Have you ever wondered if there was a better way to manage materials and goods coming in and out of your warehouse?
With SAP EWM, there is.
SAP Extended Warehouse Management (EWM) helps warehouse management teams like yours manage the inbound and outbound movement of goods, fulfill customer orders, and distribute such goods more effectively.
Want to know how this solution could solve your warehouse management issues within your SAP SCM system and beyond? Read on to learn more.
What is SAP EWM?
SAP Extended Warehouse Management is a module within the SAP ERP system that is intended to simplify warehouse management processes, efficiently manage inventory, and control the inbound and outbound movement of goods through the organization. SAP EWM is a part of SAP Supply Chain Management (SCM), and offers automated support for your warehouse processes and includes key resources that help manage inventory and system logistics more effectively and efficiently.
SAP EWM .vs. WM.. What’s the Difference?
While Warehouse Management (WM) and its counterpart Extended Warehouse Management both operate within the Supply Chain Management (SCM) area of SAP, SAP EWM offers a few more advanced features that extend its value in a company’s warehouse processes.
EWM not only offers better functionality, but it also gives employees more features to help optimize their business processes from the warehouse.
Here are a few key features that SAP EWM offers that SAP WM does not:
- Warehouse structure
- Radio frequency framework
- And much more
Increased Functionality with SAP EWM
With an extended warehouse management system like SAP EWM, your supply chain employees and executives can also create new elements within the system to better understand complex supply chain logistics and optimize warehouse functions — at the same time.
SAP EWM gives users the ability to create elements, like work centers, resources, and activity areas, which were previously not available in the SAP WM system. As an extension of your entire supply chain, the SAP EWM module makes managing logistics processes, keeping track of inbound and outbound deliveries, and optimizing your SAP system a little easier.
Key Features of SAP Extended Warehouse Management
SAP EWM offers more controlled movement of goods and provides the right tools to manage warehouse activities. Here are a few of the main features of the solution, as well as the advantages they offer your WM team.
Movement of Goods
SAP EWM helps optimize your warehouse functions by managing all of your goods movement activities, including goods receipts, stock transfers, and automatic goods replenishment, in one system. Movement of goods is an important part of your supply chain, so ensuring you have a system that can keep up and adjust to your system’s needs is essential to your success.
SAP EWM gives users a better way to manage and compare physical inventory against the inventory data stored in your inventory management system. Physical inventory counts can be completed based on individual products or storage bins in your system, and these counts are done at the Warehouse Management level. Radio frequency functions and handling units are fully integrated into the EWM system, making key resource management tasks easier to track and manage.
EWM offers greater warehouse control with its built-in interfacing capabilities. The system contains the Application Link Enabling (ALE) interface that provides users with the ability to connect their SAP Warehouse Management system with other external systems. This way, important processes like automated putaway of goods and stock removal can be integrated with no added headaches.
Management and Optimization of Storage Bins
With the SAP ERP EWM system, all of your company’s storage facilities and storage bins are mapped and managed within a single system, connecting your warehouse management systems and tracking all stock movements in the process. And, the EWM module and your inventory management system are fully integrated, so ensuring that your EWM stock matches up with the book inventory balance is made easier.
Planning and Monitoring
Extended monitoring functions and advanced features support your planning and monitoring systems and help optimize your overall warehouse processes. The individual monitoring function also helps users control work within the warehouse and stay on track with your stock movements and other critical warehouse operations. With SAP EWM, your warehouse planning and monitoring processes will never skip a beat.
Functional Work Center
In SAP EWM, a work center is essentially a physical unit in the warehouse with which warehouse activities like packing or distribution can be completed. Work centers help map these physical units, and each unit can be customized for each user so they only see the fields and data needed to do their job.
SAP EWM provides radio frequency (RF) framework to help structure warehouse work more efficiently, while keeping everything on time and within budget. RF connection ensures higher quality of master data in SAP EWM and outlines the steps of warehouse tasks more effectively with the mobile radio-frequency terminals in the EWM solution.
Main Benefits of EWM in SAP
SAP EWM enables warehouse management teams to do their jobs more effectively and efficiently with its advanced capabilities and features.
Here are a few of the key benefits the solution provides:
- Improved accuracy and productivity
- Reduced warehouse costs (including labor and inventory)
- Enhanced transparency of labor, stock, and total warehouse automation processes
- Increased speed of supply chain processes
- Optimized warehouse operations with comprehensive, end-to-end logistics
- Improved international compliance for trade and sustainability standards
- Increased system flexibility and scalability
Integration with other Systems
Now, more than ever, your company’s systems need to be able to integrate with each other. SAP understands that today’s ever-changing supply chain landscape requires improved integration functionality — that’s why they SAP EWM provides built-in integration tools to connect your SAP SCM system with other SAP apps or even other external tools.
Inventory Management and Delivery Processing Integration
The SAP EWM end-to-end process is completely integrated with both the Inventory Management and Delivery Processing systems within SAP. EWM allows you to monitor and control the movement of goods through your system and manage warehouse functions involved with the movement of physical goods. With this built-in integration capability, your inventory counts are sure to match up with the material goods data stored in your SAP system.
SAP ECC and EWM Integration
SAP ECC is the ERP Central Component of the SAP Business Suite, and it helps integrate critical business processes throughout your organization. Integration between these systems allows for improved interaction within your ERP and EWM systems, and thus, increased connection between important elements of organizational structure (i.e., plant and warehouse location) and key business processes (i.e., inbound and outbound production).
Partnering with the Best
Digital supply chain transformation with a new SAP EWM system can seem a little overwhelming, especially if your team doesn’t have the right personnel or resources to get the job done. Luckily for you, our team of senior-level SAP consultants has seen it all and is here to help you.
Need an extra hand managing your SAP EWM implementation process? We have the right people for the job. Just need some additional support when it comes to monitoring the integration between different SAP solutions? Our consultants have you covered there too.
How Can We Help?
Whether you’re thinking of implementing SAP EWM in your existing ERP system, planning to transform your own SCM environment with advanced features, or completing any other SAP-related projects, our consultants have the skills and experience to help you.
Even better, we’ve included a snapshot of one of our top-notch SAP EWM consultants to give you an idea of what to expect when partnering with us:
Surety Senior SAP EWM Consultant
- US Citizen
- 22+ years of SAP EWM, DWM, LE, TM, and MM experience
- Maintains Dual Platinum-level Techno-Functional SCM/EWM skillset
- In-depth functional configuration and technical development expertise covering all EWM functional areas
- Completed multiple End-to-End Global and Localized EWM rollouts
- Extensive SAP S/4HANA EWM experience
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