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Detrack

Detrack, which offers your first driver FREE - forever - is a powerful delivery management software that lets you track your vehicles live on a map and capture real-time electronic proof of delivery (E-POD) using just our iOS / An...Read more

4.89 (27 reviews)

Route4Me

Route4Me is a cloud-based fleet management solution designed for small, midsize and large businesses. Primary features include route planning and routing guides. It allows users to type-in or upload customer addresses and plan a r...Read more

Dynamics TMS

FreightMaster TMS is an on-premise or web-hosted transportation management system, offered at a low up front cost. A great tool for users who need to improve shipping control and planning....Read more

4.50 (2 reviews)

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Luminate Platform

Luminate Platform by Blue Yonder (formerly known as JDA Software) is a cloud-based supply chain management solution for large and enterprise companies. It serves clients across a variety of supply chain industries including automo...Read more

4.50 (21 reviews)

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Syntelic

Offering the perfect WMS solution for organizations looking for a robust system without the cost or overblown functionality associated with an enterprise solution, Syntelic is a complete, flexible WMS and planning system....Read more

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AdvantageTMS

AdvantageTMS is a dynamic, scalable TMS for all transportation modes. With AdvantageTMS, small to mid-sized manufacturers and distributors have powerful route and mode optimizations tools for their business....Read more

4.00 (6 reviews)

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Real Time Value Network

For more than 10 years, One Network Enterprises has offered one of the industry's only "many to many" network supply chain solution that is purely demand driven. Their Real Time Value Network is suitable for large companies....Read more

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UROUTE

Designed specifically for shippers looking to take control of their own transportation needs, U Route offers straightforward, comprehensive functionality and accessibility from the Web. Robust features for e-carrier management....Read more

4.66 (22 reviews)

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BluJay TMS

Built on a true SaaS platform, LeanTMS by LeanLogistics offers scalable, mutli-tenant architecture that encompasses both Transportation and Supply Chain Management....Read more

4.00 (6 reviews)

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NOVA

NOVA by Aurora Software is a robust transportation management solution that offers everything a trucking company needs to manage their operations. It is available in multiple deployment methods and is easily scalable. ...Read more

4.74 (39 reviews)

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Subscription models

  • Per employee/per month: This model allows you to pay a monthly fee for each of your employees.
  • Per user/per month: Users pay a monthly fee for users—normally administrative users—rather than all employees.

Perpetual license

  • This involves paying an upfront sum for the license to own the software and use it indefinitely.
  • This is the more traditional model and is most common with on-premise applications and with larger businesses.

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Softeon Warehouse Management System (WMS)

The Softeon Warehouse Management System (WMS) provides a platform for optimizing distribution processes, with a broad set of capabilities that comprehensively handle the basics (receiving, putaway, inventory management, order pick...Read more

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E2open

At E2open, we’re creating a more connected, intelligent supply chain. It starts with sensing and responding to real-time demand, supply and delivery constraints. Bringing together data from customers, distribution channels, suppli...Read more

2.75 (2 reviews)

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Real Time Freight

With over 100,000 members, Real Time Freight is a cloud-based Transportation Management System that offers total visibility and complete transparency. Real Time Freight can support companies of all sizes....Read more

4.88 (4 reviews)

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Freightview

Freightview is a standalone transportation management system designed for small to midsize businesses that ship less-than-truckload (LTL) freight and work with multiple carriers or brokers. Their customers include manufacturers an...Read more

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Alpega TMS

Alpega TMS is a flexible and scalable cloud-based Transportation Management System delivered as a Software as a Service (SaaS). Alpega TMS enables shippers, logistics service providers, and carriers to collaboratively manage and s...Read more

4.10 (60 reviews)

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JD Edwards EnterpriseOne

Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne is an enterprise resource planning software with primary features such as real estate management, human capital management, environmental health and safety and commodity trading. What is JD...Read more

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3GTMS

3G-TM is a cloud-based and on-premise transportation management solution that is suitable for shipping and third-party logistics companies. It features order management, freight audit and payments, reporting and others. The s...Read more

4.50 (4 reviews)

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Cloud Logistics

Cloud Logistics is a cloud-based transportation management solution that caters to businesses such as shippers, vendors, carriers, 3PLs and freight forwarders and helps them to manage their day-to-day operations and routines. The ...Read more

0.00 (3 reviews)

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UltraShipTMS

UltraShipTMS is a cloud-based transportation management system with integrated private fleet management capabilities for in- and out-bound logistics across all modes. The core TMS module automates the processes associated with rat...Read more

4.57 (7 reviews)

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QCLOT

LOT by Quadras Concept is a cloud-based transportation management solution that provides businesses in the transportation industry supplier relationship management functionality. Key features include route management, freight rati...Read more

4.57 (7 reviews)

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Buyers Guide

Last Updated: March 09, 2022

What Is Transportation Management Software?

 

Transportation management systems (TMS) are designed to help businesses plan, execute, and measure deliveries across the supply chain. By providing managers with tools including carrier procurement optimization, load building, and track and trace, the right TMS software can improve fleet performance and reduce supply chain expenditures.

TMS software typically sits between a business' accounting system and warehouse management system, but can be a powerful tool to reduce costs and optimize shipping even as a standalone solution.

Here's what we'll cover:

Benefits of Transportation Management Software

The general benefits of TMS software are increased operational efficiency, reduced freight costs, and improved profitability.

