SAP EWM S/4HANA Embedded

Starting point for global SAP EWM rollout series from DAW SE,
Europe's leading manufacturer of building paints and thermal insulation

DAW Sweden implements
SAP EWM S/4HANA Embedded

About DAW SE

DAW is the largest private manufacturer of building paints and thermal insulation in Europe. With innovative coating systems for the building envelope, interiors and industrial surfaces, the company has been improving the performance of buildings for 1895 years, helping people to live and work in healthier, more efficient, better designed and more sustainable buildings.

The corporate strategy is based on the values of the owner family in the fifth generation: fair business practices, innovative strength as the most important means of differentiation and a sustainable business and product philosophy.

The DAW group of companies is headquartered in Germany in Ober-Ramstadt in the state of Hessen and is represented worldwide with numerous locations in around 40 countries. It is the owner of numerous strong brands such as Alpina or Caparol. The DAW group of companies employs about 5,600 people (2020) and achieved a turnover of about 1.3 billion Euros in 2017.

The DAW group of companies has its headquarters in Germany in Ober-Ramstadt in Hesse and is represented in around 40 countries worldwide with numerous locations. It is the owner of numerous strong brands such as Alpina or Caparol. The DAW Group employs around 5,600 people (as of 2020) and generated a turnover of around 1.3 billion € in 2017.

DAW Sweden sells its products via wholesalers and DIY stores as well as directly to end customers via its own B2C shops.

Industry: Paints and varnishes

Starting point

DAW SE made the strategic decision to successively introduce SAP S/4HANA as the ERP system at all of the company’s locations. As part of a global rollout plan, it was determined which locations were to be transformed and when.

In the process, a decision also had to be made regarding the warehouse management software. In order to have a holistically integrated system, the choice ultimately fell on SAP EWM S/4HANA Embedded. As implementation partner we supported DAW in the decision-making process. The first location in this SAP EWM rollout series was Sweden. The warehouse there is around 3,600 square metres in size and comprises almost 4,300 systemic storage locations.

About the project

After the successful cooperation within the SAP EWM project at the headquarters in Ober-Ramstadt, DAW decided to also plan and implement the implementation in Sweden with LogiPlus.

Project goals

Implemented solutions and services

Implementation highlights

Benefits for DAW Sweden

Challenges and measures

Very short project duration

Due to the fixed schedule for the SAP S/4HANA implementation in Sweden, the go-live date for SAP EWM was also fixed. Therefore, it was imperative to keep to the milestones.

Change Management

In order to be able to keep to the fixed go-live date, it was consciously decided to remain relatively close to the SAP standard. Even if this meant that established processes had to be adapted. To ensure the necessary acceptance by the employees, they were actively involved in the change management process.

Embedded EWM Basic

Since the basic version of Embedded EWM and not the advanced version was implemented, the full range of services could not be used. Solutions had to be found for non-existing functionalities such as picking planning (waves), cross-docking, shipping or receiving.

Flexibility in the order picking sequence

The order picking sequence had to be designed very flexibly. Due to the different container types and sizes specific to Sweden, it was necessary to dynamically map the order of picking. This requires additional degrees of freedom for the responsible warehouse staff.

Outgoing goods process in one transaction

The complete outgoing goods process from picking to packing to staging is carried out by a single employee and was to be mapped in one transaction.


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