Optimized warehouse management with the SAP EWM Implementation by FIS

Even today, many companies underestimate the warehouse potentials with regard to optimizations and cost savings. Warehouse structures have often grown over the years, various solutions and software products have been purchased, implemented or combined. As a result, the structures have become more and more complex and the costs and capital tie-up for warehouse and logistics have increased. Processes have always grown as well and might therefore have become nontransparent and cost-intensive.

However, error-prone tasks, such as manual picking via picklist, can be reduced or even eliminated through paperless and automated warehouse management. Through digitization, putaways and stock removals are economically controlled, managed and monitored. In this way, efficient intralogistics is supported. Moreover, warehouse management is used to stage materials in the right place at the right time, which avoids production downtimes or interruptions and accelerates the deliveries of purchase orders. Consequently, efficient stock management offers major economic opportunities for your company.

Digitization of your logistics processes with warehouse management software

The high-performance SAP Extended Warehouse Management (SAP EWM) software is part of the SAP Supply Chain Execution Platform (SAP SCE) for supply chain management and meets the requirements of advanced warehouse logistics from simple and manual warehouses to highly complex warehouses. One of the outstanding features of SAP EWM is its high flexibility, which can be used to meet the numerous requirements of different warehouse types. Integrated material flow control and high scalability of the SAP software solution are genuine added values for companies. Due to continued development, EWM fulfils the most important criteria for flexibly meeting your business requirements in the future. The system is rounded off by excellent user convenience.

FIS complements these benefits by its FIS/ewm+ template solution. This methodology specifically provided for the SAP EWM implementation enables a particularly convenient and rapid implementation of this software in your company.

Integration of upstream and downstream supply chain processes into SAP EWM

Your benefits using SAP EWM

  • Umfangreiche Funktionalitäten von SAP Extended Warehouse Management (SAP EWM), die für jede Extensive EWM functionalities that are scalable for any bearing size/type
  • Individual developments and specific process illustrations adapt to the requirements of your warehouse
  • Seamless integration of upstream and downstream business processes in S/4HANA or SAP ERP ECC 6.0
  • Integration scenarios along the entire supply chain possible
  • Different deployment options possible, whether Embedded (integrated), By-Side (decentralized) or Hybrid

Service scope of SAP EWM

In the future, SAP EWM will be based on S/4HANA, the advanced ERP system based on the centralized SAP HANA real-time database. This creates a standard data basis for all persons involved and reliable decisions can be made quickly.

The SAP EWM system focuses on the system mapping of the following warehouse logistics core processes:

  • Goods receipt: inbound delivery and putaway
  • Production supplies and disposal
  • Warehouse and inventory management: stockholding
  • Goods issue: from picking and packing to outbound delivery

SAP EWM fulfills the highest requirements of warehouse automation with regard to functional scope and controllable complexity. The software enables, for instance, the implementation of complex conveyor systemsstacker control systems or automatic small parts storage areas (SPSA) within intralogistics. Yet, EWM is easy to use due to the user-friendly and role-based SAP Fiori user interface. Simple warehouse structures can also be mapped without any problems using SAP EWM.

Here, you will find a detailed list of the SAP EWM functional scope:

