Integrate SAP and Cario

Cario customers using SAP can choose from two different integration models to share data and functionality between the two systems.

  • The “arm's-length” option relies on data being exported out of SAP into Cario. Freight operations can then be completed wholly in Cario, and data (such as costing or tracking events) imported back into SAP regularly.
  • The native integration model where Cario functionality is embedded and operated wholly within SAP

Customers can also choose a combination of these two models depending on their requirements and ownership of specific freight functions.

For example, at a high level, the following information needs to be defined within SAP to support native integration:

  1. Despatch Name and address with validated locations (based on the Australia Post published Postcode and Location list)
  2. Receiver Name and address with validated locations (based on the Australia Post published Postcode and Location list)
  3. Order (or Consignment) information such as references and dates
  4. What is to be shipped (as defined by the carrier i.e., Cartons, Pallets with weights and dimensions.
  5. Other information such as Dangerous Goods

With the configurability of SAP, some scenarios might be better suited to the “arms-length” model such as when stock items are repackaged for shipping. The resulting shipment size might not equal the sum of the combined items’ individual dimensions and weight, making it very difficult to obtain freight pricing within SAP.

Also, many ERP systems do not validate what the customer supplies to ensure it is accurate. Customers often provide incorrect Post Codes or colloquial location names. This data needs to be accurate for freight management as these locations and postcodes are used to find the appropriate rates and calculate charges correctly

Common Integration Scenarios:

1. Quoting

Using validated sender and receiver addresses, plus detailed consignment information with SAP, Cario will find all the carriers and services that would be suitable and allow accurate quotes to be calculated including fees

2. Consigning

The same data provided for quoting can then be used with the chosen carrier and service to create the consignment

3. Labelling of Freight

Once a Consignment has been created the carrier-specific labels need can be printed so they can be affixed to the items.

4. Manifesting to Carrier

Once all consignments have been created (or individually for Courier type services) data is transferred to the carrier to alert them to the freight request and to organise the pickup.