Transportation Management.

Mastering transportation is facing unprecedented complexity. Regardless of whether you are a shipper in one of the various industries, a logistics service provider, or a carrier: the ever-increasing customer demands for efficiency require higher transportation accuracy, efficiency, speed, and flexibility than ever before.

Next generation transport management.

Controlling your company’s logistics and containing your freight costs demands optimization of your transportation capabilities, including equipment, resource utilization, routing, and selection decisions for your partner network. Your business requires tools to manage transportation holistically and with prescriptive excellence.

This is where the combined experience of Westernacher and the comprehensive capabilities and extensibility of SAP TM come together to bring you the benefit of an integrated transportation solution with the required flexibility, ease of use within your logistics, and ability to stay ahead of the process constraints.

SAP TM powered by S/4HANA.

As part of SAP’s seamlessly integrated Supply Chain Execution Platform (SCE), SAP Transportation Management (SAP TM) efficiently manages the physical movement of cargo throughout the entire supply chain and provides end-to-end visibility from the customer order to the proof of delivery. S/4HANA TM is the transportation solution of SAP, integrated into all your business processes. It is connected and highly reactive to all relevant aspects of your end-to-end plans and operations. We at Westernacher are the right partners in fitting SAP S/4 HANA TM to solve your business challenges.

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Automated
Get to the next level of automating your
transportation processes.

Automation of your transportation processes allows you to reach the next level of logistics in your business. When you need to look at upcoming challenges and define your ongoing and future moves based on the comprehensive information of the logistics environment, our Westernacher team can help you to react, before problems disturb your plans. Being not only reactive or predictive, but also prescriptive, allows you to handle problems with solutions and alternatives, and focus on and stick to your goal even if the plan is re-adjusted.

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User-centric
Fiori applications to boost
user experience.

Fiori is a new user experience based on web technology. It provides a well-arranged, modern and intuitive user interface to operate with your SAP systems.

The Fiori ecosystem is growing rapidly and SAP provides plenty of apps that are available and ready to use already. However, in case you need adjustments to meet the special requirements of your business our highly experienced consultants are ready to help or even create new apps tailored to your needs.

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Connected

Your business lives from connection
to your network.

The world in which you are managing your transportation in not only needs a flexible logistics solution, but also a suitable network connectivity into a variety of aspects of your ecosystem. This is, where Westernacher shines through our rich knowledge, experience, and portfolio of our own assets and SAP-based connectivity tools. We work with S/4HANA based and enriched technology to connect your SAP TM logistics system with your worldwide network through our Westernacher Collaboration Platform, a comprehensive set of Internet-of-Things technologies and standard SAP offerings like Logistics Business Network, Global Track&Trace, or Event Management.

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Integrated
Your transportation business is part of
a bigger picture.

We at Westernacher know transportation in depth. And we are also experts in warehousing, ERP sales, procurement, logistics, and financial processes. On top, we can fulfil your requirements in integrated planning, yard logistics, and other areas. Therefore, Westernacher is the right choice when it comes to SAP TM, SAP EWM, SAP ERP, and their integration. The supply chain is an important part of the business process and we know how it integrates and fits harmoniously into your full picture.

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Westernacher – the transportation experts.

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Westernacher is
an innovation-driven
company:
  • We innovate based on ideas from all our people, projects, industry experience and customers.
  • We synergize through systematic research by a central team using cross-industry achievements to innovate processes.
  • We develop systematic ways to encourage and enable personal initiative taking.
  • We strive to be among the first to implement promising new technology, either globally or in as many of our target markets as possible.
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Westernacher is
working in a globally
integrated way:
  • A large team of consultants in the SAP TM Global Practice continually work together on state-of-the-art implementations and technologies.
  • Exchanging knowledge of multiple industries allows Westernacher to unfold synergies and opportunities in our customers’ businesses.
  • The group of highly qualified Westernacher SAP TM consultants is constantly growing and stands out through their deep and profound business process and IT know-how.
  • We integrate and innovate across business practices in transportation, warehousing, logistics order processes, and related financial and ERP processes.
  • We have offered consulting and logistics IT services successfully for more than 50 years.
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Westernacher is
proud of its first
mover process:
  • We strive to be among the first to implement promising new technology, either globally or in as many of our target markets as possible.
  • Our Westernacher name and brand are associated with innovation.
  • We were the first to implement SAP TM embedded in SAP S/4HANA.
  • Westernacher is engaged in distributing our experience. We are the first to have authors of the SAP-Press SAP TM publications on board.

