A long-time SAP customer, the company was already using an SAP ECC 6.0 system to manage sales and pricing, distribution, finance, customer database and e-commerce. It was therefore natural for Aarnio to turn to SAP for this new project, in line with the scope already covered by the company’s solutions. In parallel with the installation of SAP EWM, the group decided to also implement new processes for supply management and order processing, based on the ERP system in place.
To set these processes in motion, Aarnio decided to deploy the warehouse management solution SAP Extended Warehouse Management (EWM). “We had many ambitions for the warehouse management system: it had to be able to support modern, voice-driven processes. The support of mobile terminals was also part of our requirements,” explains Pousar.
As soon as the solution was chosen, the company started looking for a partner to support them in the deployment phase. “SAP EWM is still a rare solution in Finland: it was difficult to find resources at the local level,” says Pousar. Aarnio therefore extended its research field to the European level. After an initial selection of 12 integrators, only three remained on a short-list. Finally, Aarnio decided to call on Westernacher. “Many of the processes we wanted to develop were new to us: we needed a competent and experienced partner to support us, especially for the supply chain and logistics warehouse management part,” says Pousar. The company also wanted to establish a real partner relationship with the integrator, based on a community of interest. Moreover, the group had invested a significant amount of money in the project. As a result, it put all the appropriate conditions in place to achieve a return on investment quickly.
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