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    www.nicelabel.com info@nicelabel.com   Printing labels from SAP ERP: Solving a common issue with a structured approach White Paper  Version 20090317- 01  ©2009 Euro Plus & Niceware International. All rights reserved.http://www.nicelabel.com   Printing Labels from SAP 2009   Table of Contents Executive Summary...............................................................................................................3   The Immediate Benefits of Label Printing Process Integration.........................................4   Price.............................................................................................................................4   Logistical Strain and Reliability....................................................................................4   Why and How to Integrate Label Printing into SAP ERP....................................................5   Why .............................................................................................................................5   Business considerations......................................................................................5    Technical reasons...............................................................................................5   How to Print From SAP...............................................................................................6   SAP Smart Forms...............................................................................................6   SAPscript (ITF Method).......................................................................................6   Integrated Method...............................................................................................7   Can You Truly Afford to Ignore Integration?.......................................................................9    Appendix...............................................................................................................................10   www.nicelabel.com   2  Printing Labels from SAP 2009   Executive Summary Label printing from SAP is always a touchy subject, in part due to a common lack of understanding of how the label printing operation fits into the modern enterprise. SAPas such is a complete ERP solution for medium-size and large enterprises whichhandles just about any IT-related task that’s thrown at it. Its ability to supportpractically all potential operations of the modern business is based in its amazingflexibility and adjustability, which in turn demands significant investment and setupefforts.It’s no wonder that the users of SAP ERP demand that their high-end solution coversall of their needs. This is where the label printing conflict arises, as SAP does not andcan not support all eventual label printing operations. As such, label printing is nomore an integral part of the IT operation than shipping or warehousing. SAP ERPsupports all of these activities by providing them with the appropriate data, but it doesnot itself print labels or move boxes around the warehouse. This white paper will illustrate how a successfully integrated labeling solution is notthe archetypal third party software that everyone tries to avoid, but rather a self-sustained operation that seamlessly works within the SAP ERP infrastructure. Whilewe don’t expect every operating system to include a state-of-the-art word processor,we do expect the application to function perfectly within the system, and demand thatits interference in the system is limited to a single icon click. www.nicelabel.com   3  Printing Labels from SAP 2009   The Immediate Benefits of Label Printing ProcessIntegration Price  To pick one example from a pool of thousands: “[Sam’s Club] reduced the fee for each pallet it receives without aradio frequency identification tag. The retailer will now charge 12cents, instead of $2.50. The reason, according to Simon Langford, Wal-Mart's director forEPC and RFID technologies, is that the retailer has integrated EPCRFID tagging into its own operations, so the cost to Sam's Club isminimal.« 1  The retail chain demanded that its suppliers affix all pallets with RFID tags, and notonly did it charge the suppliers who failed to do so for the RFID labeling that wasdone upon delivery, it announced that they would increase this price to $3.00 by2009 in order to cover their costs the following year.In a sudden twist and a display of resourceful cost management, their announcementin 2009 instead set the cost at $0.12, which is the total RFID labeling cost of theirintegrated solution. Twelve cents is our net cost, says Langford. That's a powerfulmessage for anyone out there starting to look at EPC technology. You can tag cheaply if you integrate into your existing processes. Logistical Strain and Reliability Integration of an operation is by definition the opposite of running a parallel operationto the existing one. The company from the above example (presumably) previouslymaintained a parallel label printing operation, which caused it to invest significantlymore into labeling than was necessary.As a parallel system is operated and maintained separately, its increased cost isfollowed by additional strain on the management and physical operation workloads,needlessly complicating the operative issues, as well as introducing countlessadditional opportunities for human error and other problems that plague complexenterprise item operations. 1  RFID Journal www.nicelabel.com   4
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