Forum Key Insights

Alpega – Inet Competitive Positioning and TMS Industry Outlook

  • Private Equity
  • TMT
  • Europe

Last month, Third Bridge Forum spoke to an executive at Dormakaba International Holding AG to discuss Alpega and the transport management system (TMS) industry, including Alega’s acquisition of Inet and customers’ purchasing criteria. Here are the need-to-know key insights from that Interview.

  • The specialist said that the key purchasing criteria when selecting a TMS provider is speed and ease of connectivity, implementation into existing in-house systems and scalability. The specialist believes Inet’s TMS offering meets these requirements, noting that TenderEasy is the module with the largest value-add.
  • Alpega’s acquisition of Inet solved weaknesses in its Transwide product, according to the specialist. These weaknesses included a lack of network capacity as well as the ability to optimise logistic supply chains, we were told.

I would say that Inet has a complete set of future set modules like billing and invoicing, carrier management, dispatch management, scheduling, shipment tracking, and  they also have another strength, that they have a good aftermarket support team.”

  • We heard that Alpega and competitor Transporeon are very similar. The specialist also said Inet does not have a yard management tool but that they think this is only useful for distribution and fast-moving consumer goods customers. 
  • The specialist told us that pairing enterprise resource planning systems and real-time visibility platforms should not negate the use of a TMS solution due to the “more generalist” nature of enterprise resource planning. 
  • Meanwhile, the specialist said switching TMS providers could be difficult for customers. They claimed this is because it would require starting from scratch in mapping the usual flows, inbound and outbound goods and trucks, the number of suppliers, and transportation types. 

For more human insights on Alpega and the TMS industry, click on the transcript below. 

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