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Industry Perspective: Production supply with EWM execution - Part 2

By Yudhishthir Shrikant Joshi

In the last part, we discussed about the different unique requirements of warehousing for specialized industries like Aerospace. This industry also faces some unique challenges which stand apart from Auto or Retail industry in terma of its business lifecycle.

1. EWM offers multiple BADIs that are useful in transferring the order critical parameters from Production order to Warehousing documents. This information can be effectively used in planning the picking, and value added activities within warehouse.
2. EWM specific features like consolidation group and activity area definitions can be intelligently leveraged upon, during warehouse order creation rules (WOCR), to optimize the warehouse operations. This is an advantage over other WM solutions. 
3. When business wants to track the value adding activities within warehouse in detail, for efficient labor management, the VAS order process is an efficient way of doing this. 
4. The process oriented and layout oriented control helps us closely map the business processes in the system. Exception handling at every step can be configured to suit the business response for such situations.
5.  Stock identification during picking, would help us track the stock closely till it is issued. Batch/ Serial number management, with it's integration to picking logic gives us a huge flexibility for product tracking and damage control during quality issues at any stage.
6. The central warehouse monitor acts as a cockpit for supervisor to control each and every activity within warehouse. 
7. The post processing framework adds huge automation to the process, which also offers a unique power to handle the subsequent transactions with condition technique.

So what are the business benefits and how it is useful compared to other WM solution? 
This only proves the dynamic applications that EWM can handle effectively. Understanding of the Industry processes and effective utilization of standard offerings of EWM can result into huge business value addition. Business process mapping close to real life Industry scenarios makes EWM a user friendly solution.  EWM scores high on following points
1. Seamless integration with SAP Production process and production critical data in SAP.
2. Flexibility in mapping complex processes through off the shelf solution, reducing the cost of ownership.
3. Close integration with Labor management at process and task level, which enables the management to gather data at granular level. This gives a higher control on the labor efforts management.
4.  User friendly monitoring and alert system, with efficient exception handling, can save organization from overheads of additional labor for tracking. This also ensures that right stock with right quality is present at right time!
In conclusion, I feel that the EWM is equally effective for specialized industries with lesser inventory turnover, as compared to the Auto or retail Industry with huge order numbers. Large manufacturing firms can explore EWM as a suitable solution.

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