Have You Outgrown Your TMS? Watch for 3 Warning Signs
New technology is being introduced in our personal lives and business operations at an unprecedented pace. Many innovations that can address current and anticipated future business needs can be out of reach for trucking and logistics companies that use legacy transportation management software (TMS) systems, however.
During the last couple of years, motor carriers have been challenged with labor shortages, customer demands and rising costs, among other issues that are causing many to question if they have outgrown their legacy TMS systems.
Three of the most obvious signs you have outgrown a TMS that can meet your present and future needs are:
1. Your TMS system does not integrate with business-imperative platforms.
TMS systems are an investment and should be able to “speak” with other systems like ELDs, trailer tracking, electronic payments and accounting software. This connectivity is critical to make the most of your investment by ensuring you have complete visibility of end-to-end operations and access to business-critical data. If integrations are not possible – or if they incur costly service fees – it is time to find a better platform. TMS technology should never limit you. It should propel you and your business forward.
2. Coordinating with drivers involves cumbersome, manual processes.
Everyone expects to have a mobile and web experience that allows them to take work with them, wherever they go. Drivers are no exception – they want a seamless, reliable, easy-to-navigate experience, with tools that allow them to view their pay for upcoming loads, request time off, choose loads, and perform a multitude of other tasks. Many organizations, however, are still reliant on manual processes for these transactions. Dispatcher-driver communications are especially cumbersome when there are different engagement and payment models. If your TMS cannot extend the power of automation to drivers for a more rewarding work experience, it is time to find one that can.
3. Your technology is not maximizing human potential
Self-service business intelligence tools that come with next-generation TMS systems can introduce efficiencies for the business and the workforce. Technology should alleviate mundane, manual processes so workers can be upskilled or reskilled to support more important, knowledge-based needs within the company. This also provides opportunity for those workers to feel more fulfilled in their new roles, which is especially important today as the industry faces an ongoing labor shortage. If your TMS technology is not introducing greater agility and providing new opportunities, it is time to consider a platform that can.
Technology That Adapts as Your Business Adapts
Next generation, SaaS-based technology should provide full, unlimited access to essential business features and services to ensure maximum return on investment and scalable growth. Your technology should introduce efficiencies, improve experiences, and ignite new possibilities – and that is what the Magnus TMS does. Our technology addresses industry and business-specific challenges today and sets you up to more easily tackle the challenges to come.
If you are noticing any of the signs above with your current platform – and if you can think of other ways to benefit from modern technology – contact us today with any questions and to schedule a demo: (877) 381-4632 or firstname.lastname@example.org.