How much does a TMS cost?

How much does a TMS cost?

Sourcing a full featured TMS can be a daunting task. You have to weigh costs per shipment vs. capabilities. Costs can vary by the amount of additional modules required. ShippersEdge takes a tiered service approach starting at 250 shipments per month to upwards of 20,000 shipments per month ranging in cost from about $2.50 per shipment on small volumes to $0.40 per shipment for shipments in excess of 20,000 per month. 

ShippersEdge offers modules that can be added ala’carte

ShippersEdge offers modules that can be added ala’carte or if volume warrants, bundled in our Enterprise Plus version for shipping volumes approaching or above 1,000 orders per month. Certain modules are resource intensive and are priced separately and example is our telematics module which is resource heavy.

Configuration, setup and training are additional (typically) one-time expenses that are priced independent of monthly subscription charges. ShippersEdge was built to be highly configurable with that ability to have triggers, alerts, exception management based on business rules and a host of other high level functionality features to automate even the most labor intensive tasks. 

Configuration and setup is priced through a one on one scoping

Configuration and setup is priced through a one on one scoping series of interviews and fact gathering sessions typically of 30 minutes in length each. We work hand in hand with you to make certain all bases are covered and thought through. We also typically divide baseline functionality from nice-to-have features into phases. A walk before you run strategy that helps you ease into your TMS and prevent disruptions. 

Training can typically be done over the phone. On site visits can be allowed for but due to its designed ease of use user interface, nearly everyone “gets it” in short training sessions. If you’ve used UPS WorldShip or FedEx Manager, you can use ShippersEdge in short order. ShippersEdge is also a fully managed system. You do not need a super-user. Training in super-users can be expensive and if you have turnover, doubly so. Our help desk is always staffed so you do not need to plan personal leave of a super-user into your backup systems. 

Configuration, setup and training can vary but starts at about $5,000 and can range up to $100,000 or more in very diverse complicated installations. 

For more information contact the undersigned. 

Tim Taylor 

Timothy.taylor@shippersedge.com

Strategy Leads Tactics

Ready, Fire, Aim is not a good strategy

In logistics management as in all things having a strategy leads to tactics. Getting cheapest freight rate is a tactic, it may be part of a strategy but if it leads to freight claims, customer dissatisfaction with delivery expectation or a failure in your supply chain that shuts down a line, it wasn’t really a great strategy.

Having a goal leads to strategy

How does one go about creating a strategy? Goals is first and foremost. Goals in and of themselves are strategies of a sort. A plan to attain those goals is developed through analytics and the harnessing of data. Acquiring data is paramount to developing strategies to achieve goals.

This is where a TMS helps dramatically, first in acquiring, reporting and analyzing data. If the goals are to smooth out bumps in the supply chain, having the data to know specifically and empirically where the bumps are, who are the players (vendor/transportation provider/purchasing agent) you get a statistical analysis that will show a developing pattern. 

Likewise, in deliveries to customers, patterns emerge, typically with the transportation provider but sometimes they are confined to a specific region or locality of a transportation providers. A couple of years ago a major transportation provider had a hub in Denver that service any western states. They also sustained an acute reduction in available labor due to newly legalized recreational marijuana. Many of our client suspended them until things settled down. 

Patterns emerge

Over a given period of time, patterns emerge and then tactics can be deployed to mitigate the problem. You may want better visibility on your retail deliveries to avoid penalties. Maybe the problem is lack of visibility on incoming shipments leading to uncertain labor planning. Vendor compliance and vendor timeliness is also important and can be managed, if seen and historically evaluated. 

Giant data warehouse

A solid Transportation Management System is a giant data warehouse, one you don’t have to ask IT for access to. Custom dashboards, alerts, reports should be easy. ShippersEdge TMS is affordable high technology that assists you in your execution of strategies and gives you the analytical tools to identify opportunities and execute the tactical moves that follow. 

Inbound Logistics Top 100

ShippersEdge was once again awarded the prestigious Inbound Logistics Top 100 Top 100 IT Logistics Provider Award for 2019.

Congratulations to my colleagues who work so hard all year to fulfill promises and provide customer satisfaction.

ShippersEdge adds International to Its Product Offerings

Now you can manage your international shipping through ShippersEdge.

