Integrate R/3 with SAP for Retail for Maximum Logistics Agility

  • by Trilokesh Satpathy, PMP, Consultant, Infosys Technologies Limited
  • April 1, 2006
Many users may not be aware that it is possible to run SAP for Retail in parallel with a standard SAP R/3 system. Learn how, with specific examples of integration points and descriptions of solutions.
Key Concept
SAP for Retail is an industry-specific solution set that helps companies manage global retail store chains. It provides a suite of retail-specific applications, including merchandise management and planning, workforce management, point-of-sale data management, demand forecasting and replenishment, merchandise and assortment planning, master data management, and even radio frequency identification (RFID).
Retail stores might be one of the channels used by your company to reach customers. Your SAP R/3 implementation supports all of the other channels; however, you want an ERP package to answer your retail-store-specific issues — SAP for Retail. You need to know how to integrate it with your existing R/3 implementation. I’ll show you how to use Application Link Enabling (ALE) to integrate SAP for Retail with a standard R/3 system.

R/3 acts as the system of record and the main system for product life cycle management, supply chain processes, coordination with other partners, and collation of all financial data. SAP for Retail coordinates one of the distribution channels for your company and helps manage your global retail chain of stores. I’m going to discuss some of the retail business processes and focus on the integration points between R/3 and SAP for Retail. I will not go into great detail on integration with functionalities such as Point of Sale (POS) or Internet Transaction Server (ITS) software.

SAP for Retail uses its own set of terms and related transaction codes. Table 1 shows a few major differences in terms and how they map to R/3. To go to the retail-specific menu, use transaction code W10T in SAP for Retail.

Trilokesh Satpathy

Trilokesh Satpathy, PMP, is a consultant with Infosys Technologies Limited with more than six years of SAP consulting experience spanning automobile and computer manufacturing companies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a post-graduate degree in business management.

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