21 Dec 2016

What’s in store for 2017

It’s traditional at this time of year, between handfuls of Christmas chocolates (we started early at The Config Team) to look back at the past year and start to think about the year ahead.

Last week, it was our annual Christmas conference, where each team presented their achievements in 2016, and their plans for 2017. There were lots of predictions, from across our organisation, of where the SAP supply chain industry would take us next year. Here’s just a handful.What do you think? Do you agree?

28 Nov 2016

Movilizer Days, then and now

In November, I had the pleasure of attending Movilizer Days for the second time. Movilizer Days are a fantastic opportunity for customers and developers to meet and learn from each other, and discover how IoT (internet of things) solutions can improve operations and user experience.

Earlier this year Movilizer was bought by Honeywell, so the first thing I noticed was the black and yellow t-shirts of Movilizer were out, and the red and white ones of Honeywell were in.

17 Nov 2016

Internet of things: the disconnect between the future and the now

This month I flew over to the very impressive World Forum, in The Netherlands, for the SAP International Conference on the Supply Chain.

I’ve worked in the logistics arena for many years, but I must confess I’m a new comer to the world of SAP. Since I joined The Config Team in September, it’s been a steep learning curve getting up to speed with SAP. So, I was looking forward to this, my first ever SAP conference, to learn as much as I could about where SAP is heading over the coming years.

15 Aug 2016

4 Ways Auto Pallet Labelling can Work for Your Warehouse

When considering an automatic pallet labelling solution, the first thought is rarely ‘how will I interface this with my current SAP system?”

While concern over which software and hardware is best to use (including printers, applying technology and cameras) is understandably high on the agenda, to get the best out of auto pallet labelling it is important to integrate any chosen solution fully with your SAP system.

With this in mind, here are four key benefits of using an end-to-end auto pallet labelling system:

17 May 2016

6 Ways SAP Warehouse Management can make your life easier

The aim of a Warehouse Management System (WMS) should always be the same - to provide staff and managers with the information necessary to more efficiently track and control the movement of materials within the warehouse.

To this end, SAP offers its own Warehouse Management (WM) application, which provides flexible, automated support to assist in processing all goods movements and maintaining current stock inventories.

10 Apr 2016

Five reasons you should be using Handling Units

The handling unit has become a powerful tool for warehouse managers using SAP, helping to cut down on errors, improve stock management and increase efficiency. But many are still in the dark about the benefits of handling units, or are not using them to their full potential.

15 Mar 2016

4 Ways Advanced Shipping Notifications Will Improve Your Warehouse Management

EDI Advanced Shipping Notifications (ASNs) are an incredibly powerful tool. They allow warehouse operatives to receive order and shipment information in one simple, electronic transaction prior to goods receipt. Despite the simplicity of the process though, ASNs carry a wealth of useful information and, if integrated with a warehouse management (WM) system, can be invaluable in improving efficiency, cutting costs and reducing errors. Here are some ways in which ASNs can deliver real benefits in the logistics supply chain:

22 Feb 2016

Pros and Cons of Serial Number Management

Serial numbers are a powerful tool in SAP’s armoury, allowing warehouse managers to access information at an individual unit or piece of equipment level rather than at pallet level. Without the serial number or equipment master record, warehouse staff would typically rely on the material or and/or batch master record which would contain all of the data for describing and managing a piece of material (e.g. a pallet), but which does not enable you to differentiate between individual items of that material.