Here in the UK, it’s no secret that in recent times we have suffered from supply chain disruptions that led to shortages of staple foodstuffs even in major supermarkets. Those disruptions were brought about by a variety of factors, some avoidable, some unavoidable, but all subject to a common problem - lack of flexibility in transport management systems, which in turn suffered from a lack of collaboration across the whole of each and every supply chain. (Of course, it’s not just the UK that has been subject to such disruptions, they have occurred all across the world in recent times.)
All the above highlights how successful modern supply chains depend on transparent integration of communications between all stakeholders, especially in the key area of freight transport operations. Efficient management and operation of the moving parts in any given supply chain depend upon clearly defined and expressed working practices, as well as the use of flexible, seamlessly integrated and easy-to-use systems that can be viewed and/or accessed at will by every relevant person in the chain.
As far as the freight management component of supply chains is concerned, successful integration with the whole chain can only be assured by the utilisation of a modern transport management system (TMS). This kind of TMS can deliver the transparency, visibility and integration required, while still ensuring that there are no contraventions of GDPR or IT security requirements. If such a TMS seems too good to be true, read more here or contact our own Bashir Khan and he will explain how it can be tailored to your company’s particular specifications.