Category: SAP WMS

Understand Post Processing Framework (PPF) in SAP EWM

I already wrote a SAP PPF blog post on how to activate and maintain standard EWM PPF Actions but did not get a chance to write the detailed concepts of PPF with a custom PPF actions for the business requirements. This blog post is basically for functional teams to understand the PPF concepts. At the end I also provided important PPF document links with SAP portal referrals.

All SAP applications now using SAP PPF and it is a part of SAP Web application server. As per SAP portal, PPF is the successor to Message Control and offers wider functional scope, more simple connection to the applications, and greater flexibility. As I came to know recently, PPF tools are using in all new SAP applications (includes ERP system) instead of using olden days ECC message conditions example of sending information to customer via IDOC. But we see PPF from very beginning days of SAP EWM Application. This blog post explain the Concepts of SAP Post Processing Framework (PPF) with a EWM example (more…)

Understanding Retail Warehouse Management with SAP EWM

Highly efficient,high-performing retail warehouse operations are backbone for success of Retail companies.
The latest SAP Extended Warehouse Management (SAP EWM) application ( SAP EWM Retail) provides a comprehensive proof of technology and performance for Retail industries. This blog post helps you to understand the core functionalities SAP EWM that leverages Retail distribution processes.

A Retail Distribution Center replenish merchandise products to Stores regularly with a proper forecasting and replenishment planning.  I would like to share some of the processes of retail scenarios with SAP EWM application solutions. (more…)

EWM in S/4HANA – EWM Release overview

We all know and saw the classic SAP (decentral) EWM product for large warehouse distribution centres. But now we hear SAP planned full-fledged EWM embedded in S/4HANA which includes TM and QM integration for the next EWM release (SAP EWM in S/4HANA). Recently I read several blogs on SAP portal and Webinar on innovations happening with SAP Extended Warehouse Management. I am always curious to know S/4 HANA, the next generation ERP business suite right from premise market with 1511 and S/4 HANA 1610. Now, SAP planned EWM in next S/4 HANA Release with advanced integration and optimized warehousing.

This blog post is to just share some of the important content from SAP portal and websites on new EWM Release overview with SAP EWM in S/4HANA.  All the copy rights of the content and images are reserved with SAP AG. This blog is non-profit personal blog with an intention to share the SAP EWM news. I keep the referral website links at the bottom of my blog post. (more…)

Understanding Posting Change in SAP EWM

Posting change in SAP EWM

SAP EWM Posting change is a change of product stock categories in EWM, such as unrestricted stock to blocked stock, or change in the product or batch number. It’s basically changing a stock type or batch or product in a Extended Warehouse Management (EWM) system.

The process of posting change varies based on their warehouse structure and rules. Some Warehouses allow stock type changes within the bin and some would like to physically move out products to other bin locations. Also considering where the posting change triggers, some businesses trigger request in ERP and some trigger directly in EWM. Where ever it triggers finally postings get updated both EWM and ERP. This blog posts will explain you how we can map Distribution centers posting change process in SAP EWM system. (more…)

Understanding SAP EWM Yard Management

Yard is basically a separate area outside warehouse, where vehicles either waiting or parking or with checking-in and checking-out details and also assigning to a warehouse door.  SAP EWM Yard management is all about to manage your yards where vehicles and transportation units that arrive and depart. Mapping movements within a yard using warehouse task and also monitor yard in the warehouse monitor. This blog post is basically to understand SAP EWM yard management in simple way along with configurations and master data. (more…)

Data Sources for SAP EWM Analytics

As i am searching to see the data fields for reporting, i came to know that SAP EWM Data source which are important for SAP EWM Analytics. This blog post is to share the basic information of SAP EWM Data source fields that are used for BI reports. DataSource is a set of fields that provide the data for a business unit for data transfer. From a technical perspective, the DataSource is a set of logically-related fields that are provided to transfer data to SAP NetWeaver BW. (more…)

