As a production company in the manufacturing industry you are the shipper in the logistics chain. You your goods to be shipped from one place to another. In reality, this is often from your warehouse to your customer or even your customer’s customer. This can also be the supply of raw materials or semi-manufactures.
ERP-systems don’t cover all your logistics activities
Your internal processes are often well supported by an ERP-system. You have a perfect insight into everything that has to do with your production process and production costs. Your primary company activities are completely under control with the ERP-system, however, do you also have your logistics activities under control? With the Transport Management System especially designed for shippers, the logistics departments of production companies get a hold on all logistics processes and activities.
Advantages TMS for shippers:
- Fewer mistakes through reduction of manual data-entry
- Flexible management dashboard
- Rate and compare the best carrier
- All data in one central system
- A simple link with SAP and other ERP-systems
- Quick communication with chain parties through the use of web portals
- Fewer peak moments in the warehouse through lock reservation
- Automatic drafting instructions for Bill or Loading
Logistics process optimization
Shippers are often dependent on the transporters and carriers they collaborate with, often causing the logistics process to be inefficient. Production companies should, and are eager to gain back control over their logistics outbound activities. The TMS contains various functionalities, like a carrier comparison module and intermodal possibilities, allowing you to become the chain director. The carriers comparison module makes it possible for you to select your own carrier based on various criteria, like prices, service and speed. Your dependence on a logistics service provider decreases, you are able to outsource an intermodal transport within two minutes. Through the consolidation module you can construct a transport as efficiently as possible. All data is saved in one central system, allowing you to match the costs with the actual invoice afterward.
By using the TMS especially designed for production companies and shippers, it is possible to digitalize and optimize your outbound processes in an accessible way. Transport costs become insightful and will be reduced while employees can work more efficiently and spend less time filling in and sorting documents.
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Points of attention for shippers
Multiple studies have been done into the digitalization of the logistics process by production companies. These studies show that many shippers will invest in their supply chain. The points of attention are: supply chain visibility, analyzation of possibilities and supply chain system integration. Three points of attention where the Transport Management System for shippers can support production companies.
Supply Chain Visibility
To be able to trace down raw materials, semi-manufactures and products becomes increasingly important. The purpose of the Supply Chain Visibility is to improve the chain by sharing available data with other parties in the chain. The TMS for shippers contains an incident module. When there is going something wrong in the logistics process the system signals this and gives an automatic mention or notification. Action can be taken right away and all concerned chain partners are notified about the alternative solutions.
After collecting and analyzing data, better decisions can be made. The data can be displayed in a management dashboard, which gives a complete overview of all actual statuses. The users can set up the parameters themselves and can personalize the dashboard by collecting the data that is relevant for them.
Supply Chain system integration
System integration can be done with the TMS for shippers internally or with other chain partners. There are in general two integration possibilities to distinguish:
1. Integration with ERP-systems
2. Integration with chain partners
Integration with ERP-systems
The TMS for shippers has integration possibilities with existing ERP-systems such as SAP. A link makes it a simple process to exchange data between both systems. The data is saved in one central system, making manual data-entry a thing of the past.
Integration with chain partners
Chain partners can be linked very easily to the TMS. By using web portals, it is possible to link even customers, suppliers and transporters to the software, who can, for example, see the actual stock and statuses. An additional benefit is the possibility to make lock reservations in the web portal. Your chain partners can easily make reservations in the web portal when they want to pick up or drop off their goods. This minimalizes the peak moments at the warehouse.
Functionaliteiten TMS voor Verladers
Give your customers that bit extra
Service is becoming an increasingly bigger part of manufacturing. Servitization makes it possible for you to distinguish you from the others by giving that extra bit of service for your customers. In practice, B2B customers want to be treated like B2C. They become more demanding and expect more from you as a supplier. Give your customers just that bit extra service! For example you can make data about the actual statuses available and make sure that your customer gets their goods always on time (Just in Time).
TMS in the Cloud
The Transport Management System specially developed for shippers is cloud-based from every location and each device. Not only do all users have 24/7 access to the application, also your customers and other partners can always log in through the Customer and Supplier Portals.
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