Integrate Labeling with SAP to Optimize Your Global Supply Chain
by Maureen Perroni, on August 4, 2016
Today’s global supply chains are more complex than ever. To manage their dynamics, and stay ahead of the competition, leading companies have turned to SAP to optimize their supply chains. These organizations deploy SAP modules like Order Management, Materials Management, Extended Warehouse Management, Environment Health and Safety and Transportation Management to leverage the capabilities and efficiencies that enable an organization to succeed. They rely on SAP to provide a unified solution that integrates their processes across the supply chain.
This maximizes efficiencies and extends the possibility that the supply chain offers to achieve healthier top and bottom lines. Forward-thinking organizations are also starting to recognize that labeling plays a direct role in achieving these results.
And, the best way to manage labeling in today’s complex supply chain and SAP environment is to integrate with an Enterprise Labeling Solution. This allows companies to leverage existing business processes and vital data sources. It allows them to standardize and offer consistency throughout their operations, while maximizing existing investments and eliminating the need to retrain users. The approach, which triggers labeling directly from SAP, replaces multiple, disparate, locally controlled data sources with data from SAP. This prevents data replication to other sources and eliminates labeling errors. It also removes the need for countless permutations of label templates.
Many organizations choose SAP because of its ability to meet the requirements of a global enterprise: the wide range of capabilities, scalability, reliability, and availability that SAP offers. A robust Enterprise Labeling Solution that integrates with SAP enables an organization to leverage the value of their SAP deployment more fully. This type of labeling solution is designed to support a global deployment. It must be able to easily scale as an organization’s needs grow, whether it’s adding new locations or increasing daily production runs to meet increasing demand. Another aspect of scale is the ability to communicate across an organization’s full printer landscape, which may include thousands of different printers – all of which need to work with a centralized labeling solution. It must be able to perform reliably on a day-to-day basis, and offer the degree of availability that will protect an organization from business interruption stemming from labeling system failures.
Ultimately, integrating labeling with SAP allows companies to standardize labeling for accuracy and consistency, enabling them to respond quickly and efficiently to customer and regulatory requirements while also dramatically cutting costs, simplifying maintenance and improving time to market.
To find out more about integrating your labeling with SAP, check out our paper on the topic. It looks at today’s supply chain pressures, outline the pitfalls of managing labeling at a local level and explains how Enterprise Labeling can seamlessly integrate with your SAP solution to bring your company’s labeling to the next level and make a measurable difference for your business.