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Product Spotlight: Transportation management systems

May 27, 2024
A look at the latest TMS offerings from companies that manage transportation for the trucking industry.

AFS Logistics

AFS Logistics' AFSmartTMS transportation management system helps shippers manage everyday freight tasks automatically. It integrates with ERP systems and offers real-time updates to streamline processes and capture information. AFSmartTMS is a key component of the AFSmart technology suite, an integrated package of cloud-native tools that allows shippers to manage their logistics networks in one place. The suite is designed to help shippers and carriers make faster, more informed decisions, automate processes, and effectively manage logistics operations across multiple modes of transportation. 

Descartes Systems

Descartes offers a suite of cloud-based solutions designed specifically for distributors, retailers, and logistics companies. With Descartes, routes can be planned to meet customer demand while optimizing costs. The company said its operational route planning ensures timely deliveries, adapting to the evolving needs of customers; intelligent dispatching helps drivers stay on track. According to Descartes, advanced optimization can improve planning processes, bottom line, and customer experience versus traditional methods with operational cost savings of 5-25% compared to legacy systems. 

Isaac Instruments 

Isaac Instruments offers in-cab technology that goes beyond traditional electronic logging devices. Isaac's solution provides a comprehensive open platform that allows trucking fleets to integrate their business apps on a single device. The company said its predictive interface eliminates driver app fatigue and minimizes screen clicks to update hours-of-service logs and other documents. The real-time, in-cab Isaac Coach feature supports eco-driving for fuel savings and safer driving, while artificial intelligence technology empowers informed decision-making. The Isaac InView video camera system, Isaac Connect mobile app, and GPS navigation are among the additional features that help fleets streamline operations.  

Magnus Technologies

Magnus Technologies' said its Magnus TMS streamlines processes, improves dispatch communications, and saves companies time and money. This SaaS-based TMS is scalable, secure against cyber threats, easily integrates with other solutions, and updates automatically. It simplifies freight transactions, back-office operations, and drivers’ workdays to increase profitability. The Magnus TMS can provide fleets with better clarity and foresight when planning loads, which gives users better freight and capacity visibility in their planning regions up to five days in advance, according to the company. The platform's metrics, views, and forecasting tools help users plan their freight networks and optimize their resources. It also provides maps showing weather, traffic, and more.


Integrable with other transportation management solutions, McLeod's LoadMaster system can add more than 30 functional modules to other trucking industry solutions. These modules and products range from mobile communications to vehicle maintenance management. Some of these modules and add-ons include ACE & ACI e-Manifest, breakthrough fuel, dedicated billing module, detention management, document imaging, driver scorecard module, ETA/out-of-route, FlowLogix, forms recognition, fuel optimization, GPS fuel tax, and integrated mapping.

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LoadAi from Optym simplifies dispatch so fleets can select more profitable loads, build more efficient trips, and give teams a better working environment. LoadAi uses a driver-centric approach, placing driver preferences at the forefront of load selection and distribution while optimizing for profitability, possibility, and preference. It works atop existing TMS or with Optym's cloud-based modern TMS LoadOps. The system then considers existing capacity, including driver availability, locations, targets, hours of service, and more, to accept loads that combine what's possible and profitable for a fleet's network with driver preferences in mind. 

PCS Software

The PCS Software transportation management system is designed to streamline operations and boost profitability for carriers and shippers. By offering dispatching, fleet management, route optimization, dock and yard management, and reporting tools in a single, mobile-friendly platform, PCS TMS helps fleets improve efficiency and organization. Key features include automation of tasks, streamlined communication, and centralized data management, all of which can benefit commercial carriers and private fleets. 


Samsara’s telematics solution provides real-time visibility, digital workflows, and data-driven insights to streamline fleet operations across dispatch, driver productivity, route management, fuel and energy efficiency, maintenance, and compliance. Customers can integrate this data with their TMS through turnkey integrations with more than 60 TMS partners on Samsara’s App Marketplace or by building a custom integration with Samsara’s open API. According to the company, by connecting insights from Samsara such as real-time route tracking, hours of service reporting, driver paperwork, and more, organizations can more effectively manage their fleet to increase productivity, reduce risk, and deliver better customer service.  


Trimble's TruckMate is one of the first TMS’s to offer industry dwell time metrics, the company said. Trimble’s Connected Locations workflow intersects a database of more than 5 million North American locations and an archive of vehicle position data. Now, Connected Locations makes dwell time data directly available within TruckMate, enabling proactive planning in the back office.  Trimble’s dwell time metrics measure the average time commercial vehicles spend at a facility to provide visibility on how long a vehicle might be detained there. Trimble said that excess facility dwell time is estimated to have lost more than $1 billion in driver earnings and increases the expected crash rate by 6.2% with every additional 15 minutes of detention. By digitizing detailed geofences around the exact perimeter of a location and attaching key details and attributes, Trimble said it is delivering location intelligence that levels up TMS functionality.

About the Author

Jenna Hume | Digital Editor

Digital Editor Jenna Hume previously worked as a writer in the gaming industry. She has a bachelor of fine arts degree in creative writing from Truman State University and a master of fine arts degree in writing from Lindenwood University. She is currently based in Missouri. 

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