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According to short 1996, TMS is gaining prominence with the increase complexity in supply chain of organizations the importance of logistics and logistics costs has given new influence to logistics executive and to remain strong, every facet of your supply chain needs to flow in sync. Transportation managers in an effort to contain erratic fuel prices, capacity constraints, escalating freight rates and more demanding vendor requirements, are turning increasingly to transportation management systems to get the job done. With the right solution, companies gain real-time insight into the status of their shipments, automate manual processes, help ensure compliance with customer needs, and cut freight expenses. Even though technology has infiltrated every link of the supply chain, TMS adoptions are still surprisingly low. Here are two companies that have taken the plunge and have strengthened their logistics operations with a TMS tailored to their specific needs (Short.et al, 1996). TMS helps the transportation manager to plan and execute the overall operations of logistics. Efficient deliveries depend on informed route planning, freight consolidation, and enhanced visibility. By providing managers with appropriate tools like route optimization, load building, and track and trace, the right TMS can improve fleet performance and reduce supply chain expenditures. Along with warehouse management solutions and truck routing solutions, TMS solutions constitute the logistics side of an overall supply chain management system (softwareadvice, 2013).
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