Definition - What is SAP EWM (Extended Warehouse Management)?
Logistics is an extremely difficult field of work. This business area has now become more grueling as there are more products involved and a lot of money riding on the same. High end logistical operations are critical in nature and need to be handled with extra care. In addition, warehouses have evolved from being simple storage boxes and have now become state of the art high-flow distribution centers for various logistical operations. Fast business cycles and frequently shifting priorities in business holdings have made way for such arrangements.
This is where the SAP Extended Warehouse Management comes into play. It is a component of the SAP Supply Chain Management (SCM) business package, but is not necessarily a part of this suite. It is also available without the SCM as it contains standard warehouse management applications and provides users with a malleable and smooth support for processing the movement of products in their warehouses and managing the stocks present therein.
SAP Extended Warehouse Management
To get the full benefit of SAP Extended Warehouse Management tools and techniques, one needs to map out the warehouse and define its physical structure. Identification of the bulk storage, racking facilities, and bin locations form integral parts of this module. This is because a logical grouping together of a large number of storage bins is essential for the proper placement of stock. SAP EWM monitors all the activities in a warehouse such as storage bins and handling units; along with utilizing all the available resources and maintaining them at a healthy rate. It also helps warehouse managers assign tasks and maintain warehouse orders by integrating the processes of: