Enterprise TMS – The New Kid on the Supply Chain Optimization Block
Planning, tracking, and analyzing freight movement is much easier with technology. Since the invention of the supply chain, shippers and those moving freight have searched high and low for ways to improve the transportation of commodities. Today’s shippers depend on technological solutions to connect with carriers, plan and track their shipments, and even generate reports to review analytical data. One of the latest creations is Enterprise TMS – an innovative platform that has been engineered to optimize the movement of freight throughout the supply chain.
While there are several sub-sets of the modern transportation management system, Enterprise TMS is one that simplifies and centralizes the shipping best practices. In the information below, we’ll begin to further explain the meat and potatoes of Enterprise TMS and explain a few of the benefits that this relatively new TMS solution offers shippers in multiple industries.
An Introduction to Enterprise TMS
Enterprise TMS is a revolutionary transportation management system (TMS) that has been designed to centralize the shipping practices for those who schedule LTL, FTL, or other carrier services. It’s engineered for simplicity, accessible from a simple-to-use dashboard that can be customized for individual user preferences. In fact, many experts in TMS solutions believe that this new platform is the easiest and user-friendly. Enterprise TMS also automates the process of finding, scheduling, and tracking freight movements.
What are the Benefits of using Enterprise TMS?
There are multiple TMS sub-sets on the market today – with just as many features and benefits that they offer shippers in multiple industries including eCommerce, Warehousing, Distribution, Manufacturing, and Retail. One of the best features of Enterprise TMS is that they can be configured to benefit each of these industries with the following attributes.
Create a Qualified Pool of Carriers
Like many transportation management systems, Enterprise TMS puts the power of complete freight shipping – which begins by finding the right carrier. Enterprise is a cloud-based solution, meaning everything is stored and operated from an online server – that is updated with data on the fly as you use it. One of the best tools is the carrier selection, which organizes carriers based on multiple criteria. For example, if you’re looking for an LTL refer shipment for products that need to be stored and shipped at 38 to 45 degrees – Enterprise TMS can provide you with a list of qualified carriers who have this capability. Furthermore, if that shipment needs to travel out of state, the platform will narrow down the list for convenience.
Plan, Route, Track Shipments
Once the shipper has found the best carrier to fit the movement needs, they can then set up the shipment, route the delivery, and even track once it’s been picked up. Shippers can set up the customized dashboard to the settings they prefer, making it easy to enter and review all details of the shipment. Tracking is made simple as well – with multiple features that permit the user to set up notifications such as email, desktop, or text. They can also input the recipient or third-parties contact preferences so that updates entered by the carrier can be sent instantly.
Integrate with Your Existing TMS and Order Operating Systems
Retailers and eCommerce companies have unique shipping needs – especially to customers who order their products online. This is where Enterprise TMS kicks in – to help online merchants and drop-shippers automatically fulfill their orders. Enterprise can connect to your existing order operating systems and complete all steps from finding the right carrier to routing and setting up deliveries. Shippers can also set up freight bill paying and reporting functions – which simplifies their invoicing, helps them discover mistakes, and review reporting that is easy to understand.
Add all of these features with the ability to set up individual user accounts and several more exciting enhancements, and you’ll quickly discover how Enterprise TMS is gaining traction as the “go to” shipping platform for those who have a need to move commodities. Like any new software or technology, working with a professional with proven experience with integration is the best way to ensure a smooth transition and optimized success. A third-party logistics provider like Redwood Logistics through a recent acquisition by Redwood Logistics offers us the flexibility to expand our services – which now includes Enterprise TMS solutions and integration.
If you’re a shipper in any industry looking to upgrade your TMS solutions with a robust and easy to use platform, give us a call today!