The new transportation management system from Sterling Commerce integrates parcel management capabilities to enable companies to plan and execute transportation across all modes.
With the planning for all shipments managed in one system, the solution has several new capabilities:
- A new "lowest cost mode selection" capability builds upon the existing planning tools within Sterling TMS to enable shippers to rate shipments across all modes of transportation and select the most cost-efficient mode that achieves customer service/delivery expectations.
- A unified view of transportation spend across all modes enables shippers to better understand and analyze their overall transportation spend and by mode.
- A single repository for information on all transportation modes that enables shippers and customers to track shipments and better understand costs against budget and carrier performance.
- Support for Zone Skipping will enable a shipper to consolidate parcel shipments going to the same geographic region and line-haul them together closer to the destination before separating them into individual shipments.
"With the pressure of increasing transportation costs and assessorials, companies will need to innovate in how they manage their transportation operations," said Cory Wiegert, vice president, Applications Product Line, at Sterling Commerce. "By integrating parcel capabilities instead of passing them to a third-party system, Sterling TMS ensures shippers that they are selecting the lowest cost mode while delivering to customer's high service expectations."
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