SAP WM Requires Mobility & Barcode Automation

To this day, SAP Warehouse Management continues its growth and adoption for manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution. At BCC Distribution, we’re proud to offer our optimized SAP mobility and barcode automation solution – TranASAP – that includes SAP-certified barcoding hardware. Together, barcoding systems (barcode scanners, handheld barcode scanners, barcode printers, and barcode labels) and our mobile SAP WM RF software transactions can help companies around the world keep up with the fast pace of manufacturing and distribution

Accurate and efficient warehouse management is crucial in both planning and maintaining business operations. However, an increase in demand and even the slightest disorganization can disrupt any workflow. Optimized SAP WM RF scanning and data collection technology not only streamlines and organizes companies’ workflows, but it also provides real-time validation, updates, and insights to help further optimize workflows and warehouse management. The advanced features of SAP Warehouse Management over IM are numerous, and here, we’ll focus on a few of them. We’ll also explore SAP-integrated RFID technology that supplement barcode automation and mobility to further streamline warehouse operations.

Key Features of SAP for Warehouse Management

While SAP systems have many distinct capabilities, applications, and benefits, there are specific features that can transform SAP Warehouse Management operations. These key features include warehouse structure and organization, putaway, interleaving and pickup optimization, task management, inventory and resource management, and warehouse data and analytics. When combined with barcoding technology, such as barcode scanners and barcode label printers, SAP WM is a powerful tool for efficiently managing any warehouse.

Warehouse Structure and Organization

BCC Distribution’s TranASAP RF scanning software can help organize SAP WM warehouse structure and operations. When used in conjunction with certified barcoding equipment, your teams can effortlessly catalog materials, bins and storage types, and incoming and outgoing shipments. Through real-time wireless connectivity, directly at the point of execution, accurate inventory data is updated and accessible for those on the network so your team can optimize workflows and operations around important warehouse components.

Putaway and Picking Optimization

In manufacturing and distribution, companies need to streamline material use and handling of incoming and outgoing shipments. TranASAP RF barcode scanning systems optimize putaway and picking strategies based on your storage types. SAP WM has the capability to recommend (user directed) ways to optimize storage location directional input for reduced travel time when handling inventory and incoming and outgoing shipments.

Task Management

BCC Distribution’s barcoding system solution can also manage warehouse tasks such as shipping, picking, and packing. When combined with real-time barcoding solutions, the SAP software can update the inventory immediately, catching and correcting any errors as they occur. At BCC Distribution, our SAP-integrated 1D and 2D barcode scanning terminals scan each material, bin location, and validate quantity applicable to the order so as to process data fast to keep your warehouse moving

Warehouse Data and Analytics

An additional feature of SAP Warehouse Management is the availability of significant warehouse data and analytics, requiring good data in to maintain system integrity and accuracy. These metrics and analytics are valuable insights that help further optimize warehouse operations. When implemented with BCC Distribution’s TranASAP RF barcode scanning solution, SAP software can provide logistics and reports on data points such as stock turnover, general warehouse performance, shipping efficiency, and storage utilization. SAP software adapts to the way businesses run their warehouses and in turn, provide key information on how to streamline them. The key is good data in, matched to disciplined business processes.

The full solution for SAP Warehouse Management increases warehouse productivity and efficiency for a number of different industries. These capabilities and applications are made possible when BCC Distribution’s mobilized and optimized SAP software is combined with barcode scanners, barcode labels, and rugged tablets that are certified to perform with the SAP software.

Barcode Automation for Warehouse Managemet.

Key Functions of SAP Mobility for Warehouse Management

BCC Distribution has enabled RF mobility for SAP Warehouse Management (WM) to enable and automate the tracking of physical inventory, goods receipts, goods issues, pick and pack, loading, cycle counts, inventory inquiries, transfers and transfer orders (TO’s), and several other inventory functions. These WM functions, mobilized and put into the hands of the material handler, provide real-time validation and inventory accuracy to maximize your ability to leverage SAP analytics helping your business improve productivity and efficiencies that directly impact planning, production, warehousing, distribution, shipping, procurement, and more.

