by Christian Riege
February 14, 2017 / Editorial
There is a well-worn belief within the forwarding industry that smaller companies cannot possibly compete with the big boys of the business because they simply cannot afford the hugely overpriced Transport Management Systems deployed by global players. These systems claim to be integrated, efficient and comprehensive, thus justifying their enormous expense.
Anyone pushing this myth has most certainly only one goal in mind – either to keep the competition down or to stop you from thinking big. But don’t believe it, there is a true and affordable solution that exists and is within reach. The name is Scope.
Scope is the comprehensive TMS that delivers state-of-the-art features and functions so innovative they add up to a significantly smarter solution. And Scope – by the way – creates the e-AWB automatically with the completion of a shipment, without extra effort or cost.
Sounds a bit as if it fell from nowhere out of the sky? Well yes, it may look like that but check-out the good things it brings:
Unlike any other logistics software, Scope lives up to its slogan “Innovation in Logistics”.
Scope is exclusively available as Software as a Service (SaaS) delivered through the safe, secure Riege cloud, an industry standard, presumably only to us since 2008 when the first Scope customer went live, and long before public awareness of the cloud permeated the market place.
“The Cloud just naturally lends itself toward TMS. After all, most TMS-related data is outside of the four walls of the company anyway, so why constrain your system to just being inside the four walls?”
— Amit Sethi, Senior Manager of Logistics and Supply Chain at Capgemini (Source: Logistics Management)
Next to simply making use of advanced technology, there are multitudinous advantages to Scope in the cloud. Bringing high-end technology to operations without burdening your wallet for incalculably large one time investments. There are reasonable monthly fees, Riege ensured resilience and on demand scalability, these make Scope even smarter. And because it is a cross-platform you can run Scope on macOS, Windows or Linux.
Trivia on the brink: You can run Scope between and above the clouds, via WiFi on a plane 35,000 feet above ground, literally from anywhere else like the hotspot on your phone. Its connectivity is boundless and not even the sky is the limit.
Since users only pay per use of services, even small and medium size forwarders can afford this comprehensive, big solution which inexplicably bears the price tag of a small one. We are pretty proud to say that in this regard, Scope makes a substantial contribution to the democratization of the forwarding industry.
“What’s great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you know that the President drinks Coke, Liz Taylor drinks Coke, and just think, you can drink Coke, too. A Coke is a Coke and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the Cokes are the same and all the Cokes are good. Liz Taylor knows it, the President knows it, the bum knows it, and you know it.”
— Andy Warhol
Even as a small forwarder you can get the same tools being used by much larger companies and compete on their turf. This pitches you into a realm where you generate your advantages via the business practices you develop around this tool. Your TMS becomes the driver of your business rather than a dead-weight.
Innovation is an ongoing process within Scope. This means day-to-day refresh of all master data such as taxes, location codes, customs code lists and integrated data transfer from third party suppliers.
Numerous integrations ensure seamless connectivity to your many partners and participants in the supply chain; the airlines, ocean carriers, customs authorities and compliance check databases.
Fast and effective execution of shipments combined with direct connections to third party suppliers results in automatic cost savings and competitive advantage.
Given its functional completeness, Scope is also remarkably low-maintenance. It comes with professional online support which can be effortlessly activated by the customer. Additional internal investment in IT is not required, users and management can concentrate 100% on core business and not “computer issues”.
Contrary to other vendors in the market, you do not need a large project-team or hordes of consultants to implement Scope. Our skilled and experienced team has successfully managed larger-scale projects smoothly with little interference in daily routines.
“I want to thank you for the smooth transition to your Scope customs module. Talking to the users, I didn’t hear any negative feedback. Most common comment is the friendly layout and excellent speed. Perfect job done.”
— Bob van Leeuwen, Customs Manager at C.H. Robinson Europe
Last but not least is the question of ROI which is really eye-popping in comparison to increased spend where no TMS is deployed. ARC Advisory Group conducted a survey and found that even an average TMS reduced overall freight spend by about 5% to 10% while they assumed that without a TMS the spend would have increased from 5% to 10% or more, since this would require purely manual processes for planning and execution.
“The average savings didn’t change much, but the overall ROI did go up to 10%, with the number of companies reporting that they had freight savings of more than 10% jumping dramatically.”
— Steve Banker, Vice President of Supply Chain Management at ARC Advisory Group (Source: Logistics Management)
Since Scope is not an average TMS but the likely smartest solution around, a ROI above 10% is to be expected combined with the assumed 10% spending increase without a TMS, adds up to an impressive 20% in total difference. Who wants to miss out on that?
To get Scope is as easy as Scope is itself. Simply contact firstname.lastname@example.org. You will get a great tool and a big deal.