SAP Extended Warehouse Management
by Madhup Mukund Paturkar & Yudhishthir Shrikant Joshi
Integration between Supply Chain partners with efficient data sharing is the need of the hour. The multifold business growth and expansions naturally accentuated the importance of Logistics and storage and its integration with overall supply chain. As the business extracted synergy out of upward integration as well as inorganic growth, they also expected the Enterprise solutions to complement this synergy.
Early generation of ERP became an enabler and a fitting solution to their needs in warehouse processes. The stock accuracy, inventory controls have become the basic expectations out of a system. Managers in this competitive era need value added products with automated processes, efficient data management using batch / serial numbers, centralized monitoring cockpits, integrated resource management et al.
SAP offering in enhancing Supply Chain suit in Logistics & storage is SAP Extended Warehouse Management (SAP EWM). SAP EWM evolved and addressed the precise need of business in Warehouse Operations and integrates warehouse processes seamlessly with entire supply chain.
SAP EWM provided a warehousing solution which is not restricted to stock management but is highly integrated with resource management, yard management, ASRS interfaces, specialized and value added services within warehouse.Some of the differentiating functionalities of SAP EWM apart from the areas mentioned above are given below. In next few blogs we will go in detail about the functionalities and we would like get your view on the same.
Multi step movements
For absolute mapping of material movements within warehouse to SAP, EWM provides a unique feature of process oriented and layout oriented storage control. Mapping from the unloading process at warehouse doors to all the intermediate processes before putaway and similarly for internal processes can be efficiently done.
EWM offers flexible handling unit management process, supported by condition technique. EWM has done away with SU management. Material handling at every level is done by HUs. Condition technique makes the product lot flexible to address changing business requirement.
Slotting and Re-arrangements
EWM offers process of determining optimum storage which can be based on various parameters. The slotting jobs can be planned to ensure the optimum storage on continuous basis.
Central monitoring tool
The critical need of a warehouse manager is a centralized cockpit for overall warehouse operation status. EWM offers centralized warehouse monitor for this purpose. It is a configurable monitor (a highly customizable without ABAP coding), which also allows the user to perform multiple actions through single transaction with the help of Nodes.