Implementing any new technology takes time. It takes effort. It takes a commitment from staff. To minimize the lift, it makes sense for shippers to do whatever they can to streamline implementations without rushing through vital steps. Yet many don’t realize that by using the same provider for their transportation management system (TMS) and freight audit solution and doing a dual implementation, they can shave months off their roll-out time—and give countless hours back to their team.
Here’s why implementing a TMS and freight audit solution at the time is the best-kept secret in supply chain management—and how to take advantage of it.
Most of the data needed is the same
Picture this: your staff is going through the freight audit implementation process and has spent weeks working with the provider to compile all the data they need to feed into the solution. Finally, the roll-out is complete, and things are going great. Then the company decides it’s time to invest in a TMS. So you look around for a provider that meets your needs and kick off another lengthy implementation. And guess what? It’s time to start compiling information all over again—requiring yet another investment of your staff’s time and energy.
If you were working with a single provider, this wouldn’t be an issue. Why? Because around 90% of the data (and the team members!) required to implement TMS and freight audit solutions are the same—and by using the same provider, you don’t have to duplicate your efforts.
This isn’t just convenient for staff: it can also make the implementation process much faster. Working with separate providers, shippers can expect to spend months on each implementation. At CTSI-Global, companies that partner with us to implement both their TMS and freight audit solution at the same time typically get both solutions up and running within 100 days—so they can start reaping the benefits sooner.
The implementation process is made stronger
Another major benefit of implementing TMS and freight audit technology simultaneously is that it allows for a more holistic implementation process.
By working with the same provider for their TMS and freight audit solutions, shippers can collaborate closely to implement validations and processes that will make both solutions more powerful. For example, they might decide to implement general ledger (GL) coding at the time of shipment that will benefit back-end efforts.
When shippers implement these solutions separately with disparate providers, improvements like this would require intense coordination to make happen—and might not be possible at all. But with a dual implementation process, it’s not only easy to customize the solutions, but these customizations will be ready to use right off the bat.
Turn to the experts for a dual TMS and freight audit implementation
With a dual implementation process being so beneficial, why don’t more shippers take advantage of it? The truth is, very few providers have the capabilities to deliver both TMS and freight audit solutions well.
CTSI-Global is the exception that proves the rule.
We’ve spent years refining the art of the freight audit and building a leading-edge TMS from the ground up. We take a truly consultative approach to implementation, leveraging our decades of experience working with everyone from Fortune 500 companies to tiny tech startups to help our clients learn best practices and tailor their solutions to their specific needs. We’re proud to help clients consolidate their resources and save time during the implementation process—and get even more value from their logistics solutions.
One provider, one combined implementation—and endless benefits. Contact us today to get started.