Supply Chain System Transformation

As one of the largest Class I Railroads in North America, Union Pacific recognizes the business relationship with our suppliers needs to be efficient and effective.  We are pleased to announce a new initiative to streamline our procurement and accounts payable processes. We are transforming and modernizing our systems to increase process efficiency, enhance our data quality, and create an amazing user experience for our suppliers. We will be moving to SAP Ariba, which has been a leader in the procurement landscape for businesses of all sizes.

What does this mean for you?

Registering on the SAP Business Network will be required. Union Pacific will utilize the Business Network to maintain accurate supplier records and complete various business transactions.

What happens next?

In the coming weeks and months, SAP will send you important communications and instructions for joining the SAP Business Network. This will include an invitation to register and if applicable to your organization, a trade relationship request to configure your SAP Business Network account. Please be aware that SAP email communications will come from the email domain; therefore, it may be necessary to check your spam folder for messages.

What do you need to do now to prepare?

Please stay alert for communications from Union Pacific and SAP Ariba. Your response within five business days is greatly appreciated.

When will this take effect?

The SAP Business Network implementation is multi-phased beginning in 2024 and concluding in Q1 of 2025.

Project Phase Transition Date
Supplier Profile Management June 3, 2024
Bidding & Contracting: Materials June 3, 2024
Bidding & Contracting: Services Fall 2024
PO & Invoice: Services Fall 2024
PO & Invoice: Indirect Materials Fall 2024
PO & Invoice: Direct Materials:  
Car & Locomotive Fall 2024
Engineering(track/signal/bridge/work Early 2025
Logistics Fall 2024
Warehousing Fall 2024


How can you learn more about the Union Pacific and SAP partnership? 

Who should you contact if you need additional information? 

This portal and the SAP Supplier Information Portal will be updated periodically to keep you informed of all transition activities. You can also contact the Union Pacific Supplier Enablement Team with any questions using this form here