Transport planning TMS
TMS route planning
Transport requests are created in the TMS or are scanned in via EDI, at which time you can indicate the type of goods to be transported, the collection and delivery locations, as well as the requisite weight, volume and product details etc.
Pre-set routes, such as collection from the depot, the distribution out of the depot, direct transport, via ferry or tunnel/bridge, depot shuttle traffic, national or regional distribution etc., are automatically generated if an order from A to B is entered. If you use our integrated WMS the transport requests are automatically entered into the TMS, as ‘to be scheduled’ shipments.
These routes are made available to the planner and can be classified using filters by country/region, today/tomorrow, per customer, per destination address etc.
The planner sees the complete overview of their workload on a manageable start screen.
Costs & revenue
At all times the planner has insight into the costs & input/output ratio of the orders and a planned shipment, and thus the pre-calculated margin. During execution, this margin is adjusted by more or fewer hours/mileage, or by other factors.
Once a shipment has been unloaded optional documents and correspondence can be linked to the shipment file, such as signed for consignment notes, reports of loss, damage reports, emails or photos.
Upon delivery, the separate transport requests can be automatically prepared for invoicing, which in turn speeds up the invoicing process and benefits your cash flow situation.
Thanks to the real-time link between the TMS and the onboard unit or the driver’s tablet/smartphone, the planning department gains maximum insight to facilitate planning and adjustments, and the driver can quickly and easily handle the necessary administration.
As soon as transports have been scheduled and forwarded, the driver sees all the relevant data on their onboard unit or on the app on their smartphone or tablet. This provides them with all the necessary data onboard, without the need for any paper freight documents. As soon as the driver has delivered the goods, their onboard unit (tablet or smartphone) is updated, where necessary with the (digital) signature of the recipient. Moreover, if needed, the driver can also register potential losses and packaging.
Planning department insight
At any given time the planning department sees where the trucks (and the consignments) are located, who is being delayed, etc. By filtering on transit statuses, for example, the planner gains prompt insight into the shipments being driven and the progress thereof. As soon as something goes awry, scheduling changes can be rapidly instigated.