In the world of logistics, a robust transportation management system (TMS) has been a must-have tool for many shippers for some time now, delivering increased efficiency, significant savings, and greater visibility. Despite this, some still had doubts about whether they needed to adopt a TMS.
That’s all changed. Recent events have demonstrated the utter necessity of adopting cloud-based solutions that allow the supply chain to be managed effectively from anywhere. And this is not a temporary problem: in order to build resiliency against future disruptions, supply chain managers need the right tools.
The time to evaluate your operations is now
Health crises. Natural disasters. Geopolitical events. There are countless reasons why production and movement in a particular region can come to a standstill—and in recent years, these issues have cropped up with increasing frequency. For shippers that rely heavily on suppliers in these regions, this can quickly spell disaster, with the entire supply chain grinding to a halt while staff frantically try to find alternative options.
As the old saying goes, it’s unwise to put all your eggs in one basket. Adopting a TMS that gives you total visibility into your global operations allows you to gain a clear understanding of your supplier base, so you can better evaluate risk and identify potential disruptions.
Where are suppliers’ distribution centers located? What routes are essential to your inbound freight movements? If an entire country or continent was closed off, would you still be able to get the materials you need, or would you be left in the cold? If you can’t answer these questions, you need a TMS.
Diversify, localize, survive
Once you’ve mapped out your supplier base and key shipping routes, you can take proactive steps to diversify your supplier base. That way, if one part of the world suddenly becomes inaccessible, you can rapidly fill gaps in your supply chain and minimize delays.
You may even decide to localize certain aspects of your supply chain, especially if your primary customer base is domestic, but you import most raw materials from abroad. It may be a little more expensive, but the risk of relying on international movement in a volatile world may cost you more in the long run.
Whatever you ultimately decide, a TMS makes it easy to plug new suppliers into your supply chain to prepare for any eventuality. Where previously you might have struggled to manage too many relationships, a TMS opens up limitless possibilities. This can also help you respond faster in instances where using a certain supplier becomes less than ideal, such as a drop in product quality or if your preferred supplier goes out of business.
Bolster your resilience with a powerful TMS
The world can change overnight—and shippers that aren’t prepared may be left behind. Prepare for whatever the future holds with Honeybee TMS™ from CTSI-Global.
Our proprietary solution is designed to put shippers in control, even in the face of chaos. Manage inbound and outbound freight with ease, track shipments before, during, and after delivery, and handle any problems that arise in no time—all while reducing transportation spend.
Don’t wait until the next disaster to act. Future-proof your supply chain by contacting us today.