Being first.

TM cloud edition (STE*)
TM on HANA
TM for e-commerce
*) single tenant edition

We guide you on your transportation journey.

SAP TM can be your first step into the S/4 HANA world.

Westernacher is the leading consulting company when it comes to transportation management and rich experience and dedicated expertise in implementing SAP software. We know both the requirements and implications of changing and optimizing business processes and the technology perspective. Whether you start from scratch with SAP TM, move from an existing SAP ERP landscape into the S/4 HANA world, or select a traditional SAP TM implementation, we provide our powerful, combined forces to guide you through all necessary steps. Our approach offers you a variety of options to step through your company roadmap.

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Inspiration day
Our consulting services start supporting you long before initiating an IT implementation. Our inspiration day provides valuable insights into the latest and greatest of SAP Transportation Management and related solutions.
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Process management

Need to improve your business processes, but unsure where to start? Are you debating what solution to implement? Do you feel overwhelmed by the amount and the complexity of constantly emerging technologies? We gladly engage with you to analyze your business requirements as well as pain-points, advise on the strategic direction of your supply chain, justify an investment decision, look for optimization potential, and define a reasonable roadmap to improve your business.

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Agile implementation

All implementations managed by Westernacher follow a value-based approach. We guide our customers to apply industry best practices as well as standard processes, maximizing the capabilities of the relevant SAP solutions. Due to our in-depth expertise across all SAP applications, we ensure a best-in-class end-to-end solution, even beyond SAP TM. We specifically address any customization and add-on needs to secure a clear cost/value ratio. Once your solution has been successfully implemented, we support you regarding continuous improvements and provide application maintenance services to enable a ‘zero disruption’ utilization of your solution.

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Project
accelerators
Already running S/4 TM but not seeing the benefits? Significantly increase your Transportation Business Value with the Westernacher Continuous Improvements Service.
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Assets
Our team of experts have put together a number of S/4 packages to help you better understand what you can achieve.
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Customer specific enhancements
Converting to S/4 TM offers multiple opportunities to propose a leaner implementation process with reduced scope, time, and cost. Work with our experts to help accelerate your S/4 journey.

Adding value and bridging gaps.

Innovation is more than just work here at Westernacher – we deliver. Westernacher has a highly experienced team of solution architects and developers, who identify the opportunities of the SAP TM component and turn it into an innovative end-to-end solution to manage your transportation requirements and visions.

With our extensive experience of SAP TM, we have developed a number of assets and complementary, innovative solutions to benefit our customers.

TINA – gain full control over your payments to your transportation partners.

Payments can be a real challenge due to the variety of fee identification, mismatching amounts, non-understandable identifications, and methods of invoice consolidation. Westernacher’s Transportation Invoicing Assistant helps you to solve this task with a high level of automation before you need to transfer your charges from SAP TM into your ERP system.

Our Westernacher Collaboration Platform offers a state-of-the-art user experience in connecting your SAP TM solution with your team and your partners to execute your transportation processes.

Westernacher Collaboration Platform – WCP.

Westernacher Prescriptive Transportation – be ahead of the issue.

Westernacher is actively working on the next level of transportation planning – prescriptive transportation. It does not just give you a hint that something went wrong, leaving you with the riddle and burden of how to fix it, as operational or predictive processes do. With prescriptive transportation, we take a big step further by offering you a solution that gives you options to fix your transportation problems before they impede achievement of your business goals.

