SAP EWM Automation

Approaching the 2025 deadline for SAP WM support discontinuation, LeverX is poised to guide businesses in transitioning to SAP EWM. This article explores warehouse transformation, highlighting LeverX's role in enabling automation through SAP EWM for efficient operations in a changing landscape. Join us in navigating this evolution.

Mastering Warehouse Efficiency: Unleashing SAP EWM Automation with LeverX

As the deadline for SAP WM support discontinuation by 2025 draws near, LeverX stands ready to guide businesses through the transition to SAP Extended Warehouse Management (SAP EWM). Nestled within SAP Supply Chain Management (SAP SCM), SAP EWM offers a remarkable enhancement over its predecessor. With our comprehensive approach, we ensure a seamless migration journey to SAP EWM that paves the way for future success. In this article, we delve into the realm of warehouse transformation, showcasing how LeverX empowers enterprises to embrace automation through SAP EWM. Join us to navigate toward efficient warehouse operations within an evolving landscape.

How SAP EWM Is Revolutionizing Warehouse Management for the Future

In the dynamic landscape of modern business, tools for efficient warehouse management stand as a cornerstone for streamlined supply chain operations. The SAP EWM solution has emerged as a game-changer for simplifying warehouse processes, optimizing inventory management, and orchestrating the seamless movement of goods within organizations.

The key business benefits of SAP EWM include:

      • Streamlined operations. Precise inbound and outbound tasks ensures a seamless goods flow, optimizing supply chain performance.
      • Enhanced integration. The solution seamlessly integrates with SAP TMS and scales with standard weighing systems, bolstering logistics efficiency.
      • Versatile resource management. Cross-functional dock scheduling and labor optimization reduce wait times for tasks such as goods reception, order picking, and other logistics processes, which enhances overall operations.
      • Tailored deployment. By choosing between on-premise or cloud deployment, you can ensure the alignment of SAP EWM with your unique business requirements.
      • Optimized functionality. Configurable radio frequency (RF) framework elevates warehouse structure, improving inventory precision and operational agility.
      • Compliance assurance .Ensures ethical business practices by aiding adherence to international trade and sustainability regulations.

All in all, the capabilities of SAP EWM allow supply chain professionals and executives to gain a powerful toolkit to optimize logistics processes. It is worth noting that, unlike its predecessor, SAP EWM enables the creation of new elements such as work centers, resources, and activity areas. This elevated functionality empowers businesses to navigate complex supply chain logistics more effectively and easily optimize the SAP system.

With this understanding of SAP EWM's empowerment, let's now delve into the specifics: What are the warehouse tasks in SAP, and how does SAP EWM manage them?

Case 1. Full traceability of raw materials and supplies with SAP EWM

The LeverX project team helped the pharmaceutical company automate intra-warehouse operations, inbound/outbound processes, and master data maintenance across the warehouses.

The result?

  • 100% compliance with GMP and FDA pharmaceutical standards
  • Up to 35% increase in warehouse staff productivity
  • Up to 15% less time spent on material transfer order processing
  • Up to 40% fewer material movements within the warehouse
  • Automatic selection of the optimal goods placement

Navigating Warehouse Tasks: SAP EWM's Proficient Management and Execution

Understanding the intricate web of tasks is essential in modern warehouse management because it ensures seamless operations. SAP EWM excels in this regard, offering a comprehensive approach to handling various warehouse tasks with precision and efficiency.

Warehouse tasks within the SAP EWM ecosystem encompass a diverse range of activities. From receiving goods to storage, order picking, packing, and eventually shipping, each task plays a pivotal role in the supply chain continuum. EWM categorizes these tasks, ensuring they are executed seamlessly, optimizing resource allocation, and enhancing overall efficiency.

Warehouse Tasks With SAP EWM

Warehouse Tasks
Management and Execution
Categorization EWM categorizes tasks, ensuring efficient execution and optimal resource allocation based on real-time data insights.
Task allocation The system intelligently assigns tasks to appropriate resources, whether human or automated, ensuring speed and accuracy.
Real-time data utilization SAP EWM utilizes real-time data, such as inventory levels and demand forecasts, to dynamically manage task prioritization and execution.
Task interleaving Innovative features like task interleaving enable the simultaneous execution of compatible tasks, minimizing idle time and boosting productivity.
Task monitoring and updates EWM monitors task progress and updates statuses, enhancing overall visibility and ensuring timely communication across the warehouse.
Automation integration Automation is seamlessly integrated, enhancing efficiency in tasks that involve machinery, reducing human error, and expediting processes.
Data-driven insights The system leverages data insights to optimize tasks, improving overall operational efficiency and contributing to informed decision-making.
Future-ready supply chain Through its orchestration prowess, SAP EWM positions businesses for a future-ready supply chain equipped to tackle evolving challenges.