  • Goods Receipt for a Purchase Order, Stock Transfer Order, Delivery, or Reservation
  • Goods Receipt to a Production Order with Label Print
  • Cross Docking of Hot Parts (Required for an Open Order)
  • On-Demand Printing or Reprinting of Material Barcode Labels, Documents or Forms
  • Receiving Including Putting Stock Away (One-Step or Two-Step RF Putaway)
  • Moving Inventory IN and OUT of Quality (Unrestricted/Restricted)
  • Storage Unit (SU) Management
  • Replenishments
  • Create Transfer Orders and TO Confirmations
  • Bin to Bin Movements
  • Process Material Document / Create T.O. to Plan in Inventory Bin
  • Goods Issue to an Order, Cost Center, Reservation, or Project
  • Back Flushing and Post Goods Issue (PGI)
  • Production Order Confirmation, Receipt, and Label Print
  • Barcode Label Design and Printing for Picking
  • Picking for Outbound Delivery
  • Picking Utilizing Handling Unit Management (HU) or Label Pallet Numbers (LPN)
  • Plant to Plant Inventory Movements or Transfers
  • Outside Vendor Compliance Tracking
  • Inventory Inquiry or Stock Overviews (by Location and/or by Part Number)
  • WM RF Cycle Counting (RF Blind Count / RF Ad Hoc Count)
  • Physical Inventory Counting and Inventory Take-Ons

Sample Mobile SAP ERP IM RF Transactions:

  • Goods Receipt with Automated Label Print
  • Putaway and Bin to Bin Inventory Movement
  • Pick, Pack, and Ship for Outbound Deliveries with Load Capabilities
  • WM Cycle Counts, plus IM Counts

SAP-Integrated Barcode Label Printing:

  • QuickPrint Barcode Label Printing to include printing technologies such as SAP Smart Forms, SAPscript, and BarTender.
  • Printing “License Plates” Barcode Labels (Pallet HU Labels or Serialized Labels)
  • Material Labels with 1D and 2D (2-Dimensional, QR) Barcodes
  • GTIN Labels
  • Bill of Lading Document
  • Pick Slips
  • Shipping and Delivery Barcode Labels
  • Forms and many others

RFID Technology and SAP Warehouse Management

Supplementing barcode scanning technology, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) continues to add value to SAP Warehouse Management. RFID technology requires RFID tags, RFID readers, RFID printers, and other infrastructure that allows warehouses to further extend barcode scanning capabilities. Unlike barcode scanning, RFID uses radiowaves to track products, storage containers, and equipment, and does not require direct line-of-sight.

RFID Components: Tags, Readers, and Infrastructure

Both barcoding solutions and RFID tech work well for Warehouse Management when paired with SAP software. However, these systems differ in the components that they need and how they work. At BCC Distribution, we are prepared to install either type with our client’s warehouse management system.

Under RFID, warehouse inventory, materials, storage containers, and equipment need to have RFID-enabled tags so RFID readers (antennas and other radio wave technology) can sense the tags. The main difference between barcoding solutions and RFID, besides the use of radio waves, is that RFID relies on much less use of handheld barcoding equipment. With RFID, radio wave equipment and infrastructure need to be staged throughout the warehouse. 

This infrastructure includes SAP-integrated software, which also acts as middleware. RFID middleware is software to collect, analyze, process, and synchronize data with the SAP software system. In real-time, the SAP system database is updated, along with all the other key features mentioned above, without the need for user interaction.

At BCC Distribution, we can offer your company our expert end-to-end solutions for both SAP-certified barcode scanning, barcode printing, and RFID data collection systems.


Manage Your Warehouse with BCC Distribution

At BCC Distribution, we offer a number of tried-and-true SAP system solutions and SAP-certified hardware to streamline SAP Warehouse Management in any manufacturing, warehousing, or distribution industry. Your business will find end-to-end solutions at BCC Distribution, from installation and staging to customizing your SAP software and the tailored barcoding system to meet your business needs. Contact us today so we can provide the right SAP solution unique to your business.