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Automated storage technique and SAP EWM in synch WAREHOUSE OPTIMIZATION THROUGH DIGITIZED PROCESSES SAP EWM optimization and AutoStore™ implementation

Automated storage technique and SAP EWM in synch WAREHOUSE OPTIMIZATION THROUGH DIGITIZED PROCESSES SAP EWM optimization and AutoStore™ implementation

MANN & SCHRÖDER COSMETICS SUCCESS STORY OF A CUSTOMER PROJECT

Storage robots speed through modern warehouses and transport goods from A to B: what used to be an unusual sight a few years ago, becomes more and more usual in the course of progressing digitization in logistics. The following technological processes ensure a smooth process flow here: not only robot hardware and software, but also the connection to existing storage techniques, such as an SAP Extended Warehouse Management system, are required. If all technologies are perfectly synchronized with each other, enormous potentials can be exploited and processes optimized, as Mann & Schröder Cosmetics found out during the AutoStore™ establishment in cooperation with service provider FIS Informationssysteme und Consulting GmbH.   

INDUSTRY

Manufacturer of innovative cosmetic products “made in Germany” 

ENTERPRISE

750 employees 
Headquarters: Siegelsbach near Heilbronn 

CAPACITIES

1,200 goods movements  
per day

TARGET

Optimization of the entire supply chain and changeover to rule-based material flow

CHALLENGES 

  • Complexity due to 2,000 finished articles that have to be available with short delivery times   
  • Missing automation due to numerous manual processes   
  • Massive inventory deviations   
  • Automation of the previous manual and error-prone material flow   
  • SAP EWM individualization by adjustment to individual processes   
  • Target: digitization of storage techniques for automatic and robot-supported storage and picking of small parts     

SOLUTION AND CUSTOMER BENEFITS 

  • SAP EWM optimization and connection of SAP-integrated AutoStore™  
  • Process security due to order-related outsourcing to AutoStore™   
  • Efficiency increase of work in process and optimization of delivery times   
  • Shorter pick times   
  • Optimization of weighing and provision processes   
  • Reduction of error rates   
  • Optimal utilization of the existing storage space   
  • Creation of simple workflows and ergonomic work centers   

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MANN & SCHRÖDER COSMETICS 

The MANN & SCHRÖDER COSMETICS family-owned company has been developing, producing and distributing high-quality hair and personal care products for more than 70 years – made in Germany. The products are manufactured at both locations in Southern Germany and sold in more than 70 countries worldwide. By using high-quality raw materials and state-of-the-art technologies in its own research and production, the company achieves a particularly high quality in its products. The portfolio includes more than 2,000 different care products for the entire family – from gentle baby care to near-natural and medical skin care for all ages.   

How automated storage techniques and SAP EWM harmonize perfectly BENEFITS OF SAP-INTEGRATED AutoStore™

When Matthias Wörner, Manager of Technology & Organization at Mann & Schröder Cosmetics, recognized the options of AutoStore™ in the past year, a storage technique for automatic and robot-supported storage and picking of small parts, he immediately knew that this solution would be a benefit for his enterprise as it would enable the optimization of numerous processes in his own warehouses. To all project participants, it was clear very quickly that not only hardware, but also a more complex approach were needed for such a major change: an advanced logistics hardware application such as AutoStore™ requires an equally advanced software integration. In addition to AutoStore™ hardware and an advanced SAP EWM system, an agile, intelligent and highly-integrated SAP connection is needed. Therefore, the cosmetics manufacturer contacted the experienced SAP service provider FIS for a major challenge.  

“FIS understood our individual requirements very quickly and, as a consequence, could start their implementation in good time.”  

“FIS understood our individual requirements very quickly and, as a consequence, could start their implementation in good time.”  

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