Understanding SAP EWM Packaging Specification

Warehouse processes contains many packaging related requirements that need to be configure and customized.  SAP EWM packaging specification provide solutions to most but it’s not simple to use. In order to provide right solutions, Functional consultants need to understand all the standard Processes from SAP EWM packaging specification with right master data.This blog post explains you basic understanding of SAP EWM packaging specification and its integration with various components.  (more…)

SAP EWM Improvements list from ASUG event

In January 2016, ASUG conducted an event “CC EWM delivery”, where we could see presentation slides with SAP EWM improvements list. I found the link while searching some of the SAP EWM stuff in Google. This blog post is to share quick points of SAP EWM improvements from the presentation. You should go through the details of the document from ASUG website.

There are several SAP EWM improvements

related to 1) Cross System Integration, 2)Task Creation and Confirmation, 3)Warehouse Monitor, D)Wave Management, 4)Delivery Handling and 5)Miscellaneous topics. Please click ASUG website to download the full document.  To quick view of improvements list is as follows. This post is basically to share the information of SAP EWM content from ASUG Website and not intended for any business context.
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Smart Glasses picking with SAP EWM – news from SAP

Pick by vision with SAP EWM.( SAP EWM Picking with glasses). SAP Enterprise Mobile has been released a smart glass picking with SAP EWM video.

Summary :

The SAP® AR Warehouse Picker mobile app provides hands-free functionality that makes it unnecessary to spend time using handheld scanners and other devices for outbound picking. Developed with input from business stakeholders and through observation of actual SAP EWM picking processes, SAP AR Warehouse Picker enables your organization to optimize picking time and accuracy.

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Understanding Stock Types in SAP EWM

SAP EWM Stock Types

SAP EWM manages stock in stock types. System shows current stock situation on storage bin level. In every warehouse the physical stock located either in the warehouse bins or dock/staging areas. So in this way SAP EWM stocks had either “in Putaway” or “in Warehouse” with attributes like unrestricted, quality and blocked stocks. A means of subdividing storage location stock or special stock. The SAP EWM stock type gives an indication of a material’s usability.

The ERP storage locations are derived for different purposes of stocks availability like AFS (available for sale-goods available), ROD (received on Dock-goods in putaway). Based on our business requirements we can also configure storage location for cross-dock stocks and Returns. (more…)

Understanding Transportation Unit in SAP EWM

Every Distribution Center follows Shipping & Receiving functions based on their core business processes. In general, A Truck will arrival/departure at checkpoint with planned yard movements and then the truck units will unload/load with goods movements (Goods receipt and Goods issue). All these functions can be processed from Transportation Unit in SAP EWM. This blog post will explain the important functions of SAP transportation Unit. (more…)

Understanding SAP EWM Replenishment Strategy

In every DC (distribution Center), most of the internal stock movements are due to replenishment of stock from High or Reserve locations to pick locations. The efficient way of picking customer orders are important in a Warehouse. The Replenishment strategy depends on the type of business scenario and product/item flow in a warehouse. In general, there are two types of replenishment, one is order dependent replenishment and another one is planned replenishment. This blog post will explain fundamentals of SAP EWM Replenishment. (more…)

Understanding Exception Codes in SAP EWM

Simple way to understand SAP EWM exception handling is to know what and when these exceptions are occurred to execute. This blog post explains you the basic understanding of SAP EWM exception codes that we need to know for what business context that user/system looking for and when these execution steps are running.

