What is a TMS?
A transportation management system, or “TMS,” is a platform that’s designed to streamline the shipping process. A TMS allows shippers to automate the processes they have in place and receive valuable insights to save time and reduce spend on future shipments.
A TMS in time-critical logistics is necessary
Most companies utilize multiple systems to track their shipments depending on the situation at hand. Though this situation was born of necessity, it is now a recipe for pain and inefficiency. The more systems you use, the tougher it is to get them to work together; thus, companies wind up spending too much time and money manually working through multiple platforms and reports to track their shipments and determine just when to expect delivery or identify what is holding up a shipment. End users are often having to jump between platforms manually copying and pasting the information in.
There should be a better way. A TMS should be able to talk to other platforms to seamlessly pass the information along without the need for a swivel chair setup. That's why the first thing Airspace did was ensure our platform can communicate with any other web application. Through the use of APIs and EDIs, the Airspace Platform removes the need for customers to manually enter duplicative data.
In logistics, there are several different moving parts - figuratively and literally - so having a system that can manage everything proactively is essential. When thinking in regards to the time-critical space, a TMS is a lifesaver. Instead of phone call or email chain that adds on even more time and potentially cause errors, the Airspace Platform gives our customers instant access to their information.
By utilizing a TMS, companies are easily able to determine where its packages are throughout the delivery process. Whether a surgeon is waiting for a kidney or an aircraft mechanic is waiting for a spare part, the precision of a TMS lets the customer know exactly when the shipment will arrive and exactly where it is. When issues arise, customers are proactively notified giving all stakeholders direct information before the problem causes a delay.
Nothing is done manually unless people absolutely have to get involved. Instead, automation does its beautiful work, accelerating processes, eliminating mistakes and quietly, making sure the customer is happy.
That’s how transportation management systems should work. It's how our platform works and we love it.