Transportation Management: Why Business Is Turning To Automation


With the current trend of technological innovations that are hitting the global business market, the automation of transportation management is inevitable. Many modern transportation companies are equipped with various kinds of software solutions that offer cost effective quality and operational benefits; not surprising in a competitive industry where the bottom line is constantly driven by improvements. Integrated land operations software provides scalable, enterprise-wide solutions anchored by a low-effort, high-profit ratio. TMS systems are intended to simplify supply chain management and maximize productivity by automating redundant tasks which otherwise require an unreasonable amount of resources to complete.

There are still naysayers that warn about the socio-economic limitations of computers, but this warning comes on the heels of a much more startling statistic. According to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), 86 percent of all personal and office computers already use some form of productivity-enhancing software. What does this mean for the skeptics?

Ironically, the numbers indicate that a fair amount of them may use the technology and software they scrutinize on a daily basis. And who can blame them? Over the last 20 to 30 years, productivity has become a benchmark measurement of quality service; transportation management is no exception.

In fact, companies have found that transportation management software is streamlining complex processes industry-wide. Today’s solutions have evolved to the point where they can automate the entire transportation system. From transportation requests to route planning, shipment status to delivery confirmation, what used to take hours or days to compile is now available in real-time with the click of a mouse.

The main question for logistics and supply chain management software providers has been “How can we maximize this service?” The answer: take what used to be managed via phone calls and paper, and turn that clipboard-based style into something that can be centralized, deployed enterprise-wide, and accessed on-demand, on-the-go, or in whatever capacity the client needs in order to maximize their fleet and transportation operations. The payoff? Businesses are more efficient, shipments and deliveries are more accurate, and productivity loss is reduced by 30 to 40 percent. With averages like these, even the skeptics have had to take a second look at all the new technologies.

After all, it can be argued that money and wheels are what make the world go ‘round. If that’s true, then simplifying the process is not only practical, it’s paramount to the industry’s evolution and survival.

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