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SAP Merchandising for Retail

SAP Merchandising for Retail is a real-time integrated solution for merchandise management that enables head office, stores as well as trading partners access to information and transactions that support best practice business processes across the entire retail merchandise lifecycle. It is based on SAP ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning).

SAP Merchandising helps retailers execute the intelligent merchandising decisions that will set them apart from the competition. By understanding their customers and anticipating new trends, retailers can respond rapidly to consumer demands in ways that inspire customers to return to their stores, Website or call center - again and again. And with all the insight they need to make the best merchandising decisions, retailers can grow their business profitably.

Key Functions and Features

Key function

Target in SAP Library

Target in Solution Map for Retail

Business Scenario

Operational Buying

Purchasing

Supply Chain Management → Operational Buying

Processing Purchase Orders in ERP

•  Source of Supply

Supply Source Determination

Supply Chain Management → Operational Buying

Processing Purchase Orders in ERP

•  Purchase Orders

Ordering

Supply Chain Management → Operational Buying

Processing Purchase Orders in ERP

◊  Collective Purchase Orders

Collective Purchase Order

Supply Chain Management → Operational Buying

Collective Purchase Orders with Subitems

◊  Requirements Processing for Request for Quotations

RFQ and Quotation

Supply Chain Management → Operational Buying

Processing Purchase Orders in ERP

◊  Processing Purchase Orders for Subcontracting

Subcontracting in Purchasing

Supply Chain Management → Operational Buying

Procurement of Subcontracted Production

◊  Seasonal Procurement

Seasonal Procurement

Supply Chain Management → Operational Buying

◊  Perishables Procurement

Perishables Procurement

Supply Chain Management → Operational Buying

 

•  Order Optimization

Order Optimizing

Supply Chain Management → Operational Buying

Order Optimizing

•  Open to Buy

Open-To-Buy (OTB)

Supply Chain Management → Operational Buying

 

•  Invoicing

Invoice Verification

Supply Chain Management → Operational Buying

Verifying Logistics Invoices (Online/In Background) - Retail

•  Vendor Rebate Arrangements

Subsequent Settlement

Supply Chain Management → Operational Buying

 

•  Consignment

Vendor Consignment

Supply Chain Management → Operational Buying

 

•  Retail Price Management & Execution

Pricing

Merchandise Lifecycle → Retail Price Management

Retail Pricing

•  Promotion Management & Execution

Promotion

Merchandise Lifecycle → Promotion Management

 

•  Markdown Management & Execution

Slow Seller Management

Merchandise Lifecycle → Markdown Management

Price Planning

Distribution

Merchandise Distribution

Supply Chain Management → Replenishment and Inventory Opt.

 

•  Allocation

Allocation

Supply Chain Management -> Replenishment and Inventory Opt. -> Allocation

•  Basic Replenishment

Replenishment

Supply Chain Management -> Replenishment and Inventory Opt. -> Requirements Planning and Replenishment

 

•  Stock Relocation

Goods movement

 

 

Inventory Management

Inventory Management

Supply Chain Management -> Replenishment and Inventory Opt. -> Chain Wide Inventory Management

 

•  Stock Management

Inventory Management

 

 

•  Inventory Valuation

Valuation

 

 

•  Retail Method of Accounting (RMA)

Retail Method of Accounting

 

•  Stock Ledger (Cost, Retail, Hybrid)

Stock Ledger Analytics

 

 

•   Stock Relocation

Inventory Management: Transactions

 

 

•  Returns Management

Return Delivery

 

 

•   Physical Inventory

Physical Inventory

 

 


Getting started with SAP Merchandising for Retail

  • SAP Retail Technology Facts of SAP Retail configuration (SMP credentials required): The objective of this document is to provide a solid understanding of the SAP Retail technology facts in the current release SAP ERP 6.0: activitation of SAP Retail with corresponding business function set, the enterprise extension Retail and the provision of innovations with Retail-related enterprise business function in enhancement packages. The document adresses business consultants and SAP customers to acquire deeper understanding of SAP Retail. Thus specialized knowledge about system installation or programming is not a prerequisite for reading this document.


Customer Success Stories

  • Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation - Read how this large Canadian alcoholic beverage retailer transformed key business processes that enabled a progressive, customer-focused business plan after implementing the SAP ERP application and SAP for Retail.

Run SAP for Retail - Best Practices for Solution Operations

For retailer's global end-to-end solutions with typically high data volumes, an optimized operational concept is key for lowering operating costs, proactively avoiding incidents, ensuring a stable system performance and enabling growth and innovation. "Run SAP for Retail" provides Best Practices for Solution Operations helping you to set up an operational concept for Retail solutions like SAP Enteprise POS. Find more information on "Run SAP for Retail" on the wiki page "Run SAP For Retail- Retail specific Best Practices for Solution Opertaions".

  • Manage Operations for SAP for Retail - ERP Replenishment (SMP credentials required): This Best Practice helps you set up a Business Process Monitoring concept for your SAP for Retail solution. The concept aims at defining procedures for business process-oriented monitoring and error handling, and escalation procedures for your ERP Replenishment business process.

Qualification - Curriculum

SAP for Retail training catalogue (SMP Credentials required) - SAP's training catalog is designed to help you find the right course for your needs. Whether you are searching for an overview about SAP Merchandising for Retail or if you are willing to become a certified consultant, our comprehensive catalog of courses will provide you the optimal offering.

    • SAPIRT - Overview about SAP Merchandising for Retail (SAP for Retail introduction course, relevant for everyone who wants to gain a good overview of SAP for Retail)
    • IRT310-IRT370 - Customizing courses (for consultants/presales/customer project team members)
    • SAP for Retail Associate Certification

Features, Capabilities and Best Practices

  • Structured Article Maintenance: This document by Bernhard Bittermann gives some very basic information about the maintenance of structured articles in SAP ERP. It also tries to give some hints on where to find more information.



Release specific Information - SAP Merchandising based on ERP 6.0 Enhancement Pack 4

  • Release Notes (SMP Credentials required): A release note is a brief explanation of new features or changes to the system since the last software release. A release note typically describes a new function or an existing function that has been enhanced or changed.  It may, however, also describe a function that has been deleted or describe user interface changes, terminology changes, or changes to the structure of the Implementation Guide (IMG).
  • SAP Library- SAP Retail: Read on about Basic Principles, Central Coordination like Master Data or Strategic Sales, Local Operations like Purchasing or Merchandise Logistics and Distributed Data Processing like POS Interface or Transferring PRICAT (Price Cataloges) Messages.


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