How an Automated TMS Saves Time in Logistics Environments

Though it feels like technology is developing at a rapid pace, the reality is that automation and robotics have been around for decades.

The automobile industry coined the term automation in 1946 as a way to describe how automatic devices could increase efficiency across production lines. Robots have also worked alongside humans for years to optimize speed, efficiency, and scalability on factory floors—and today is no exception.

For modern supply chain teams, an automated transportation management system (TMS) is increasingly essential to minimize time-consuming tasks and refocus on what matters most: strategy, forecasting, and negotiation. Let’s unpack how.

Load optimization

If employees only had to manage a few loads, relying on a manual process might make sense. But modern shippers are operating at enormous scale. For this reason, automation and optimization go hand in hand.

With an automated TMS, shippers can rapidly confirm and schedule orders, ensure the right carrier and route, and optimize load efficiency. This means consolidated shipments and better pricing options, saving shippers both time and money.

With intelligent automation, the information employees need to make great transportation decisions is available within seconds. Immediate access to updated information about carrier pricing and performance gives shippers more time to think about strategic decisions, like how to move freight more efficiently—and at a lower cost.

Heightened visibility and data

It’s 2021, and data is king—especially for teams with large volumes of global shipments and multiple carriers. Any large-scale logistics management team knows that the absence of a TMS limits the precise execution and optimization of transportation routes and shipment schedules that can improve pickup and delivery accuracy.

With automated load tendering, confirmation, and exception alerts, supply chain managers can easily keep an eye on their operations at a glance. All of the data are collated, normalized, and synthesized from multiple sources, so teams can avoid manual spreadsheet searches that waste their valuable time.

Additionally, TMS dashboards allow leaders and employees to evaluate performance and identify gaps in the supply chain and opportunities for improvement. These insights can help leaders catch issues earlier on and strengthen their operations down the line.

A high-performing, efficient supply chain is nothing without data, and an effective TMS ensures these insights can be put to use immediately to drive meaningful organizational change.

Reduced human error

Automation is a valuable opportunity to reduce human error across the supply chain. This is particularly important during transitional periods when small mistakes can add up to major, expensive problems.

CTSI-Global’s industry-leading Honeybee TMS™ allows logistics teams to rely on the time-saving, cost-effective benefits of automation—so they can refocus their efforts on strategic matters like negotiating more competitive carrier rates. With fewer tedious manual tasks on their plate, your staff can optimize loads, leverage data, and reduce human error—all in one, intuitive platform.

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