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Transport Management Systems (TMS) are software applications that are designed to manage and control the progress of cargo shipments through all stages of the supply chain. They enable all parties involved to co-ordinate their actions and ensure that the cargo is processed as quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. The basic principle of TMS is ensuring that information is used effectively to underpin supply chain operations. Europe, for a start, is a much larger and more complex market than the US. Traditionally, European freight companies have competed with each other much more closely and has a far greater number of small- to medium-sized operators than the US.
distribution crossing the pond With tMs Can European distribution models benefit from existing US transport management systems? Andrew Austin, Vice President, Schneider Logistics Europe, examines the possible application of a TMS designed for the US market, and proven to be successful there, to the freight distribution patterns that exist in Europe. T ransport Management Systems (TMS) are software applications that are designed to manage and control the progress of cargo shipments through all stages of the supply chain. They show the current position of cargo, they must also be able to give planned arrival times, condition, value and so on. Trends in information technology, driven by market demand, will inevitably shape tended to invest heavily in technology, more successfully than their counterparts in Europe. TMS in the US have up to now been fairly straightforward, focusing on capacity planning and the flow of equipment; but now that it is enable all parties involved to co-ordinate the supply chain models of the future, competing in the global marketplace, TMS are their actions and ensure that the cargo is whether operators like it or not. Factors becoming more complex and sophisticated, processed as quickly, efficiently and cost- such as customers’ needs to reduce risk in and therefore possibly more appropriate for effectively as possible. TMS have been used procurement, and to limit or reduce growth the European market. Indeed, globalization effectively in the USA for some time, and they in overheads, will all increase the pressure for is in any case bringing the regions far closer are increasingly becoming the norm in the change. It is becoming increasingly necessary together in practical terms, and it seems likely American freight business; but do they work to
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