Transportation management software

Transportation management software system involves a set of software and services that are deployed to provide management of logistics, warehouses, distribution systems, and order management systems. The transport management software system includes solutions for various transportation processes, such as traffic management, information management, and parking management, which need to be analyzed for efficient, safe, and effective transportation for the customers. Transportation management software systems enable enterprises to automate planning, routing, and scheduling of their transportation processes, leading to reduced freight costs. They also provide enhanced visibility into the supply chain management process by offering features such as warehouse management and dispatch management. Furthermore, they also help in tracking transport information, leading to improved delivery performance.

COMPETITIVE LEADERSHIP MAPPING TERMINOLOGY

The vendors are placed into four categories based on their performance in each criterion: Vanguards, Innovators, Emerging, and Dynamic. We have evaluated the top 27 Transportation management software vendors that include Oracle, SAP SE, JDA Software Group Inc., Manhattan Associates, Descartes, MercuryGate International, BluJay Solutions, Inet-Logistics, CTSI-Global, TMW Systems, 3Gtms, Logility, Precision Software, CargoSmart, Cirrus TMS, Cerasis, Kratzer Automation AG, Epicor, GTNexus, HighJump Software, Aljex Software, Acuitive Solutions, Process Weaver, LSS Logistics Software Solutions BV, Metro Infrasys Pvt. Ltd., EFKON AG, and Omnitracs. The analysis has been carried out based on specific parameters and the scores have been assigned accordingly.

VISIONARY LEADERS

Vendors who fall into this category receive high scores for most of the evaluation criterion. The vendors in this MicroQuadrant have a strong and established product portfolio and a very strong market presence. They provide mature and reputable traffic management system solutions and services that cater to a wide range of verticals globally. They also have strong business strategies.

INNOVATORS

Innovators in the MicroQuadrant are vendors that have demonstrated substantial product innovations as compared to their competitors. They have very focused product portfolio. However, they do not have very strong growth strategies for their overall business.

DYNAMIC DIFFERENTIATORS

They are established vendors with very strong business strategies. However, they are low in product portfolio. They generally focus on a specific type of technology related to the product. The vendors included in this MicroQuadrant have a good customer base and are providers of software and services catering to other technologies as well.

EMERGING COMPANIES

They are vendors with niche product offerings, who are starting to gain recognition in the market. They do not have very strong business strategies as compared to other established vendors. They might be new entrants in the market and require some more time before getting significant traction. 

SOLUTION TYPE

The transportation management market is a solutions-driven market. Transportation management market solutions play a crucial role in handling all the transportation-related activities that are involved in moving goods from the suppliers to the place of production and then finally to the end-users. Transportation management system solutions are required for the timely delivery of raw materials and finished goods to the market place, and for improving the operational efficiency. The transportation management system solution type market includes traffic management, operations management, and others.

TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT

Traffic management software solutions cover a huge market in the transportation management system. These solutions are designed to manage and control roadway traffic. Traffic management solutions automate the entire traffic management ecosystem and generate real-time traffic information. They allow authorities to manage and optimize the urban traffic. They also help to reduce traffic congestion, provide efficient signaling over traffic, and ensure safety.

 

Information management

Most of the global transportation management systems have been adversely affected by the increasing population, urbanization, and improved standards of living. These factors have resulted in an ever-increasing burden on the current transportation infrastructure. An integrated transportation system can help in maximizing the current capacity and operation bandwidth of the transportation infrastructure.

Signaling

Signaling software simultaneously collects event-based high-resolution traffic data from multiple connections placed on signals and produces real-time signal performance measures, including probable travel time and intersection delay. This data can be analyzed to provide performance measure, travel time, traffic congestion insights. This information is used to predict and respond to traffic demands and conditions with an optimal signal timing, thus improving the traffic flow on roads. The data generated significantly reduces the costs of network monitoring and increases control and flexibility. Smart signaling empowers traffic managers to optimize existing road capacity and reduce traffic congestions

Automatic number plate recognition

Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) is a special form of Optical Character Recognition (OCR). ANPR solutions are helpful in reducing the costs of network monitoring while enhancing control and flexibility. They convert paper documents into electronic, editable files for instant information. This saves time and other hassles for regular transporters following the same route. ANPR is used to capture and scan license plates of vehicles to derive valuable data from it. It empowers traffic managers to track and monitor vehicles in the real time. ANPR can also be used to identify the vehicles that are parked in no-parking zones, violating traffic rules, and driving in the pedestrian area. ANPR applications can detect the license plate of speedy vehicles, recognize license plates in abnormal weather conditions such as hailstorm and heavy rain, and identify vehicle speed due to the use of specially-developed algorithms.

OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT

Operations management solutions help in managing the various processes in transportation management systems, such as reducing risks, managing warehouses, guiding vehicle routes, and allocating drivers. Operations management solutions include risk management; predictive fleet maintenance; driver monitoring and assistance; mapping and route guidance; real-time vehicle and asset tracking; automated scheduling and vehicle load optimization; transport data management, visualization, and analytics; and others. These solutions together account for a larger market than traffic management solutions due to the critical need for streamlining business operations.

There are basically two types of operations management required, one for inbound transportation and other is for outbound transportation. Inbound operations management deals with managing and controlling the aspects of transportation management which deal with reception, storage, and distribution of raw materials that are used for production. The raw materials are to be received, systematically stored, and organized for easy access. Large manufacturing firms have separate facilities/warehouse space for the storage of these raw materials. The receiving process is important as it directly affects the efficiency with which the materials are dispatched to the production areas. Once the dispatch order is ready, the tracking, loading, and dispatching to requested area takes place

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Transportation Management Software Quadrant

Comparing 25 vendors in Transportation Management Software across 83 criteria.

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EVALUATION CRITERIA

Below criteria are most commonly used for comparing Transportation Management Software tools.
  • Breadth and Depth of Product Offerings
    • Products/Solutions Offered
    • Traffic Management Services Offered
      • Information Management
      • Signalling
      • Automatic Number Plate Recognition
      • Parking Management
    • Systems Offered
      • Operations Management
      • Others (Order & Warehouse Management, Workforce Monitoring & Management, Networking & Connectivity)
      • Traffic Management
    • Services Offered
      • Training and Education
      • System Integration
      • Support and Maintenance
    • Operation Management Solution
      • Risk Management
      • Predictive Fleet Maintenance
      • Driver Monitoring and Assistance
      • Mapping and Route Guidance (Route Optimization)
      • Real-Time Vehicle and Asset Tracking
      • Automated Scheduling, and Vehicle Load Optimization
      • Transport Data Management, Visualization, and Analytics
  • Delivery
    • Deployment Model
      • On-Premise
      • Hosted / On-Cloud
    • Delivery Models
      • Directly
      • Through Partners / Third-Party Vendors
    • Delivery Mode for Client Location
      • Full Time Equivalent
      • Subscription / Licensing
      • Per User / Device Basis
  • Product Features and Functionality
    • Functionalities gap in the solution
    • Product Features
      • Carrier Compliance & Rate Management
      • Freight Audit & Settlement
      • Visibility, Tracking & Performance Management
      • Transportation Planning & Execution
      • Logistics Flow Control
      • Business Intelligence
      • Traffic Monitoring
      • Predictive and preventive maintenance
      • Incident Detection and Management
      • Other Solution features
  • Support and Services
    • Client Redressal Protocol
    • Channel for Delivery of Support Services
      • On-Site Support
      • Remote Support

TOP VENDORS (25)

  • 1

    Oracle Transportation Management Cloud continues to innovate new otem market. Therefore, Oracle Transportation Management Cloud adopts new prodfferings to strengthen its product portfolio in the transportation management sysuct launches and enhancements as its key growth strategies. It offers solutions to manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, life sciences, entertainment, and non-profit organizations. The quality of its transportation management products and services makes Oracle a major competitor in the market.

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    • Enterprise
    • California, USA
    • Founded: 1977
    • $10BN to $50BN
    • 1,00,001 to 5,00,000
  • 2

    SAP transportation management software solution can accurately forecast the demand and shipment volumes which help in scheduling and enhancing freight, fleet, and logistics management. In 2015 and 2016, SAP Transportation Management announced the launch of three new transportation management software solutions, which indicates that the company upgrades products on a continuous basis. SAP Transportation Management provides its software offerings at optimized pricing to augment the business operations for its clients.

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    • Enterprise
    • Weinheim, Germany
    • Founded: 1972
    • $10BN to $50BN
    • 75,001 to 1,00,000
  • 3

    The company continues to innovate new offerings to enhance its product portfolio. JDA’s optimization services allow its customers to maximize their investment in advanced solutions and other supply chain initiatives. Furthermore, the company launched JDA Customer Engagement solution, along with its corporate blog, to provide its customers with real-time information about industry trends and market insights.

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    • Enterprise
    • Scottsdale, Arizona, US
    • Founded: 1985
    • $500MN to $1BN
    • 501 to 1,000
  • 4

    The company has a wide product portfolio in the transportation management software market, with key focus on increasing efficiency and reducing expenses. It offers its solutions Descartes Global Logistics Platform using the SaaS business model. The company is also planning to increase its R&D investment to USD 35.6 million in 2017 from USD 31.3 million in 2016.

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    • Enterprise
    • 501 to 1,000
  • 5

    The company’s product strategy lies in the enhancement of existing solutions and introducing new transportation management software solutions to deal with the changing market needs. It understands these needs through its engagement programs with its customers, industry experts, and solution users.

