Managing logistics can’t happen in a vacuum; you need visibility and awareness of internal and external systems, partners and resources. The problem is that integration and visibility are a big hurdle for most transportation management systems (TMS).

According to the Transportation Planning and Execution Benchmark Study by American Shipper, for example, 61 percent of respondents said the biggest challenge of their TMS system was system connectivity.

Building tight integrations between your TMS, internal systems and external partners leads to better visibility and collaboration throughout your supply chain. Rather than focusing on the day-to-day details of your operations, planners can be more strategic and creative with how they manage your logistics.

Solid and fast integrations were a tall order for TMS systems of the past, and integrations are still a big challenge for systems reliant on 15-year-old architecture. But modern TMS systems, built on an entirely reimagined architecture, are reshaping the industry’s expectations of timelines and cost.

In this article for Logistics Viewpoints, 3Gtms’ Chuck Fuerst helps you understand the connection between visibility and integration, and how a TMS system with visibility-driven workflows can read and translate vastly different data types and put them into the same format from which you can take action – a capability that completely changes the way we think about order visibility and workflow execution. He also discusses the key features to consider in a TMS to help you better evaluate its integration and visibility power, including:

  • One platform
  • Freedom from the vendor
  • An updated security model

It’s time to rethink integrations and a TMS system. Read more about how a modern transportation management system can expand visibility and speed up your integrations, saving you – and your customers – money and time.