SAP Extended Warehouse Management (SAP EWM) is a very flexible warehouse management software that satisfies the increasingly complex requirements of modern warehouse logistics. SAP EWM supports the entire warehouse-internal logistics and provides a range of diverse predefined solutions for standardized business processes.
SAP EWM ensures that companies can meet the growing requirements of the logistics industry, including globalization and information networking between customers and suppliers, and also the increasing numbers of companies that are involved in the supply chain.
SAP EWM offers flexible, automated support for the handling of all goods movements and the management of inventories in a warehouse complex. SAP Extended Warehouse Management contributes to the scheduled and efficient flow of all logistical processes within a warehouse.
SAP EWM supports not only the basic processes such as goods receipt, replenishment, and goods issue, but also enables precise inventory management and controls complex processes such as cross-docking and returns processes, and also processes for additional logistical services.
According to the report of the ARC Advisory Group of Steve Banker and Clint Reiser, SAP EWM is the world’s number one warehouse management system (August 2012). Every hour, SAP EWM processes 40,000 delivery items and 180,000 picking operations with response times of between 0.5 and 0.8 seconds (RF).
SAP EWM provides an improved connection to supply-chain execution systems such as SAP TM (SAP Transportation Management). This enables optimization of transport planning data and tracking operations.
SAP EWM with SAP HANA increases efficiency in the planning and processing of large data volumes.
In contrast to other inventory management systems, SAP EWM offers the facility to map the entire warehouse complex in detail right down to storage bin level. The customer not only has an overview of the total quantity of a product in the warehouse, he can also determine at any time where a specific product is located in the warehouse.
With SAP EWM, the customer can optimize the use of all storage bins, warehouse movements, and the stock turnover rate. The stocks of multiple plants can also be stored together.
SAP EWM is also fully integrated into inventory management and delivery processing. Business transactions, which trigger other application components, lead to physical stock movements in a warehouse.
The entirety of a warehousing facility is mapped in SAP EWM. You can set up different warehousing facilities such as automatic warehouses, high-bay warehouses, block storage, fixed bin storage in different warehouse types according to the requirements in each case.
Inventories are managed and mapped at storage bin level. Here each storage bin can be defined according to specific requirements. Each physical storage bin is mapped in the system. This means that all inventory movements can be precisely tracked and recorded. SAP EWM also manages the storage bins more efficiently as it optimizes the products in such a way that each product is always assigned the appropriate storage bin depending on its size, weight, type and access frequency.
Inventory management and warehouse management are thus completely interlinked and integrated. With the physical inventory procedure and the recording of stock differences, the system ensures that the book inventory in inventory management always corresponds to the warehouse stock in SAP EWM.
All goods movements that affect the warehouse are carried out in SAP EWM. These include goods receipt, goods issue, stock transfers, automatic replenishment, management of hazardous substances, layout-based and process-based warehouse control, effective work preparation via automatic picking wave creation, resource optimization via rule-based bundling of warehouse tasks, or processing of inventory differences in your warehouse.
SAP EWM optimizes storage capacities and material flows with putaway and stock removal strategies which can be individually adjusted to the requirements in each case.
Customers can use the work center to map a physical unit in the warehouse, and this can be used to carry out warehouse activities such as packing, deconsolidation, weighing, quality inspections, and counts. Each work center can be personalized so that each user sees precisely those fields, data and tab pages that he requires for his work.
A physical inventory is carried out regularly in the warehouse. Through the recording of inventory differences, the accounting side of the stock data is updated in accordance with the results of the physical inventory.
In SAP Extended Warehouse Management (SAP EWM), the physical inventory takes place at the level of “warehouse management”. This means that the physical inventory can be carried out at the product level and/or at the storage bin level. A difference monitor with configurable tolerance groups is available and maximum values can be set per user for clearing of differences. The system also supports automatic clearing by time limit, different priorities for the individual inventory procedures, a zero-stock check, and a low-stock check. The radio frequency functionality is integrated into the physical inventory and supports the employee with the various inventory procedures such as cycle counting, inventory during putaway, and inventory during zero-stock check.
SAP EWM also supports wireless data communication to enable efficient and cost-effective work in the warehouse. The warehouse employees use mobile radio terminals to enable easy and clear control of the individual work steps. This radio frequency (RF) connection to mobile data recording enables fast and error-free data transmission. The RF devices receive and transmit data directly to and from the SAP system. Information can be recorded and verified via bar codes.
This ensures a high level of quality and minimizes the error rate.
SAP EWM also has an interface to external systems so that automated putaway and stock removal systems or fork lift control systems can be integrated into the warehouse management system for all stock movements using the application-link-enabling interface.