BranchWood processing, building materials
ProductsWood-based panels for furniture construction, timber trade, interior fittings, structural timber engineering
Number of employeesca. 2,100
Turnoverca. 700 million Euro
HeadquartersNeumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Germany
  • Need to increase efficiency in existing, partially manual tendering processes
  • Consistency of the purchasing processes had to be ensured
  • Project had to be carried out exclusively remotely and in a very short period of time
  • SAP Ariba Sourcing
  • Integration with SAP ECC via SAP Ariba Cloud Integration Gateway
  • Expansion and improvement of supplier relationships
  • Seamless integration of the new procurement solution into the existing SAP ERP system landscape
  • Options for continuous development of procurement digitisation through SAP Ariba
  • Option to search for new suppliers via SAP Ariba Discovery
Why Apsolut
Why apsolut
  • Convincing combination of technical know-how and process-related understanding
  • Collaboration and high transparency through all project phases as well as characterised by flexibility and agility

Reduction of complexity and error-proneness through tool-supported standardisation of processes in strategic purchasing

With around 2,100 employees at five production sites in Germany, Pfleiderer manufactures high-quality wood-based panels that are used in the furniture industry, flooring, interior design and the construction industry.

Together with the apsolut consultants and SAP Ariba, Pfleiderer made a conscious decision at the start of the project to implement a system that would meet the requirements of the wood processing industry. On the one hand, on-site meetings were excluded from the outset due to the pandemic. On the other hand, a phased go-live was chosen in order to meet the ambitious schedule and achieve maximum efficiency. One after the other, first tenders, then requests for information and finally auctions were activated. Auctions are highly relevant in the timber industry, as they allow maximum savings to be made in the procurement of this raw material. Pfleiderer also uses Ariba for auctions in purchasing.

As part of the improved process architecture, Ariba now automatically sends purchase orders and contracts to the ERP system. RfQ documents are automatically sent from ERP to Ariba. In addition, purchasing info records can be created or updated in the ERP from Ariba.

With apsolut, the project was successfully completed in the shortest possible time without any complications in terms of time and budget - a fact that Frank Unfried, Director Digitalization Purchasing & Indirect Spend at Pfleiderer, was naturally very pleased about:

"With apsolut, we have gained a partner who has implemented our requirements effectively and efficiently in the configuration of Ariba in a practical manner and in a breathtaking amount of time. The customer-oriented approach was one of the main reasons why we also chose apsolut for the implementation of SLP and Contract Management."

Originally, the sourcing licence was to be purchased first and an interface developed for the suppliers. After careful consideration and preliminary conceptual work, Pfleiderer decided on Ariba SLP, which is why the interface included in the standard could be used. This meant that suppliers could be migrated and used in sourcing well before the start of the SLP project.

Due to many adjustments in the inventory solution for wood purchasing, Pfleiderer had decided against integrating the processes in this area right at the start of the project. As the only purchasing department, Wood Purchasing was therefore unable to transfer enquiries from the ERP to Ariba or trigger orders and contracts automatically. Nevertheless, Wood Purchasing can use all the 'stand alone' advantages of Ariba and is the pioneer in the area of auctions! Despite the different requirements for a procurement process in the various departments, it was possible to develop uniform templates that support, standardise and streamline the process.

After the successful go-live, apsolut was commissioned with the implementation of the Ariba modules SLP, SPM and Contracts.


productive tenders in the first month after go-live

Integration of ~100,000 material strains

Implemented tools

SAP Ariba Sourcing
SAP Ariba Sourcing
SAP Ariba Cloud Integration Gateway
SAP Ariba Cloud Integration Gateway

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