Use our system to create all international documents

Communicate with your providers via EDI

Store all documents within ShippersEdge

Conveniently transmit documents to your trading partners

Supplier portal supports International Shipping

Provide constituents with easy to find tracking information

Alerting of delays or timely arrivals may be automated

Compare rates from your providers

Request rate quotes from your providers

All rate quoting information is captured within ShippersEdge

Display analytics by provider, lane or vendor/receiver

ShippersEdge can even communicate with customs in many countries 

3PL Logistics Management From ShippersEdge

ShippersEdge has completed our 3PL management version of our award winning TMS. 

Features include:

Fixed or variable markup

Integration with any accounting system

Customer Vendor Portal for managing incoming freight

Consolidations one customer or many

Consolidation cost allocation by business rules or manual override

Invoicing (batch or individual) 

EDI invoicing or file transfer

Settlement Module including proper paperwork check

Czar-Lite Support

Non-standard rating (pallet, lineal or cubic feet or rate tables)

Cost change (while enroute) visibility

Accept carrier EDI 

Transmit Carrier EDI

LTL carrier API integration

Freight bill auditing

Exception management and notification

Truckload Tracking cell phone or direct connection

Geofencing

LTL tracking 

Scalability for multiple accounts

Highly affordable monthly costs

Ability to customize for you or your clients

Client/Customer Portal

Carrier Portal with or without bid boards

Electronic load tendering through system email or portal

Service Confirmations through portal or system email

Carriers can upload their freight invoices and documents through the portal or via system email

Instant messaging through portal retained in shipment record

Lane histories

Shipment history logging

Ability to import orders or integrate with your client’s ERP

These are the basic features. We can customize for you. 

Carrier Portals

Custom Carrier Portals

ShippersEdge has off the shelf and customizable carrier portals. Typically, large volume truckload shippers use a carrier portal to have their carriers update status on the loads and to accept or reject shipment tender requests.

Some shippers like to use portals as load boards with fixed pricing or as bid boards. Whether you set the expected price or you’re requesting a price from a provider, a carrier portal is an excellent way to provide your carrier visibility into your available or upcoming shipments. Rates can also be extracted from established rate agreements with your providers.

Messaging that remains a permanent record in the shipment can also be accomplished through the portal and a flag can be set to denote a new message to ensure it is seen. In some cases, you may want to send an email to your provider notifying them of new messages or changes to a load.

When it comes to a portal, ShippersEdge can advise you of state of the art best practices and if appropriate, incorporate those practices along with your current practices if desired. Your portal will be done your way. Gone will be spreadsheets, hunting through emails and sticky notes to find particulars on a shipment.

Make your carrier portal the way you want it. Contact ShippersEdge timothy.taylor@shippersedge.com call 952-777-4421 or visit us on the web at www.shipperesedgetms.com

Custom Applications in a TMS

Custom Apps in a Transportation Management System

Many TMS platforms do a good job at their basic functional purpose of helping you manage and execute your transportation and provide good analytics to help you improve your game. But what about those things that are transportation related but not actually shipping functions?

Examples might be managing exceptions in produce or dwell time at construction sites. ShippersEdge has a built in custom app maker. By using client input and imaginative design we ca help clients streamline their non-ERP transportation related operations. Do you need to leave a trailer dropped at a jobsite and want to track and may invoice your client for excess demurrage time? What about counting blankets and in and out condition, for blanket wrap deliveries and inventorying them upon return?

More examples:

A complex receipt of goods form, i.e. condition and etc.

An evaluation form for exchange shipments like tanks, bottles, IBC and other similar goods.

A for that initiates invoicing based on delivery or exchange.

Anything that your ERP cannot do relating to a transaction result.

If your TMS provider is thinking only about shipping costs and not about overall logistics costs, you’ve got the wrong provider. If they’re telling you custom application modules are thousands and thousands of dollars, again rethink your provider. Speed is essential, accuracy even more so, ShippersEdge can help you achieve both.

ShippersEdge has developed specialty applications for large and small companies, put our expertise to work, we love challenging projects.

A TMS with a Built-in App for Managing Intermediate Bulk Containers

A TMS with a Built-in App for Managing Intermediate Bulk Containers

ShippersEdge an award-winning transportation management system is pleased to announce its available app to help you grade and count your returned IBC equipment. You would use ShippersEdge TMS to route and track your intermediate bulk container shipping both inbound and outbound. As the IBC equipment is returned to your facility a special tab will show you which containers need to be inventoried and graded.

The app is specifically designed to be operated from an iPad (or another tablet) to be graded. You can also activate the camera if wanted. You can add inventory units and finally export this data to your billing system or ERP.

Below is an example or a form we did for an IBC exchange company. It can be easily modified to fit your needs exactly.

