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A transportation management system (TMS) is a platform for managing freight and freight flows. Often included within supply chain management, it is one of the most important tools in the logistics toolbox as it helps to plan, implement and optimize shipping operations. A TMS also assists with streamlining and automating shipping, providing valuable insights into time and cost effectiveness. More modern systems also support day-to-day freight operations as well as strategic decision-making through advanced analytics. A TMS is often used in conjunction with a warehouse management system and/or a yard management system for full insight.