TMS Becomes More Affordable Using Cloud Technology

By Alex Batty, MHI Marketing Communications Coordinator | @mhi_alex

Transportation management systems (TMS) are how a shipper can manage scheduling, routing, carriers, load tendering, and consolidation all in one place, making the shipper more efficient and accurate. As the market changes to an omni-distribution model, TMS are becoming a more and more important tool.

TMS help automate the transportation component of the supply chain and are becoming the gold standard as customers expect shorter and shorter shipping times thanks to companies like Amazon. However, the TMS aren’t widely adopted within the industry as of yet, but the cloud is making it much easier to do so. As the adoption barrier lowers due to the prevalence of the cloud and a wider selection of TMS providers, small- and mid-market companies can adopt TMS, allowing them to become more functional and pass on that efficiency to customers.


As the market continues to expand and technology continues to develop, TMS are projected to become more widespread due to customer demand of omni-channel distribution. And the cloud only makes it easier to do so.

To learn more about managing material handling, check out the 2016 MHI Annual Industry Report – Accelerating change: How innovation is driving digital, always-on supply chains. The report outlines trends and new technology in the industry so industry leaders  can make more educated business decisions.

It focuses on …

  • Building the future supply chain workforce
  • Omni-channel fulfillment
  • The impact of automation and big data on supply chains
  • Investing in material handling solutions for future success

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