Jan Lehmann
Michael Dreimann

Subcontracting with SAP® and platbricks

Management of production and logistics partners

Barriers to connection
Subcontracting Cockpit
Your Benefits
Process Flow
Core functions

Manufacturing companies are currently feeling immense pressure to deliver the correct product in precise quantities adapted to customer-specific requirements while being cost-effective.

This demand can be challenging, especially in seasonal or highly unpredictable markets and increasing automation in companies. Furthermore, order peaks cannot always be covered in terms of personnel and space.

Integration of Production Or Logistics Partners

Given these challenges, many companies integrate external partners with specialized know-how to execute logistics and production processes into their operational procedures. High efforts are often required regarding system integrations to obtain full transparency of stocks and production progress for the external partner. Either systems have to be connected, or the service provider has to be integrated into the own SAP® system. This is time and cost intensive and certainly not suitable for every logistics partner.

So what to do if the production or logistics partner is only to be connected for a short period of time to cover peaks? Or if they do not have the appropriate technical requirements for system integration?

Transparency and Efficiency with SAP® and platbricks


A solution for the questions mentioned above can be found with our Microsoft Azure-based cloud solution platform platbricks in combination with SAP®. platbricks provides a fast, uncomplicated and cost-effective way to connect logistics and production service providers to SAP® systems via standard interfaces. The data reported by platbricks is transmitted in real time to the SAP® system and is displayed in the extended Arvato Systems Subcontracting Cockpit. That leads to increased transparency and the ability to act fast in the supply chain.

Your Benefit: Increased Transparency Along the Process Chain

Increase planning reliability and ability to act in the supply chain
Reduction of communication outside the SAP® system
No direct access from external employees to the SAP® system
Achieve high scalability
Cost transparency due to pay-per-use price model

Full Control of the Service Provider from Incoming to Outgoing Goods

As shown in the process flow, the goods movements and the production confirmations are returned to the SAP® system by platbricks. The single confirmation points, which should be visible in the SAP® system, can be detailed according to the requirements. In SAP®, both the provided stocks and the production progress of the service providers are visible at any given time. In this way, replenishment deliveries, as well as outbound deliveries to the own company or directly to the customer can be planned reliably.

Subcontracting with SAP® and platbricks

Core Functions

Subcontracting Cockpit

platbricks Platform

Arvato Systems' Subcontracting Cockpit in SAP®

  • Explicit representation of the production progress
  • Traffic light functionality to point out critical orders
  • Graphical depiction of the current overall situation
  • Starting point for follow-up actions 

platbricks Platform

  • Cloud-based, scalable solution that enables a quick start with the necessary security 
  • Concise familiarization period due to the use of intuitive devices
  • Minimal training required
  • Standard interfaces to the SAP® system
  • Inventory control and production confirmation at the service provider

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Subcontracting with SAP® and platbricks

Checklist Subcontracting

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Business Solution: Management of production and logistics partners

Deep Dive

White Paper "AI in Logistics"

In this white paper, we describe the importance of AI for the logistics industry, present some use cases, and provide tips and advice on what to consider when implementing AI solutions.

SAP® Transformation in Logistics

Real-time capability and security as well as flexibility and scalability form challenges that logistics managers have to face. A holistic software environment could be the answer.

Use Case Collection: Use Cases of AI in Logistics

The use of artificial intelligence takes process quality and efficiency to a new level in logistics as well. Here, we have compiled ten use cases of AI in logistics for you and show their advantages.

ISG Provider Lens "Digital Business Enablement and ESG Services"

Arvato Systems was recognized as a Leader by ISG in the Provider Lens™ "Digital Business Enablement and ESG Services 2022" for its competencies. Download now.

Demo System: platbricks® Warehouse Management

Get to know the cloud-based platbricks® Warehouse Management in practice and try out the module over a period of 14 days in our free demo system. 

Demo System: platbricks® Chatbot Platform

Please get to know the platbricks® chatbot platform in our free demo system for 14 days and use the five bots provided in it. You can chat independently with the bots and customize or extend them according to your needs. 

Dos and Don'ts of Using Chatbots in Logistics

There are a few things to consider when introducing chatbots in logistics. Our checklist tells you what you need to pay attention to.

Full Transparency in Subcontracting

With these tips, you'll be able to keep track of inventory and manufacturing steps at the contract service provider when subcontracting.

Chatbots In Logistics: Innovation Brief

This Innovation Briefing provides background knowledge on chatbots and presents a number of use cases in detail.

Free Logistics Check-up

Whether you are at the very beginning of your journey or already on the road - we get on board at every stop and accompany you in the Digital Transformation of your supply chain. We will be happy to advise you in our "Logistics Check-up" - make an appointment now.

Digitization Of Logistics With Arvato Systems

An overview of our solutions for digitizing your logistics processes.

platbricks® - Smart Logistics Unlimited

Designed as a digital modular system, platbricks® can be used to orchestrate internal and cross-company logistics processes and execute them with smart mobile wearables.

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Your Contacts for Logistics & Subcontracting

Jan Lehmann
Jan Lehmann
Expert for Logistics IT
Michael Dreimann
Michael Dreimann
Expert for Logistics IT