In today’s world of fast-paced operations and on-demand distribution, warehouse management teams need a solution that allows them to keep up with the industry and respond quickly and efficiently to changing industry conditions.

The solution? SAP Extended Warehouse Management.

Read on to learn more about SAP’s extended enterprise warehouse management solution, as well as how it can help your organization.

What is S/4HANA EWM?

The SAP Extended Warehouse Management system offers advanced capabilities that help organizations control warehouse processes, optimize inventory tracking, and integrate complex supply chain logistics with your warehouse and distribution processes to improve overall productivity and efficiency.

SAP Extended Warehouse Management enables users to:

  • Optimize processes for the movement and storage of goods
  • Improve speed and adaptability of inbound and outbound processing operations
  • Automate warehouse and inventory management functions
  • Leverage intelligent S/4HANA solutions to reduce total cost of ownership (TOC) and provide quicker time to value
  • Deploy a comprehensive warehousing solution on-premise or in the cloud to meet individual business needs and requirements
  • Improve warehousing accuracy and agility and enhance employee productivity and flexibility
  • Ensure compliance requirements are met (i.e., international trade and sustainability regulations)

Key Features of the Solution

SAP EWM is part of the larger SAP Supply Chain Management (SCM) module, but it provides a more robust solution with advanced tools and analytics to manage, improve, and optimize warehouse and inventory operations.

Having a flexible warehouse management system like SAP can be a game changer for organizations who struggle with underperforming SCM systems and less-than-optimal system and employee productivity. SAP EWM gives users the flexibility and functionality they need to optimize storage bin management, handle key digital supply chain transformation tasks, and maximize their total SAP investment.

Here are a few key features of the solution:

Work Center Functionality

An SAP EWM work center is a physical unit in the warehouse with which employees can perform warehouse activities, like packing, weighing, or distribution. Work centers not only help employees keep better track of inventory within the warehouse, but they also help map physical units to ensure product always meets demand. Work centers can also be customized to only provide the data necessary for each employee to do their job, and nothing more.

Improved Monitoring and Planning Solutions

Better visibility and system control is possible with SAP Extended Warehouse software. The SAP EWM module provides advanced monitoring and controlling capabilities that give employees the opportunity to manage warehouse functions, track important stock movements, and optimize warehouse operations, like inventory tracking, delivery processing, and stock transfers, in the long run.

Enhanced Warehouse and Inventory Control

SAP’s Extended Warehouse Management software contains an Application Link Enabling (ALE) interface that gives users the ability to connect their SAP Warehouse Management system to other external systems and third-party tools. ALE is one of SAP’s core integration technologies, and it allows high volume warehouse operations, like stock removal and putaway, to be integrated easily.

Built-In RF Connection

Radio frequency (RF) framework helps users maintain warehouse structure and organization and maintain a high quality master data within their SAP EWM system. RF framework not only provides support for the SAP Graphical User Interface (GUI) and other character and browser-based devices, but it also offers features that enhance bar code support, menu customization, and screen layout personalization functions.

Storage Bin Management

An SAP storage bin is the smallest available unit of space within a warehouse, and it describes the specific position in which goods can be stored or are currently located. Within your SAP system, storage bins are assigned to a specific storage type, warehouse number, and storage section to streamline stock placement strategies and optimize storage bin searching functions throughout the organization. SAP EWM simplifies the mapping of storage facilities and overall storage bin management, making it easier to keep track of inventory and movement of stock.

What’s the Difference Between SAP WM and SAP EWM?

Both of SAP’s Warehouse Management solutions – Warehouse Management and Extended Warehouse Management – operate within the more comprehensive SAP Supply Chain Management module. But, while SAP WM handles basic warehousing functions like stock transfers and goods receipts, the Extended Warehouse Management solution offers advanced capabilities to further enhance warehouse and inventory management processes.

Here are a few of the main features SAP EWM offers that SAP WM does not:

  • Configurable RF framework
  • Dynamic cross docking and cycle counting functions
  • Integration with the SAP Transportation Management system (TMS)
  • Standard integration with weigh scales
  • Cross-functional dock appointment scheduling
  • Inbound and outbound processing management

Integrating with Other Systems

As is the case with the majority of the SAP modules, SAP Extended Warehouse Management comes with pre-built integration capabilities to connect key resource management tasks with essential business processes in other modules, applications, or areas of the organization.

The SAP EWM end-to-end process is completely integrated with SAP Inventory Management and SAP Delivery Processing, and it also offers key integrations with the SAP ERP Central Component (ECC). These integration capabilities not only ensure that inventory counts match up with material goods data, but also improves the connection between key organizational elements and operations (i.e., plant location, inbound/outbound production, etc).

Getting Started With Us

Managing end-to-end inventory and warehousing processes can be a bit complicated sometimes, especially without the right personnel, resources, or support for the job. Luckily for you, this is where Surety Systems comes in.

Our team of senior-level SAP consultants has the expertise needed to improve warehouse management efficiency, increase the quality of data within your SAP systems, and maximize your overall technological investment.

How Can We Help?

Whether you need help implementing a brand new SAP EWM system, configuring key integrations to maximize productivity, managing inventory and product tracking throughout the entire supply chain, or any other SAP-related projects, our team is here to help.

And, to give you a better idea of what to expect when partnering with us, we’ve included a sample profile of one of our top-notch SAP consultants:

Surety Senior SAP Extended Warehouse Management 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

Contact us today to learn more about our SAP consulting services or get started with one of our expert consultants.