From an SAP ERP perspective, one of the goals was to integrate all freight invoices and payments internally and have all of those processed via SAP ERP. “It was with the help of Westernacher that we were able to use the standard functionality and add the customization that we needed to do that automatically and with fewer errors and it worked very well,” Eide comments. “The customization pieces were what we needed to have the right checks and balances and to pass through the information that ERP needed.”
Another achievement is the implementation of an automated version of planning functionality: “Of those 500 truck orders that we’re planning every day, a little over 400 of them, 80%, are coming in and out of transportation with automatic carrier selection and automatic export of that load plan back up into our host ERP system and the delivery shipping authorization ends up out of this facility here,” says Wagendorf.
Perala echoes the plan of upgrading the ERP system: “I really like the whole concept of the S/4HANA where you reduce the data size so you have the speed of the computers to generate your tables and your history and you can actually change those methods and improve that data over time and so that historical data becomes even more valuable because you can change the way you want to look at it on the fly. So, I think those are technologies that we want to get to in the future, it’s just going to take us a few steps to get there.”
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