In the last post we saw the Retail specific functionalities associated with a site like Departments, Merchandise Category Assignment etc. This post is a continuation of the same and we are going to see how to close & archive a store, grouping the stores of similar characteristics from the business perspective and most importantly about using the site reference when new stores are opened. This video will also teach you how to change the Customer / Vendor assigned to a site in SAP Retail.
Sites – The Retail terminology for the “Plants” from the core SAP modules. The Sites are the most important organisation unit in SAP IS-Retail because the sites perform the additional roles of Customers and Vendors depending on their site category. The Site Categories defined in SAP are – Distribution Center & Store. To create a site you need to have a site profile for the same and this profile is the key factor in differentiating between the Distribution Center and the Store. In this tutorial we’ll see how to create a Site profile and subsequently create a site based on the profile.
In SAP SD module, we assign the distribution channels to the Sales Organisation. This assignment of Sales Org – Dist.Channel is used in Sales Area setup and Plant assignments by following:-
Sales Org – Dist.Channel – Division = Sales Area
Sales Org – Dist.Channel – Plant
However the just assignment of Sales Org – Dist.Channel doesn’t hold any significance in simple SD. But this assignment is significant in SAP IS-Retail.
The format of a retailer is the overall appearance and feel that it presents to customers, primarily its look and layout, the sort of range it stocks and the approach taken to pricing. Format is distinct from fascia which, strictly speaking, refers solely to external appearance. Retailers occasionally use it as as a synonym for format. The format, together with range, pricing and marketing, is one of the key determinants of a retailer’s success. Of these, the format is very often the hardest to get right. A good format will both draw in customers (generating footfall) and help present products well to generate sales.