Your TMS Must Support Air Cargo and Ocean Transportation to Be Truly Multimodal
By: Logistics Viewpoints March 25, 2014
The definition of transportation management systems (TMS) continues to evolve. In the early days of TMS solutions, the primary goal was to manage truck-based freight. Over time, point solutions were developed to support particular modes for particular industries such as ocean and airfreight.
At the same time, traditional TMS providers began to incorporate basic multimodal capabilities into “truck-centric” solutions. Migrating from a truck-centric solution to a truly multimodal solution is no small task and many vendors have chosen to rewrite solutions or “bolt on” other point solutions to bring multimodal capabilities into their platform.
As more companies seek to take advantage of lower labor costs in developing countries, the need for multimodal transportation systems has become imperative. Many industries now depend on ocean and airfreight as natural and vital links in the supply chain. Industries such as apparel and automotive keep the ocean carriers humming, while pharmaceuticals and high-tech keep the airfreight industry busy.