Just in Time: TMS Upgrade Improves Timber Products’ Logistics

To make transportation processes faster, easier and more efficient in 2018, Timber Products has officially implemented the Princeton TMX, the industry’s most comprehensive transportation management system. Timber Products has been using Princeton TMX for years at certain mills but made the decision to implement a company-wide rollout to streamline operations in the coming year.


When it came to choosing the right TMS (Transportation Management System), Princeton was the obvious choice. “[Princeton TMX] has been a proven performer,” says Theresa Garmon, Logistics Manager at Timber Products “We had a relationship, a history, they know our business... it was kind of a no-brainer on who to go with.”

The Princeton TMX is changing the way Timber Products Company does business by shifting processes from manual to automated, significantly reducing load time, scheduling and other logistics.

“With all the new rules and regulations in the transportation industry, reducing the dwell time and maximizing efficiency as a shipper is pretty paramount in order to attract and retain carriers,” says Garmon.

What’s one of the main benefits of the Princeton TMX? The opportunity for both mills and carriers to get a heads up with scheduling.

“We know it will assist our mills and our carriers by allowing them to see what their day is going to look like in advance vs. not knowing until the trucks show up—that’s a big deal,” says Garmon.

From a mill standpoint, the TMS will help each facility better plan for the day ahead. “In the current system... they have no idea someone’s coming in until they show up on their doorstep,” says Garmon. “This is really going to be a great tool to see what their day looks like, staff accordingly, make adjustments where necessary, and improve the flow of the trucks.”

From a carrier standpoint, the Princeton TMX will simplify the process of selecting freight loads. “Now, when the carriers log in, they see [the loads]... They select the load from the offering on the TMS. Once they select it, they can get their dispatch information, their documents, and they make a loading appointment all within the platform,” says Garmon. “And at that point, they’re done.”

The Princeton TMS is already improving processes at Timber Products Company by streamlining operations into one easy-to-use platform. It's a necessary change in 2018. "For a company the size of Timber Products, it’s just a necessary tool,” says Garmon.

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