Transportation Management System (TMS)
TMS supports freight forwarders to manage transportation faster. Finding suitable listings and matching them with the carriers has never been faster.
Our client – MAKO TSL hired Bright Inventions to build a customized tool for their internal transport management department. MAKO TSL offers fast and safe forwarding and transport services to companies all over Europe.
The client has used various freight management solutions available on the market. Yet none of them met all their needs. So they hired us to build a customized transport management system to be used by the client’s employees.
Frontend: TypeScript, React, Redux, React Query
Backend: Nest.js, TypeScript, AWS, PostgreSQL, Prisma
Android development: Kotlin, Coroutines, Flows, ViewModel, Firebase, Hilt, and other Google APIs
Product design: Figma, Adobe Illustrator
Our primary goal was to design MVP which could verify the potential of the system to be developed on a bigger scale.
The solution is supposed to transform forwarders’ work into a less repetitive, faster, and more automatic job. The aim is to limit both: the time between finding and matching load with the right transport provider and the number of kilometers done by empty vehicles. Fast and effective utilization of vehicles' spare capacity is essential for the industry.
Also, another long-term goal is to support daily communication with road hauliers.
The main challenge was to build a fast solution. Time is the key to the shipping industry. The app had to aggregate the listings fast and assign them to the right carriers. Every millisecond counts.
What’s more, our team had to design an algorithm that would automatically filter out transport listings to display only the ones that match the client's expectations.
In terms of product design, the right architectural information was the key. Forwarders work at a high pace and they expect any work tool to make their job even faster. The client required us to include as much information as possible on one screen so they could scan all the info fast.
Bright Inventions were responsible for every aspect of MVP development from listing requirements, product design, to web development, QA, cloud management, launch, and finally maintenance. The MVP was launched in October 2022 and received positive feedback from the client’s employees.
From the beginning, we were entrusted to choose the right stack and had the pleasure to work with the top tools available at the moment. The client expected to build the fastest possible transport listing filtering system.
As a result, it takes up to 0.5 seconds to filter out the right transport listings and display them to users. In 1 minute we analyze over a thousand job listings to display only the ones that meet all the requirements.
Before our team presented the MVP mockups we took a couple of crucial steps which helped us design the product. Typically, it all started with desk research, followed by benchmarking. We also had a great opportunity to conduct field studies and user shadowing combined with adaptive interviews. Thanks to our client who enabled us to visit the forwarders who in fact were going to be the MVP end users. Based on that research our product designer created the final MVP designs.
After a successful web MVP launch, our client decided to engage us in mobile development too. We have been developing a native mobile application for Android. MVP was released recently. The mobile app supports communication between freight forwarders and drivers. For example, it allows sharing of carriers' localization with the forwarders and sending scans of documents. After the MVP launch, the app is now being tested by the first users.
Their flexible and professional approach to business was impressive. The difficulties encountered in the creation process were never a problem, only a challenge. All the set goals were met on time.
Grzegorz Gajewski, Development & Training Manager @ MAKO TSL
MVP launch ensured the client that the system has the potential to change the daily work on their team. We’re delighted to say that the client decided to continue our cooperation. Now we focus on implementing other features in the system for example the electronic circulation of documents.
It’s definitely a busy time for our TMS team. We will keep you updated on the project.