Managing effective warehouse operations is all about keeping accurate track of your stock, optimizing your processes, and facilitating flexible resource management. Digitize and automate these systems with a smart solution to keep up with demands, maximize efficiency and enhance your company’s competitiveness.
SAP Extended Warehouse Management (EWM) is a comprehensive solution for overseeing warehouse operations. SAP EWM was developed based on SAP Warehouse Management (WM), an older version containing more basic features. SAP WM was widely adopted and used throughout the world for many decades, however as of 2025, support and maintenance for SAP WM will no longer be available.
Many businesses have already started migrating to SAP EWM. The redesigned version provides more than twice the capabilities and features of SAP WM, including but not limited to:
Manage incoming and outgoing goods, inventory tracking, labor management, storage, packaging, distribution, cross-docking and more, on a single platform.
With built-in optimization methods for your various warehouse operations, optimize aspects such as use of space, humanpower, and time. Eliminate wasted space in your facilities and leverage intelligent technologies for labor and time management.
Speed up your delivery times by streamlining your processes for optimum efficiency. Simplify your billing procedures with customers and vendors. Organize management of returned goods with automated handling. Faster service equates to happier customers.
Standardize and optimize processes using the analytics features. Eliminate the possibility of human error and keep your inventory up-to-date and accurate.
Map out your warehouse floor plans and define areas according to type of storage or activity. Create custom paths to optimize routing courses. Have a precise overview of the location and quantity of your stock at all times.
With the functions provided by SAP EWM, companies can optimize and automate all traditional warehouse operations including goods receipt, storage, packaging, goods issue and transportation. The main functions provided by SAP EWM are as follows;
Manual Entry: In this storage strategy, the system does not automatically define a storage partition. When a storage task is created, the target storage bin is entered manually.
Fixed Storage Bin: This storage strategy is used when a product is to be placed on fixed storage addresses of a storage type.
General Storage: General storage is a storage strategy in which a single storage address is defined for each storage partition. This storage strategy is used to find a general storage address.
Addition to Existing Stock: This storage strategy is to put a product into the relevant storage addresses that are currently available. The prerequisite of this storage strategy is that sufficient free capacity is available at the relevant storage address.
Empty Storage Bin: In this storage strategy, the system suggests an empty storage address. It can be used to support randomly organized warehouses where products are stored in separate storage compartments. This strategy is particularly suitable for high bay storage and shelf storage.
Near Fixed Picking Bin: This storage strategy is generally used in cases where products are placed in the backup storage area. This strategy is designed for cases where backup storage addresses of a backup storage type are placed directly above fixed storage partitions of the aggregation storage type (nearby backup).
Pallet Storage: With this placement strategy, the system processes different types of Transport Unit (HU) (eg pallets) and allocates them to a suitable storage address.
Bulk Storage: Products such as tires, glass products and beverages that come in large quantities and require large amounts of storage space are usually stored in bulk. Advantages of bulk storage include:
Storage Structure Diagram: SAP EWM enables businesses to define and map the physical structure of the warehouse in detail. It also matches products according to my storage types and consolidates them under one warehouse number.
Handling Unit: One of the biggest features of SAP EWM is the Transport Unit. The transport unit is the combination of products or packages depending on a feature. The transport unit can be combined according to the following features.
Batch Management: With the Batch Management function, SAP EWM stores products by dividing them into lots according to their properties. (For example country of origin, expiration date) These created parties are managed as master data and centrally in the SAP ERP system.
Serial Numbers in Handling Units: Serial numbers are generally used to clearly identify products. With SAP EWM serial number management, all processes related to products can be easily tracked through the system.
Goods Receipt With Quality Inspection: SAP EWM provides Quality Management function. With the QM function, you can check whether all the goods coming to the warehouses meet the quality criteria.
Deconsolidation: The deconsolidation function is used to divide the transport units into different transport units. This deconsolidation is necessary when the transport unit contains different products and these products need to be placed in different storage compartments.
MDP Group ensures a quick and effective transition to SAP EWM. With years of experience, having served clients from a wide range of industries on an international scale, our expert EWM consultancy team is here to help your business make the most of your investment.
We offer our consultancy services for the setup, support and further development of the following:
Whether your business is new to EWM or migrating from WM, we provide extensive technical support and develop custom-fit extensions tailored to your needs.
We are ready to convey you our experience in our previous projects with our expert consultancy team
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