By Freya Purnell
Australia’s largest rail freight operator, Aurizon, will be the first rail transport company globally to implement a freight management solution leveraging SAP HANA and SAP’s Supply Chain Execution (SCE) Platform 9.1.
As part of a company-wide transformation, Aurizon was seeking an integrated freight and yard management solution, to provide the company and its customers with end-to-end visibility across the supply chain process, and integrated long and short-term planning with resource availability and customer demand.
Aurizon had already implemented SAP ERP and Asset Maintenance, and so replacing a collection of legacy and customised applications with new SAP solutions was a logical extension, according to Aurizon executive vice president, enterprise services, Greg Pringle.
“SAP came to the table with a global team of rail experts and worked closely with us throughout the process to understand our perspective and business requirements, which ultimately allowed them to conceptualise and scope the solution we have now begun to implement,” Pringle said.
Aurizon’s Freight Management Transformation Program will see it deploy the SAP Supply Chain Execution Platform, including the SAP Transportation Management, SAP Event Management and SAP Extended Warehouse Management applications. These solutions will leverage prebuilt supply-chain reporting content in SAP HANA Live to enable industry-leading reporting capabilities and near real-time decision-making.
SAP ANZ president and managing director, Andrew Barkla, said the solution is the result of a collaborative effort between the two businesses.
“Together we have identified a clear business case for change. Integrated with its existing SAP investments, SAP SCE will represent a single, end-to-end logistics system and a leading yard and terminal system. We see this as just the beginning of a strong strategic relationship, which we look forward to developing further,” Barkla said.
Upon implementation, the new system is expected to improve planning and scheduling and product tracking for Aurizon, which will enable the operator to improve on-time delivery and operational decision-making. Aurizon said its customers will benefit from improved visibility and traceability via a portal through which they can manage orders and invoicing, view consignment status and utilise integrated track and trace capabilities enabled for mobile devices.