Logistics and supply chain management: a step towards automation
Supply chain automation has many benefits in that it makes logistics management much easier. The use of advanced technology makes it possible to improve the flow of goods and services, cash, and information. This, in turn, is conducive to more effective planning and more efficient use of the company’s transport capacity.
Logistics and supply chain management with the use of modern, intelligent solutions based on automation and digitization translates into greater control over procurement, storage, and transport processes. It also promotes cost reduction and facilitates making informed decisions. The digital transformation of a business increases its competitiveness. A widely used solution in businesses serving this purpose is the system SAP, which gathers all data in one place, thereby streamlining the management of warehouse operations and transport routes.
Effective supply chain: logistics in SAP
SAP is a cloud-based solution with modules dedicated to logistics, designed to boost the convenience and effectiveness of managing a company’s procurement and transport processes. The system is tailored to the business needs of a particular company, supporting its operations and enabling it to improve its performance.
An SAP-managed logistics supply chain means numerous improvements in devising strategies for arrangement of goods, optimization of transport processes or product traceability, e.g. through integration of the system with barcode readers used in warehouses or during transport. Implementation of the system yields benefits such as reduced risk of errors and improved speed of order processing and flow of goods.
SAP S/4 HANA: a logistics management system
Using advanced, cloud-based solutions such as SAP S/4 HANA will, among other things, reduce transport time and optimize transport costs. The system’s functionalities rely on AI to foster accurate forecasting and effective planning and simplify previously complex logistics-related processes. They also enable effective risk management and avoidance of threats such as supply disruptions or changes in market conditions. Automatic use of semantic definitions or the federation of data across different systems and clouds accelerates the achievement of these benefits.
However, an efficient and modern logistics management system is not the whole story. A network of trusted partners, guaranteeing high quality, is also of importance. Relationships with partners should be based on transparency and flexibility. A sustainable approach, with efficient use of resources at its core, is also becoming increasingly important with the aim to minimize the negative impact of logistics processes on the environment.