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Difference between SAP WM and SAP EWM

Updated May 20, 2018

SAP Extended Warehouse Management vs SAP Warehouse Management

This tutorial explains SAP EWM (Extended Warehouse Management) vs SAP WM (Warehouse Management). As we know SAP EWM is a new Supply Chain Management (SCM) based Warehouse Management System (WMS) solution unlike highly SAP Warehouse Management (WM) which is a modified Inventory management system. While both are equally strong and offer an edge over each other, yet there are a couple of factors where either of them is stronger than the other.

Let us have a look and get to know more about these:


SAP EWM (Extended Warehouse Management)

SAP WM (Warehouse Management)


SAP EWM emphasises on the logistics part. This is a part of the SAP supply chain management. A Business Package, however, is not a part of the suite as such. This is also available without the SCM. The tool contains standard warehouse management applications.

SAP WM has evolved as an extremely efficient tool which can be used for managing the stocks available in the database, making any changes with the stocks management system and shifting of goods from one place to another. The tool can also be used for effectively introducing operational tasks in their warehouses.


  1. SAP EWM management focusses on activities related to the identification of bulk storage, racking facilities and bin locations.
  2. All the activities related to the warehouse such as storage bins and handling units are monitored by SAP EWM, along with utilizing all the available resources and maintaining them at a healthy rate.
  3. SAP EWM renders help to the warehouse managers apart from assigning tasks and maintaining warehouse orders by integrating the processes.
  4. Utilizes all the available resources and maintains the warehouse orders by integrating the processes of slotting, cross-docking, kitting, VAS, yard management, de-consolidation and complex internal routing.
  5. SAP EWM allows the user to exactly determine where the stocks belong to a particular metal has been placed.  o provides the user with a smooth support for processing the movement of their products which also enables them to manage their stocks present there.
  1. SAP WM is equipped to handle issues for troubleshooting and dealing with complex warehouse stocks in an enhanced and simplified manner.
  2. The flow of material becomes very smooth with the pick-and-put away techniques of WMS.
  3. SAP WM handles issues such as proper processing of stock goods, effective management of receipts of goods, and stock transfers. The tool has made work processes much more progressive and crystal clear for organizations and their customers alike.
  4. SAP WMS helps companies in tackling the challenges related to maintaining the inventories in the warehouse in a very systematic and economical manner.


SAP EWM offers a higher level of flexibility in terms of the flexible design of the warehouse and processes.

SAP WMS is not that flexible in the design of the processes and warehouses.


SAP EWM interface with the automation and field devices, thus making it slightly unsuitable for use.

Requires expertise for configuring for deriving maximum benefit, more complicated issues are caused due to incorrect processing.


Few companies which are very aggressively using SAP EWM are -Accenture, ICS Consultancy services, Bombardier, YASH technologies, Enterprise partners- experts in SAP/Microsoft/Oracle

Tech data, Dr Pepper Snapple group, Luxottica group, Fonterra are few companies which are into SAP WMS.