“Managed transportation services couples a software-as-a-service (SaaS) TMS with a team of transportation experts who manage daily planning and execution activities on behalf of a shipper.”
Now that TMS and transportation services are more broadly adopted, the question being asked is: What’s next in TMS?
Adrian Gonzalez from Logistics Viewpoints has put some of thoughts and predictions together in his latest blog post:
- TMS will continue to expand beyond trucking and domestic transportation.
- TMS goes global. As TMS solutions expand outside of North America and Western Europe, software vendors will have to configure their solutions to meet the local requirements of different countries.
- TMS-as-a-(self)-Service. Imagine the ideas behind a successful TMS available to transportation managers through an app.
- TMS add social media capabilities. The opportunity exists to increase communication between carriers, shippers, 3PL’s, and other parties by adding capabilities of Facebook and Google+ to the TMS.
- Siri for TMS. Considering that voice recognition is already in use in the warehouse, why not in transportation management? Some example questions Adrian used were “Show me all uncovered loads” and “How am I doing on my carrier commitments this week”?
Adrian makes some excellent points when discussing predictions for the future of TMS, what changes do you foresee happening in the TMS market?