPO’s global cloud platform for supply chain and transport orchestration as the system we would use for the future,” says O’Brien. “MPO ticked all the boxes that were on our list for current and future needs.”

David O’Brien

Senior Director, Business Development - Flex LtD

“MPO is a software supplier rooted in the transport world which understands the sector’s dynamics. they work closely with us to identify intelligent solutions for organizing and managing our logistics processes. We now have more control over our transport activities, while our customers have better insight into both their transport costs and their day-to-day performance. Thanks to MPO, we can continually compare carriers’ performance against their service level agreements. We also have much better insight into the cost and profit of our transport activities. our logistics has become measurable and transparent at customer level.”

Meinderdjan Botman

CCO - DSV Solutions

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