Why your ERP’s TMS is not Always the Best Choice

Why your ERP’s TMS is not Always the Best Choice

Many of the large ERP platforms have a TMS module available for install. There are many reasons to consider using the ERP module of your TMS and also there are reasons to choose a different TMS.

Two Distinct Advantages

There are two distinct advantages of using an independent TMS. The first is time, speed and ease of deployment. Delays and hiccups in ERP deployment are legendary. So bad are some implementations that they’ve cratered earning and market value, sometimes for years after the implementation. An independent TMS is used to interacting with many different ERPs, knows the pitfalls and idiosyncrasies of different ERP platforms and is adept at overcoming their shortfalls.

The second distinct advantage of an independent TMS over an ERP’s TMS module is the ease of use and ease of customization. Typically, large ERP platforms have acquired TMS modules and bolted them onto the platform. This is fine but many of those TMS programs were written for mega companies many years ago. The operation of those TMS programs is generally extreme overkill for mid-sized companies and consequently the operation is often complex and cumbersome.

Some other advantages of using an independent TMS include:

Speed of deployment, ERPs can take years to deploy successfully in some cases. The TMS module is usually one of the last things to be deployed.

Price can be a factor. Independent TMS platforms are built with small to midsized companies in mind and are priced accordingly. The ERP TMS modules by comparison were built for very large enterprises.

Customization is usually faster, better and less expensive. The mega TMS modules in large ERP platforms were written when man-years of programming were the norm. Unwinding that programming to create any custom application is often very time consuming.

Cloud deployment is not always available with your ERP’s TMS module, therefore upgrades and scalable deployment may tax your IT departments schedule and be delayed or deferred.

ShippersEdge is a tier II SaaS deployed TMS specially tailored to the SMB market. We interface seamlessly with any ERP and offer an easy to learn, easy to use user interface. ShippersEdge is affordable logistics software.

For more information, timothy.taylor@shippersedge.com or visit us on the web at www.shippersedgetms.com

A surefire way to get more owner operator trucks

A surefire way to get more owner operator trucks

It’s about Fuel Surcharge

To get more owner operators interested in your loads, increase the fuel surcharge portion of truck pay. Owner operators typically get 100% of fuel surcharge revenue. Make your load more attractive to them by setting your fuel surcharge above market. If you’re using a flat pay per load, separate out fuel surcharge and let the drivers know.

Owner Operators are Especially prevalent in Platform Equipment

While owner operators are in all facets of trucking, they’re especially prevalent in platform equipment, such as flatbeds, step decks and other specialty equipment and refrigerated hauling. Drivers can accept or decline loads under their independent operators contract with their carrier. Differentiate yourself by slightly decreasing the base truck pay and increasing the fuel surcharge component of the load. Your owner operators will appreciate it.

Owner Operators Bore the Brunt of the ELD Mandate

If you stop and think through the ELD mandate, owner operators bore the brunt of the productivity decrease. Sure, the carriers themselves saw decreases in mile per truck, they more than made up for it with increased spot market rates. Drivers in congested areas of the country, especially so, whereas drivers in the wide-open west did not see as much of a reduction in miles per week.

Be kind to your owner operators, in most cases, they ultimately decide which loads they take and which ones they don’t.

ShippersEdge can be configured to automatically enhance fuel surcharge by slightly reducing base pay. Ask us about this. timothy.taylor@shippersedge.com or visit us on the web at www.shippersedgetms.com


Why Mid-Range TMS Software has the Best ROI

Mid-Range TMS Software has the Best ROI

Why does mid-range TMS software present the best value? Mid-range TMS software offers 90% of the functionality of large legacy transportation management systems at a fraction of the price. Compared to for instance Mercury Gate, ShippersEdge a mid-range and highly capable TMS is priced at about 20% of the monthly price and setup fees a startlingly low, even for integrated applications.

Functionality is oftentimes enhanced because the user interfaces in next generation TMS software are meant to be extremely user friendly to avoid expensive and time consuming training. Intuitive enough that almost everyone can be running the system in less than an hour. What good is functionality if you can’t use it?

Advanced Features

Advanced features, like embedded tracking links for your customers and hourly monitoring of most shipments are available due to the architecture of ShippersEdge.

ShippersEdge offers multiple ways to obtain carrier rates. API technology is mainly for LTL carriers and retrieves your rates directly from the carrier’s server. This way you know you have the latest rates offered. In some situations, you may want to upload a table of rates from a spreadsheet. ShippersEdge offer this capability as well. Spot quote? No problem, request spot quotes from your favorite providers, ShippersEdge generates the requesting email and automatically places all spot rates back into the quote allowing for easy comparison and provider selection.


Reporting used to be cumbersome. Our easy to use report generator allows you to design your own reports with the click of a mouse and export the results to Excel or any number of other formats. Need a freight accrual report for accounting, click, and it’s done. Need a variance report, ditto, it’s done. Late delivery report, easy.

Expected Results

Most TMS installations generate about a 7% reduction in freight costs due to increase use of preferred carriers, visibility on the lowest cost providers and better data for procurement. Couple that with soft cost saving due to efficiencies gained in operations, you’ve achieved a meaningful ROI without breaking the bank.

Contact Us

Talk to ShippersEdge at 952-777-4421 or visit us on the web at www.shippersedge.com/info