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11th May 2020

What is SAP Stock Room Management?

We are nearly 12 months on from SAP announcing the introduction of its Stock Room Management solution on S/4HANA and we continue to receive lots of questions around how it fits into SAP’s wider warehouse management portfolio.

Stock Room Management was launched in response to SAP ending support for its Warehouse Management (WM) solution in 2027. It is the ideal solution for companies that have small, simple warehouse processes and would not benefit from immediately moving to the comprehensive functionality of SAP Extended Warehouse Management (EWM).

The transition to Stock Room Management from WM will not cause any disruption to customer operations, as the components utilise the same data model. The difference is that while WM is a component in ECC, Stock Room Management is a component specifically for S/4HANA and while it covers many of the same processes, it is targeted solely at basic warehouse management requirements.

Stock Room Management includes key functionalities from WM that can continue to be used as normal following the migration. However, there are some WM functionalities that will not be part of Stock Room Management, including;

  • Task and Resource Management (WM-TRM)
  • Warehouse Control Unit Interface (WM-LSR)
  • Value Added Service (WM-VAS)
  • Cross-Docking (WM-CD)
  • Wave Management (Wm-TFM-CP)
  • Decentral WM (WM-DWM)

While the solution has been designed for those customers currently running WM, any new or existing customer can use Stock Room Management as part of the SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management license. It is also useful to consider that it is not a choice between Stock Room Management or EWM across the company, the best solution for some businesses may be to adopt a hybrid approach to warehouse management. This would involve implementing both solutions, with Stock Room Management used within smaller warehouse with minimal processes, and EWM introduced at larger sites with more complex supply chain processes.

Stock Room Management is an integral component of S/4HANA and included in its ongoing release and maintenance strategy. However, there will be no additional investment in Stock Room Management in regards to innovations, enhanced functionality and development of mobile applications. SAP’s strategic solution for warehouse management is EWM, which is where any innovations for warehousing capabilities will be delivered.

If you would like to find out more about Stock Room Management or discuss your options for warehouse management, our consultants can offer advice on the most appropriate solution, whether that is Inventory Management (IM), Warehouse Management (WM), Stock Room Management, Extended Warehouse Management (EWM), or a combination. Please get in touch with one of our team.