We all know that national and global supply chains are in crisis; they're in such dire straits, in fact, that even the government famously abandoned its 'National Economic Recovery Taskforce (Logistics)’ after only a few days in existence. So, in the absence of 'Big Government' helping out, the onus devolves onto everyone involved in any supply chain, anywhere, to streamline their function within it. As a major component of all supply chains, transport operators bear the brunt of this requirement. Fortunately, operators already have the tools at their disposal to facilitate the process of doing just that. The key to everything, of course, is information – namely, the easy availability and transparency of same.
With modern transport management systems (TMSs) running a supply chain, it is very easy to provide (at a most effective cost) the necessary information to management to deliver on an operator's customer promise. The key to that is to understand everything that occurs from start to finish in a supply chain process - an effective TMS will enable meeting all overarching objectives, without impacting on current operating processes and procedures.
Effectively, a modern, integrated TMS will deliver continuous visibility of data along with performance confirmation, without unnecessarily duplicating information. The information so provided can form the backbone of logistics reporting and supply chain KPIs - automated, in most cases. The integration of all that information can be adapted to match the challenges presented by an evolving environment and deliver other added-value benefits that will turn your customers right on.