Published on June 10, 2020 – Madalina Dascalescu, Practice Lead Yard Logistics at Westernacher and Michael Augustin, Practice Director Yard Logistics at Westernacher
The Covid-19 crisis has shown that integrated and connected processes are key for a successful supply chain in rapidly changing circumstances—with ever-accelerating innovations and technology, it is crucial to leverage them as quickly as possible to ensure high service levels and enable value-added services and new revenue potentials.
Yard is a part of the supply chain that is not always visible, yet it is vital. It plays an essential role for the success of the supply chain. Especially regarding truck handling—every minute lost due to waiting queues in front of gates, longer than necessary loading or unloading, and the search for references and correct shipments are detrimental to performance in your yard.
The Fast Solution “Starter” digitalizes yard processes by using standard functionalities of SAP Yard Logistics. This solution replaces manual and paper-based processes with a centralized system which captures events live and updates statuses accordingly. Additionally, capacity can be planned to avoid bottlenecks and increase yard efficiency and throughput significantly in contrast to yards managed with spreadsheet programs or individual databases.
The Westernacher Yard Logistics Fast Solution “Starter” is implemented in 10 weeks from initial project kick-off until successful go-live and hypercare. It replaces manual, Excel or paper-based processes with a fast implementation of SAP standard functionalities and integration to the existing SAP landscape where possible.
The Fast Solution “Automation” builds on the “Starter” solution and offers possibilities to automate and facilitate yard processes by using selected Westernacher assets to accelerate yard processes. By using state-of-the-art applications and industry best practices, the package allows yard processes to add value to the overall supply chain through process standardization and service level improvements. Additionally, processes can be accelerated by automating yard processes to further contribute to revenue growth and improve operating margins.
The Westernacher Yard Logistics Fast Solution “Automation” is implemented in 16 weeks from initial project kick-off until successful go-live and hypercare. It unleashes the potential of the yard in the overall value chain by increasing productivity and reaching higher standards of quality and service.
The Westernacher slot management and carrier web portal further automates planning processes and allows for close carrier collaboration.
The trailer handling concept reflects complex requirements for trailer and swap body processing and allows automated planning and execution without user input.
The Westernacher check-in application is available in multiple languages and facilitates registration processes through additional business logic and safety instructions.
Alongside pre-build solutions, Westernacher also offers custom-specific system and interface enhancements to meet individual customer requirements not covered in the SAP Yard Logistics standard. The enhancements will be offered based on a time and material effort estimation.
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