Westernacher Driver Application – broad options for communication, guidance, and feedback.

Are your drivers an important factor in your logistics chain? Then the Westernacher Driver Application can fill a crucial gap. It can run on a variety of devices and guides drivers or subcontracted carriers through the individual transportation execution process based on data coming from your SAP TM system.

From micro-management to management by exception.

The Westernacher Control Tower is an SAP Fiori based tool to provide you with insight into a variety of meaningful analytical figures around your transportation processes. The different information levels of our control tower allow you to concentrate on the exceptions occurring in your logistics operations to minimize your effort in keeping your processes on track.

Logistics network integration – the link to your global logistics network.

Westernacher has established connectivity to and integration with a vast network of partners in logistics. This experience ranges from visibility partners to clearing functionality, quoting, booking, agencies, and supply chain intelligence. In addition, we use the Westernacher Mediator as our own middleware platform to integrate a variety of electronic message providers and consumers.

We don’t just stop with projects.

We see our customers as long-term partners. Once your S/4HANA TM system is up and running, our support team will takes over.​

Let's work together.

SAP S/4HANA ERP & Finance

Basic workshop.

Reinvent yourself. See what is possible with S/4HANA.
This workshop is designed for decision-makers from business and IT who want to get a first basic overview of fundamental innovations, functions and technology of SAP S/4HANA.
SAP S/4HANA is currently intensely under discussion, there are lots of sometimes confusing information about S/4HANA. It is difficult to find out what S/4HANA really means for current and future SAP customers. Find the right answer for your company in our individual expert discussions and get the information you need to define your companies IT-strategy.

Goals. Expectations. Lessons.

Your individual workshop program.
  • What is S/4HANA?
  • What does it mean for your company?
  • What innovations does S/4HANA really have, what significance do they have for your company, processes and IT?
  • What is the best way to implement S/4HANA
  • On Premise or Cloud – which model fits your strategy?
  • How are S/4HANA projects planned and implemented successfully?

Your workshop details.

Get more information about your workshop and register now for free.

Date

We will contact you directly to find the most suitable date for your workshop day.

Place

We are happy to conduct the workshop on your premises or in our training rooms.

Time

Please contact us for your individual workshop offer.
Transportation Management

TINA – The Transportation Invoicing Assistant.

Gain full control over your payments to your transportation partners.
Payments can be a real challenge due to the variety of fee identification, mismatching amounts, non-understandable identifications, and ways of invoice consolidation. Westernacher’s Transportation Invoicing Assistant helps you to solve this task with a high level of automation before you need to transfer your charges from SAP TM into your ERP system.

Invoice matching in the right place at the right time.

Our TINA add-on becomes part of your SAP TM system (SAP TM on S/4 HANA and as standalone version). It is directly integrated with your charge calculation on the supplier side (freight orders and bookings) and verified and corrects your calculated cost before your need to transfer it to SAP ERP. With TINA, transportation invoice verification becomes a part of your logistics process and is under control of the logistics team in charge of your partner collaboration. It does not need to be done by your financial department.

Benefits of Westernacher’s Transportation Invoicing Assistant.

Error prevention
TINA offers a high level of error prevention due to automated invoice verification
Automatic charge matching

Consolidated invoices, combined charges, renamed cost types, or multiple charge references (e.g., reference number, bill of lading number, etc.) are no problem for the intelligent charge matching technique of TINA. The invoices of your logistics partners will be flexibly matched with your SAP TM freight charges.

Increased effectiveness

More effective verification and control process result in long term cost savings. Substantially reduced manual efforts for invoice verification.

Seamless integration
TINA offers a high level of error prevention due to automated invoice verification is seamlessly integrated into your SAP TM process and can be adapted to a variety of input channels for carrier invoices.
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WCP Westernacher Collaboration Platform – Access your transportation community.

