Scania’s digital transformation towards Industry Standards

Scania is embarking on a digitalization journey driven by modernization and standardization. This transformation will enable Scania to meet the demands of the future and better serve the customers of today. As part of this transformation, Scania is transitioning to industry standards and implementing a series of changes in its IT landscape.

The purpose of this page is to explain how this transformation will affect you as a supplier to Scania and walk you through the upcoming implementation process.

Benefits of the transformation

The digitalization journey offers Scania and yourself greater flexibility to adapt to new demands and increases the speed we can work together to deliver value to our customers. By transitioning to industry standards, Scania is introducing a global standardized way of working that is scalable and comparable with other similar OEMs (original equipment manufacturers). By implementing these standards Scania aims to optimise the supplier experience – enabling us to improve our collaboration and move towards building strategic partnerships.

Implications for suppliers

Scania is implementing a new ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system as the foundation for administrative and transactional processes within Industrial Operations. The next release takes place in October 2023, impacting Scania’s new Battery Factory (ME). In order to go-live successfully, supplier onboarding needs to be completed in September 2023.

When launching the new ERP, Scania is required to make changes to the current EDI setup. Short-term, this will only be applicable for deliveries of serial parts with approved PPAP related to the battery factory (ME).

Overview of key changes
  • Updates to EDI message versions

Based on industry benchmarks, three commonly used EDI message versions will be implemented. The new EDI message version specifications will be communicated by Scania’s EDI team. This will require IT changes on your end. Please note if you will supply products to other production units than the battery factory (ME), you will need to maintain both EDI versions for a period of time.

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  • Implementing Handling Unit (HU) numbers

In order to improve the efficiency of Scania operations – including faster time to resolve quality issues – Scania has decided to require all suppliers to include a unique global Handling Unit (HU) number. Many suppliers already have this number – but for those that do not they will need to acquire a unique global number series and apply it to the Advanced Shipping Notice and the label of all goods that are sent to Scania. The unique HU numbers are required on the outer packaging level (e.g. pallet) and also on the inner packaging level (e.g. individual boxes on pallet).This may require process and system changes.

  • Updates to transport label

The introduction of the Handling Unit number will also affect the transport label.  The serial number field on the label will have to contain the handling unit number for the production locations that have implemented SAP (i.e. the Battery Factory (ME)).