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What’s new with Warehousing for SAP EWM on S/4HANA 2020

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Key Improvements to SAP EWM for S/4HANA 2020

Interested in what’s new with SAP EWM on S/4HANA 2020? My Supply Chain Group (MSCG) has you covered!

Every year MSCG participates in solution acceptance testing for SAP’s Extended Warehouse Management ( EWM ) and Yard Logistics ( YL ) software. Added hurdles from the Covid-19 Pandemic made SAP’s 2020 testing process different than years past but MSCG continued in 2020 testing as one of SAP’s trusted partners.

For the release of EWM on S/4HANA 2020, SAP continued its focus on core EWM improvements topics:

  • Beautification
  • Integration
  • Simplification

In this blog, MSCG highlights a few of the many improvements around these topics the MSCG team tested during EWM 2020 solution acceptance testing for both Embedded EWM and Decentral EWM. MSCG also shares insight into how these improvements will impact a company’s distribution, fulfillment, and manufacturing processes.

The first topic is for Integration with manufacturing processes, specifically in the automotive industry, within SAP Extended Warehouse Management.

The newest release of SAP S/4 HANA 2020 comes chock full of new improvements.  Even in these unprecedented times, SAP has continued to focus on enhancing usability and user experience allowing companies to do more with less.

Beautification for EWM on S/4HANA 2020

New and Improved Transactions for SAP EWM on S/4HANA 2020

SAP’s first improvement area is Beautification of SAP EWM on S/4HANA 2020. Among the topics for Beautification are improvements targeted at the user experience with enhanced features, simplified UIs and flexibility. Here are some of the highlights:

Attachment Services For EWM Objects: Inbound & Outbound Delivery, Transportation Unit

A regular practice on the receiving dock of many facilities is taking pictures of unbalanced loads or damaged pallets as they arrive at the DC for the purposes of refusals or vendor compliance reporting.  Often the pictures are stored in a local desktop folder or perhaps on a shared drive with no ability to link them directly to the actual WMS document.

Attachment Services for EWM on S/4HANA 2020

Add attachments in SAP Fiori Apps for EWM on S/4HANA 2020

Fiori App: Change Inbound Deliveries

Now in S/4 HANA 2020 you have the ability to attach files directly to the documents in the system for easy correlation and traceability.  Enhancements have been added to the Warehouse Monitor and Fiori Apps for Inbound and Outbound Deliveries to manage and display attachments. This functionality also applies to the Fiori App for Change Outbound Deliveries.  

Now that you have stored your images directly to a delivery, you can easily search for and display that image in the SAP Warehouse Management Monitor. This immediately reduces user time to pull the necessary information directly from EWM in a customer claims situation or audit process:

 

Warehouse Management Monitor

Attachment Services for EWM on S/4HANA 2020

Attachments for Deliveries in Warehouse Management Monitor for SAP EWM on S/4HANA 2020

Beyond retrieving specific attachments for a delivery, the Warehouse Monitor also now has an additional column to show the number of attachments for each delivery document and provides a detailed view of the files including the date and time of each upload and the person responsible.

 

 

 

 

Modernized RFUIs in Portrait Mode: RF Picking Screens

RF Portrait Mode for EWM on S/4HANA 2020

RF Portrait Mode for EWM on S/4HANA 2020

A common area of development for SAP EWM implementations is enhancing the RFUI screens to increase usability for the end user. Teams spend time and effort reformatting and resizing standard RF screens to make them less busy, easier to use and to fit onto modern RF devices.

In S/4 HANA 2020, SAP has now updated all 329 standard RF screens with a new modernized portrait mode template.  The function keys are presented in a larger and highlighted format to work better with modern touch screen devices and the field spacing is far more comfortable on the eyes. Key benefits of this new RF layout include reduction in the total cost of implementation, faster training, and greater user acceptance.

 

 

Integration for EWM on S/4HANA 2020

Enhanced Production Processes for SAP EWM on S/4HANA 2020

The second improvement area for SAP is Integration for EWM on S/4HANA 2020.

Production Process

SAP made a number of improvements in EWM focused on enhanced integration in the production process as part of the SAP S/4HANA 2020 release. Aimed at optimizing both the system and physical processes in production, these improvements include:

  • Synchronous Goods Movements From Manufacturing to EWM (Embedded EWM)
  • Enhanced JIT Supply to Production (Embedded EWM)
  • Stock Transfer Kanban Improvements (Embedded EWM)
  • Enhancements to Quality Management
  • Improved Serial number management

There are multiple smaller improvements inside of each of these topics. With all of this new functionality, it is important to understand what this means for your unique manufacturing operations by analyzing each enhancement with relation to your current SAP warehouse processes.

Joerg Michaelis, Chief Product Owner for SAP Extended Warehouse Management, goes into more details on a few of these topics in his post here. Even with these enhanced integration topics focused on the automotive industry, they also provide more streamlined business processes and greater system performance across all manufacturing industries.

Simplification for EWM on S/4HANA 2020

Process Simplification for SAP EWM on S/4HANA 2020

The final of SAP’s area for improvement covered in this blog is Simplification for EWM on S/4HANA 2020.

Missing Parts Handling / Preallocated Stock: Preallocate stock to cover urgent demands

Many operations deal with backorders and usually need a more flexible way of ensuring opportunistic cross-docking can be achieved. In S/4 HANA 2020 a new preallocated stock functionality has been added along with UI enhancements in the warehouse monitor to manage preallocated stock.

This functionality is beneficial for customer orders or production scenarios. In addition, this functionality integrates with Handling Unit moves and deconsolidation through new configuration options.

Example missing parts for production:
Preallocated Stock Flow for EWM on S/4HANA 2020

Overview of preallocated stock process in S/4HANA 2020

Upon completion of unloading, the system identifies the product and quantity production based on the preallocated stock entries. The system then redirected the preallocated quantity from the putaway area to the production supply area. Finally, the system updates the demanded preallocated stock quantities to fulfilled.

SAP EWM’s new configuration options for Preallocated Stock (PAS) configuration include Warehouse Process Type (WPT) settings. The WPT settings combine with Handling Unit (HU) management or Process Oriented Storage Control (POSC) settings to leverage standard rules or activate customized logic written in SAP Business Add-Ins (BAdI). The new configuration options for PAS provide flexibility to handle many situations.

Below are examples of how a business can leverage the PAS process with SAP EWM on S.4HANA 2020.

Example various process options:

Preallocated Stock Process for EWM

Process 1 & 2 – A quantity of 10 is broken up into two putaway warehouse task operations right away where 8 are directed to the normal putaway storage rack and 2 are directed to another designated zone for preallocated stock.

Process 3 – The quantity of 10 is directed to a staging area or work center. Then, a quantity of 2 is pulled for preallocated stock and the quantity of 8 remains there.

Process 4 – The quantity of 10 is directed to a staging area or work center. Then, a quantity of 2 is pulled for preallocated stock. Finally, the remaining quantity of 8 is put away as normal.

In addition to the configuration, SAP included nodes and sub nodes for Preallocated Stock in Warehouse Management Monitor:

Preallocated Stock in Warehouse Monitor for EWM on S/4HANA 2020

Preallocated Stock functionality in the EWM Warehouse Management Monitor for S/4HANA

 

Warehouse KPIs for EWM on S/4HANA 2020

Fiori EWM Warehouse KPIs for S/4HANA 2020

Enhancements of Warehouse KPIs Fiori App: Smart business drill-down page for KPI navigation

The Warehouse KPIs App is a great dashboard to monitor the progress of activities in your warehouse or distribution center. In this Fiori App, key metrics display on tiles in a customizable view with variations of graphical formats. Within S/4HANA 2020 the Warehouse KPIs app is delivered with additional drill down capabilities. These drill down capabilities provide users the capability to view pertinent warehouse data directly from the app.

 

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Hopefully this blog provided additional insight into the new improvements for Warehousing in SAP EWM on S/4HANA 2020.  Dozens of additional improvements are available with EWM S/4HANA 2020, including some through OSS notes to lower releases. Whether it’s time to upgrade your existing EWM system, you’re ready to start a new EWM implementation, or simply want to learn more about the new features of EWM on S/4 HANA 2020, contact My Supply Chain Group to get the answers you need.

 

Written by: Damian Khan and Wesley Marion Sr.

MSCG’s SAP Yard Logistics Webinar

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Is your business facing complex operational challenges within its warehouse yard? Are you looking for a robust software system to streamline and integrate these yard logistics processes? As the demand increases to provide greater visibility and automation throughout the execution of a Supply Chain, My Supply Chain Group continues to expand its knowledge and portfolio of all SAP’s supply chain execution products, including SAP Yard Logistics.

Watch on-demand to learn more about how utilizing SAP Yard Logistics can help address the business challenges your company is facing within its warehouse yard.

Neil Patel, Managing Partner at MSCG kicks things off with an introduction on MSCG & our relationship with SAP. After a review of SAP’s Yard Logistics Solution by Wesley Marion Sr., hear from Christian Reinhardt, Product Owner of SAP Yard Logistics to discover insight on SAP’s road map for Yard Logistics (YL).

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MSCG SAP EWM Webinar Q4 2019

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Learn how your company can be up and running with a reference SAP EWM warehouse in a few weeks with our preconfigured solution.

Is your company or customer implementing SAP Extended Warehouse Management (EWM) embedded in S/4 HANA? If so, My Supply Chain Group can help you see a quicker return on your investment by utilizing our Jumpstart Warehouse Solution for Manufacturing & Distribution! MSCG’s Jumpstart Solution utilizes SAP and MSCG best practices along with additional MSCG Jumpstart functionality to quickly set up and configure warehousing best practices for embedded EWM with S/4 HANA.

Watch on-demand to learn more about the rapid deployment and robust processes included with MSCG’s Jumpstart Warehouse Solution for Manufacturing & Distribution! Neil Patel, Managing Partner at MSCG kicks things off with an introduction on MSCG & our relationship with SAP. After a review of MSCG’s Jumpstart Solution by Wesley Marion Sr., hear from Jörg Michaelis, Chief Product Owner of SAP Extended Warehouse Management to discover insight on SAP’s road map for EWM.

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SAP EWM, the Future for SAP

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If you haven’t heard yet, mainstream maintenance for SAP’s classic WMS, SAP WM (Warehouse Management), will end in 2025. SAP announced that SAP WM is not the target architecture within SAP S/4HANA but instead EWM (Extended Warehouse Management) is the future for SAP!

SAP is now delivering EWM with the power of S/4HANA through an embedded version of EWM, replacing the dated WM module for S/4HANA. With multiple licensing, deployment and hosting options, there is flavor of SAP EWM for all businesses.

The questions is no longer:

“Is SAP EWM right for my business?” but,

“What SAP EWM solution is right for my business?”

SAP EWM Licensing

With this new direction, SAP offers EWM with two different licensing structures for embedded EWM on S/4HANA, Basic or Advanced.

EWM Basic is geared towards businesses who are running S/4HANA ERP and want to leverage the warehouse management functionality included with their current licensing. EWM Basic has additional and enhanced functionality over the old WM module, including more granular bin levels and a robust user-friendly RF framework. On top of that, the users will have access to standard EWM processes, from Physical Inventory to Outbound processing.

SAP S/4 HANA EWM

Nevertheless, if your warehouse processes are in need of a more robust warehouse management solution, EWM Advanced is your answer. The Advanced licensing for EWM provides operators with access to all the capabilities included with the Basic licensing, plus additional and optimized functionalities. With EWM Advanced, users have enhanced processes like optimized Inventory Management that includes slotting and rearrangement and improved Outbound processing with Wave Management. EWM advanced also includes additional functionalities such as Yard Management with access to the Shipping Cockpit and Dock Appointment Scheduling or Labor Management with Engineered Labor Standards and Travel Distance Calculations.

SAP EWM Deployment Options

Along with the choice of different licensing options, is the decision of how to deploy SAP EWM.

There are multiple options to meet every business’ needs, from large 24/7 365-day operations to small 9-5 business operations.SAP EWM Decisions For larger businesses with a high volume of transactions, they will want to investigate a few options for EWM deployment; Business Suite Decentral EWM 9.5, EWM Embedded in S/4HANA or the soon to be available Stand Alone EWM on S/4HANA, of which MSCG is currently involved in partner testing. For these deployments, businesses will decide how to host their environment, whether owning this internally or having a third party do so.  For smaller scale operations, SAP offers EWM S/4HANA Cloud with Single Tenant and Multiple Tenant options and is soon to offer Stand Alone EWM S/4HANA Cloud. It’s important to weigh all options because the factors that go into making a correct decision for your business will drastically vary, each affecting this decision differently.

Upgrading from SAP WM

The era of SAP WM is drawing to a close.

According to the current SAP road map, the outdated WM module will no longer receive new development work and it’s support cycle is slated to end in 2025. With that, now is the time for your business to start planning the upgrade and migration to S/4HANA Embedded EWM. During your migration to S/4HANA EWM, decisions will be made as to what new functionality should be leveraged or how current WM master data can be utilized with EWM. My Supply Chain Group provides the expertise your company needs to ensure the right decision is being made. With over 75 EWM experts, My Supply Chain Group is the right implementation partner for any business.

Converting from EWM to EWM on S/4HANA

Is your business already ahead of the curve and operating its warehouses with SAP EWM? Continue to stay ahead and begin planning your conversion from decentral SAP EWM 7.0-9.5 to stand SAP EWMalone EWM on S/4HANA. The first version of stand alone EWM on S/4HANA is scheduled to be released next month, May 2019. Even if the rest of the business is not ready to convert from ECC to S/4HANA ERP, this doesn’t have to stop the warehouse from blazing the trail. Multiple paths are laid out from SAP to enable a smooth conversion for the entire business. Along with these different options, SAP is enabling customers to intelligently make these decisions through empowering My Supply Chain Group with the knowledge required to guide them along the way. My Supply Chain Group is actively part of SAP EWM pre-release product testing and will advise your business on the new functionalities of SAP S/4HANA Extended Warehouse Management and if the time is right for your business to convert!

What are you waiting for? Contact My Supply Chain Group today for more information.

By: Wesley Marion, Sr.

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