Warehouse and DC Management in SAP Retail

SAP IS Retail

Warehouse management helps to store and move goods efficiently and thus keeps the inventory low by guaranteeing a high service level. Picking and packing, controlling logistics documents, and in and outbound monitoring are all part of the process. One addition that facilitates warehouse management is the integration of mobile devices that provide reliable information about goods stored and moved through warehouse locations in real time.

The following two warehouse management processing is provided in SAP Best Practices for Retail:

  • For warehouses with a simple structure, the functionality of Lean WM is used. Warehouse stocks are managed summarily on the level of storage location in the Inventory Management (IM) of the SAP ERP System. (scenario R41)
  • To map more complex warehouse structures, a warehouse management system with inventory management at storage bin level is used. (scenario R42)

Goods Receipt Processing

The following activities are available:

  • Inbound Delivery Processing(scenario R41/R42)
  • Appointment Planning(scenario R41/R42)
  • Rough Goods Receipt(scenario R41/R42)
  • Carrying Out Putaway (scenario R41)

Return Deliveries

There are two different ways to start a return delivery. You can create a return item in a purchase order, thereby notifying the vendor of the return. This return item will cause a negative stock posting during the goods receipt of the order. With this method, the reference to the original goods receipt and thereby to the original purchase price is lost, since the return order item calls on the current purchasing conditions (scenario R41/R42):

Goods Issue Processing

For stock removal in the outbound processing, the system generates transfer orders for all ready-to-ship outbound deliveries, which can be compiled to picking lists by multiple criteria. The generation of transfer orders is done either manually by selecting an outbound delivery, by multiple processing using the outbound delivery monitor or time-based via picking waves, all depending on the process variant. The completion of the picking again has to be confirmed (paper-based, with manual or multiple processing afterwards). When the picking of an outbound delivery is finished, the goods issue can be posted (manually per outbound delivery or by multiple processing).

The following activities are available (scenario R41/R42):

  • Creating an Outbound Delivery
  • Stock Removal/Picking
  • Asynchronous Warehouse Management
  • Synchronous Warehouse Management
    • Posting Goods Issue
    • Mass Processing of Deliveries
    • Deliveries with Planned Picking Time
    • Creating Wave Picks

Processing of Physical Inventory

When performing a physical inventory, the actual stock figures are determined by weighing, counting, measuring and estimating and compared to the stock levels in the inventory management system (scenario R41/R42/R33):

  • Creating Physical Inventory Document
  • Process Physical Inventory
  • Clearing Differences
  • Analysis Physical Inventory

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