SAP will give businesses a real-time view of what is happening to their inventory with an upgrade to its supply chain management (SCM) tools.
The latest version of its mySAP SCM software, due for release by the end of June, will extend support for warehouse and logistics processes to incorporate information from RFID (radio frequency identification) tags.
The changes build on the earlier release of SAP's Auto-ID Infrastructure, a component of its Netweaver integration platform.
The SCM upgrade also includes enhancements to the Advanced Planning and Optimisation module, allowing businesses to plan better for outsourcing of production operations.
Latest tools for specific industries include one for the industrial machinery and components market which allows management of customer-specific or project-driven manufacturing runs, SAP said.
Other features of the upgrade to mySAP SCM include support for responsive replenishment, where a fall in inventory levels for a product can automatically trigger delivery of more stock if the supplier is using the appropriate SAP software.
If retailers are able to track the evolution of inventory levels over periods of hours, rather than days, they can plan more effectively, said SAP spokesman Roland Edwards.
Peter Sayer writes for IDG News Service