For fashion companies looking to implement SAP S/4HANA for Fashion or Retail, the project may seem complex and costly. This is especially the case for companies that may have multiple disparate SAP systems and proccess across their global operations.
To help fashion who are considering or are in the midst of an S/4HANA implementation, we've put together a couple of articles to provide real-world insights to industry leaders looking to transform their operations with a digital platform.
Considerations for Building a Global Template for S/4HANA Rollouts
As Fashion companies grow they often expand into different geographical locations worldwide resulting in multiple IT systems for each location. These Fashion companies have come to realize that fragmented IT systems do not allow for a holistic understanding of their business understandings.
To overcome this challenge Fashion companies are turning to a unified SAP S/4HANA rollout across all locations worldwide. However, building a template for the rollout can be complex as each location may have its unique requirements. Hence, the template will have to be a blend of unified processes and customization.
Find out more about building a global S/4HANA rollout template here.
From SAP AFS to S/4HANA Fashion: Impact on Key Processes
SAP AFS has supported Fashion companies for years but today many are looking to move their businesses onto SAP S/4HANA for Fashion and Vertical business for its next-generation capabilities. With the move, SAP AFS customers will experience significant changes in the processes from what they have grown accustomed to. SAP AFS customers should expect changes in the following processes:
- Available to Promise (ATP) is now Advance ATP (aATP)
- ARUN (Allocation Run) is now Supply Assignment
- Business Partner replaces the traditional customer and vendor master record
Find out more about the changes in processes on SAP S/4HANA Fashion here.
Designing for omnichannel: What to consider when designing a central DC for Wholesale, Retail and eCommerce
In today's Fashion industry players of all kinds are pushing their direct-to-consumer businesses by combining their brick-and-mortar stores with eCommerce offerings. While omni-channel retailing is the new norm, many Fashion companies still struggle with omni-channel success because of the challenges it brings with supply chains.
In order to ensure omni-channel success there are certain key considerations that Fashion companies need to keep in mind when designing a central distribution center for all three channels:
- How do you ensure stock protection across different channels within a central DC?
- How can a central DC service multiple subsidiaries across multiple channels?
- How do you define the required priority?
- How can Product Allocation (PAL) be optimized?
Read more about designing a central distribution center for omni-channel retailing here.
Key points to consider when upgrading from one version of S/4HANA to another
SAP S/4HANA has been around for almost an entire decade and thousands of companies around the world have benefited from this technology. For those that have been early adopters of the solution the question of upgrading to a newer version is becoming increasingly important.
The upgrade to the new verison of S/4HANA needs to be executed according to business and industry requirements. A few tips on how to ensure a smooth transition include:
- Review release notes and identify the key impact areas based on the solution implemented
- Regression testing of the entire solution post upgrade
- Ensure to cover all end-to-end scenarios during regression testing, including all variants
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