Planning with TP/VS: The Third Pillar of Transportation Management

  • by Adolfo Menéndez Fernández, Application Architecture Manager, Repsol
  • August 1, 2006
See how Transportation Planning/Vehicle Scheduling (TP/VS) enhances and complements the SAP Logistics Execution System solution and takes transportation planning to the next level with full integration into the document flow.
Key Concept
Transportation Planning/Vehicle Scheduling (TP/VS) supports any transportation process in a company. It helps the transportation planner in daily tasks with automatic tools, such as optimizer, which tries to find the ideal transportation solution for a given situation (lowest cost with the highest service level). TP/VS also provides user-friendly transactions for performing manual operations, such as responding to urgent/ unexpected situations by changing the shipments manually or reassigning a new means of transport.
Transportation Planning/Vehicle Scheduling (TP/VS) was first introduced with SAP APO 3.0. Now it has incorporated new functionalities to improve and simplify planning processes around transportation, such as improved interactive transactions, order splitting for large sales or purchase orders, and new dynamic route determination.

Since the recent release of mySAP SCM 5.0, the two most common questions asked of me about TP/VS are:

• Where does it reside in SAP’s transportation solution?

• How do you plan an optimal solution for scenarios involving more than one transportation option?

First, let me address where TP/VS resides in SAP’s transportation solution. SAP transportation management is composed of three pillars: planning, execution, and freight costing. TP/VS focuses on planning transportation and represents the planning pillar of the transportation management solution in SAP. By using TP/VS, you can improve the transportation planning process while reducing the planning cycle time. In this way, the transportation planner focuses on the most important tasks.

Adolfo Menéndez Fernández

Adolfo Menéndez Fernández is the application architecture manager at Repsol in Madrid. Previously, he worked at SAP Consulting Spain as the logistics consulting manager. He studied at the University of Oviedo, where he earned an electronic engineering degree. He is a certified SAP consultant in supply and demand planning (SNP and DP), order fulfillment (Global Available-to-Promise), production planning and detailed scheduling (PP/DS), as well as procurement and materials management (MM). Adolfo has more than 10 years of SAP implementation experience in the consumer product goods, pharmaceutical, automotive, furniture, textile, chemical, oil & gas, and steel industries using SAP ERP logistic modules (including PP, MM, and sales and distribution [SD]) as well as SAP SCM (DP, SNP, and PP/DS). He is APICS certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM).

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