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NEW KIDS IN TOWN3PLs Move Into the TMS MarketBy Merrill DouglasIf you want to manage transportation in-house, you contract with a soft-ware vendor for a transportation management system (TMS). If you want to outsource, you ask a third-party logistics (3PL) provider to handle trans-portation for you. Those have been the basic options for years.Today, though, shippers enjoy another choice: some 3PLs have gone to market with TMS solutions of their own. Shippers who deploy such a TMS might also engage the 3PL for other services, including some that involve transportation. Or they might purchase the software solution à la carte.May 2011 • Inbound Logistics 1 “Working with a 3PL doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing process,” says George Abernathy, executive vice president and chief operating offi-cer at Transplace, a Dallas-based 3PL whose offerings include the Transplace Transportation Management System.Transplace first developed its TMS for internal use, replacing an old main-frame system....