Spotting the Signs: How to Identify When It’s Time to Adopt a TMS

Given the rapidly changing technological landscape, it’s not surprising that many supply chain managers are concerned they aren’t using the “right” technology. Whether they’re stuck using tedious manual processes or have a legacy system that’s no longer delivering on its promise, they may still be hesitant to commit to a new tool. After all, how can companies ensure that their investment will deliver immediate ROI—and pay off for years to come?

A robust transportation management system (TMS) is one investment that can rapidly and consistently pay off. While these tools may once have been used primarily by large, high-volume shippers, companies of all sizes are now realizing the slate of benefits they provide—and the myriad of problems they solve.

Here are a few key indicators that a shipper could benefit from a TMS—and how it can help them improve their business.

Outdated and disconnected systems

Often, legacy systems cause more inefficiencies and problems than companies realize—from outdated software to costly repairs. When it comes to managing a global supply chain, these problems can have large-scale implications.

Replacing old systems with a modern, cloud-based TMS makes managing a supply chain much easier, no matter how fast it grows or how complex it becomes. For one thing, a fully integrated system can help consolidate and streamline data and communication across the organization. It also eliminates the need for any time-consuming manual processes that a company may be still be using, like manual data entry. Automating tasks like these frees up employees and resources that can be better deployed elsewhere—and increases efficiency and accuracy across the supply chain.

A lack of supply chain visibility

With any supply chain, there are a lot of moving parts to handle. Each link in the chain comes with its own set of requirements, and the ability to monitor whether or not protocol is being followed across the organization is something supply chain managers must retain to keep costs down and efficiency high.

Companies that lack a birds-eye view of their operations are in a vulnerable position. Without maintaining company-wide visibility, leaders will struggle to pinpoint which departments and facilities are falling behind or driving up costs. Complete visibility empowers managers to quickly identify problem areas and enact strategic fixes.

Rapid growth

As companies grow, the stakes grow with them. Problems that may once have been small—like departmental silos or the occasional slip in communication—can spiral into major issues if they aren’t stamped out.

Whether it’s successfully navigating order management and shipment execution for a sudden surge in demand or identifying carriers that can handle an increased volume of freight, companies must have the right tools in place to avoid being crushed under the weight of their growth. A robust TMS solution can help ensure smooth and successful scaling, fixing long-standing problems while easing growing pains.

Gain a competitive edge

Implementing a TMS is vital for companies looking to keep up with—and surpass—their competitors. With leading-edge TMS solutions now accessible to companies of all sizes, those that hold off on adopting these powerful tools will struggle to catch up later.

At CTSI-Global, we’ve spent more than 60 years keeping track of trends in the supply chain and logistics industry and developing solutions tailor-made to meet companies’ needs. Our world-class TMS solution is designed to help companies streamline operations, boost productivity, and rid themselves of the complications brought on by outdated and disconnected systems. And since we’re always innovating, our TMS helps the companies we partner with stay ahead of the curve—not racing to stay relevant.

Don’t just catch up—get ahead. Contact CTSI-Global to get started.

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