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Put-away Strategies in SAP EWM


Types of Put-away Strategies


In SAP Extended Warehouse Management, a put-away strategy determines how and where products should be stored in the warehouse after goods receipt. An effective put-away strategy optimizes warehouse space utilization, enhances warehouse efficiency, and streamlines warehouse operations.  


Here is an overview of common put-away strategies in SAP Extended Warehouse Management.  

1.     Manual Selection of Storage Bins

Description: The product is not assigned to a specific storage bin. During put-away task creation, the user selects the storage bin as per his choice only.

Use Case: The Storage bin does not trigger the storage bin automatically the warehouse operator just scans the empty bin and finally puts the product in the empty bin and confirms the put-away task.


2.     Fixed Bin Strategy

Description: Each product is assigned to a specific storage bin.

Use Case: Suitable for products with consistent storage location, like high-turnover items.

Configuration:

  • Maintain fixed bin assignments in the product master

  • Configure storage bin determination rules in the system.

3.     Open Storage Strategy

Description: Products can be placed in available bins within a defined storage area.

Use Case: Ideal for products with variable sizes or irregular demand patterns. 

Configuration:

  • Define Storage type and section indicators.

  • Set up rules for selecting open bins based on bin capacity and availability.


4.     Next Empty Bin strategy

Description: The system assigns the next available empty bin for storage.

Use Case: Efficient for warehouses with high turnover and fast-moving products. 

Configuration:

  • Define Storage type and section indicators.

  • Configure rules for determining the next empty bin.

5.     Additional to the Existing Stock Strategy

Description: Products are stored in bins that already contain the same product, consolidating inventory.

Use Case: Effective for managing inventory of products stored in multiple locations.

Configuration:

  • Enable addition to existing stock indicator in storage type.

  • Set up put-away strategies to prioritize bins with existing stock.

6.     Bulk Storage Strategy

Description: Used for storing large quantities of homogenous products in bulk areas. 

Use Case: Suitable for bulky or palletized goods.

Configuration:

  • Define bulk storage areas.

  • Configure bulk bin determination rules and bin capacity checks.

7.     Near Picking Bin Strategy

Description: Products are placed close to the picking area to minimize picking time. 

Use Case: Ideal for high-frequency picking operations.  

Configuration:

  • Identify near-picking storage bins and areas.

  • Configure rules to prioritize near-picking bins during put-away.

8.     Storage Type Search Sequence

Description: The system follows a predefined sequence of storage types to find suitable storage bins.  

Use Case: Combines multiple strategies for more flexible put-away.  

Configuration:

  • Define a sequence of storage types.

  • Configure search sequence and criteria for bin selection.

9.     Pallet Storage Type Put-away Strategy

Description: The system follows a predefined sequence of storage types to find suitable storage bins based on the HU type mandatory, Check the HU type during put-away.  

Use Case: Combines multiple strategies for more flexible put-away for packed material in different types of HU like, Carton, Basket, Wire baskets, Standard Pallets, US Pallets, and Euro Pallet etc.  

Configuration:

  • Define a sequence of storage types with HU types allowed.

  • Configure search sequence and criteria for bin selection and Check HU types.

Configuration Steps for Put-away in SAP EWM

 

Step 1: Define Storage Types

  • Define Attributes of Storage Types and Storage Type Indicators


Step 2: Define Storage Sections

  • Configure Storage Type attributes and section indicators.


Step 3: Define Put-away Control Parameters

  • Set up parameters for bin determination and put-away control.


Step 4: Maintain Warehouse Product Master

  • Maintain product-specific put-away strategies, fixed bin assignments, and stock indicators.


Step 5: Configure Storage Bin Determination

  • Define rules for bin determination based on storage type, product, and put-away strategy.


Test & Validation


  • Perform test put-away transactions to ensure the system correctly assigns storage bins according to the defined strategy.

  • Adjust configurations based on test results and operational feedback.

 

Conclusion

By carefully configuring and implementing these put-away strategies, you can significantly improve the efficiency of your warehouse operations in SAP Extended Warehouse Management.  

 

Rajesh Sharma

SAP WM/EWM Functional Consultant



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