Fleet Management (tangerine) and TMS (grapefruit) transportation systems are not the same. They are utilized for different transportation modes, provide various functionality, cater to different transportation operations, and, for the most part, their vendor pool is different.
Tangerines and grapefruits have different characteristics, such as size, color, tartness, and sweetness. They are still in the citrus family, but these characteristics may appeal to different people. The same goes for Fleet Management and TMS, with their functionality appealing to different transportation modes and operations:
To cater to the above operations, the following are differences in their functionality:
To keep the comparison going, let’s say most of the time, tangerine orchards only specialize in tangerines. But the grapefruit orchards are different; some specialize in grapefruits, where others have tangerines as well. It is the same for these two types of transportation solutions. U.S. Fleet Management vendors typically specialize in only fleet management. Traditionally, U.S. TMS vendors primarily focus on truckload, less-than-truckload, and intermodal Over-The-Road (OTR) modes. A small percentage of TMS vendors offer Fleet Management Systems solutions, as well.
Understanding your achievable future-state transportation operations will drive you to choose the right transportation solution for your tastes.
Stay tuned for more blogs that continue to explore shipper’s OTR transportation systems.
–Jess Kittrell, St. Onge Company