Gonna keep it brief. Shippers’ transportation departments are scrambling to find capacity as the ELD mandate and other economic forces place constraints on capacity at levels the industry has rarely witnessed. So we know time is of the essence. Here are SIX ways a good TMS solution helps shippers mitigate a capacity crunch.
Spot Market Reporting
With so many shippers being forced into the spot market to find haulers, having robust spot quote reporting is crucial, providing insights into which carriers respond most frequently and reliably to spot quotes.
A Good Optimizer
Building the most efficient routes and loads minimizes truck utilization and reduces the overall number of trucks required to move the greatest volume of freight. Build effective multi-stop shipments and plan more continuous moves. But only if your TMS has an optimization engine worth its salt.
Proximity Search Capability
Does your TMS have the capability to produce a proximity search to easily and regularly identify backhaul opportunities during planning and even in real time? If it did, you’d be able to minimize empty miles on your fleet vehicles.
Tolerances & Allowances
Carriers will always favor those consigners who demonstrate, reliable and speedy settlement of freight invoices. A good TMS allows freight payment tools to cut down on the time it takes to reconcile nominal expenses not originally planned for – provided they are within acceptable tolerances. This feature makes payment to carriers speedy. Carriers favor quick payers!
Advanced Scheduling Features
Minimize imposition on carriers’ time by dramatically reducing wait times at pickup and delivery with robust scheduling capabilities. Strong TMS solutions offer advanced scheduling features enabling shippers the ability to schedule at each origin and destination according to every location’s specific requirements – time window, day of requirements, strict appointment times and others. Again, consignees favor shippers with the smooth and painless processes that support faster throughput.
A truly great TMS provides nearly unlimited visibility into freight movements for accurate pickup and delivery estimates. Whether a shipper uses FourKites, Macropoint or other location tracking solutions (like the driver mobile app offered by UltraShip), integrations with these tools enable the dynamic planning and ETA updates that help shippers anticipate downstream delays and keep on time.
If your TMS is not strong in any or all of these areas, you’re going to suffer in a tight capacity environment. We don’t want you to suffer. UltraShipTMS has all these features and many more to help high volume shippers ride out capacity challenges like those we face today.