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CROSSING THE POND WITH TMS by ProQuest

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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.

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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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