SAP aligns effective warehousing with supply chain efficiencies and cost savings
Gero von der Wense, the Head of Special Projects in the Ohlthaver & List Group recently announced the successful roll-out of its new SAP Extended Warehouse Management system at Namibia Breweries Ltd’s facilities in Windhoek’s Northern Industrial Area and at satellite warehouses.
The upgrade from the Breweries’ existing SAP Warehouse Management system carries a price tage of a cool N$26 million.
Namibia Brewereies expect the SAP Extended Warehouse Management (EWM) system to improve the overall transparency of material flows along the supply chain to fulfill customer demand at the lowest total cost.
SAP EWM provides the ability to control warehouse processes and manage movements in the warehouse, mitigate problems and issues with enhanced warehouse efficiency, and transform operations into an adaptive fulfillment supply chain that can share its resources.
“Efficiency, transparency, effective time management, quality control and visibility of what happens within the operations are factors strengthened by the EWM, which perfectly integrates with the existing SAP-ECC solution of Namibia Breweries” stated von der Wense.
“For an organization with extensive throughput volumes and an ever growing complexity, it just makes sense that a world-class organization supports its activities with improved technologies. It complements our 6-pillar goal perfectly – getting the right product at the right cost to the right customer at the right time at the right quantity at the right quality” he added.
According to Namibia Breweries’s Supply Chain Manager, Hans Herrmann, the new SAP EWM systemwill contribute immensely to harmonize their supply chain. “The new system will effectively curb productivity hampering scenarios and will help to manage material flows in the most efficient manner. Excitingly it will simply reduce time waste with the press of a button” he said.
“Not only does this system contribute to the skills development of our staff, it also makes the work environment easier as employees can focus on their respective core tasks instead of getting distracted by non-value adding activities such as searching for materials or waiting for instructions” commented von der Wense.
SAP is a German software developer specialising in so-called Wall-to-Wall business solutions for large enterprises where all functions of an organisation are integrated on one platform for seamless accounting of manufacturing, stocking, distribution, invoicing and remitting, all in one system.
Several large Namibian parastatal companies are also SAP clients.