Westernacher offers a state-of-the-art platform to link your SAP TM solution to all parties and employees in the field, who need access to your transportation at a fingertip. It is designed as an open tool, which can be adjusted and enhanced to your needs when offering portal functionality like tendering, track&trace, dock appointment scheduling, invoicing, analytics, or others.

Extensive capabilities.

The Westernacher WCP offers extensive capabilities across a variety of functional areas, that are of high importance for collaboration with your internal teams and employees of your logistics partners. We can provide access to the portal functions for all modes of transport and for the integration of a variety of technologies that can contribute to your logistics processes.

State-of-the-art technology.

The WCP has deep collaboration and integration capabilities to your SAP TM solution and to the communication methods and preferences of your logistics partners. A role-based collaboration portal for carriers is available with extended features based on SAP back-end functionality. Our WCP is easily extendable for supplier and customer collaboration and compatible with all SAP TM versions. Westernacher can provide it on a variety of cloud-based platforms. The uses SAP HANA and SAP Fiori techniques to achieve comprehensive real time collaboration and reporting on a variety of front ends.

Benefits of Westernacher’s Collaboration Platform.

Tendering

Tendering and communication with your carriers and partners goes beyond the known limits as it can be used for any mode of transportation and can be enhanced to integrate individual requested functions that are necessary to manage your logistics business.

Tracking &
Tracing
Technologies offered by SAP Event Management or SAP Global Track and Trace can be provided to your partner ecosystem by linking it through our Westernacher Collaboration Platform.
Dock appointment scheduling
Westernacher offers a solution for dock appointment scheduling as part of WCP to enable your partners and employees to optimally book and use your docking capacity in your logistics processes.
Invoicing

The Westernacher Transportation Invoicing Assistant (TINA) can be integrated and exposed via WCP to your collaborating partners, e.g. for invoice upload or mobile invoice verification.

Analytics

The WCP offers access to your analytics data on-premise or via SAP Analytics Cloud.

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Westernacher Prescriptive Transportation – Be ahead of the issue.

Westernacher is actively working on the next level of transportation planning – prescriptive transportation. It does not only give you a hint that something went wrong and leave you with the riddle and burden on how to fix it, as operational or predictive processes do. With prescriptive, we want to take it a big step further by offering you a solution that gives you options to fix your transportation problems before they get into your way so that your business goals can still be achieved.

In-depth analysis and partner collaboration are key.

Profound analysis of your transportation situation, together with the excellent capabilities of our Westernacher partners, are key to identify upcoming issues in your logistics chain. Being able to calculate reliable ETA dates can be called state-of-the-art. With our partners, Westernacher will go beyond and is working on the determination of tools for solution proposals for your logistics issues, which directly allow you to choose alternatives when you still have the freedom of choice.

Benefits of Prescriptive Transportation.

Be ahead of the operations
We do not simply look at the activities directly related to your operational process, but work with partners to gather information on anything that may be relevant to your logistics.
Connect to global partners
Our globally acting partners aggregate a variety of data that may be relevant to your logistics activities and relate it back to your transportation processes.
Feedback insight and solutions into your transportation plan
The analysis of your process and the issues and threats arising in its progressing way can be used to work our options and solutions to achieve a proper fulfillment. These options can be fed back into your transportation management system to control ongoing mitigation to an executable alternative.
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Westernacher Driver Application – Broad options for communication, guidance, and feedback.

Your drivers are an important factor in your logistics chain? Then the Westernacher Driver Application can fill an important gap. It can run on a variety of devices and guides drivers or subcontracted carriers through the individual transportation execution process based on data coming from your SAP TM system.

Comprehensive insight.

The Westernacher Driver Application enables an authorized user to collect receive and view comprehensive information on orders coming from your SAP TM. This does not only contain information on goods to be transported and locations / times to be visited but also allows you to transmit details on required services to be provided, e.g., installation services for goods that are delivered.

