August 28, 2017

Manhattan develops TMS module for 'Uber for Trucking' segment

"TMS 2017" platform to connect shippers and motor carriers.

By DC Velocity Staff

Supply chain technology provider Manhattan Associates Inc. said today it has added capabilities to its Transportation Management System (TMS) that are designed for shippers and motor carriers who want to tender and transport loads without the use of a third-party provider such as a freight broker or a 3PL.

The app platform, called TMS 2017, is part of the Atlanta-based company's Supply Chain Solution suite, Manhattan said. At the same time, Manhattan unveiled an updated "carrier management" suite of decision support tools for truckload carriers to help them reduce overhead costs and improve utilization, efficiency, and profitability.

The new technology is Manhattan's response to the trend toward the so-called "Uber for Trucking" model, named after the San Francisco-based ride-sharing pioneer which has launched its own freight operation, where shippers can procure and transact capacity with carriers other than their primary partners, and can do so using a smartphone app that links directly with carriers.

Most small truckers do not have the high-end IT infrastructure of their larger counterparts, making tendering, procuring, and tracking shipments through traditional means more difficult, according to Manhattan.

Manhattan said its "TMS 2017" platform will be integrated with MacroPoint, a global freight platform that provides shippers with real-time visibility of freight they have entrusted to third-party carriers. This integration gives users immediate access to one million drivers and over two million connections to electronic truck-tracking devices in cabs.

Earlier this month, Canadian IT company Descartes Systems Group Inc. said it would buy Cleveland-based MacroPoint LLC for $107 million in a cash-stock deal that Descartes said will give it a strong position in the truckload visibility market.

Resources Mentioned In This Article

Technology Videos

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you're not already logged in, you will be asked to log in or register.

Subscribe to DC Velocity

Feedback: What did you think of this article? We'd like to hear from you. DC VELOCITY is committed to accuracy and clarity in the delivery of important and useful logistics and supply chain news and information. If you find anything in DC VELOCITY you feel is inaccurate or warrants further explanation, please ?Subject=Feedback - : Manhattan develops TMS module for 'Uber for Trucking' segment">contact Chief Editor David Maloney. All comments are eligible for publication in the letters section of DC VELOCITY magazine. Please include you name and the name of the company or organization your work for.