Warehouse Management: Make Your Picking Moves in SAP WM Strategically

  • by Chris Moose, Partner, IBM Global Business Services
  • March 1, 2006
SAP’s removal strategies are as complex as its placement strategies, but with diligence and the right tools, you’ll find they can overcome many business challenges.
Key Concept
SAP’s Warehouse Management (WM) module provides just as extensive picking strategies and methods as it does for placement. You can use WM to determine what material to pick from a warehouse based on a variety of factors including location, product age, and the quantity desired.
Retrieving materials promptly so you can supply them to customers is likely the most important activity you do in your warehouse facilities. Understanding SAP Warehouse Management (WM) pick methods and strategies will help you take full advantage of the functionality.

The first important consideration is to separate the method of picking from the strategy for sourcing material. The method of picking addresses how the picking activity is organized. It could include use principles such as wave picking and two different forms of batch picking. The strategy for picking deals more with the determination of what item will be picked. Strategies such as first-in-first-out (FIFO), last-in-first-out (LIFO), or shelf-life expiration date (SLED) all fall under this category.

Chris Moose

Chris Moose is a partner in IBM's Global Business Services organization where he is the sponsor of SAP warehouse management and transportation management offerings. With worldwide responsibility for these offerings, he has helped expand IBM's delivery capabilities globally and has personally delivered projects on four different continents. His specific interests include the use of technology to address the historical fixed cost nature of supply chains enabling flexibility and then quantifying that business value with a benefits realization focus. In addition to his practice management and delivery focus, Chris is a frequent speaker at industry events as well as an author for industry magazines.

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