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Key Features of Transport Management Software

Logistics Tech Outlook | Monday, January 16, 2023

Transport Management Software helps in planning and executing shipment processes, and it consists of some significant features such as intelligent allocation of orders, tendering, and load planning.

FREMONT, CA: The global TMS (transport management system) market is expected to reach USD 17.8 billion by 2025. This growth is largely due to technological advancements in transportation and logistics. TMS software and technology-driven platforms are helping businesses upgrade their operations and reduce transportation costs.

Top features of Transport Management Software are as follows:

Allocation of orders intelligently: Sorting every order by type, delivery location, size, volume, and other parameters takes a lot of time. Finding the right vehicle and driver to make the delivery also takes a considerable amount of time. In addition to time, huge amounts of manpower are also required. This issue can be fixed by integrating TMS software into the ERP/SAP system and automating order segregation and allocation.

In order to ensure that its capacity is utilized completely, the system automatically searches for new orders, categorizes them according to different constraints, and finds the most appropriate vehicle.

Planning and optimizing routes automatically: Following the selection of a suitable vehicle and the assignment of a driver, the delivery route must be determined. Manually doing this can be time-consuming; one may get the shortest route, but not the most efficient. Nevertheless, TMS software's automated route planning and optimization feature considers every parameter and shows the route to ensure more deliveries can be made each day.

Planning routes dynamically: Drivers who are out for delivery appreciate this feature. When a customer changes the time or address of the delivery at the last minute, the new route is displayed immediately. As the driver does not need to attempt the delivery, dynamic route planning saves time and effort.

Solution for last-mile delivery: End-to-end delivery management is handled by the last-mile delivery solution. Trip creation and trip management are included. Additionally, the feature allows for digitized proof of delivery to ensure contactless delivery for the safety of drivers and customers.

Tracking in real-time: Transport management software facilitates real-time tracking as well. Both the vendor and end-customer can track the order in real time with this feature. Customers can check their order status without calling the customer support center, which contributes to customer satisfaction.

Visibility of the end-customer: It is one of the most important features of transport software. By providing end-customer visibility, customers can track drivers and consignments, view estimated arrival times (ETAs), select preferred delivery times, and share delivery experiences.

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