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    • Enterprise
    • 1,001 to 5,000
  • 6

    To improve its product offerings, MercuryGate TMS focuses on offering its solutions with added functionalities with advice from experts in the logistics domain. This process enables the company to develop solutions according to the need of its customers.

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    • Startup
    • CARY, North Carolina, US
    • Founded: 2000
    • $11MN to $50MN
    • 101 to 500
    • Enterprise
    • 501 to 1,000
    • SME
    • 501 to 1,000
    • Enterprise
    • Austin, Texas, US
    • Founded: 1972
    • $500MN to $1BN
    • 501 to 1,000
  • 10

    The wide range of transportation management software solutions cover the entire transportation industry, helping in optimizing and planning the transportation of goods. The global software company is a specialist in developing flexible, scalable, and integrated SaaS transportation management system for the consumer goods industry. It has the broadest and most comprehensive solution and service offerings, which gives it a strong presence in the transportation management market.

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    • Enterprise
    • 501 to 1,000
    • Enterprise
    • 501 to 1,000
  • 12

    BLUJAY SOLUTIONS Transportation Management constantly enhances its products to meet future expectations. BLUJAY SOLUTIONS Transportation Management offers transportation management solutions for trade, compliance, transportation, storage, management, and integration.

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    • Enterprise
    • 501 to 1,000
    • Enterprise
    • 501 to 1,000
  • 14

    CTSI-Global TMS has a wide transportation management system product portfolio, which gives it a competitive edge. The products and services offered by CTSI-Global TMS in the transportation management system category include order management, load optimization, carrier selection, shipment execution, parcel manifesting, event management, and claims management.

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    • Enterprise
    • 501 to 1,000
  • 15

    GT Nexus is a cloud-based supply chain management platform that helps businesses to track and manage global logistics processes. GT Nexus Transportation Management gives companies full control of their domestic and international supply chain integration. Significant benefits include lower costs of ownership, minimized billing errors, and follows all global standards for collaboration through all providers and modes. As of 2015, GT Nexus is acquired by the Infor group and renamed as Infor Nexus respectively.

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    • Startup
    • Oakland, California, US
    • Founded: 1998
    • $11MN to $50MN
    • 51 to 100
  • 16

    Some of the features of the Omnitracs Roadnet Transportation Suite transportation management system:

    Streamlines Operations

    It automates critical and routine back-end processes that save time and money

     

    Customizes Systems

    It can customize a system that offer a business flexible options for integration


    Optimized Management

    The powerful insights from unified dashboards and reports help drive performance


    Real-time Alerts

    It can identify problems as they occur with real-time alerts and visibility tools

     

    Improves Capacity

    It ensures the effective utilization of teams and assets throughout the day, all year round.

     

    Faster Adaption

    It responds rapidly and precisely to changes with time-saving capabilities

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    • SME
    • Dallas, Texas, US
    • Founded: 1985
    • $101MN to $500MN
    • 101 to 500
  • 17

    TMW.Suite Transportation Management Software System provides comprehensive end-to-end fleet and other transportation operation solutions. TMW.Suite Transportation Management System’s solutions and dispatch software makes logical business decisions easier, even during changing business scenarios, and increases efficiency and productivity. The company’s solutions are widely available for carrier, brokerage, 3PLs, and private fleets. Hence, TMW.Suite strong product portfolio has been vital in determining its strong position in the market.

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    • Enterprise
    • 501 to 1,000
  • 18

    3G-TM offers the full order-to-cash process in real-time and within a single system. It manages the most complicated projects used by transportation professionals. It offers broad and indepth, intuitive multi-mode TMS for mid to large 3PLS, shippers, brokers, forwarders, and other non-asset-based transportation companies. It thus manages and improves the transportation operation.

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    • Startup
    • United States of America
    • Below $10 MN
    • 51 to 100
    • Enterprise
    • Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
    • 51 to 100
    • Startup
    • Founded: 1995
    • $11MN to $50MN
    • 101 to 500
    • Enterprise
    • 501 to 1,000
  • 22

    Cirrus Transport Management Software is cloud-based freight management using innovative technology to streamline the transportation cycle online. It is quite flexible to match business requirements and scalable to match large shipments efficiently. Cirrus TMS offers comprehensive services from integrating the software and migration, customized as per the business needs, 24x7 dedicated support, add-on modules for extra functionality and regular maintenance.

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    • Enterprise
    • 501 to 1,000
    • Enterprise
    • 501 to 1,000
  • 24

    Cargosmart offers global connectivity for shippers, logistics service providers, consignees, ocean carriers and NVOCCs with a shipment management software. Their Software as a Service (SaaS) model consists of several products to offer supply-chain visibility, execution, compliance, and collaboration for each step of their shipmen- management process. Cargosmart Software works online, offline and can be easily integrated within the user's IT system for sharing information.

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    • Enterprise
    • 501 to 1,000
    • Enterprise
    • 501 to 1,000

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