A Look at Some Enhancements Under the SAP Transportation Management Hood

  • by Sanket Kulkarni, Solution Architect, Accenture Services Private Limited
  • Rajesh Ray, Senior Managing Consultant and SCM Product Lead, IBM Global Business Services
  • July 10, 2015
Learn about major enhancements introduced in SAP Transportation Management (SAP TM) 9.1 that will help in managing transportation process across industries. Find enhanced transportation planning functionality that enables you to efficiently manage truck loads. Find out how functionalities such as the collaboration portal and strategic freight procurement enable close collaboration with your partners. Discover how better integration with SAP core modules facilitates the execution of end-to-end transportation processes.
Learning Objectives

After reading this article, you will know:

  • The major functionalities introduced in SAP Transportation Management (SAP TM) 9.1
  • The key features of SAP TM 9.1, such as strategic freight procurement, collaboration portal, and load planning
  • The functionalities pertaining to rail, ocean, and parcel industries
  • The benefits of enhanced integration with SAP Extended Warehouse Management (SAP EWM), SAP Customer Relationship Management (CRM), SAP Global Trade Services (SAP GTS), and SAP TM
Key Concept
SAP Transportation Management (SAP TM) 9.1 includes features related to industries such as rail, ocean, and parcel transportation. It also includes enhanced integration with peripheral modules, such as SAP Extended Warehouse Management (SAP EWM), ERP, SAP Global Trade Services (SAP GTS), and Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

Before 2012, SAP Transportation Management (SAP TM) supported only core transportation processes for shippers. In 2013, SAP released SAP TM 9.0, which offered a set of features for the freight forwarding industry, such as ocean and air freight management, freight settlement with carriers, and related enhancements to SAP Event Management.


SAP TM 9.1 includes additional enhancements specifically focused on the rail and parcel industries, along with a set of features applicable to the shipper and freight-forwarding industries. This release also brings SAP Extended Warehouse Management (SAP EWM) and SAP Event Management much closer via tighter integration with SAP TM.

New features in SAP TM 9.1 are categorized into these areas:

  1. Cross-industry functionalities
  2. Industry-specific solutions
  3. Enhanced integration

We now discuss some of the key new functionalities introduced in SAP TM 9.1, focusing on key functionalities in each category.

Cross-Industry Functionalities

Cross-industry functionalities include strategic freight management, a collaboration portal, load planning (vehicle scheduling and routing), and capacity management.

Strategic Freight Management

Strategic freight management includes procuring and selling freight. The functionality of freight procurement only involves managing freight contracts with a carrier for ocean, air, or road transportation for a specific trade lane and commodity combination.

Sanket Kulkarni

Sanket Kulkarni is a solution architect at Accenture Services Private Limited. He has about 15 years of SCM consulting experience in SAP implementation, rollout, and support projects. He has been associated with SAP Event Management for the last five years. He also has worked across a diverse range of SAP modules in the SCM suite, such as SAP Transportation Management (SAP TM), materials management (MM), SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization (APO), SAP Supply Network Planning (SNP), SAP Production Planning and Detailed Scheduling (PP/DS), Global Available-to-Promise (GATP), and Supply Network Collaboration (SNC) during his earlier assignments.

He has worked with clients in the discrete, consumer packaged goods (CPG), automotive, oil and gas, and semiconductor industries, as well as with transportation and carrier companies.

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Rajesh Ray

Rajesh Ray currently leads the SAP SCM product area at IBM Global Business Services. He has worked with SAP SE and SAP India prior to joining IBM. He is the author of two books on ERP and retail supply chain published by McGraw-Hill, and has contributed more than 52 articles in 16 international journals. Rajesh is a frequent speaker at different SCM forums and is an honorary member of the CII Logistics Council, APICS India chapter and the SCOR Society. 

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