The brilliance of SAP EWM lies in its ability to manage these tasks through an intelligent orchestration of processes. The system captures real-time data, such as inventory levels, demand forecasts, and storage availability, to dynamically allocate tasks to resources, whether personnel or automated machinery. This ensures tasks are executed with optimal speed, minimal errors, and adherence to priority levels.

SAP EWM's management of warehouse tasks extends to innovative features like task interleaving, enabling simultaneous execution of compatible tasks, reducing idle time, and maximizing throughput. Additionally, the system monitors task completion, facilitating instant updates and enhancing visibility across the warehouse floor.

How SAP EWM Ensures Optimal Warehouse Management

Continuing our exploration, let's now unlock the features of SAP EWM that make warehouse operations a well-oiled machine. Among them are:

Strategic task hierarchies

Within the EWM framework, the establishment of a strategic task hierarchy is paramount. This approach ensures that tasks are organized coherently, seamlessly optimizing operations and resource allocation.

Warehouse task manager

Warehouse Task Manager, a pivotal component of SAP EWM, streamlines task assignments, leading to synchronized efforts and heightened operational efficiency.

Warehouse task monitor

The Warehouse Task Monitor feature provides real-time insights into task statuses. This empowers businesses to take proactive measures, refine processes, and make decisions in real-time.

Warehouse task performance report

Leveraging the Warehouse Task Performance Report elevates task optimization. Through data-driven insights, businesses can refine performance strategies and enhance operational efficacy.

Warehouse task planner

SAP EWM's Warehouse Task Planner allows businesses to schedule tasks strategically. This foresight minimizes delays and bolsters overall productivity, ensuring that operations run smoothly.


Efficiency Amplified: Automating Warehouse Tasks in SAP EWM

Amid the realm of SAP EWM, automating warehouse tasks emerges as a beacon of streamlined operations and heightened efficiency. Precision in SAP EWM configuration reduces manual labor, accelerates order fulfillment, and elevates the accuracy of inventory management.

Features Automating Warehouse Operations in SAP EWM:

  • Dynamic task assignment
  • Automated goods receipt
  • Intelligent picking strategies
  • Automated putaway
  • Automated replenishment
  • Cycle counting automation
  • Automated goods issue
  • Dock appointment scheduling
  • Integrated automation equipment
  • Automated alerts and notifications
  • Automated returns processing
  • Automated cross-docking
  • Automated task interleaving

Initiating the journey of warehouse task facilitation and automation involves establishing a robust warehouse structure within SAP EWM. Creating essential components such as storage types, sections, bins, warehouse areas, and zones sets the stage for systematic and efficient organization.

With the warehouse structure meticulously laid out, the orchestration of automation commences. Crucial warehouse processes, including goods receipt, issuance, and stock transfers, can be seamlessly automated, integrating SAP EWM into the heart of operational prowess.

SAP EWM extends its capabilities to encompass automatic replenishment and cycle counting, enhancing inventory accuracy. Through this automation, businesses uphold optimal stock levels while minimizing manual interventions.

Optimized order fulfillment surfaces as a striking facet of SAP EWM. The system empowers the creation of automated picking tasks and route optimization. This orchestration expedites order fulfillment, curtailing lead times and amplifying customer satisfaction.

Real-time insights bloom within SAP EWM, fostering monitoring and reporting that propel operational agility. Movement tracking, order fulfillment metrics, and inventory levels are vigilantly monitored in real-time. These dynamic reports fuel data-driven decision-making, nurturing a cycle of continuous improvement.

Case 2. Enhancing leading automaker’s critical digital infrastructure

The LeverX team developed tailored IT solutions for a leading developer and vehicle manufacturer to enhance operational efficiency and reduce costs with the help of EWM technical and functional architects, backend, and Fiori frontend.

The result?

  • Major extension of the existing functionality
  • Radio-frequency framework for loading and unloading
  • Manual, utilization, and schedule-based process improvement

The Bottom Line

LeverX stands at the forefront of directing businesses toward the transformative potential of SAP EWM, positioned as the natural successor to SAP WM. This pivotal shift ushered in a novel era of warehouse management characterized by streamlined operations, flawless integration, resource optimization, flexible deployment alternatives, enriched functionality, and unwavering regulatory compliance.

Within the realm of SAP EWM, strategic task administration, potent tools, and automated functionalities converge to ensure optimal warehouse management. This orchestration culminates in heightened operational efficiency and precision, becoming the cornerstone of our approach. LeverX's proficiency in SAP EWM is a guiding force in facilitating this transition, empowering enterprises to fully capitalize on the solution's advantages. Our adeptness in seamlessly integrating these benefits into existing operations acts as a catalyst for sustainable success on the horizon.

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