Enhance Warehouse Visibility with the Picking Wave Monitor

  • by Joseph Lucca, Associate Partner, IBM Global Business Services
  • August 15, 2008
Improve the efficiency and productivity of your warehouse operations by using the picking wave monitor to track the processing status of wave picks in SAP ERP Central Component (ECC) 5.0.
Key Concept
In most warehouses, the outbound picking workload for a specific day is usually broken up into smaller, more manageable groups of work to be performed throughout the day. SAP Warehouse Management provides this functionality through wave picking. Grouping outbound deliveries together into waves creates groups of work that must be completed on the floor during a specific time of the day. You can then track the progress of the picking activities occurring in real time using the picking wave monitor. This ensures you have an accurate view of remaining picking tasks to be completed prior to starting replenishment of pick bins and releasing the next wave of picking tasks to the operators.

SAP’s Warehouse Management (WM) module provides extensive reporting tools to track, monitor, and correct your warehouse operations. Warehouse process monitoring is both a strategic and tactical approach to more efficient, productive operations. Effective process monitoring provides visibility to data that facilitates efficient operations. Employing basic tools in SAP WM and coupling them with enhanced reporting enables you to increase the visibility of your data. This data is typically required to make informed decisions and achieve desired results.

Based on my experience, understanding and taking advantage of these standard tools for tracking and monitoring task progression improves the success of any Warehouse Management System (WMS) implementation. In this article, I’ll discuss one of the many monitoring tools available in SAP ERP Central Component (ECC), the picking wave monitor.

Joseph Lucca

Joseph Lucca is an associate partner in the logistics practice of IBM Global Business Services. He has extensive expertise in the design and implementation of SAP Warehouse Management and Logistics Execution solutions. Joseph is currently responsible for IBM’s SCM EWM delivery capabilities. He maintains IBM’s relationship with SAP’s global EWM product management team in North America and Europe, along with participating in the SAP LES / EWM Special Expertise Forum. He also chairs IBM’s worldwide SAP Warehouse Management Special Interest Group.

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