SAP Help explains exception as below:
The exception code basically tells us an exception situation in the warehouse. This exception situation occurs, for example, if system returns data does not match up with the actual situation in the warehouse. You can use exception code to communicate this to the system. You can then, for example, simply save the information, or can use it to trigger the system to start follow-up actions. For this purpose, there are connections available to the SAP Workflow, to the SAP Alert Framework, and to SAP Status Management. (more…)

Understanding Pick Denial in SAP EWM

Every Outbound delivery order line requires creating a pick task and confirming the task.  The pick denial happened at two different stages, one is at task creation time and another at pick confirmation time from user. This blog post explains the concept of pick denial along with bin denial with required settings in EWM. SAP sap-pick-denial-RF-gun-screenPick Denial describes the process of reducing a line item’s quantity of a warehouse request (delivery) in EWM and communicating that change back to the ERP system. (more…)

Understanding the Integration of PPF and Condition Technique

SAP PPF is one of the best tools to execute functions and processes in SAP EWM. This blog post is basically for functional consultants to understand the concepts of PPF in SAP EWM along with determination of condition techniques to perform PPF actions.PPF-SAP-EWM

SAP EWM uses the PPF for Printing, Communication to other systems like SAP ERP or GTS, Sending XI messages, Asynchronous updates between business objects within SAP EWM and lot more. But we functional consultants should configure and maintain conditions for basic business requirements like WO print, HU print, TU print and how to execute the PPF action definition through background jobs. If you want to skip this post and directly read how to create and configure a custom SAP EWM PPF Action definition then read this post (more…)

Understanding Work Centers in SAP EWM

Every distribution center performs activities like packing, distribution or weighting centers. These activities are important and need to execute efficiently. I can see SAP’s EWM Work Center functionality is 90% improvement from SAP WM functionality.
SAP EWM Work Center is are one of the important functionality. This blog post explains the basic functionality of work centers along with some important master data and configuration points. In general terminology, we can understand SAP work centers are basically 3 types. (more…)

Understanding Warehouse Order and Activity area combination in SAP EWM

The Warehouse Order Creation Rule (WOCR) and Activity Area (AA) are very important topics in SAP EWM. The Warehouse Tasks (WT’s) will be packaged in Warehouse Order (WO) based on WOCR and AA set up and will decide how the tasks are arranged to work on activities like Pick or Replenishment. The very detailed content of AA and WO is available in help.sap.com and other EWM books. But this blog post is very simple and practical in explaining the Warehouse Order and Activity Area combination with example.

We have lot of flexibility in optimizing processes for picking through warehouse order creation in SAP EWM.  Business Teams define their way of picking for specific items from specific bins with different rules. This can be possible with a combination of structure and rules step up in Activity areas and Warehouse order creation rule. (more…)

Automatic Wave Assignment in SAP EWM

Wave-templateAutomatic Wave assignment is one of the best SAP EWM functionality in the fulfillment process. The SAP EWM wave building process had more added features with better control for the warehouse activities. System performance is greatly improved and capable of executing  large volume of orders along with Wave release. This blog post talks about the concepts and steps to enable the automatic wave assignment functionality. (more…)

SAP Ranked Revenue Leader in Warehouse Management Systems Software- SAP news room

SAP Warehouse Management system (WMS) is now the largest provider in Supply Chain execution software market.. This blog post related to SAP EWM application from SAP news room and i am republishing article here with a knowledge intention to share specific SAP products through this blog.WarehouseEnv-1-660x402

SAP Ranked Revenue Leader in Warehouse Management Systems Software by ARC Advisory Group.
September 04, 2012 by SAP News
WALLDORF —Consolidating a solid leadership role in the supply chain execution software market, SAP has been named the largest provider in the software segment of ARC Advisory Group’s “Warehouse Management Systems: Worldwide Outlook 2011-2016.”

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Important SAP EWM Tables for key functional areas

SAP EWM Tables

After a long time, I am writing this blog post not in WM but in SAP EWM with an important list that i may refer more often. Being SAP EWM Functional consultant, I come across several important tables during my work. I thought to arrange the list in one palace with a title of important SAP EWM tables. The list contains as per function wise so that we can refer easily.

List of Important SAP EWM Tables :

SAP EWM Live customers and Sites

Most SAP Consultants generally aware of new updates in their application area with clients list. This blog post covers some of SAP EWM solution overviews and SAP EWM clients list till 2011 by sharing some public links. I browse through several sites, presentation and videos related to SAP EWM and found some interesting articles and presentations. (more…)

SAP Extended Warehouse Management ( EWM) in comparison with SAP WM

After long time, I am updating my blog in SAP category. This blog post explains SAP Extended Warehouse Management (SAP EWM) in comparison with SAP Warehouse Management ( SAP WM). (more…)

Understanding SAP Decentralized Warehouse Management

There is a key word called “WMS”. Every Warehouse consultant should come across WMS Legacy system that takes care the warehouse operations and need to replace with SAP WMS as part of SAP implementation.  SAP designed a Warehouse system that delivers high level efficiency in the supply chain activities. This blog post will covers important concepts of SAP Decentralized Warehouse management. In theory SAP (DWM)S is describes as a decentralized stand-alone system that is operated separately from a centralized operated ERP system (ECC).

First of all Warehouse Management System has been implemented for the “distribution center “ scenario. This scenario describes a warehouse that primarily used to distribution of goods and is not linked to production plant. All business processes are carried out in ERP system where as Decentralized warehouse management system is responsible for the necessary process for goods reciept, warehousing and distribution. (more…)

SAP Certification in Extended Warehouse Management-EWM

Good news for all SAP WM Functional consultants…It’s official that SAP education is now offering Certification in EWM- EXTENDED WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT WITH SAP SCM 7.0. (SAP EWM Certification ) (more…)

SAP Certification in LE-WM

SAP Logistics execution and Warehouse management. My initial days of  SAP career was not clear in terms of where, how and when SAP certification needed.  Those days it is very important for a beginner having a certification in SAP will have a competitive edge over other consultants. SAP certification will always give you an edge over others. Detailed topics of SAP WM Certification will be explained in this blog

I am not a certified SAP professional and i am still working in SAP with out any questions on my certification from companies/clients. I certainly planned for certification but not sure whether i do or not. This blog post is basically a collection of data and links for SAP certification in LE-WM. As of now i did not see any EWM certification from SAP education site. They may add EWM sooner or later.

In 2010, SAP introduced a certification levels for consultants. There are two certification levels for SAP WM Certification. Associate certification and Professional certification.

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Understanding the concept of Routes (LE-SHP) in SAP ECC 6.0

Routes are very important in Warehouse shipping activities. In SAP systems, route has a vital role in Order to Cash Process. This blog post is basically to explain the concept of SAP Route and Route determination in the Logistics Execution process and also provides important resource links at the end.

Route is a fundamental basis to create and plan shipments in SAP systems and also a basis for selection of upcoming Deliveries. You can use routes to determine the itinerary (leg), means of transport like truck, train, plane or ship. (more…)

Background Jobs in SAP Logistics Execution

This blog post is basically for the Functional Consultants to understand and identify the programs which are required to process for background jobs in SAP WMS. Most business processes required some automated jobs with specific schedule times to monitor and process functions in a better manner. I saw some of the clients, who are already having batch jobs in their legacy systems which are required to map in SAP. Here I am going to share some of the programs with variants to run background jobs in SAP Logistics execution area. (more…)

Posting Change in WM and IM – SAP ECC 6.0

SAP WM Posting Change is required in order to change the stock category/special stocks in WM inventory from IM Inventory. DC Warehouses will require to do so many posting changes in a day like stock category changes from quality to/blocked to/ or special stock changes like consign to own/sales order stock to own/ or  mat to mat/sloc to sloc./etc.

In SAP ECC 6.0, you have the option to make use of quickly changing the stock category and special stocks from WM to IM with LQ02 for those stocks which are not physically moved from bin. This Blog post is basically explains the configuration steps and procedures to do posting changes.

