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What is SAP Extended Warehouse Management (EWM)?

Today, organizations focus on delivering their services and products to their customers in a fast and high-quality manner in order to ensure customer satisfaction. The way to achieve this goal is to perform all activities within the organization efficiently, and this can only happen when an organization carries out all business processes from suppliers to customers. Therefore, supply management and warehouse management are critical concepts for businesses that sell physical products. SAP EWM is SAP's newest warehouse management solution developed for these needs of organizations.

What is SAP EWM?

SAP Extended Warehouse Management (EWM) is a warehouse management module included in the SAP Supply Chain Management solution package. It provides flexible and automated support for managing the stock movements of the entire warehouse process, from goods to picking, packing and removal.

SAP EWM was developed based on an older version of SAP Warehouse Management, a more basic version of itself. SAP has announced that it will end all development and maintenance support in SAP Warehouse Management in 2025 due to the increasing demand for warehouses, planning and procurement. This means that companies will now demand the SAP EWM module instead of SAP WM in the future.

What are the Differences Between SAP EWM and SAP WM?

In the previous part of our article, we said that SAP EWM was developed in line with the increasing needs in supply chain processes. This means that SAP EWM is actually a more comprehensive solution than SAP WM. SAP Extended Warehouse Management is similar to Warehouse Management but provides more features to manage warehouse functions such as aggregation, storage, RF framework, warehouse structure, and more flexible options. Apart from this, new elements such as activity area, resources, workforce management and work centers that are not available in WM can be created in SAP EWM.

What are the Main Features of SAP EWM?

SAP EWM solution helps organizations to control warehouse activities such as collecting, recording and managing warehouse bin and goods receipts.

  • SAP EWM covers the storage, processing and transportation of hazardous materials in accordance with SAP Environmental Health and Safety Regulations.
  • SAP EWM enables better planning of runtimes and resources, thus helping the organization manage its warehouse efficiently using key resource management tasks.
  • SAP EWM enables the visual presentation of important warehouse figures and the evaluation or follow-up of the operation according to the determined lines.
  • With cross-docking in SAP EWM, it can be used to move transport units from multiple distribution centers or warehouses before reaching the final location in the warehouse.
  • SAP EWM can deconsolidate processing units containing different items until we place them in various storage areas.
  • In SAP EWM, organizations can set alarms for changed data before goods are received by the ERP system.
  • SAP EWM evaluates warehouse concepts through placement and automatically optimizes the warehouse arrangement of products.
  • SAP EWM enables organizations to perform executable tasks such as work packages for warehouse management that warehouse workers can perform.

Why Should Businesses Use the SAP EWM Solution?

For more than four decades worldwide, SAP has provided many new applications and platforms for different types of businesses and organizations of different sizes, such as installation and operations. SAP EWM is designed and developed as one of SAP's best in Supply Chain Management, the logical measure of the logistics activities of their products for organizations. Since 2007, many companies have preferred to use SAP EWM for Supply Chain Management.

SAP EWM has been designed in such a way that it can be shaped according to business needs by meeting possible changes if necessary in order to eliminate any deficiencies understood by practical actions. Real users of SAP EWM provide transparent data on stock or raw materials on hand. SAP EWM provides organizations with greater inventory control, ensuring optimum use of resources. In addition, SAP EWM enables organizations to fuse accounting and financial aspects with SAP EWM, helping planners to make the best decisions and thus reduce costs.

What are the Strengths of SAP EWM?

At first glance, SAP EWM may seem like a difficult product, but it is a very advanced and comprehensive product for a corporate company. If SAP EWM is applied appropriately to the organization, it increases efficiency, especially in the collection and supply processes. Most of the SAP EWM disadvantages come from not working with the right partner. If organizations work with a good business partner and consultant, and a good project is created together, better warehouse management is provided.

  • Ready product

SAP EWM is a product in which all processes for warehouse management are offered to organizations ready-made by a provider. In SAP EWM, processes have been tested and settled as they have been tried by other companies before. Therefore, like other warehouse management software, the functions you need or don't eliminate the risks of being untested due to its special development.

  • Integration

If organizations are using products such as SAP ERP, the integration process is easier both in terms of configuration and management so that they can integrate two different products.

  • Follow-up

SAP EWM allows organizations to monitor warehouse management processes and their employees in detail. In addition, SAP EWM can be arranged according to the business and resource plans of the organizations.

What are the Advantages of SAP EWM?

SAP Extended Warehouse Management is to help SAP realize the benefits of automation through true integration with the Material Flow System (MFS). SAP EWM increases the business value and efficiency of warehouse operations for an organization dealing with production, warehousing and logistics. However, it is not correct to limit the advantages of SAP EWM to warehouse management only. SAP EWM also simplifies the goal of delivering a good customer experience with a fully integrated solution.

SAP EWM is flexible, with its scalable functionality it can be adapted to the needs of any business. It, therefore, benefits warehouse operations of any size and complexity. SAP EWM adapts to address new or updated processes of organizations and offers flexibility to design solutions that meet operational needs.

SAP Extended Warehouse Management automatically updates warehouse processes in real-time directly in SAP and provides live access to all relevant business data, allowing instantaneous responses and responses. However, SAP EWM events can be accessed via mobile devices. There is a wide variety of mobile applications specifically designed for integrating EWM processes into SAP. This improves the user experience and increases productivity.

SAP EWM Consultancy

Businesses that migrate their warehouse processes to SAP EWM need SAP EWM consultancy to optimize their EWM processes.Because expert support is required to benefit from the functions of SAP EWM in the most efficient way.

MDP Group optimizes the warehouse processes of companies with more than 10 SAP EWM consultants. With SAP EWM consultancy, you can contact us to maximize of efficiency your warehouse processes and supply chain processes.


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