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SUPPLY CHAIN EXECUTION
Cross-enterprise collaboration and transparency
For logistics to run smoothly, all involved parties must be able to communicate efficiently and share information seamlessly. This is often achieved by deploying stand-alone solutions, each designed to meet a specific set of requirements.
Our Control Tower solutions replace stand-alone solutions with a centralized, cloud-based collaboration platform. Control Tower solutions integrate easily into existing system environments, facilitate cross-enterprise communication, and serve as a link between systems and players within the supply chain.
From pickup orders and delivery notes to waybills and labels: all the documents you need for inbound and outbound transport operations can be generated and transmitted through the platform. The solution also streamlines billing processes and rollouts.
Benefits for inbound logistics
Greater consolidation potential through transport preview and allocation of shipments to the appropriate carrier
End-to-end visibility of shipping process and anticipated arrival times, including tracking down to the level of material number
Easy searchability and quick response times thanks to early and proactive escalation of deviations from the milestone-based rule process
Support for various logistics strategies such as early goods receipt by supplier
Support for self-billing
Benefits for outbound logistics
Automatic transmission of consignment data to linked carriers
Flexible options for carriers to report tracking data
End-to-end transparency through centralized, cross-site tracking dashboard for all shipments
Easy searchability and quick response times thanks to early, proactive escalation of deviations from the milestone-based standard process (event management)
Easy analysis of shipping volumes (calls for bids/tenders, etc.)
Verification of incoming freight invoices based on actual completed shipments
Support for self-billing (regarding service providers and allocation to internal cost centers)
Greater customer satisfaction thanks to better information flow
Benefits for logistics service providers
Standardized communication for better management of complex supply chains
Consignment consolidation based on smart rules and structures for fewer empty runs and shorter lead times
Improved fleet utilization and vehicle loads
Freight cost calculation, freight cost auditing, self-billing procedure (proven to reduce freight costs by up to 8 percent)
Greater transparency for transport services through validated data across all modes of transport
In the area of Supply Chain Execution, our Control Tower solutions harness state-of-the-art technology to deliver the flexibility and scalability needed for operational supply chain management through the following modules:
At last: complete order consolidation
The Purchase Order Management module controls procurement networks with suppliers and carriers and automates everything from release orders and pickup planning to the actual pickup.
Comprehensive integration of all players, such as suppliers, carriers, warehouses, production facilities, and real-time transmission of order data to suppliers yields a holistic view of each unique order situation. Purchase Order management is centralized: from the order confirmation of suppliers and the addition of shipping instructions to the creation of delivery notes and the provision of a transportation management platform for pickup orders.
Seamlessly monitor order fulfillment with end-to-end milestone monitoring, and generate all necessary transport documents including labels and waybills.
Purchase Order management creates, controls, and monitors logistics orders!
The Transport Management module handles transport orders from various data sources and formats, validating the data and allocating the orders to the appropriate units. The module also consolidates shipments, assigns tracking information, and imports or generates the accompanying print documents.
Milestone plans are used to control and monitor multimodal transports. For detailed information and more precise predictions of the estimated time of arrival (ETA), real-time position data from partner platforms within the Siemens Digital Logistics partner ecosystem can be optionally integrated.
The module records tracking data across service providers through an API, web account, or mobile app. It also lets you issue cross-enterprise status updates and search shipments by reference data.
Recurring tasks in the process are automated: time- or event-triggered actions monitor transport processes and notify all parties involved whenever any deviations occur.
Transport Management gives you transport visibility and saves unnecessary transports!
Say goodbye to unnecessary wait times
The Appointment Management module helps manage incoming vehicles during loading and unloading. Reserve, book, or release time slots and link them to shipments with the click of a mouse. Control and untangle traffic flows in advance using templates and differentiated time slot windows of 60/90/120 minutes, etc. Add extra information such as vehicle type or driver at any time.
The software runs plausibility checks and validates the mandatory freight documents before booking a time slot. It also looks at specific parameters and specifications such as if a freight crane is needed or other special cargo requirements. This is particularly helpful when managing hazardous goods.
Appointment Management saves time and makes life easier for shippers, drivers, and recipients alike!
Freight cost transparency
The Freight Cost Settlement module calculates and assigns freight costs to individual shipments based on factors such as volume or time, allowing precise allocation to customers or cost centers.
Invoices and credits are automatically generated based on data such as shipping volumes, distance, transport modes, or ancillary services. Expected invoice amounts are checked against actual invoice amounts. If discrepancies are found, the invoices are automatically flagged for dispute.
Freight information is also automatically generated on the basis of the contracts and can then be used to for bids/tenders. Auditing and approval processes can be fully customized. Account assignment is automated for financial accounting, for both in-house or external. This makes it possible to define and apply even the most complex rates in a single system.
Freight Cost Settlement – plausible, customizable, automated!
All rates and contracts in one place
The "Freight Rate Management" module transparently consolidates freight rates and contracts, taking into account relevant routing information.
The Freight Rate Management models, stores and maintains tariff structures of any complexity. Extensive search and filter options support the maintenance of tariffs and tenders at any time. The processing of different types of transport - be it parcel, land, sea, air, rail - comes out-of-the-box as well as the consideration of surcharges, lead times and other process peculiarities. Defined tariff structures can be used and modified for any projects.
Based on valid contracts, freight information is reliably calculated down to individual shipments and tours, taking alternative routing options into account. Globally existing contracts, for example those concluded by branch offices, are available centrally. Regular reports based on individual metrics round off the all-round carefree package for transparent freight rate management.
Freight Rate Management accelerates and streamlines the tender process for shippers and service providers alike!
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