Projections are that the Transportation Management System (TMS) space will be a 2.3 billion dollar business by 2023. Today, there are no roadblocks for shippers to utilize a TMS and move away from manual processes. Traditionally, the leading roadblocks to implementation of a TMS centeredon cost and support. To overcome these roadblocks, TMS providers have simplified the onboarding process and have brought the economics of a TMS within reach of even small shippers.
If the pathway forward for a shipper is “supply chain ownership,” a TMS is the catalyst to accomplish the objective. TMS providers are now preparing all levels of support to ensure the transition from manual to automation is successful and achievement of the proposed ROI is attainable. Support levels include help desk, continuous improvement and back office services incorporating freight audit & payment, carrier compliance and TMS training. As a result, today’s shippers are finding TMS technology adaptation within their organization a path that is yielding results through deeper automation and greater visibility.
TMS providers have simplified pricing models to include free trials, pay as you go and subscription models. Each model offers a tailored pricing structure based upon a shippers annual spend, average cost per shipment and modes. As a result, shippers are now able to onboard in an enterprise TMS that can sustain the increased complexity of a shipper’s customer base as the business grows.
Historically, many shippers have been through an ERP integration, as a result, software integrations come with a connotation of high cost and resource diversion. Neither are typically for a TMS implementation today. Depending on the required ERP integration, a TMS implementation is a transformation that is completed in an average of 8 to 12 weeks and with little to no upfront expense. The time for beginning transforming your supply chain is today
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