Why International Shippers Need a Unified TMS

When shippers have outposts around the world, they need technology that enables them to work seamlessly across various languages, cultures, and time zones. Any breakdown in communication can be costly—so why do so many global companies still use a different transportation management system (TMS) to manage their logistics operations in each region?

More and more, shippers are recognizing that having disparate systems and processes for each region results in unnecessary barriers, burdens, and silos that hinder growth. In a recent study, Gartner found that while it’s still common for companies to work with different vendors in different regions, many larger, more mature shippers are starting to pivot to a single TMS across their entire organization—and reaping the benefits.

If you’re on the fence, here are a few reasons to consider transitioning to a unified TMS.

More visibility, less confusion

When shippers don’t use a unified TMS, it’s difficult to accurately evaluate how each region is performing in the context of the organization as a whole. Is one facility spending far more than another? Are there bottlenecks leaders aren’t aware of? And even if they have a system in place to gather the data that their different systems produce, a number of factors can impact leaders’ ability to see the big picture, from outdated information to incompatible formats.

Implementing a unified TMS eliminates this ambiguity and creates total clarity. By bringing all their domestic and global data under one roof, shippers can dissolve regional data silos, achieve a bird’s-eye view of their operations, and gain more control over the entire supply chain. This allows for better, more informed, and more strategic decision-making that isn’t limited in scope—opening up greater possibilities for global expansion and growth.

Greater standardization, fewer rogue players

Another benefit of utilizing a single system across all regions is the ability to implement standardized processes and controls—thereby increasing corporate governance and reducing rogue decision-making and spending.

Without standardization, different locations may act in a bubble, doing what they believe is best (or most convenient) for their own facility. With a unified TMS in place, all facilities will operate under one shared version of the truth, ensuring that every location acts in the best interests of the organization as a whole.

Of course, every country has different regulations, customs, and quirks that impact the shipping process, so some flexibility is necessary. Look for a system that can be configured to enable this kind of regional flexibility, empowering supply chain managers to optimize their local operations without causing leaders to lose control at the global level. The right TMS will also trigger alerts or additional approval processes when one facility attempts to deviate from an agreed-upon path, ensuring that key stakeholders across the business have visibility into what different regions are doing and can step in where needed.

A TMS designed to facilitate global growth

Disparate systems might have worked for a while, but as your organization continues to grow, it’s time to adopt a system that can support your global operations—and help them thrive.

At CTSI-Global, we built our own proprietary TMS, Honeybee TMS™, to support shippers at both the regional and global levels. Honeybee TMS™ makes it easy for local teams to plan and execute inbound and outbound transportation while giving leaders at all levels more visibility, better control, and the ability to unlock greater cost savings.

We understand the needs of global companies because our network is global. With offices in North America, Europe, and Asia, we’re well versed in the regional regulations and nuances required to keep international supply chains ticking. And since our network spans multiple time zones, you’ll always find support whenever you need it—wherever you’re located.

Make your global supply chain more efficient, cost-effective, and easier to manage. Contact us today.

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