Published on March 13, 2018 – Michael Augustin, Consultant Yard Logistics at Westernacher
To avoid long waiting queues in front of out gates and increase efficiency in the yard, each truck has a planned slot at a door. Planning the door arrivals upfront will prevent all trucks coming at the same time of day. The scheduling of dock appointments is done via SAP Yard Logistics, a better overview for planned doors gives the Westernacher Add-on for DAS (Dock Appointment Scheduling). The application is based on the latest SAP Fiori technology and enables fast, efficient and intuitive door planning. One of the highlights is the ability to react to any changes in the planning by drag-and-drop. The application can be operated either by using the SAP Fiori Client, which is an own installation, or in any web browser.
In the swap body processes, a door is also planned before the vehicle arrives. However, after check-in, the swap body is sent to a parking lot as the trailer with the swap body is parked and the truck driver leaves the yard. The movement to the warehouse door is handled by internal resources, who can see the number of trailers to be moved. Each internal driver has a mobile device with a SAP FIORI app, showing a personal worklist with the next tasks for the driver. Once the swap body has been unloaded, internal drivers move the trailer back to the parking lot and the carrier is informed to pick-up the trailer.
SAP Yard Logistics offers standard integration to SAP Extended Warehouse Management and SAP Transportation Management to cover end-to-end processes in your supply chain execution. With integration to SAP TM, Yard Logistics recognises upfront which trucks will arrive in our yard by receiving information from Freight Orders. Upon door arrival, SAP Yard Logistics will send an update to SAP EWM, so warehouse processes can start immediately after arrival. Once loading or unloading is finished, SAP EWM will update SAP YL and the truck is allowed to proceed to the yard. When the truck departs from the yard, SAP Yard Logistics sends an update to SAP TM which can further process the truck to its next destination.
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