Transportation management systems provide a logistics platform that uses software to help businesses plan, perform and optimize their transportation of goods, both from suppliers and to customers, while ensuring that compliance and documentation requirements are met. They are often a part of an overall supply chain management system. Transportation management services are offered by third-party providers that deliver these functions.
Transportation management offers visibility and management of transportation operations so that they can be made more efficient and cost-effective and that the timely delivery of freight and goods is ensured. Managing trade compliance and other regulatory information is another key function of these systems. IT streamlines an organization’s shipping process and provides a central point of control for all types of transportation logistics. It plays a central role in the supply chain ranging from procurement to overall life-cycle management of goods and products and offers more efficient transportation planning and execution.