2019 is proving to be yet another exciting year for the SAP Extended Warehouse Management (SAP EWM) application, which enables companies to optimize warehouse and distribution operations. We are constantly working on enhancing our state-of-the-art optimization techniques so that our customers always have new options available to improve asset utilization, minimize inventory costs and maximize service levels through fulfilment acceleration and inbound-outbound processes coordination.
With a new decentral deployment option now available (decentral EWM in S/4HANA1809 FPS2), and the Warehouse Management in S4/HANA Cloud solution expanding, we would like to take the time and highlight the myriad of enhancements that the 1905 EWM release brings.
The highlights of the release are summarized in this short video interview with the Chief Product Owner for SAP Extended Warehouse Management, Jörg Michaelis:
The three major highlight categories are: Inbound Processing, Internal Processes, Outbound Processing.
- Enhancements to the „Change Inbound Deliveries” FIORI app
This app now has improved usability thanks to new button placements and notifications that will alert users upon selecting the “Handling Unit” button for non-existing handling units. Other simplification improvements are aimed at eliminating confusion when editing handling units by disabling certain buttons in the task bar, and by making completed order non-editable.
- New Monitor Nodes „Inspection Lots”
In the Monitor app, we have added a new “Physical Stock” sub-node for the “Inspection” tab. With this new monitor node, it is possible now to display physical stock for an inspection lot in the warehouse management monitor as well as forward navigation for the inspection lot.
- Enterprise Search for Warehouse Products and Storage Bins
In the 1905 release, we have expanded our search app in the FIORI launchpad to include storage bins and warehouse products, with options to further filter the search results. From these new search results, it is possible to navigate to other apps for additional information relevant for the business context or to trigger follow-up functions. It is also possible to navigate to master data maintenance for storage bins and warehouse products.
- Harmonized Control Cycle
With this feature, users can now create and map an automatic Production Supply Area in the warehouse before saving the control cycle. This reduces implementation efforts by creating a single consolidated view of the Production Supply Areas both for EWM and Inventory Management.
- API for Mobile Execution
SAP API Business Hub is a new catalog that can be used by the customer to browse and test released APIs. Well-documented APIs published in SAP Business Hub shall help customers and partners to adapt it faster. More exciting however, is the fact that now customers can connect EWM 1905 with their mobile devices to work on-the-go on warehouse tasks using tried and tested APIs suitable to the customer’s use case. The mobile interface would allow warehouse workers to accomplish fundamental resource and order management as well as assign and monitor warehouse tasks. Before implementing an API into the warehouse management process, customers can test them in a ‘try out environment’ which comes with every cloud API.
- New FIORI app to Confirm Pick Task
With this new app, users can now complete picking tasks, monitor specific outbound delivery orders and their corresponding warehouse tasks, and confirm completed warehouse tasks. Furthermore, via this app, a user can cancel warehouse tasks, print open picking tasks, report stock differences and discrepancies, and confirm picking warehouse tasks with difference exception.
- KANBAN to Supply Production
This EWM feature is a new supply replenishment scenario for production, aimed at lean and just-in-time manufacturing. Through this new scenario, users can more tightly control the production cycle and supply stock for production, and set up automated notifications similar to KANBAN notes, to trigger a replenishment when supplies go below a defined threshold. After the replenishment task is confirmed, the KANBAN is set to FULL until it empties out again.