Number Confidence Week: TMS vs Excel

10 Nov 23

In the world of logistics, managers have long embraced the familiarity and versatility of Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. However, as technology continues to advance, there's a growing realisation that more specialised solutions are needed to optimise transport management.

In recognition of Numbers Confidence Week, we’re contrasting the ability to manage and organise data in Excel against the comprehensive features offered by a Transport Management System (TMS). Is it really time to ditch manual processes and embrace automation?

Number Confidence Week

Held from 6 to 10 of November, ‘confidence with numbers’ celebrates feeling confident in utilising the kind of mathematics we need in every-day situations, at home and at work. Having complete faith in your business’s ability to accurately manage figures and successfully organise data is integral to success.

As humans, we’re all susceptible to error. Manual processes – even when enhanced by software such as Excel – could result in simple miscalculations, which often require a considerable amount of time and labour to rectify. Conversely, intelligent automation can increase production speed by enhancing accuracy; giving you full confidence in your operation’s ability to process numbers and other key data.

Excel: is it enough?

Of course, that’s not to completely understate Excel as a business tool. Since its release in 1987, Microsoft’s spreadsheet editor has served as the go-to management software across various domains, including accounting, procurement and transportation. While it can handle complex calculations, Excel was never designed to integrate with other systems, conduct routine audits, tackle intricate processes, or function as a multidimensional database.

Essentially, Excel is an empty canvas that requires a numerical input. This contrasts a process-oriented, multifaceted TMS application that’s able to leverage database technology to streamline operations and provide comprehensive solutions.

TMS: the future of logistics

Being able to accurately process data is one thing – but being able to effectively respond to it is another. With many contemporary tools harnessing the power of machine learning and artificial intelligence, businesses are re-evaluating their reliance on Microsoft Excel.

The benefits of transitioning from basic spreadsheets to a best-in-class TMS are numerous and impactful. By doing so, your organisation can expect real-time information, superior data quality, improved work dynamics for your employees, reduced human error, faster cash flow, lower operational overheads, enhanced transparency and an overall stronger competitive position for navigating the future of the transport industry.

The current landscape is challenging, and adaptation is essential. With deep-rooted traditions, many small and medium-sized transport businesses view the prospect of upgrading to a digital “control tower” a costly option with a steep learning curve. We’re here to tell you that this isn’t the case; using TrackTrans’ highly-intuitive TMS solution, an operation can be up and running with our software in mere days – plus our scalable pricing model means that businesses only pay for what they use.

Embracing the digital era

For several years, the rapid digitalisation of companies has been displacing Microsoft Excel from the core of supply chain operations. It’s evident that to stay competitive and remain relevant in today’s fast-paced world, transitioning from Excel to a powerful TMS is not merely an option – but a necessity.

The era of traditional spreadsheets is gradually giving way to comprehensive, technologically advanced solutions that empower organisations to thrive in an ever-evolving landscape. Unlock a new level of efficiency and thrive in the digital era with TrackTrans’ smart TMS, WMS (Warehouse Management System) and ePOD (Electronic Proof of Delivery) software suite.

The time to embrace the future is now. Try TrackTrans’ free demo today and grab your ticket to success in the transport management arena.

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