SAP TM on SAP S/4 HANA
SAP Transport Management possesses various supply chain functionalities that aids industries including manufacturing, retail, and logistics to operate with enhanced efficiency. It not only supports an accurate transport process but also allows real-time transparency across the overall supply chain business lifecycle.
Need for embedded TM
Supply chain activities come along with various imperative capabilities that require the integration of several solutions to ensure smooth operations. The standalone SAP TM must be linked together with solutions such as Warehouse Management, Order Management, Global Trade Services (for international trade), Customer Relationship Management, and such to complete the overall supply chain process.
With SAP S/4 HANA embedded TM, the multisystem landscape of the overall supply chain landscape can be eliminated, and further integration of SAP S/4 HANA applications can be fostered seamlessly.
Embedded SAP TM over standalone SAP TM
Standalone or decentralized SAP TM requires a separate ERP system to carry out new upgrades and maintenance. It allows transparency across the transportation division of the entire supply chain and needs continuous integration of systems such as warehouse management.
The initial launch of the SAP TM on SAP S/4 HANA allocated an expanded experience over the Fiori apps usage with both inbound and outbound processing. The embedded analytics helped organizations to determine their performances then and there without having to depend on a performance calculator tool.
The recent enhancements on the SAP S/4 HANA embedded TM give out a simplified supply chain landscape, reduced redundancies on documents, seamless integration of finance and order management into S/4 HANA and does not require any duplicity for configuration. It also allocates a simplified and agile integration of the three parties – vendor, carrier, and customer. These capabilities augment the features of the embedded TM when compared to the standalone system.
Business Benefits of embedded SAP TM
Enhanced Shipping and Receiving Process
The newest capability of the SAP S/4 HANA embedded SAP TM is that it supports multiple warehouse and supply chain frameworks within a single freight order. This leads to improved accuracy and consistency in the processing of shipments.
Improved Asset Utilization
The multi-drop and pick shipping settlements within warehouses for loading, unloading, and harmonization of inbound and outbound deliveries lead to a proper and fulfilled utilization of the company assets.
Seamless Freight Order Management
Freight Order Management is a structural part of the shipping and receiving process that shows the status values of checked and non-checked freight bookings, orders, and consignment orders. The estimation on loaded and unloaded goods, execution of the reverted tasks, will help increase the freight visibility.
Effective Planning and Optimization
The new features for planning and optimization of the SAP S/4 HANA embedded SAP TM bring about increased accuracy on the planning of loading and unloading trucks, effective usage of the floor spacing, visibility of the warehouse loading stops schedule, and plan the performance of the carriers beforehand.
Collaborative Freight Agreement
Advanced and improved freight agreement negotiations within parties (shippers and carriers) even on third-party vendor systems (non-SAP). Companies can send in Request for Quotations (RFQs) through their Freight Agreement RFQs access to effectively monitor and collaborate.
Strategic priorities for the SAP TM roadmap
The roadmap is created considering the efficacy of the SAP S/4 HANA for enhanced integrations, functionality, usability, business profitability, and harmonization. Integration is one of the major driving factors to consider the embedded TM in the future visions along with simplified user experience, enhanced analytic capabilities, and leveraging next-gen processes & technologies.