Superior transportation can be tough to achieve, but some helpful tools can boost a fleet to a level of efficiency that can make a drastic difference in both productivity and profits. Food and beverage transportation is fairly notorious for being one of the trickier segments of the industry, making it even more vital that companies involved in it stay on top of trends and technology. Efficient routes, truck availability, timing of outgoing and incoming vehicles, maintenance, fuel costs….these are just a few of the factors that dictate the success or failure of your company’s transportation management, and several reasons why automated software can make a surprising impact on operations.
Business intelligence, scalability and total visibility – transportation management software is tough to beat when it comes to gaining total control of a fleet. With software-as-a-service (SaaS) and on-premise being the two primary modes of deployment (SaaS maintains a lead due to the relatively cheap cost, speed of deployment and out-of-the-box functionality), businesses have their choice as to the where, when and how of TMS implementation.
According to Food Logistics, some of the most sought after capabilities in transportation management software systems include route visibility, cargo tracking (particularly for perishable food items), proof of delivery and fuel cost tracking. These tools enhance product quality, speed of delivery, efficient routing, cost reduction and overall logistics and supply chain management. Expectations are that enhanced communication via social media and continuation of the cloud-based services trend are on the horizon for those at the cutting edge of transportation and logistics technology.
Transportation needs change with time, as do a company’s requirements for its logistics and supply chain management. Transportation management software provides the flexibility to adjust to the twists and turns of the marketplace and the visibility needed to avoid unpleasant surprises. It’s tough to be competitive with pen-and-paper operations, which means it’s becoming increasingly important to adapt to and incorporate the technologies that are making the difference between lackluster and industry leading operations.