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SAP improves supply chain execution software

Steve Rogerson
December 15, 2015
German software company SAP has launched improved supply chain execution software for faster logistics planning. The company has announced the general availability of the 9.3 versions of the SAP TM transportation management and EWM extended warehouse management applications.
These latest releases strengthen the integration between logistics processes by introducing transit warehousing features for service providers that tightly integrate warehousing and transportation at logistics hubs. This allows for faster logistics and order fulfilment, and enables improved asset use to increase efficiency and reduce cost.
TM 9.3 provides holistic, end-to-end logistics process support, including integrated planning, orchestration, execution, tracking and settlement of the physical movement of goods across all modes of transport. The application has been extended to support the transit warehouse scenario, partner-integrated customs and security filing software for logistics service providers.
The application also introduces group company logistics software, which can set up internal logistics operations to act like a service provider. Further enhancements include strategic freight management, load and pallet building as well as resource planning integration for better visibility and planning of the container fleet.
The full set of logistics products from SAP, together with the Hana platform, provides the optimisation functionality required for the large, multisite, global logistics networks of Sigma-Aldrich, now a part of the life science business of Merck KGaA from Darmstadt in Germany.
“Working with SAP, we look forward to reducing complexity and integrating business and logistics seamlessly,” said Gilles Fellous, head of life sciences at Merck. “Supply chain execution solutions from SAP brought us better integration for manufacturing between SAP EWM and S/4Hana and between SAP EWM and TM. The software also provides globally enhanced performance for our daily volume thanks to SAP Hana.”
With EWM 9.3, users can plan, source, transport and deliver better than ever, says the company. The introduction of transit warehouse functionality allows logistics companies to manage complex movements of goods from origin to consolidation points to destination. It supports unloading, consolidating and loading packages rather than products. Further enhancements include billing warehouse services for logistics service providers and shippers who contract warehouse services.
“Our latest logistics releases are yet another example of providing innovative and best-in-class capabilities for warehouse management and transportation as well as track-and-trace scenarios,” said Hans Thalbauer, senior vice president at SAP. “We see an accelerated adoption of our solutions by customers around the world, who leverage the predefined model company approach for fast implementation.”
• Boston, USA, based ToolsGroup’s SO99+ version 7.5 supply chain planning and optimisation software has achieved SAP-certified integration with the SAP ERP 6.0 application running on the SAP Hana platform.
The connector enables users to perform high-frequency replanning and supply chain optimisation using SO99+ version 7.5 software and real-time data available from ERP 6.0 running on Hana. The single model architecture integrates with ERP to unite end-to-end processes via a data flow that reduces latency and optimises critical resources.  
The software provides core demand forecasting, fulfilment and replenishment capabilities along with processes such as demand sensing, multi-echelon inventory optimisation, trade promotion optimisation and new product demand modelling.
"As supply chains merge with the internet of things, big data will be everywhere,” said ToolsGroup CEO Joseph Shamir. “This will create exceptional visibility, but also require unprecedented granularity and scalability. This new, interoperable solution is ideal for this growing complexity in demand behaviour and extended supply chains."