Packaging Material Management
Perform packaging material planning directly in SAP ERP
Packaging materials planning that is so efficient, transparent and flexible that the right packaging materials are always available at the right time and in the right quantity is an important step on the way to smooth logistics.
Time-consuming act of packaging material planning
Especially for suppliers and system providers who work with SAP ERP, the planning of packaging materials is often difficult. It is important to distinguish precisely whether standard or special load carriers are involved.
The standard load containers, which can originate from suppliers, freight forwarders, customers, load carrier pooling service providers, but also from the company's own sites, and which are to be procured at short notice, are constantly exchanged among each other. The key issue in the scheduling of standard load carriers is primarily knowing which containers are required by which customer, when and in what quantity, and which supplier is to be provided with how many packaging materials at what time.
The situation is different with special containers.These are usually purchased exclusively for a project and, since they cannot usually be used elsewhere, are also only produced in limited quantities. The required special load carriers are calculated before the start of the project and produced in the appropriate quantity. In contrast to standard load carriers, special load carriers usually come into a firmly defined cycle, where disposition is often not necessary in the "push" process. However, if the project runs over several years, the original costing basis may change and the initially functioning cycle may come to a standstill. The calculation and the actual requirements must therefore be regularly compared so that additional special load carriers can be ordered in good time if necessary.
Since the corresponding processes are not included in the SAP standard functions for packaging materials planning, planning is carried out manually in Microsoft Excel or on paper - a labor-intensive and time-consuming feat.
All packaging materials are thus scheduled at the right time and in the right quantity; excess stocks or bottlenecks, which cause high costs, do not even occur.
For each container type, the user gets a clear view of the current stock and demand per customer or vendor, which means that bottlenecks can be identified at an early stage and counteracted quickly.
He also benefits from noticeably streamlined processes and gains space for his core tasks, which include monitoring packaging materials, determining missing returnable packaging accounts, or identifying "shopworn" items.
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