We’ve been on a bit of an efficiency kick lately — it’s a topic that constantly comes up around our office as we consider how to perfect logistics management for brokers and how to help them become as lean as possible. You see, in the brokerage industry, lean is the name of the game. Fortunately or unfortunately, many people view what brokers do as a commodity. Now, that may not sound
Anyone in supply chain management, manufacturing, or hospitals is probably already aware of the principles I’ll be reviewing here: Lean Systems. Alternatively, Lean methodology is referred to as Kaizen, referencing where it was first pioneered as a part of Toyota’s manufacturing in Japan. A brief background of Lean manufacturing (where the methodology got its start) will help you understand the concepts I’ll be suggesting you apply to your transportation management
We might think we can easily identify what transportation management software is, but as was pointed out in a recent discussion on LinkedIn, it’s often confusing what actually makes up TMS. To the point, JP Wiggins pointed out in a LinkedIn group discussion – “The issue is qualifying ‘what’ a TMS is. It can mean anything from parcel labeling software to fleet management to global multi-country fulfillment. Our research is
The transportation management system industry is saturated with subpar TMS solutions, but we think we’ve got the best one out there in Brokerware™. We might be tooting our own horn a little bit here, but hey… Toot toot. When we decided to build a simple, quality TMS, we knew we were climbing one of the toughest mountains out there. Trying to sort your way through what looks like a sea
Once upon a time, to use software, you actually had to buy a physical copy and install it to your machines manually, one by one. Even with the early stages of the internet, it was faster to have a CD with the program than it was to attempt to download it over dial up. That’s not the case anymore. Now, we can download programs in a matter of minutes, connected
You’re shopping around for a TMS – either for a system to use as your company gets started as a freight broker, or something to upgrade to from a low cost or free option. What should be included with your new TMS? What should you expect? How do you use it efficiently? Your TMS should be so easy to use that you can figure these things out with minimal training
If you think days and weeks of transportation management system software training is just a painful reality, just part of implementing a new TMS, then take that idea… Ball it up tightly. And toss it out the window. The entire point of a transportation management system (TMS) is to make your life easier — to simplify tasks for your entire organization. To make you a lean, mean, shipping machine. And
When it comes to freight software features, your transportation management system (TMS) should have a small core of key features — and these features can make the difference between successfully implementing a new TMS… And failing utterly. We already discussed 5 key features to keep an eye out for when researching transportation management systems for your business, which you can read here, but we wanted to expand on the topic.
Whether you’re a new transportation brokerage or you’ve been around a while, there’s one thing you need to effectively (and efficiently) run your business. That’s a transportation management system. WHEN IS IT WORTH INVESTING MORE THAN THE BARE MINIMUM INTO YOUR TMS? You can’t run a transportation business of any kind without some sort of transportation management system. You need a system from the very first day your business starts.