Highlighted the potential advantages of embedded Transportation management ( TM ) in S/4HANA 1709 in blog https://blogs.sap.com/2017/09/12/advantages-of-sap-tm-being-embedded-in-1709-release-of-s4hana/ before release 1709 was officially released.
Now, trying to depict two important functionalities in embedded TM which are very useful for Transportation planners as below
- Combination of Inbound and outbound flows in same transport
In LE-TRA of ECC, two separate shipments (one for inbound and another for outbound) are needed if Picking for Purchase order and deliveries from sales order are to be combined . However, embedded TM offers to combine both inbound and outbound flows in same freight order as in below image.
Above image also shows that there are 2 line items (i.e one for inbound Purchase order and another for outbound Sales order) in the Purchase order created from Freight settlement.
Pick up from multiple vendors (as a part of Milk run) and a subsequent outbound delivery to a customer is also possible in embedded TM as in below image.
- Transportation planning with Gantt chart and Map
Planning and scheduling with Gantt chart and its integration with geographical map provides immense simplification and flexibility to Transport planners as in below image.
Customers just loved these features while showcasing these capabilities of embedded TM in S/4HANA and these are being considered as one of the important value drivers for S/4HANA journey, if transportation is one of their essential components in their business scenarios.
However, note that the functionalities depicted in this blog call for Additional license as ‘Advanced shipping’ of SAP TM within S/4HANA.