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SAP Logistics Business Network

The SAP Logistics Business Network (LBN) is an open, secure network that connects you with multiple business partners for inter-company logistics collaboration and insights. 

It provides a central platform that allows organizations to collaboratively manage logistics transactions, exchange documents with key business partners, and gain transparency across the complete supply chain network.

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Challenges of managing today’s complex supply chain networks

The SAP LBN is designed for businesses using the SAP Supply Chain Logistics suite. It extends its capabilities, and enables end-to-end transparency and optimization of logistics processes, which is increasingly important in today’s complex supply chain networks. Our consulting and implementation expertise allows us to leverage SAP LBN to address logistics challenges for our customers, including:

  • A lack of integration between their and their customers’ supply chain processes
  • Higher freight cost due to suboptimal carrier selection and inaccurate invoices
  • Delays and wait times resulting from inaccurate route planning
  • Inability to accurately track goods across the logistics network, necessitating manual tracing
  • Handling effort due to provisioning of goods at the wrong time
  • Inability to fulfill SLAs, resulting in complaints and revenue loss
  • A need for improved planning and management of internal supply chain processes

Improve process efficiency by collaborating with partners on an open network

While the SAP Supply Chain Logistics suite allows comprehensive planning and management of supply chain processes, the SAP LBN supplements and extends these capabilities and processes, and introduces cross-network freight logistics collaboration, track and trace (SAP GTT), as well as material traceability (SAP GBT). 

It provides a networked platform with a single business partner directory that enables holistic planning processes, end-to-end visibility and control of logistics processes based on real-time information. 

The resulting transparency allows organizations to optimize internal logistics processes between their warehouses and plants, as well as planning, management and ongoing communication with their external supply chain partners, including 3PL, logistics service providers and carriers.

We recommend the SAP LBN for customers who have implemented SAP Extended Warehouse Management (EWM) or SAP Transport Management (TM). 

Our experience in implementing the applications of the SAP Supply Chain Logistics suite, especially SAP EWM and SAP TM enables us to accurately assess customers’ business processes with their supply chain partners, and provides us an end-to-end view of their logistics network. This in turn allows us to mirror their real-life network connections inside the SAP LBN and to maximize its value for the customer.

Key benefits

Cross-network transparency

End-to-end visibility enables comprehensive planning, management and control of supply chain processes for all supply chain partners.

Digitization and collaboration

Capturing accurate data across the network enables real-time interactive collaboration, improved decision making and actionable insights.

Efficiency

Repeatable backend processes based on accurate data, enable real-time automated supply chain collaboration and increase operational efficiency.

Seamless integration

Our implementation expertise ensures seamless integration with the applications of the SAP Supply Chain Logistics suite to optimize end-to-end processes.

The Körber difference

SAP LBN and the other applications of the Supply Chain Logistics suite are ready for the future, to manage every aspect of supply chain logistics and order fulfillment. With our extensive implementation experience for SAP solutions and integration of SAP-based software Add-ons, we can consult and deploy without bias and prioritize the benefits for the businesses. 

We are one of the largest independent SAP partners for IT solutions in the entire supply chain. As a strong and respected SAP partner, we have been continually awarded partnerships for more than 15 years, including being made a SAP Recognized Expertise Partner in Supply Chain Management. 

As a “Ramp Up” SAP partner, we are also heavily involved in testing new versions and improvements before they are released, and can implement them at selected customers. This added benefit keeps us – and our customers – ahead of the curve.

The SAP Logistics Business Network (LBN) is the perfect extension of the SAP Supply Chain Logistics suite. The ability to view the complete end-to-end process, and to make event-driven decisions based on correct real-time data is fast becoming a significant competitive advantage.

Olaf Moschkau,
Sales Director Europe, Körber

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