TMS Performs Seamless Carrier Management for Manufacturers

Automation and robotics are indispensable technology for manufacturers who want to reduce manual warehouse tasks and lower costs. But when it comes to managing a manufacturer’s carrier network, logistics teams are still burdened with outdated and inefficient processes.

For example, some teams still use PDFs and spreadsheets to store records and compare carriers for new shipments. These disjointed systems require time and effort from logistics teams and risk inaccurate carrier analyses—hurting their ability to scale as well as the bottom line.

For manufacturers looking to decrease the burden on logistics teams, an automated transportation management system provides a scalable method for managing carrier data and analyzing carrier tradeoffs. Shippers use TMSes can streamline workflows across warehouse locations, shipment types, and transportation methods—preserving a manufacturer’s time, budget, and customer relationships.

Manage a wider network of insured carriers

A TMS provides manufacturers with an extensive network of carriers who meet strict safety regulations and performance standards. While in-house logistics teams would usually shoulder the increased compliance obligations of a larger carrier network, the scalable capabilities of a TMS efficiently manage that burden. TMS carrier management stores and tracks carrier insurance information to ensure that all carriers have up-to-date liability protection.

Ongoing labor shortages have made it difficult for carriers to hire workers to operate trucks and other transportation methods. Increased access to quality carriers means manufacturers don’t have to worry if one carrier lacks workers to transport a shipment. The TMS provides many alternatives to ensure goods make it to their destinations.

Lead consistent workflows across locations

For manufacturers with warehouses scattered across the country, carrier management can vary from location to location. Unfortunately, this variation creates inefficient or corrupt carrier relationships and biased selection. A TMS used to manage carrier data can remove these risks. It also provides a uniform system for storing carrier records and selecting carriers for each shipment.

TMS management keeps all carrier data organized and offers complete visibility of past and present carrier shipments. This transformative tool centralizes contract storage, so details can’t slip through the cracks. With access to safety ratings and records of damaged shipments, each warehouse can make unbiased carrier selections. Greater control of the carrier management process allows manufacturers to make changes at the corporate level and see them implemented throughout the entire organization.

Optimize carrier selection

When manufacturers select carriers, there are several variables to consider, such as prices and delivery dates. A managed TMS quickly compares a wide range of carrier metrics, so manufacturers use the best carrier option for every shipment.

A TMS holds information about each carrier’s prices, equipment, and estimated shipment delivery dates. It then compares carriers to find the best option based on the shipment’s weight and dimensions, due date, and any special equipment required. For example, if a tractor manufacturer needs a flatbed truck for transport, TMS-assisted carrier management will factor that in during carrier selection.

Highlight cost-saving opportunities

With oversight comes insight. A TMS helps manufacturers understand the charges for each shipment’s transportation. It also presents opportunities to reduce shipping costs while automating manual logistics tasks—all of which reduce costs. Manufacturers can then focus on strategic objectives.

TMS Carrier Management can prevent carrier fees. Some clients, such as large retailers, only allow certain carriers to deliver to their locations. Disjointed spreadsheets scattered with carrier and customer information make it difficult for manufacturers to track which carriers are allowed by each customer—putting them at risk of customer penalty fees. A TMS helps manufacturers stay on top of which carriers each customer allows, so they never have to pay customer chargebacks.

Build stronger customer relationships

The transportation of goods from warehouses to customers is an integral component of the manufacturing lifecycle. But carriers don’t just represent themselves—they reflect the businesses who hire them. By reducing the risk of damaged or late shipments, TMS Carrier Management helps manufacturers build customer trust in their ability to consistently deliver high-quality, timely products.

CTSI-Global’s Honeybee TMS transforms carrier management for logistics teams and provides access to carriers tailored to a firm’s needs. Honeybee TMS stores all of a manufacturer’s carrier contracts for easy access and online freight quotes. This fully-integrated logistics solution can save manufacturers money by completing carrier selection, carrier contract negotiations, and supply chain management.

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