  • Putaway strategies (numerous predefined strategies that can be adjusted customer-specifically by Customizing or development)
  • Mobile dialogs (executable on mobile data entry devices, e.g. scanner or tablet; they are configurable, optically adjustable and can be further individualized by development)
  • Cross-docking (direct picking, packing and shipping of backlog order items in goods receipt)
  • Quality inspection (from simple count or visual inspection to inspection lot processing)
  • Separation of goods receipt stock and stocks available in the warehouse (this leads to reliable availability checks in order processing as well as correct updates of purchasing documents, vendor evaluations etc.)
  • Pick-by-voice integration (without middleware via ITSmobile in the SAP standard version)
  • Optimized goods receipt (speedy goods receipt processing, e.g. automatic deconsolidation such as distribution of a pallet to different load carriers)
  • Material flow control (SAP EWM-MFS for connecting stackers, automatic small parts storage areas up to shuttle systems etc., without middleware)
  • Slotting (automatic assignment of storage parameters, such as fast/slow-moving items)
  • Provision of components at production workplaces (order-related or KANBAN)
  • Goods receipt processing and putaway of manufactured parts
  • Consumption postings of components (either at provision or by retrograde withdrawal)
  • Different inventory types (periodic physical inventory, continuous inventory or cycle counting with radio support)
  • Warehouse reorganization (stock transfers of materials, such as fast/slow-moving items)
  • Monitoring of warehouse processes (via comprehensive, configurable reports in the warehouse management monitor or via Fiori apps)
  • Graphical display of warehouse key figures (via Fiori apps or integrated Easy Graphics Framework)
  • Extensive replenishment processing (planned replenishment, order-related replenishment, ad hoc replenishment)
  • Scrapping (possible from SAP ECC, S/4HANA or SAP EWM)
  • Storage bin management (all stocks are managed on bins)
  • Mobile dialogs (executable on mobile data entry devices, e.g. scanner or tablet; they are configurable, optically adjustable and can be further individualized by development)
  • Storage bin structures (warehouse mapping in storage types, storage sections and storage bins)
  • Batch management (batch management up to bin level with SLED processing and batch characteristics for instance)
  • Production integration (production supplies, goods movements and production disposal)
  • Yard management (yard management with parking spaces, gates etc.)
  • Stock removal strategies (numerous standard strategies, such as FIFO, LIFO, partial pallet quantity, large and small quantities; adjustable via Customizing and development)
  • Mobile dialogs (executable on mobile data entry devices, e.g. scanner or tablet; they are configurable, optically adjustable and can be further individualized by development)
  • Cross-docking (direct picking, packing and shipping of backlog sales order items from the goods receipt area)
  • Packing tasks (packing according to defined packaging specifications or free packing)
  • Loading (loading control by scanning staging area on truck/gate)
  • Packing planning (creation of planned shipping handling units (HUs) that can be used as templates for the creation of shipping HUs during picking or packing)
  • Picking wave creation (summarization of warehouse request items and split items in waves due to specific criteria such as activity area, route and product)
  • Pick-by-voice integration (integration of pick-by-voice devices without middleware via the integrated ITSmobile interface)
  • Scales integration (e.g. for goods receipt processes or control processes during goods issue)
  • Compilation of kits (kit-to-stock as well as kit-to-order scenarios)
  • Material flow control (SAP EWM-MFS; connection of complex storage techniques without middleware)

Functionality of the FIS/ewm+ project implementation turbo

Usually, the implementation of SAP Extended Warehouse Management requires long theoretical concept work. The FIS/ewm+ template optimizes and accelerates the process design phase of the implementation project by numerous preconfigured work steps. This makes it much easier for all persons involved in the project, such as project managers or key users, to become familiar with SAP EWM. Moreover, costs can be reduced drastically due to shorter implementation and on-the-job training times. Training courses at an early stage help users to quickly become familiar with the system and contribute their suggestions directly during the process design phase.

Your benefits when using FIS/ewm+

  • More rapid and convenient SAP EWM implementation with immediate system availability due to numerous preconfigured processes
  • Documented template processes for the following core processes: goods receipt, warehouse and inventory management as well as goods issue (detailed documentations and flowcharts)
  • Standardized basis of understanding accelerates the process flow
  • Enables a smooth integration into the existing ERP system or the ERP system to be implemented in parallel
  • Early use of the system by all persons involved in the project due to initial training courses and workshops prior to the process design
  • Optimized radio dialogs and automated test management ensure improved usability
  • Extensive EWM development framework, which enables a quick extension of the SAP standard and uniform access to technical objects in the EWM environment if required

Our references in SAP logistics

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Warehouse Logistics: system validation

System validation by the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) is an important seal of quality for providers of Warehouse Management systems. FIS receives this validation again for SAP EWM and SAP LES/WM. On the basis of 3,700 aspects, the systems are evaluated and included in the Warehouse Logistics database.

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