Comprehensive guidance.

As our driver app integrates with your smart phones navigation tool, your driver can use his device to directly trigger a navigation process from his order and get guidance on the best route to reach the next destination. The destinations and sequence of orders can be changed as required in the individual tour.

Comprehensive communication.

With each order, the driver gets information on contacting the customer. Communication details or contacting hints can be displayed and directly used, e.g., to call the customer once the driver arrived at the delivery location.

Comprehensive reporting.

The Westernacher Driver App offers a broad set of capabilities to report on activities. It allows you to send tracking events and enables registration of electronic proof of delivery including signatures and photos, confirmation of delivered or rejected services, scanning of bar codes, and reporting of work hours. All that is done with a tight integration into data exchange with your SAP TM backend. All data can be collected to build score cards of your carriers / drivers and other analytical decision support tools.

Benefits of Westernacher’s Driver Application.

Order transparency
Drivers get transparency about their orders, services to be delivered, customer contact details, and routes to their delivery locations.
Order reporting
Information on success and failure of the delivery process can be registered comprehensively and immediately via a variety of channels. The information can be used for analytical purposes.
Transportation Management

Westernacher Control Tower. From micro-management to management by exception.

The Westernacher Control Tower is an SAP Fiori based tool to provide you insight into a variety of meaningful analytical figures around your transportation processes. The different information levels of our control tower allow you to concentrate on the exceptions occurring in your logistics operations to minimize your effort in keeping your processes on track.

Control your logistics beyond transportation.

The Westernacher control Tower allows you to consolidate content and analytics from various applications: transportation as well as warehouse management or yard logistics. That enables a comprehensive overview of your logistics processes.

Benefits of Westernacher’s control tower

End-to-end visibility
The Westernacher Control Tower combines transportation, warehousing, and finance information. Data from different systems is consolidated and displayed centrally to create a single point of truth. Additional data sources and KPIs can be added easily.
Data combination from various sources.
Information on success and failure of the delivery process can be registered comprehensively and immediately via a variety of channels. The information can be used for analytical purposes.
Fast and flexible.
Because of the in-memory capabilities of SAP HANA, data and KPIs are available in real-time, if supported by the source systems. Drilldown into details is possible instantaneously.
Transportation Management

Logistics network integration – The link to your global logistics network.

Westernacher has established connectivity to and integration with a vast network of partners in logistics. This experience ranges from visibility partners to clearing functionality, quoting, booking, agencies, and supply chain intelligence.

On top, we use the Westernacher Mediator as our own middleware platform to integrate a variety of electronic message providers and consumers.

General visibility integration

Based on SAP TM, SAP Event Management, and SAP Global Track and Trace, Westernacher has done various integrations of visibility services like FourKites, Project44, Railinc, ClearMetal, UberFreight and others. And the community is growing.

Booking platform and rate & quotation services

Westernacher can provide a variety of integration services to booking platforms like Descartes, Inttra, Seeburger, or Infor Nexus. If it comes to rates and quotes, we can offer you integrations to services like Webcargo, SMC3, or Freightos.

Westernacher eXpress

In case of shipping via KEP services, the Westernacher eXpress asset allows you to easily link your logistics execution to third-party express and parcel carriers like DHL Express, Fedex, UPS, DPD, GLS, and others.

Westernacher Mediator

For specific requirements in electronic communications, our Westernacher Communicator can help you to establish and run dedicated connections with a network of partners adhering to individual standards. Many mappings and connections are already predefined and can be adjusted to your individual needs.

Benefits of Westernacher’s network integration.

Flexibility
Westernacher can connect you to the network of your choice. Whether you need a network partner of a dedicated connection, Westernacher has the tools and the knowledge to integrate your logistics processes.
Variety of logistics network assets
Besides our predefined integration techniques, we can offer own assets like the Westernacher Mediator or our eXpress solution to kick-start your logistics network integration.

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