SAP EWM (Extended Warehouse Management) is a key component of the SAP SCM (Supply Chain Management), but it provides advanced features to manage key activities in a warehouse. The EWM product is integrated software for flexible, automated support for processing goods movements and for managing inventory in the warehouse. The EWM handles internal process of a warehouse goods receipt and goods issue, complex cross-docking, slotting, packing and shipping logistics, as well as cross-function activities.
SAP EWM offers you flexible, automated support with processing various goods movement and managing stock in your warehouse. The system supports you with planned and efficient processing of all logistics processes in warehouse. To manage inventory in a warehouse and for supporting processing of goods movement SAP EWM is used. It allows any company to control their warehouse’s inbound and outbound processes and movement of goods in the warehouse.
The EWM function is not a part of the SAP ERP application, which contains standard warehouse management. SAP has announced that although they will continue to support SAP WM, they will not be enhancing the product, and all new warehouse functionality will be included in the EWM component.
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Importance of SAP EWM
SAPEWM Online Training offers flexible, automated support for warehouse and distribution logistics as well as inventory tracking and management. With the SAP EWM system you can do:
- Maximize visibility and control in high-volume warehouses
- Manage item movement within warehouses from goods receipt to issue
- Run on SAP HANA to handle throughput of up to one million items per day
- Leverage sophisticated features that can scale as you grow
- Support a full range of warehouse processes
- Optimize warehouse resource and asset utilization
Key Features in SAP EWM
SAP EWM is a part of SAP Supply Chain Management (SAP SCM) and supports all the processes within the logistics chain. The following are the key features in SAP EWM
- In SAP EWM, warehouse cockpit that allows you to display warehouse key figures graphically and to evaluate or monitor activities using defined chart types.
- A set alert for changed data before goods receipt from EWM to the ERP system, correction of the goods receipt from EWM to the ERP system and an inbound delivery split from EWM to the ERP system.
- Perform deconsolidation of handling units which contain different products before putting them away in different storage sections.
- Determine storage concepts using slotting for products and optimize the arrangement of goods warehouse automatically.
- It allows performing executable tasks like work packages, consisting of warehouse tasks warehouse employees should perform as part of warehouse management activities.
- By using SAP EWM, control the warehouse activities are picking, posting and managing storage bin and good receipts.
- It allows tracking vehicles as well as other transportation units from the yard check-in to yard check-out, including movements and other tasks within the yard.
- SAP EWM includes storage of hazardous substances and their transportation in according with the regulations from SAP Environmental Health & Safety EHS.
Key Function in SAP EWM
Before implementing the EWM function, it is best to define the physical structure. It is possible to define the individual warehouse areas, such as bulk storage, as storage types within the warehouse complex. For each of the storage types, it is possible to define the bin locations that can be found in that area. The stock resides in the bin location and the items move in the warehouse from bin location to bin location. It is possible to logically group together a number of storage bins into an activity area.
It is possible to monitor activities in the warehouse using the Warehouse Management Monitor. It allows warehouse managers to monitor storage bins, handling units stored in the warehouse, maintain resources, assign warehouse tasks, process wave picking, and maintain warehouse orders.
3. Delivery Processing
SAP EWM supports all the processes within the logistics chain. The delivery process with the EWM function is in two parts:
- Inbound Deliveries
Inbound deliveries cover the notification, the delivery, the putaway and the goods receipt posting of the ordered goods. It also includes the receipt of the advance ship notice from the vendor, determination of the putaway storage bin, slotting, deconsolidation, and returns.
An inbound delivery will be created automatically from the inbound delivery notification. The inbound delivery document contains the data required for triggering and monitoring the complete inbound delivery process. This process starts on receipt of the items in the yard and finishes on a transfer of the goods at the final put away.
- Outbound Deliveries
Outbound deliveries cover all shipping activities such as picking, packing, transportation, and goods issue. The outbound delivery process also includes route determination, picking bin determination, and the loading of materials, and posting the goods movement from the warehouse to the trailer.
The outbound delivery request is a document used for the creation of an outbound delivery. It automatically generates an outbound delivery document when the request is created. The outbound delivery can cover a number of outbound deliveries and activities.
Slotting is the activity of determining the most appropriate storage bin for each item in the warehouse. This can mean that you are placing items in the warehouse so that travel distance for forklifts is reduced to a minimum, and this will increase the number of picks per hour. Slotting can also mean condensing the material into a smaller number of storage bins and therefore this can reduce the overall needs for warehouse space.
Kitting is the process where items are picked from the warehouse and placed or packaged together to make a kit. Kitting can be performed in sequential, batch and zone kitting. The sequential kitting process involves warehouse staff picking the parts to make up the kit, but is poor utilization of time and resources. The kits are completed when all the kit parts from all the zones have been collected. Batch kitting has the warehouse staff picking parts for the kit so that many kits can be made up at one time. Zone kitting has the warehouse employee in a specific zone of the warehouse.
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