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SAP® Extended Warehouse Management 2020 Development Overview, Part 3 – Innovations

After a short break, i would like to continue with the development overview of the 2020 release. In our previous blog in the series, we highlighted the work we have done in the area of integration. Today, I would like to focus on the innovations we have done for SAP EWM, which complement warehouse operations with enhanced analytics, enhance the distribution equipment process introduced with 1909 and, leverage the S/4HANA Attachment Services for EWM objects and more. Read below to get a complete overview of our investments in the area of innovations.

Enhancement of Warehouse KPI Fiori App

We have improved the “Warehouse KPI” Fiori App with a smart business drill-down feature for KPI card navigation in the overview page. With the 2020 release the drill-down function is available for the following warehouse KPIs:

  • Outbound Delivery Order KPI
  • Warehouse Task KPI (except KPIs for picking / putaway warehouse tasks)
  • Warehouse Order KPI

By clicking on a graphical statistic in a KPI card a new drill-down window opens. The drill-down displays for example the list of warehouse orders included in the KPI, their status, activity area and other relevant information.

New Core Data Service (CDS) Views

 

The enhancement of the “Warehouse KPI” Fiori App is not the only work done in the area of analytics. We added new CDS views for Inbound Delivery and Waves enhanced the one for Warehouse Tasks:

  • CDS view for Inbound Delivery C_EWM_InboundDeliveryItemQ with the following measures:
    • Number of Inbound Delivery Items
    • Number of Inbound Deliveries
    • Gross Weight of Inbound Delivery Items
    • Net Weight of Inbound Delivery Items
    • Volume of Inbound Delivery Items
    • Product Quantity
    • Unloading Duration Time (In Minutes)
    • Putaway Duration Time (In Minutes)
    • Wait in Yard Duration (In Minutes)
    • Goods Receipt Duration (In Minutes)
  • CDS view for Waves C_EWM_WarehouseWaveQ with the following measures:
    • Number of Waves
    • Number of Wave Items
    • Cutoff date and time of waves
    • Release date and time of waves
  • CDS view for Warehouse Tasks C_EWM_WarehouseTaskQ was enhanced with the following measures:
    • Number of Waves
    • Number of Wave Items

Attachment Services for EWM Objects

Attachment services is a feature we have made available in the Cloud since the SAP S/4HANA Cloud 2002 release (available since February 2020), and now we brought it to On-Premise as well. With this feature, warehouse operators can attach pictures and documents to inbound deliveries, outbound delivery orders and Transportation Units for documentation purposes. We have enhanced the respective Fiori Apps to manage and display the attachments.

We also created a new archiving object where users can store old attachments for future references. Furthermore, we enhanced the warehouse monitor to allow the display and management of attachments relevant to inbound, outbound deliveries and Transportation units. This feature allows for more detailed documentation and collection of visual confirmation that inbound or outbound deliveries as well as transportation units were handled correctly.

Distribution Equipment Process Enhancements

For the distribution equipment process introduced with S/4HANA 1909 it is now possible to confirm picking with handling unit positions via the desktop App “Confirm Warehouse Tasks” in addition to the already available confirmation via RF. Moreover  the RF picking was enhanced with two exception codes: The first is the new exception code SKWO, which will allow skipping warehouse orders – not only in the context of distribution equipment but also in any other RF picking process. The second is the existing exception code NEXT. By using this exception code in the RF transaction screen, users can add another rack / pick HU in case the previous rack / pick HU is already full.

Further in the area of distribution equipment we now allow users to create HUs containing HU positions to represent a mobile rack in their master data. For that we enhanced the transaction /SCWM/RACKTYPE with a change log for the master data maintenance, and we enhanced the transaction /SCWM/RACK_GEN to enable generation of HUs containing HU positions based on multiple external IDs and display them according to a hierarchical structure.

Missing/Urgent Parts Handling in Receiving

Often it happens in a warehouse that goods are coming in that are urgently needed e.g. for the production process. We have added a new process by which warehouse workers can pre-allocate stock to cover urgent demands as soon as the material is available again.

When an inbound delivery arrives at the warehouse, the system checks the received products against the required missing stock. In case the received products are needed e.g. in the production supply area, normal putaway is bypassed and the stock is routed directly to the production supply area. During putaway warehouse task creation / cancellation / confirmation, the quantity for the pre-allocated stock entry is updated and if completely fulfilled, the entry is deleted. We added a new node in the warehouse monitor where users can manage pre-allocated stock.

