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SAP and Uber Freight partner on intelligent automation

Steve Rogerson
May 7, 2019

German software company SAP and Uber Freight have announced a partnership to modernise the freight industry through intelligent process automation and better access to a network of connected drivers.
The integration of Uber Freight into the SAP Logistics Business Network will let users access transportation rates from Uber's digitally activated carrier network and gain real-time quotes and guaranteed freight capacity, simplifying load management and execution.
"Finding and booking freight can be the most expensive and often the most complex piece of the supply chain," said Hala Zeine, president of SAP Digital Supply Chain. "This combination will remove roadblocks and offers a simpler, more automated approach that streamlines operations, delivers tangible cost savings and ultimately creates a better customer experience. Adding Uber Freight to our SAP Logistics Business Network will help our customers optimise their logistics and put their customers at the heart of their digital supply chain."
SAP Logistics Business Network, built on the SAP cloud platform and the Hana business data platform, expands transportation management to let shippers, freight forwarders, carriers and other logistics partners easily onboard, collaborate, exchange logistics information and share insights. With this integration, shippers and carriers can work together using tools that bypass traditional roadblocks, enabling shippers to select from a much broader carrier base and perform real-time pricing of shipments, while gaining improved use and efficiency.
"For the world's biggest shippers, an efficient, digitalised supply chain is critical to their success," said Bill Driegert, senior director of Uber Freight. "Uber Freight is partnering with SAP to bring shippers and carriers together at the level where freight decisions are being made. This innovative tech-forward approach to freight means shippers can spend less time sourcing quotes and capacity and more time getting goods to market."
With this partnership, SAP and Uber Freight will work to connect both sides of the freight marketplace, increasing visibility and transparency for all players. These efforts should lead to easier and faster decision-making based on real-time pricing for shippers and carriers, empowering organisations to increase daily work time and make more informed decisions about their operations.
A networked approach can also help reduce unloaded mileage, reducing costs and carbon footprint. Uber Freight provides a highly available, dense carrier network that shippers can access directly through the SAP Logistics Business Network. Shippers can gain access to capacity by unlocking a larger ecosystem of drivers, and carriers and drivers gain the ability to see and choose loads that fit their business and schedule. This improves use, reduces time to plan and cuts costs at all levels of shipping operations.
Current entrenched inefficiencies in the supply chain can lead to waste. Every year, underused lorries generate 200 million tons of emissions. By leveraging technology to change the freight planning process and better use capacity, the industry can make a positive impact towards environmental sustainability.
Uber Freight is participating in this week’s SAP annual conference – Sapphire Now – being held in Orlando, Florida.
Last year saw the introduction of the Uber Freight platform for shippers, and since then hundreds of shippers across the USA have used the streamlined interface to tap into a nationwide carrier network.