Here are some examples of how businesses can benefit from TMS systems:

  • Measure performance of specific carriers, routes, and delivery times, which allows you to make adjustments based on data, not anecdotes.
  • Accurately track shipments and routes to reduce late delivery and better communicate unexpected delays.
  • Manage payments in the TMS so you can see trends such as late vendor payments or inaccurate invoices, allowing you to better manage vendor relationships.

What type of buyer are you?

TMS software is used by businesses in any industry where shipments and deliveries are at the core of operations. Most buyers are generally third-party logistics (3PL) companies, but other TMS software buyers include the following industries: food and beverage, automotive, electrical, and consumer packaged goods (and more).

In regard to business size, and independent from industry, you'll fall into one of the following categories:

  • Small business buyer. These are companies with two to 100 employees that make less than $50 million a year and have no IT department.
  • Midsize business buyer. These are companies that have two to 100 employees and make less than $50 million a year, but do have an IT department.
  • Enterprise business buyer. These are large companies that have more than 100 employees, make over $50 million a year, and have a dedicated IT department.

Common transportation management system features

Comparing carriers for the best rates, fewest number of stops, and shortest possible lead time is time consuming when handled manually. Tracking and measuring performance is nearly impossible when relying on spreadsheets alone. Transportation management systems offer a number of important features to maximize efficiency and reduce costs to alleviate pain points.

Carrier Management Find, compare, and select the most time/cost-effective freight carrier so you can improve procurement processes.  
Reporting Collect and review relevant data points so you can monitor shipping status and measure against established KPIs.  
Shipment Tracking Create tracking info and receive updates on shipment status.  
Billing & Invoicing Create and manage financial transactions (bills and invoices) so you can reconcile invoices with shipments, audit freight bills, and reduce payment errors.  
Customer Management Capture and analyze information about your customers and record your interactions with them.  
Order Management Organize, track, monitor, and execute customer orders for goods, investments, or any other purchases.  

TMS software pricing and hosting options

Transportation management systems are typically priced two ways: perpetual and subscription licensing. One thing to keep in mind is if you are currently using manual methods to track shipments, you may need to purchase hardware in order to take advantage of features such as barcode scanning.

  • Perpetual: Customers purchase a license to use the software in perpetuity; the license price is typically determined by business size or the number of vehicles in a fleet. Keep in mind that you often have to pay annual fees for support, maintenance, and upgrades; as a general rule of thumb, you can expect those annual costs to amount to roughly 20% of the perpetual license fee.
  • Subscription: Customers purchase a subscription (typically billed monthly) based on their size or the number of vehicles in their fleet. Typically, the customer then pays more for every additional truck it adds to the system. Fees for support, maintenance, and upgrades are generally wrapped into the subscription price, making it easier to determine the total cost of ownership for the system during its lifecycle.

Transportation management systems are typically deployed two ways: cloud-based or on-premise.

  • Cloud-based: With a cloud-based system, the software is hosted on a vendor or third party's servers, and can be accessed via a web browser or mobile app.
  • On-premise: With this deployment method, customers host the software on their own servers.

Integrated suites vs. best-of-breed

Often, TMS software is a standalone system or a key module in a best-of-breed supply chain management system.

The advantages to an integrated suite are streamlined out-of-the-box integration (e.g., fuel expenses automatically sync with the organization's accounting modules), but what these suites offer in breadth of features they might lack in depth. For smaller organizations, they can be far more than is needed. Individual best-of-breed applications may require more custom-built integrations, but they are typically more fully featured than their counterparts.

The important thing to keep in mind is what your needs are. If you need to overhaul your entire system, consider a broad, integrated suite. If, however, you are only trying to improve one aspect of your operation or fill a functional gap, a best-of-breed application might be your best fit.

What questions should I ask when evaluating TMS products?

Can I see it in action?

Always ask the vendor for two demos. The first is typically performed by your sales agent and will walk you through the user interface and core features. The second demo should include your IT resource and the vendor's technical resource.

Do you integrate with X tools I already use?

Insert the names of any software solutions or tools you already use that you want your TMS to integrate with when asking this question. Some vendors may be able to build custom integrations if they don't already offer it.

Is anything I'm asking for custom code?

Ask for a list of features included in the out-of-the-box solution and a list of features that are add-ons to ensure you're only paying for the features you need.

What is your customer support model?

Each vendor offers unique customer service and service level agreements. Do you want a representative available 24/7? Online chat capability? Make sure their model matches your needs before purchasing any system.

What are the set-up costs for the software?

Most vendors price their software based on a SaaS subscription model, but there can be up-front costs that come with implementation.

Market trends to understand

Internet of things. More transportation management systems are starting to integrate or otherwise be paired with internet of things (IoT) devices, and are used to relay more than just simple GPS tracking. Food distributors, for example, often use internet-connected thermometers to ensure food shipments are maintained at certain temperatures.

Global trade management. Some transportation management systems feature modules for global trade management, such as international tax and ISO compliance, international shipping schedules, and other tools to assist international shipping.

Related software

TMS is one part of a series of software designed to optimize supply chain visibility. Complementary solutions include:

Warehouse inventory software (WMS), which gives managers the tools they need to analyze stock and make plans for inventory movement or replenishment.

Order fulfillment software. Many WMS and TMS solutions contain order fulfillment functionality, but buyers without the need to automate warehousing or transportation tasks should evaluate order fulfillment applications.

Inventory management software enables businesses to keep track of their inventory along the supply chain. Features include product categorization, sales, and purchase order tracking, electronic scanning, and automatic ordering.

Fleet management solutions help users optimize delivery routes, dispatch deliveries, and reduce risk factors associated with fleet management.