What comes to mind when you hear "transportation costs"? For many, the immediate thought will be "carrier rates". It's a valid response, but, unfortunately, it is also one that can reveal a limited point of view about the best way to manage those costs.
While it can't be said that every company has tapped into web-based transportation management systems, such applications have been around long enough to no longer qualify as new - and their presence in the enterprise is growing. Is it fair to say that traditional TMS software has been overtaken by web TMS? Perhaps not, but such online, hosted or on-demand systems are proliferating. They are quick to deploy in most cases, they are highly scalable and the faster-time-to-ROI argument hasn't hurt web-based TMS adoption either.