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.
This two part blog is about the various fields and functionalities associated with a SAP Retail Site. As we know that the site is the retail version of the Plant from core SAP modules, the functionalities associated with Sites is much more exhaustive than a conventional SAP MM / SD plant. In this post we see the site functionalities like Listing, Procurement and POS along with the other Retail specific functionalities like Departments, assignment of Merchandise Categories etc. Watch for the second part of this post / video for more Site functionalities like site Grouping, Reference Sites and closure of the site etc.
In the previous video of Site Master creation, we understand that the Site profile of a site can’t be changed once the Site is created. The same is validated in the SAP Help site also. However there are chances of manual error while creating a site. E.g A site which was supposed to have created as Distribution Center could have been created as Store and when the mistake is realised, we should be ready to face subsequent consequences like breaking of number (range), confusion from the Business as they might have been using this site already but couldn’t adapt to the new number etc. In such cases, we should find out workarounds to fix this.
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.
A Retail Organisation needs the basic organisational units – Purchasing, Sales, Finance, Shipping considering the operations involved in basic retailing. Since this post assumes that you are aware of / experienced in any core SAP module, we fastly pass through the organisational units definition without delving much in detail into them. We are defining and adding the following Organisational units for configuring our basic Retailing process.
1. Company Code
2. Purchasing Organisation
3. Sales Organisation
4. Shipping Point
Dear All, I am planning to come with the SAP Retail tutorials along with videos wherever / whenever possible, so that it will be of good use to all the SAP IS-Retail aspirants. I have been following lot of training stuffs online and I should say that I am terribly upset with the quality of the training stuffs available. Probably the trainers doesn’t want to open up more on the public domain instead want to “tease” the aspirants with little stuffs, so that the aspiring consultants reach out to them for paid training. But I should say that the quality and range of topics available for other modules like SD / MM is far better and sometimes, even better than what was being taught in the training centers.
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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.