Warehouse Management with SAP ERP: Functionality and Technical Configuration by Martin Murray

Warehouse Management with SAP ERP: Functionality and Technical Configuration by Martin Murray

Author:Martin Murray [Martin Murray]
Language: eng
Format: epub
ISBN: 978-1-59229-409-1
Publisher: Galileo Press
Published: 2014-07-24T16:00:00+00:00


In the food industry, it is important to ship product to customers so that items in the warehouse do not pass their expiry date. For canned goods the urgency to ship product is less than fresh items, which generally have a very short shelf life. A British manufacturer of snack foods produced items that had a shelf life of between six weeks and one year. For items with a short shelf life it was important to ensure that no items in the warehouse had a shelf life that made them unsellable. Generally, no customer would take product with less than three weeks of remaining shelf life. If items in the warehouse did have a shelf life of less than three weeks, then these would either be sold at a loss in the staff shop or donated to charity.

The company had been using a combination of off-the-shelf software and custom systems to assist with warehouse operations and shelf life processes. In the early 2000s, a Swiss multinational food company purchased the firm, and the legacy systems were replaced with an SAP system. The warehouse management implementation was deemed to be of great importance, as ensuring that product was delivered to the customer with the correct shelf life was vital to the company. The implementation team used the picking shelf life strategy in combination with entering the correct shelf life information on the material master records. The warehouse foreman was able to see shelf life across the warehouse for the items stored there and was able to reduce the amount of material could not be shipped to customers.


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