Efficient planning of the arrival of vehicles at the warehouse contributes to optimal utilization of the warehouse and its ramps
Planning and controlling inbound and outbound transports with SAP EWM
State-of-the-art warehouses are confronted with high inbound and outbound transport volumes. In addition, a lack of drivers and bottlenecks on the transport market are increasingly forcing companies to work with a large number of freight forwarders and to plan and schedule the arrival and departure times of vehicles more precisely.
Transport and warehouse processes have to be attuned to one another in order to ensure optimal utilization of the warehouse and enable efficient supply and disposal processes. So that these goals can be achieved, planning is required before and after the arrival of goods in the warehouse. Planning is made easier thanks to the collaboration possibilities of transport partners and warehouse disposition.
Shipping companies, business partners, and transport service partners notify about the arrival of their vehicles and book ramps and time slots in SAP Dock Appointment Scheduling.
With the arrival of the freight forwarder at the gates (control point), they are registered in the yard. Yard management enables not just management and control of the yard and its waiting slots, it also provides the link to the ramps and warehouses.
With their registration at the gate, vehicles are assigned slots in the yard or, if available, appropriate loading points.
After loading is completed and when vehicles leave the yard, they are logged out of the control point and checked out.
Users always have complete transparency with regard to yard processes in SAP EWM.
Consistency of warehouse and yard processes allows optimal management of ramps, vehicles, and transport units.
Challenges of yard management
- IT environment is marked by disconnects between systems and media
- Limited areas outside of the warehouse complex
- Time-consuming manual planning
- Inventories are only identified after unloading
- Great manual effort required for matching with process partners
- Time-consuming handling of schedule and quantity adjustments