New and Enhanced APIs

 

And finally, I want to mention the enhanced and new APIs we have made available for SAP EWM on-premise with this release. The new APIs we added are:

  • Read and update EWM outbound delivery orders
  • Read EWM handling units
  • Read EWM inbound deliveries
  • Read and count physical inventory documents
  • Input help (F4) for storage bins
  • Input help (F4) for warehouse number

In parallel we also enhanced the following APIs:

  • Create, Read, Update and Delete warehouse resources
  • Read and Update warehouse tasks and warehouse orders

Please note that these APIs were developed for S/4HANA Cloud but by implementing a BAdI they can be used in the on-premise version (see SAP note 2790112).

FIND OUT MORE!

For a more detailed coverage of the above mentioned enhancements and features as well as other updates covered by the 2020 release, please read our “SAP Extended Warehouse Management – Scope of the 2020 Release” document in the following link:
https://dam.sap.com/mac/embed/public/pdf/v/mzWrXsc.htm

In case you missed the first part in our overview series, you can find it in the link below:
https://blogs.sap.com/2020/10/08/sap-extended-warehouse-management-2020-development-overview-part-1-improved-user-experience/

For the second part covering integration:
https://blogs.sap.com/2020/10/14/sap-extended-warehouse-management-2020-development-overview-part-2-enhanced-integration/

For more information about SAP Extended Warehouse Management, please follow us on social media, our YouTube channel or our community pages:

SAP EWM Community:

https://www.sap.com/community/topics/extended-warehouse-management.html

SAP Digital Supply Chain Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCELmE2CEAkcwqpBLnuZHufA

EWM LinkedIn Community:

https://www.linkedin.com/groups/1952257/

Release information and restrictions of embedded EWM on SAP S/4HANA 2020:
https://launchpad.support.sap.com/#/notes/2938306

Release information and restrictions of Decentralized EWM on SAP S/4HANA 2020:

https://launchpad.support.sap.com/#/notes/2938308

For a complete list of Q&A from the EWM community, please access this link:
https://answers.sap.com/tags/01200615320800000705

In case you do not find your specific question there, feel free to post your question via the following form:
https://answers.sap.com/questions/ask.html?primaryTagId=01200615320800000705

 

 

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      Author's profile photo Kenji Eimura
      Kenji Eimura

      Hello,

      SAP EWM 9.3 version 9.4 version What's the difference?

      Best Regards,

      Kenji Eimura

       

      Author's profile photo Gheorghe Ceres
      Gheorghe Ceres

      Hello Kenji,

      This blog is referencing the EWM on S/4HANA 2020 release, and not the Business Suite versions. For more information on SAP EWM 9.4 you can check out the "Scope of EWM 9.4" document in the following link: https://d.dam.sap.com/a/7U9RxAi

      Best regards,
      Gheorghe Ceres

      Author's profile photo Kenji Eimura
      Kenji Eimura

      Dear Gheorghe-san,

      Thank you for the valuable information!

      Let me refer to document.

      Best Regards,

      Kenji Eimura

      Author's profile photo Patrick Reicher
      Patrick Reicher

      Hello,
      we are currently in an explore phase with one of our customers and we planned to use the Warehouse KPI Fiori App in our S4 EWM 1909 in the HEC.

      So my questions would be:

      1. Is this possible?
      2. If yes, are there any Best Practice steps available how this can be achieved properly?
      3. If it's not possible, are there any alternatives we could make use of?

      Thank you in advance.

      Regards,

      Patrick

      Author's profile photo Joerg Michaelis
      Joerg Michaelis
      Blog Post Author

      Hello,

      The KPI App is available with 1909 release. Best Practices for decentral EWM have been provided with the 2020 release only. As HEC is a full EWM system you should be able to leverage the KPI app.

      Regards

      Jörg

      Author's profile photo Prakash Balaji Sreenivasa Shetty
      Prakash Balaji Sreenivasa Shetty

      Hello,

       

      We are exploring "Missing/Urgent Parts Handling in Receiving" for our client who is currently on S4 HANA 1909. Is there a possibility to use this feature in 1909 with the help of Add ins or Business functions or any other methods/process to get this functionality in 1909?

       

      Thanks,

      Shetty

      Author's profile photo Joerg Michaelis
      Joerg Michaelis
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Shetty,

      we don't plan a downport so it needs a project approach I assume there are enough BADI in the putaway strategy to route products to individual locations during putaway. In standard we offer a flag in the warehouse process type to check whether pre-allocated stock shall be considered or not but this would be part of your BADI implementation as well.

      Regards

      Jörg