Slotting Process in SAP EWM

What is SAP EWM?

SAP Extended Warehouse Management (SAP EWM) is a warehouse management solution that includes additional functions to the SAP WM module to make the warehouse management operations of enterprises more effective and efficient.

The solution also provides an integrated view of all your warehouses from a single system, allowing you to perform cross-location order processing and fulfill customer orders quickly with minimal errors.

Slotting in SAP EWM

I would like to talk about one of the most fundamental topic in SAP EWM which is slotting. In the EWM, slotting is a process that aids in the definition of the most suitable putaway parameters, such as storage type, section, and so on. Slotting arranges goods in a warehouse so that they can be stored and picked in the most efficient way possible. You'll see an improvement in efficiency and a strategic workflow in your warehouse by optimizing storage usage and reducing inventory handling. 

On the basis of master data, the device decides the underlying storage parameters that are necessary for putaway. Product data, demand data, and packaging data are all taken into consideration when slotting. These criteria specify the storage section in which the product will be stored, as well as the storage bin's properties and the putaway strategy to be used. 

The method specifies and stores the following storage parameters in the product master during slotting: 

  • Putaway control indicator, 
  • Maximum quantity in storage type, 
  • Storage section indicator, 
  • Storage bin types. 

Why Do You Need to Slot Your Warehouse? 

The aim of slotting inventory is to maximize productivity and storage capacity. The following are among the most common slotting goals; 

  • Improving warehouse space utilization 
  • Choosing appropriate storage technologies based on SKU velocity 
  • Keeping parts handling to a minimum 
  • Increasing efficiency by reducing product quest and travel time 
  • Workflow balancing 
  • Inventory and accuracy improvements 
  • Increasing the ergonomics of employees 

Slotting is the method of positioning products in a warehouse in such a way that they can be stored and picked as efficiently as possible. Slotting specifies the best Put away parameters for a product per warehouse, such as storage type, storage section, and bin type. These planning values are stored in the product master and can be called up at any time. A product's storage concept is automatically determined by slotting. To determine the putaway control parameters, the slotting process can use a variety of data. 

Warehouse Slotting Optimization 

A large amount of inventory data is required for warehouse placement. To begin, you'll need at least one full-year value, which includes any seasonality and estimated inventory growth. Inventory nesting software or functionality is also included or available as an add-on module for companies with warehouse management systems (WMS). 

A standalone warehouse nesting software application can be purchased for firms that do not have a WMS, or in some cases, an Excel spreadsheet would work. Alternatively, a third-party consultant may be employed to conduct the channel opening analysis and make suggestions for channel opening optimization. If you need consulting assistance; 

MDP Group provides you to optimize your warehouse management processes from end to end with the SAP EWM consultancy it offers. You can contact us to get information about our SAP EWM consultancy



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