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Wave Picks in SAP Logistics Execution


The blog is on Wave pick in SAP, Most of the WMS systems in the ERP market are designed the picking process more of custom method. The very common factor among all systems is a Ref.NUMBER for picking. whether you call it as a pick plan number or wave pick number or batch pick number or group number, It consolidates the picks with subsequent functions like creating picks & printing ,confirming, PGI and billing. In SAP, using a Wave Picks you can plan picks according to time criteria and also integrate to other subsequent functions. We have very good material at help.sap.com, but this blog post will explain you the concept and functionality in a simple way with important configuration steps for SAP Wave picks. (more…)

Creating a Query in SAP ECC 6.0

Every SAP Functional Consultant might got an experience with the client by providing a training or creating some Queries. Most of the time, super users or users would like to create and see a simple business report with out ABAP program. I personally feel, very comfortable creating a Query in SAP ECC 6.0 version comparing to the older versions. SAP ECC 6.0 came up with very simple drag and drop design options along with Quickview to see the Report immediately. This blog post is to understand and keep remembering the simple steps in creating a SAP Query.

You may get so many resources online when you google it on the web. But at the end we need to get experience in creating and using the SAP queries for the client requirements. I can see in SAP that, there are Two ways/Methods in creating a query report. I should not put any screen shots here for the referee but i can provide some links at the end. (more…)

Understanding the Packing function in SAP ECC6.0

Packing function in SAP system is very important for Distribution centers and Retail outlet stores in order to exchange their goods data requirements between suppliers and Ship-to parties. The Ship-to parties can scan and check the goods through Pallet/Carton label information. This will optimize their business process by knowing the product information with load carriers and their weight and volume. I would not like to repeat help.sap.com information here in this blog, but i would certainly cover the SAP packing functionality with business requirements. (more…)

Outbound delivery creation function in SAP Logistics execution

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In general, the Retail Warehouse operations contains more than 60% of workload in a day belongs to shipping process. You may have orders like customers orders , inter-company orders, intra-company replenishment orders, subcontract deliveries and etc. Every Warehouse distribution center needs to process a few hundred to thousands of outbound delivery orders in a day to ship and receive goods. Outbound delivery creation stage is very vital for both warehouse and Sales business teams to execute orders. So creating deliveries at right time with right variants will ease your work load. I would like to explain what are the ways and means of creating a deliveries in SAP ECC6.0 are available. This blog post is not intended to give complete steps, but i tried to cover most of the functional and technical requirements.

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Fixed Bin Replenishment in SAP ECC6.0

This blog post will give you quick understanding of Fixed bin replenishment concept in terms of choosing the functionality and required customizations along with master data maintenance.

In general you will see fixed bins for warehouses in retail distribution centers and Kit process areas where small quantity’s are more often pick from fixed bins. The storage bin in the picking area needs to be replenished so that outbound deliveries remain at maximum efficiency. (more…)

Dynamic Cycle Counting in SAP WMS

This Blog post is basically for Consultants and Business teams to understand SAP’s Inventory methods along with functionality of Dynamic Cycle Counting. When it comes to physical inventory functionality in SAP, Dynamic Cycle Counting gives you very efficient method and accuracy through RF devices. Before talking about DCC, i would like to brief about the Inventory methods and functionality in SAP WM module.

In general Physical Inventory can be conducted annually or continuously and for legal reasons, for balance sheet purposes, or for internal controlling. The process of taking a physical inventory involves planning, execution, and review. Consultants need to talk to the Business Teams. Based on the business audit requirements you need to configure the inventory method for a storage type in SAP WMS.

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SAP WM cutover activities for any new client

This blog post is basically for those who want to know what needs to be ready in WM before you start working with the new client like loading data etc.. Cutover activities are must for every new client that you are going to start working. Once we move the transports from dev to any QAS or PRD clients, we should make sure that any configuration related or master data checks for SAP WM related required?

