EWM as a key to cost-optimized logistics
Logistics service providers face the challenge to quickly take over processes of their customers and deliver the required service level right from scratch at optimal cost. Process complexity can be arbitrarily high ranging from simple (temporary) warehousing to complex service packages with extensive value added services.
Although logistics service providers are free to design their own inhouse processes, the adaption to customers' interfaces generally is a hard constraint. Plus, every process step has to be traceable and optionally billable.
This in turn poses certain requirements on a warehouse management system (WMS) used in providing logistics services:
- Especially with regard to new or changing requirements:
Customer-specific processes have to be configurable with little effort
- The key to cost-optimized logistics:
All operational activities and handling processes managed by the WMS have to make efficient use of the workforce
- Handle the complexity of interfaces:
For connecting any type of customer system, standardized interfaces have to be available
- Complete tracking, calculation and invoicing of services:
The WMS should feature a configurable model for activity recording with respect to invoicing and controlling, plus seamless integration with accounting
EWM is the new warehouse management system by SAP with the strategic potential to become the leading WMS for logistics service providers. As of today, most of the above requirements can be implemented very well with EWM by configuration only and without any or with very few programming. Further, it is very likely that more and more functions will be added to the EWM standard product in the future.
Strategically, EWM as a WMS standard solution should be first choice for any logistics service providers. Let the EWM-team of Westernacher show you how to meet your requirements using SAP EWM:
- Use EWM instead of high programming efforts caused by new requirements
- Use EWM for seamless integration into higher level and / or surrounding processes
- Use EWM plus SAP ECC plus SOA from Westernacher from a single source