Managing Freight Units from Different Base Processes


After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Manage freight units originating from different base processes

Management of Freight Units

Managing Freight Units

When you have created freight units, they can be managed in the Manage Freight Units app. As a transportation manager, you might need to keep track of freight units on a daily basis and be aware of any issues, such as planning backlogs and delays. The app contains all the information you need to keep up-to-date on incoming transportation demands (freight units) and to identify any potential problems. The freight units are displayed in a list and, if you select one freight unit, detailed information is shown. Most of the information in a freight unit is display-only, that is, if you need to change freight units, you have to change the predecessor document (e.g. sales order) from which the freight unit originated.

You can use the Manage Freight Units app to do the following:

  • Search, filter, sort, and group the list of freight units by relevant criteria such as execution block, requested start date, source and destination locations, and planning status.
  • Select freight units and view more detailed information such as the products to be transported and review the dangerous goods status.
  • Create note texts and include attachments

Selecting a freight unit takes you to a more detailed view. Underneath, you can view details from the freight unit, with links to General Information, Items, Stages, and Block Information taking you directly to that data. For example, under Items, you can view information such as product to be transported, number of pieces, gross weight and volume, and transportation group. The paying company code, which is derived from the sales order, is displayed on the Stages view. Freight units can only be assigned to a freight order if their paying company code matches the procuring company code on the header level of the freight order. In the Document Flow view you can view the predecessor document of the freight unit, that means the sales order or purchase order on which the freight unit is based, as well as the successor documents such as the freight order to which the freight unit has been assigned during external planning or planning using the transportation cockpit.

This detailed information enables you to take swift action to remedy any possible issues. For example, if you notice on the header that in the next five days there are several new freight units that were not planned, you can view further details of each unit underneath.

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