Reduce costs and improve service with streamlined transportation management processes
Support the complete transportation management lifecycle for both domestic and international freight with SAP software. Manage transportation requirements for planning, optimising, tendering, and settling freight. Book carriers, forward orders, and comply with international trade and hazardous goods requirements. Manage procurement, sales distribution, and replenishment of goods. Improve asset usage and customer satisfaction, and reduce operational and transportation management costs.
Learn how SAP helped Continental AG manage their freight cost spend. SAP Transportation Management allowed them to split freight costs by different categories, which helped them gain substantial savings via transparency and reporting.
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Centralised transportation requirements management, from entry to final settlement
SAP software supports a cohesive requirements management process that integrates transportation order processing with order-to-cash and order-to-pay processes, providing early visibility for planning purposes. You can manage requirements received either manually or electronically, regardless of the source. Stakeholders can receive and create order-based or delivery-based requirements. This centralisation reduces redundant tasks, enabling you to focus on value-added activities.
Optimisation techniques to balance freight costs and constraints
With SAP software you can plan, consolidate, and optimise freight shipments while considering applicable limitations and constraints, costs, and penalties. You can plan domestic and international shipments across all modes in a single environment – both inbound and outbound. Built-in compliance capabilities help address international trade and hazardous goods management requirements. Optimised planning helps reduce spend while maintaining expected levels of customer service.
Creating an automated environment for freight tendering
SAP software enables you to tender a freight order to one or many carriers using automated, business rules–driven processes. It supports both an automated, broadcasted freight request for quotation (RFQ) and manual, peer-to-peer direct tendering. Carrier assignments can be based on templated carrier optimisation and ranking techniques, or they can make use of preferred carrier information. This automation helps you reduce operating costs and improve operational performance.
Automate carrier booking with a collaborative environment
Collaborate with carriers when booking ocean and air capacity for domestic or international shipments with carrier booking solutions
from SAP. Reserve capacity while opting to either pre-book or use post-planning booking. Change booking confirmations and shipping instructions dynamically based on order status. Through collaborative carrier booking capabilities, you can better coordinate transportation, improve customer service levels, and lower costs.
With SAP software, you can manage and settle freight agreements as they relate to both carriers and customers. Comprehensive freight cost management capabilities support the management of freight agreements as well as tariffs and charges. You can resolve disputes faster and in a collaborative way with business partners. These capabilities can be integrated with financials software for freight auditing, carrier payment, customer invoicing, internal settlement, and cost distribution.
Transportation execution and monitoring of the transportation
Transportation operations are critical to putting your transportation plans into action. Key to these activities is managing the communication with your carriers, dispatching and tracking freight orders, and maintaining documentation, including printing and reporting. Full integration to warehouse and international customs and compliance processes results in faster, more dynamic, and responsive logistics execution and improved cargo handling.
Help ensure optimised transportation services through efficient carrier-shipper collaboration
Forecast and assess transportation requirements as a customer or shipper, request bids from carriers for transportation needs, and negotiate contracts with SAP solutions for strategic freight management. Investigate the best rates, and help ensure compliance for lower spend, full cost transparency, and better service-level predictability. As a freight forwarder, determine the best rates you can provide for transportation service needs and then negotiate and agree on a freight contract.
Delivering perfect orders with integrated logistics execution processes
SAP software can help companies improve shipping processes to ensure the right products are delivered to the right place at the right time. By automating processes for inbound and outbound shipment, our software enables companies to improve asset utilisation, ensure on-time and accurate order fulfilment and manage transportation costs. And it provides the flexibility companies need to streamline transportation processes, manage stakeholder communications and collaborations in the transportation process, and establish transparency across logistical processes. As a result, companies can ensure that shipments are dispatched without delay and arrive on schedule.
Improve your transportation management processes – including order consolidation, routing, scheduling, carrier selection, and constraint-handling – with the SAP Truck Transportation for Shippers rapid-deployment solution.
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Our experts take a holistic approach, helping you identify and implement new processes and capabilities while ensuring your operations continue to run smoothly. We’ll work to make sure your SAP software delivers ongoing, unsurpassed value as you address the evolving demands of the digital economy.