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Options for integrating warehouse management (SAP EWM) with your Manifest System

by Aj Whalen

September 29, 2011

A.J. Whalen, Wellesley Information Services

One of the touted features of SAP Extended Warehouse Management, along with tighter integration with SAP ERP, is its robust integration options for legacy and external processes. So how does it handle third-party shipping processes and manifest systems? 

This tip – on interfacing with FedEx and UPS directly from SAP EWM - is taken from the SCM 2011 conference session "How and Why One High-Volume Warehouse Moved from a Heterogeneous Environment to SAP EWM”. In this session, Chris Moose of IBM detailed one company's EWM rollout and also offered suggestions on EWM integration and highlighted changes made to picking, load planning, and other processes.

Have your own EWM questions? Register today for a live Q&A with Chris  Moose and post your questions on Tuesday, October 2 at 12:30 pm EDT. For details, plus a bonus download of Chris's full presentation on EWM, register today.

SAP EWM Integration with Manifest System:

- The method of interfacing with the FedEx and UPS parcel services (in this case) planned to be ConnectShip via the SAP Express Ship Interface (XSI)

- The interface layer is SAP NetWeaver Process Integration (PI/XI), which is a standard interface to ConnectShip

- If the routing, service level and customer rules indicate parcel shipping, the interface will be invoked and the delivery is marked for parcel

- Printing the 2D label for Fe dEx and UPS will be done through SAP EWM

- Post Goods Issue is accomplished via standard triggers in SAP EWM

For more best practices and advice on logistics and supply chain management, updates on the Logistics and Supply Chain Management 2012 conference, and tips from SCM Expert, join the SCM Group on Insider Learning Network.

 

 

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