1. Explain SAP Extended Warehouse Management EWM?
SAP EWM is used to efficiently manage inventory in Warehouse and for supporting processing of goods movement. It allows company to control their Warehouse inbound and outbound processes and movement of goods in Warehouse.
The main process in a Warehouse is incoming and outgoing materials, goods receipt and goods issue, fulfil customer orders, and distribution of goods. When a company doesn’t store any goods, then there is no need of Warehouse management to manage goods.
Inbound process involves storage of goods in warehouse and their location and Outbound process involves picking up the goods. Whenever a material is stored in a warehouse, it is stored in storage bin and you can find its current location.
2. How SAP EWM is different from SAP Warehouse Management?
SAP EWM is part of SAP Supply chain management like Warehouse management system but provides more robust and advance features to manage key activities in Warehouse.
SAP Extended Warehouse Management EWM is similar to Warehouse management but it provides more features like picking, put away, RF framework, Warehouse structure and more flexible options to manage warehouse functions.
You can create new elements like activity area, resources, labor management and work centers in SAP EWM which were not available in WM.
SAP EWM provides more robust solution to manage warehouse functions in an organization. It is also a part of SAP Supply Chain Management and also support all the processes with in logistics and supply chain.
3. What are the key features in SAP Warehouse Management?
Below are the key features in SAP Warehouse management −
- Using SAP EWM, you can control warehouse activities- picking, posting and managing storage bin and good receipts.
- You can set alert for- changed data before goods receipt from EWM to the ERP system, reversal or correction of the goods receipt from EWM to the ERP system and an inbound delivery split from EWM to the ERP system.
- You can perform deconsolidation of handling units contain different products before put away in different storage sections.
- You can determine storage concepts using slotting for products and optimize arrangement of goods warehouse automatically.
- It allows you to perform executable tasks like work packages, consisting of warehouse tasks warehouse employees should perform as part of warehouse management activities.
- It allows you to manage track vehicles and transportation units from yard check-in to yard checkout, including movements’ tasks within the yard.
- SAP EWM also includes storage and handling of hazardous substances and their transportation in accordance with regulations from SAP Environmental Health & Safety EHS.
- In SAP EWM, you can also plan labor times and resources more effectively and hence you can make your Warehouse efficient by managing key resource management tasks effectively.
- In SAP EWM, you can use Warehouse cockpit that allows you to display warehouse key figures graphically and to evaluate or monitor activities using defined chart types.
- You can use cross-docking that allows you to perform transportation of handling units across different distribution centers or warehouses till they reach final location in Warehouse.
4. What are the different deployment options in EWM?
SAP EWM can be considered as deployed in ERP server or you can also consider it as an application in Supply chain Management landscape.
SAP EWM is integrated with ERP to access transaction and master data and use of features like slotting, availability check also requires integration with CRM.
SAP EWM is considered as separate application and share the same server with SCM applications. You can also run SAP EWM in its own SCM environment which is suitable to get improved performance.
EWM Deployment options −
- SAP EWM on SCM Server
- SAP EWM as Standalone
5. How SAP ERP system communicates with Extended Warehouse Management or CM with APO system?
SAP ERP and EWM are closely integrated with each other for transfer of transaction and master data. There are two different ways of communication.
Core Interface (CIF) −
Core interface is one of the common method for communication between SAP SCM system and SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization APO. Master data maintained in ERP system like customer, material and vendor which are available in ERP system are transferred to EWM system use Core Interface CIF communication.
How do you check various menu structure of Extended Warehouse management system?
Login to SCM system and navigate to Extended Warehouse management node in SAP menu. You can use various transactions to manage basic functions in Warehouse management −
|Maintain Inbound Delivery||/SCWM/PRDI|
|Maintain Outbound Delivery||/SCWM/PRDO|
|Creating Storage Bin||/SCWM/LS01|
|Confirm Warehouse Task||/SCWM/TO_CONF|
|Warehouse product Maintenance||/SCWM/MAT1|