Get your workflow managed and easier than ever to get the date you need sent to the right application. The add on app is only $250.00 per month so its highly affordable. ShippersEdge TMS base entry pricing is just under $500.00 per month and integrations are reasonably priced as is the setup fees.

Contact ShippersEdge at timothy.taylor@shippersedge.com or 952-777-4421 or visit us on the web at www.shippersedgetms.com

Trapping for Fame and Fortune

Trapping for Fame and Fortune

Recent studies within our TMS have revealed carriers trapping freight to combine deliveries. Let me explain. The carriers know what freight is in their system. If they see a single shipment for a given delivery stop and yet there is another shipment on its way for the next day, often times they’ll trap the first shipment to deliver with the shipment on its way. In this way, they save the labor cost of a delivery.

Guaranteed Delivery?

The only way to avoid this practice is to book a guaranteed delivery or by working with or changing your motor carrier. This is especially troublesome in the retail sector where on-time-in-full is the order of the day. If you have a TMS that is updating hourly, you can see the status “Arrived at Terminal” but not “Out for Delivery” logging the date and time of these two events can help you pinpoint service failures. ShippersEdge TMS can be set to notify you if a shipment is being trapped at the destination terminal.

Given the penalties for late delivery by some retailers, making sure your shipment is not being trapped is just part of the job of an Enterprise TMS.

 

 

Personal Conveyance Status whether the truck is loaded or not

Courtesy of CCJ Digital

Effective immediately, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will allow drivers to enter into personal conveyance status, whether the truck is loaded or not, to find the nearest safe parking or rest location after their hours of service are exhausted by a shipper/receiver or off-duty periods are interrupted by law enforcement.

“The movement from a shipper or receiver to the nearest safe resting area may be identified as personal conveyance,” according to a notice from FMCSA, “regardless of whether the driver exhausted his or her hours of service, as long as the CMV is being moved solely to enable the driver to obtain the required rest at a safe location.”

The change was prompted by more rigid hours of service compliance brought on by the agency’s electronic logging device mandate.

In a media call Thursday, FMCSA Enforcement and Compliance Director Joe DeLorenzo emphasized a key point that might apply more broadly to other scenarios where personal conveyance for the purpose of getting “to your safe place to rest. It’s all about why you’re making that particular movement,” in the end.

Generally, personal conveyance use has not been allowed for any move intended to further the direction of the current or next dispatch and is intended as truly personal use of the truck, outside the stream of commerce. Further clarifying the change in personal conveyance interpretation, the agency noted it recognized that “the driver may not be aware of the direction of the next dispatch and that in some instances the nearest safe resting location may be in the direction of that dispatch. If the driver proceeds to the nearest reasonable and safe location and takes the required rest, this would qualify as personal conveyance.”

Any driver using personal conveyance this way is advised to “annotate on the log if he/she cannot park at the nearest location and must proceed to another location.”

Personal conveyance is also newly specifically allowed in other similar circumstances, the agency noted — when a safety official (such as a law enforcement officer) requires a driver to move during an off-duty period. Such a use should be “no farther than the nearest reasonable and safe area to complete the rest period,” according the Federal Register publication.

Travel to home after working “offsite,” as long as the driver’s home is not in the direction of the current or next dispatch, is also explicitly allowed as personal conveyance by the new guidance.

Guidance changes will be published in the Federal Register probably “early next week,” DeLorenzo said, but he added that the agency had already rolled them out to law enforcement.

Ag hours-exemption guidance changes
FMCSA also announced Thursday changes to guidance around the 150-air-mile-radius ag hours of service exemption include clarifying the definition of the radius as extending from the commodity’s source — and the definition of source, which would include locations like silos and sale barns where the commodity is put on the vehicle. The guidance defines source in part to include not just a farm or ranch but also “any intermediate storage or handling location away from the original source at the farm or field, provided the commodity retains its original form and is not significantly changed by any processing or packing.”

Likewise, the agency said, haulers utilizing the exemption but who extend beyond the radius would not need to start hours recording until they reached the edge of the radius.

“The hours accumulated within the 150-mile radius are not counted toward the driver’s hours of service,” FMCSA says. “Returning empty, the driver would be subject to the HOS rules until returning within the 150 air-mile radius in which the trip began.”

Such drivers returning empty to the source, thus, would be able to stop hours recording upon re-entering the radius. DeLorenzo also clarified that for multiple-stop loads within the radius, point A of pickup would be the source from which the 150-air-mile (about 176 road miles) radius should be calculated.