For Food Shippers, Variety is the ‘Secret Ingredient’ in TMS

Variety is said to be the ‘spice of life’, and as any chef or grocer will tell you, access to quality ingredients of every imaginable variety helps drive business volume. Food shippers understand this dynamic and spend considerable time and money on developing strategies to source, process and deliver quality ingredients in the most cost effective, quality-focused way possible. This is why it is imperative to a food shipper’s competitive ability to have a TMS able to accommodate the wide variety of transportation needs their business demands. Want some examples?

Sadly, many TMS solutions are strong in some areas but few are capable in all. This reality was illustrated by a recent article in Food Logistics magazine titled, “TMS Needs Diversify in the Food Supply Chain”. The premise of the piece is that food shippers are just now beginning to require more features and functionality specific to their industry’s unique needs and TMS providers are just now beginning to address those needs in their solutions. The article identifies such challenges as:

  • The need for interoperability with other supply chain software like ERP, YMS and WMS
  • The need for the flexibility and cost-efficacy of cloud-based TMS solutions
  • The need for route optimization as a crucial piece of a TMS
  • The need for LTL planning
  • The need for connectivity with in-cab telematics

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Like a supermarket that only stocks broccoli and nothing else, or a restaurant that serves nothing besides grilled cheese, many TMS offerings today have made the mistake of focusing on one portion of the challenge, to the exclusion of other equally critical roles.

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The truth is, food shippers have faced these challenges for a long time and very few TMS providers have stepped up with solutions that seek to address them altogether at once. Like a supermarket that only stocks broccoli and nothing else, or a restaurant that serves nothing besides grilled cheese, many TMS offerings today have made the mistake of focusing on one portion of the challenge, to the exclusion of other equally critical roles.

UltraShipTMS has always focused on delivering a wide variety of features and functionality to address supply chain logistics from a comprehensive standpoint. Beyond building strong integration capabilities with leading ERP tools and WMS applications, UltraShip went a step further and developed its own YMS. Couple this with the proprietary route and freight optimization tool – LoadFusion – and a food shipper gets superb visibility from dock-door to dock-door and across every mile in between.  They’ve also integrated robust private fleet management tools into the platform for food shippers who leverage private fleets.

Moreover, UltraShip has always sought to be at the forefront of tech advancements. It has been native to the cloud since inception 15 years ago and heartily embraced integration with in-cab telematics even before the ELD mandate.

Like your favorite supermarket or hometown buffet, UltraShipTMS delivers the variety of features, functionality and usability that keep food shippers from hungering for a better logistics IT platform.

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