Essentials of Building a TMS Software

Linda James, Logistics Tech Outlook | Tuesday, March 22, 2022

FREMONT, CA :  A Transport Management System (TMS) is a logistics platform that enables users to manage and streamline the daily operations of their transportation fleets. Its core function is to plan and execute the physical movement of goods. This software assists suppliers keep track of shipments and keep in touch with the customers. It is one of the most leveraged systems in trading and logistics, bringing success to the trade deal. A transportation management solution is the best option for many shippers as they provide scalable and flexible choices as a part of their services. Here is how to build TMS software.

Idea validation

In any development project, before brands begin building, it is vital to validate the idea and do market research. Conduct a self-evaluation, review all operations within the businesses to identify the existing weaknesses, realize limitations, and develop the features firms will require the most.

Carry Out Prototype Software

The primary step of the development is to do prototype software that can be leveraged for pilot testing. However, when building a TMS solution, they should be aware of the key hurdles they may face during the development process. Operations around the supply chain, which are presently distributed among several peers, can be streamlined with proper centralization through the dedicated platform.


Good transportation management systems are multifunctional and enable data processing, apart from core functionalities like real-time tracking, route optimization, or automated carrier choosing. When deciding on what features to go for, it is useful to develop user stories that will help firms better understand the customers' requirements.

Choosing a Software Development

If firms decide to outsource the development of the TMS software, firms will require finding a trusted and experienced partner to turn the idea into a working product. During vendor screening, focus on the portfolio to determine if the provider has experience in developing solutions. Visiting their blog, carefully reviewing resumes, and scheduling a video call with the team are essential steps. Firms can even offer them some practice activities to evaluate the quality of code.

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