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October Coaches Corner: TMS Transformation

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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 the implementation of a TMS centered on 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 the achievement of the proposed ROI is attainable. Support levels include a 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 on a shipper’s annual spend, the 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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Brad Stewart, President

By Brad Stewart

Co-Founder, CCO

Brad’s journey into logistics began as a Marine Officer and transitioned from the LTL docks to the non-asset side within the logistics service provider arena.  As a co-founder of Rockfarm, Brad drives our business development efforts and delivery of our promise. An Arizona native, Brad enjoys spending time outdoors in his home state with his wife and family.

“Our approach to the market allowed us an opportunity to push forward in 2008 and enable our mission, “lower the cost to serve” to stand as a cornerstone to our company today.”



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