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Global template rollout for 3M.

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3M Company
Industrial and Consumer Products
Key expertise
The 3M Company is an American multinational conglomerate corporation operating in the fields of industry, worker safety, health care, and consumer goods. 3M are on a global transformation journey called POLARIS to implement an end-to-end SAP footprint. Westernacher has accompanied 3M on this journey and helped the company attain cross business warehouse excellence with the implementation of SAP EWM and the rollout of a standardized template to its warehouses and distribution centers around the globe.


  • Full implementation of wall-to-wall SAP IT landscape with EWM
  • Rollout of standardized EWM template globally to plants and DCs
  • Improve inbound processes with quality inspections, putaway strategies and RF device integration
  • Enhance storage and operations with focus on cycle count and replenishment
  • Upgrade cross processes with focus on cross docking, labour management, batch traceability, label integration with software and serial number management
  • Improve outbound processes through wave management, picking and pack optimization, direct integration to transport processes, and advanced production staging


  • Global stock transparency
  • Tight manufacturing integration
  • Opportunistic cross docking – direct to trailer
  • Advanced production staging and expected goods receipts
  • Generation of quality certifications automatically from EWM
  • Full inventory visibility to global planners and customer service
  • Disruptions or delays at production plants managed efficiently
  • Streamlined inventory transfers between sites and plants
  • Improved picking efficiency for carton heavy volume picking sites
  • Reduced manual labelling and touch points at pack centers
  • Handling of unit and serial number traceability up to bin level
  • Full outbound RF capabilities for picking, loading and shipping processes
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Plants and DCs that use or will use EWM


Users for SAP ECC

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Users for SAP EWM/TM


  • Single harmonized platform implemented globally with shared resources for support
  • Native SAP system integration – standard SAP interfaces of EWM with SAP TM and GTS add value for various shipping scenarios
  • Reduced interface complexity with SAP standardization
  • Centralized material availability, forecasting and customer order information across multiple sites
  • Integrated IT landscape that is fully scalable, simplified and will ensure future growth

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