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Cross Docking Functionality in SAP ECC 6

Cross-dock in SAPThis blog Post is for SAP consultants and WM Teams to understand the cross dock functionality in SAP ECC6 (WMS). The post also discuss about planning for Cross docking and how the cross docking actually taking place with or with out cross dock monitor.
I personally feel that deciding which type of cross-docking and what kind of materials suitable for Cross Docking is important. Most Clients may use to customize the SAP Cross-docking function based on their requirements.  Type of material suitable for cross docking are like a) pre-picked, pre-packed customer orders from another plant or warehouse b) materials that are pre-tagged, pre-ticketed c) promotional material d) Staple retail materials with a constant demand or low demand variance.

Let’s talk about Cross-Docking: In very simple SAP terminology “Cross docking matches inbound and outbound deliveries to avoid having to store material in the warehouse”. Not all material is suitable for cross docking, but when it can be used it reduces labor costs, delivery time to the customer, and the amount of warehouse space.

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Use of Mobile Data Entry into Warehouse Management Transactions in SAP

SymbolMCHandheldThis blog post is basically for the Consultants and WM Team to understand  “how SAP incorporated the use of mobile data entry into warehouse management transactions.”
During my experience i used the Standard SAP RF Dynamic Cycle counting and all other processes like “pick by pick sheet” or “pick by ship lable” was designed in custom RF program along with replenishment and pack memo printing through RF Menu.. Here i wanted to brief about the SAP RF related configurations along with features available. (more…)

SAP WM business Processes along with a list of few Tcodes, Tables, and functional modules

This blog post is basically the list of Small/Medium warehouse operations mapped in SAP WM with suitable Tcodes, Tables and Functional modules related to SAP WMS. (more…)

Order Fulfillment with SAP WM

This Blog Post is for Warehouse Operations Managers and SAP WM Consultants to understand and map the requirements of “Order Fulfillment process” with SAP WM Functions.

OPTIMIZE ORDER FULFILLMENT PROCESS
The costs and labor associated with outbound order processing are typically up to 60-70 percent of warehouse labor. Picking is one of the most important warehouse operations Three main variables a company needs to think ….. when it comes to order fulfillment are productivity, accuracy, and cycle time. (more…)

Importance of Storage Bin/Bin types in SAP WM

storage bin addressThis post is basically for the Business Owners and SAP consultants to know the importance of Storage bin/Storage bin type while implementing SAP WM.

This is not a “help.sap” document to tell about definition, use and structure of storage bin. This is to tell about the importance of Storage BIN while structuring the SAP Warehouse. And what questions we need to ask for the business and what information is vital to configure the SAP WM.

There are so many factors to consider when Warehouse configurations in SAP WM..  like layout by process, operation strategies, internal movements, infrastructure using etc..

Importance of Storage Bin/ Storage Bin types in SAP WM

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Understand about SAP Warehouse Management

In a very early days of SAP…The SAP solution for warehouse management is basically a part of Materials management(IM) module with a limited scope. Now SAP solution for Warehouse Management is very wide in it’s functionality. There are so many white papers,articles, presentations you can find online with good website resources.This blog post is all about how you can understand SAP Warhouse Management as a Business owner and as a Functional consultant.

Being a Business owner looking at SAP WM solution

You know about your Industry with respect to your warehouse management.If you take SAP Central component solution for WMS, you can optimize warehouse activities including inbound and outbound processing, facility management and storage, physical inventory, and planned and opportunistic cross docking. You can take advantage of technologies such as radio frequency identification (RFID) and new workload balancing tools. You can measure employee activities by tracking direct and indirect labor and providing an accurate overview of all warehouse employee activities.

So in a brief The current SAP WMS had basic warehouse functionality enabled with RFID. Employees can direct inbound goods through cross-docking process and minimize duplicate goods movements within warehouses. Shorten routes within warehouses. Optimize internal movements and storage of goods within a warehouse. Plan and execute physical inventory or cycle counts. (more…)