Using SAP’s solution for the warehouse management, an organization or an individual can be able to maximize warehouse operations, for instance, the inbound and the outbound processing, management and storage of the facilities within the organization and also guard on the tangible inventories. It can also aid in collection of data, such as those of the Radio Frequency Identification and its corresponding voice and also manage on the balancing tools used for workload. The SAP solutions for the warehouse management hold up the inbound processing and also they confirm the receipts with the Radio Frequency Identification. This means that a company is bound to obtain and process goods procured externally into the storehouse using a solitary Radio frequency scan (Murray, 2007, Pg. 103-110).
Another feature of the SAP's WM solution is that it has the capacity to obtain comprehensive and summary data, as well as the details used in processing of the inbound deliveries. The outbound processing can influence the RFID technology to handle the allotment and supervise on the delivery operations. Moreover, through the SAP’s WM Solution, an employee has a capability of directing goods by using the cross-docking procedures. In enhancing maximum and complete productivity of the labour force within the storehouse, SAP’s WM solution ensures that the Labour Management is effectively in operation. This helps in monitoring of the workers performance as it’s stipulated by the Engineered Labour Standards. Another method that can be utilized in monitoring the workers performance is trailing on the indirect and the direct labor and then avail a precise summary of the activities carried out by employees within the store house (Buxmann, 2004, Pg.150-160).
Lucas Systems, Inc. is the chief provider of the voice-directed storehouse appliance for open and the mobile computers. It is noted with a great concern that, most of its major customers have chosen Jennifer Voice Plus to the Sap Warehouse Management systems. Jennifer comprise the pre-built incorporation to the SAP systems, which takes account of SAP WM, which is the leading storehouse management solution for the manufacturers, companies carrying out wholesale distribution and also the small scale traders. The HD Supply Facilities Maintenance, which is a primary distributor of the maintenance, repair and the operations resources to the proficient customers, has also considered Jennifer to aid it in voice picking at Seattle Distribution Center. Additionally, one of the chief companies dealing with customer products has also considered Jennifer at its distribution centers (Hoffmann & Missbach, 2000, Pg.200-205).
Tasty Baking Co. which is a major customer of both Jennifer and the SAP WM customer has for quite a long time been using Jennifer’s voice-directed picking. Jennifer Voice Plus has also been beneficial to most of the companies that it has offered services to. For instance, according to David Wilson, the vice president of the operations at the HD in the Supply facilities Maintenance, he says that, when SAP WM technology was installed in their center, the organization realized an augment in both production and accuracy in just a short period of time. He says that as the technology is being implemented within the center, greater and more efficiency will be realized. Jennifer has utilized the SAP systems at many customer sites and this uses a range of SAP applications (Zeier, 2002, Pg.201-203).
It was founded in the past 70 years, and has emerged from a simple company to the largest corporation in the southern hemisphere. Downies are known in Australia as the chief leaders in coin and banknote experts. They have managed to provide a variety of proficient services to gratify all the locations within their market. This has covered even the public sales, the mail-order and the small scale traders. The company has however been challenged by various factors as it carries out its operation (Ehlers, 2010, Pg.100-103). The challenges are inclusive of the following:
The software that was being used was not capable of meeting the current challenges and could only focus on the solitary functions. It was also very expensive to maintain.
The stock management, sales from the retailers and the logistics were done manually. This therefore caused replication of data entries and incorrectness.
The pricing of the stock and the trailing was also unmanageable.
There was an upcoming net sales element of the business that was not at all supported by a sufficient IT infrastructure (Ehlers, 2010, Pg.100-103).
Even though Downies have been faced by various challenges, on the other hand it has also been able to achieve in various aspects, for instance:
It was able to manage a warehouse management system that was in a position to regulate and appropriately improve the services rendered to the customers. This meant that, the company was able to consolidate tremendous efficiencies in stock taking, also on picking and packing functions besides managing on the stock analysis (Persich, 2010, Pg. 200-205).
Downies were also able to amalgamate the point of sale function and this in a way abridged the errors realized in double entry system (Persich, 2010, Pg. 200-205).
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