What is a TMS?

How does Cabotage TMS excel in its field?

Various factors measure a business’s success, including customer service quality, turnaround time, retention statistics, and overall profit. However, there is one crucial aspect to any company often overlooked: technology. As the freight industry barrels forward, many small-to-medium-sized businesses find themselves limited by their current technology, wondering if there’s an easier option to manage their transportation.

Enter Cabotage TMS.

At its core, a Transportation Management System (TMS) is a software solution utilized by supply chain management systems, third-party logistics (3PL) providers, distributors, manufacturers, e-commerce companies, and more. A dependable and modern TMS can give shippers firsthand access to software that automizes their processes, coordinates their shipments, and offers unmatched insight into their time and spending costs. With Cabotage TMS, you will find our offerings go beyond the standard software.

Driven by the finest quality and generated from logistics professionals, our innovative TMS provides customers a unified and game-changing experience. Developed in-house, Cabotage TMS offers an impressive Application Programming Interface (API) with supreme less-than-truckload (LTL) quoting, dispatch, and tracking. Cabotage TMS also offers freight bill auditing and dispute workflow through a customizable experience. Even on the go, our mobile-friendly technology and modern design promote optimum productivity from any location.

“What sets our TMS apart from others on the market is the behind-the-scenes intelligence we bring to the table. As your incumbent carrier base diversifies, it becomes increasingly difficult to know the ins and outs of every tariff you have negotiated. Because of our back-end technology, you no longer have to worry about how much trailer space footage you’re allowed or when you will begin to accrue additional charges for surpassing your cubic capacity with each carrier. We will take care of those details for you. Once you ensure accurate dimensions and weight, watch your audit count decrease!” — Alan McClanahan, Sales Engineer

Below are a few additional highlights featured in Cabotage TMS.

  • One centralized location to rate and book your direct carriers
  • Opportunity to expand your carrier network with Priority1 managed tariffs
  • Guaranteed competitive rates provided on every lane
  • Centralized tracking for all shipments
  • Dispatch all orders and generate BOLs with a simple click
  • Seamless booking process with address and inventory book
  • Decrease your freight bill audit count when booking with Priority1
  • Unlimited users across all locations
  • Opportunity for additional freight insurance on all shipments
  • Push notifications (tracking) on each shipment directly to the receiver
  • Cubic calculations integrated into the quoting process to avoid variances

Are you interested in experiencing Cabotage TMS firsthand? Request a demo with one of our elite sales engineers to learn more!

Why Cabotage TMS is right for your business

In this ever-evolving freight market, now is the time to take transportation management to the next level. As the market shifts, capacity has tightened. Transit days are expended. Missed pickups are more common and customers’ expectations for optimum service are higher than ever before. Managing your direct carrier relationships has become vital to leveraging volume for top tier service. With these factors in mind, many have begun expanding their carrier portfolio. Why? So they have first-hand access to the best markets rates today right at their fingertips, accompanied by a service level that will help keep your customers more than satisfied.

Cabotage TMS allows you to have the best of both worlds in this competitive and profitable freight market. Best of all, we compile everything your business needs in one centralized location. Keep your direct carrier pricing and supplement those carriers with aggressive rates from one of the top 3PLs in the business. Not only will you confirm you’re securing the best rate the market has to offer on a given lane, but you’ll also save time doing so! Speaking of time savings, we want to optimize your valuable time by experiencing real time dispatches with stellar API technology across all carrier tariffs. Spend less time tracking your freight with our automated tracking directly from your carriers to your customers.

With all these valuable assets, we also offer a more hands off option when 3PL rates are utilized. You will also encounter top tier service from pickup past delivery with our freight bill auditing service. At the end of a long freight day, partnering with Cabotage TMS saves your back office both time and headache while providing you with the best transportation management software to date. Request a demo now to experience ultimate quality at an unprecedented rate.


– Alan S. McClanahan, Managing Director

How Cabotage TMS Avoids Variances with Our Automated Accessorials

With the booming freight market on the rise, one of the biggest pain-points when it comes to quoting an LTL shipment are variances. Variances occur when the invoiced amount from the carrier doesn’t match the original quoted amount. This can often be due to a valid reason; however, most of the time, it’s due to incorrectly quoting a load on the front-end. In our experience, most shippers are not aware of the many ways in which they can quote themselves into a variance. Ultimately, this is because shippers are more focused on successfully shipping their product and managing their business, as they should be, and do not typically educate themselves on the intricate details of every carrier rules tariff.

At Cabotage TMS, we understand this factor and want to ensure our shippers can remain focused on their business while we handle the rest. Cabotage alleviates these cumbersome factors in a multitude of ways, including enforcing dimensions on all quotes. By doing so, we aid in the shipper in a twofold process. First, by enforcing dimensions, it ensures that your LTL carriers have accurate line-item dimensions information to return a quote. Of course, this is in addition to the weight and freight class. Secondly, Cabotage TMS can automatically add excessive length (ELS) accessorials in the event your shipment is more than eight feet. In other words, when accurate dimensions are provided, Cabotage TMS will automatically add the appropriate ELS accessorial. This will ensure that your carrier has the most accurate information to provide a valid quote based on the dimensions and the presence of the ELS accessorial. By enforcing dimensions at the forefront, we’ve cut out the uncertainty for our LTL shippers and thus, cut down the possibility of an unexpected variance later on.

This is just one of the ways Cabotage TMS attempts to eliminate the everyday headaches for shippers. Through our streamlined software, from quote to delivery, we provide critical and top-tier service for your business. Reach out today to schedule a demo and obtain an inside view of Cabotage TMS firsthand.

– Phillip Scholtes, VP of Technology

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