Ask Approyo: How can SAP S/4HANA impact Distribution?

April 25, 2017

 Distributors must reinvent themselves from a warehouse of products for serving demand to information-centric companies that utilize new business models to gain competitive advantage. It will no longer be possible to survive by simply breaking bulk and having great, legacy customer relationships. The time to digitally transform is now.

 

For years, wholesale distributors have been striving for operational efficiency, especially in supply chain management processes. It continues to be vital, but in today’s climate, efficiency needs to be extended to all business operations. Distributors should closely examine optimization and simplicity as they relate to delivering premium, consistent customer service.Look to change or eliminate fundamental business processes to dramatically change the way you can do business. Move from being reactive and slow, to agile, proactive, and insight driven.

 

Step-change improvements to existing processes based on real-time information gives distributors the ability to make the right decisions and drive immediate impact.This platform requires an IT architecture that provides both stability and long-term reliability for core enterprise processes, and, at the same time, allows for flexibility in areas where change is happening on a constant basis. The digital core is the foundation for the core processes that need to run consistently and flexibly. It provides uninterrupted, real-time transactions and analytics and the ability to work proactively.

 

SAP S/4HANA was specifically developed to represent the digital core in this “bi-modal IT architecture.” It provides wholesale distribution firms with a proven framework to attain operational excellence, specifically across order management and inventory management processes.

 

SAP S/4HANA sources of value

The value from SAP S/4HANA comes through simplification of the user experience, architecture, and process.

 

Simplified user experience: across all devices

SAP S/4HANA empowers front-line users with a user-centric, consumer-grade experience because, for wholesale distributors, it’s the front-line employees that add value to customers. SAP is driving simplification and innovation in how business users work with a role-based, consistent user experience available on any device.

 

Simplified architecture: no aggregates –no redundancies

The simplified data model with SAP S/4HANA provides an advanced digital data architecture that provides, in real time, a single source of the truth for both transactions and analytics. This enables extensive flexibility to adapt to changing business models, such as streamlining business processes for more-effective customer service.

 

Order and contract management

 

  • Sales master data management

  • Sales contract management

  • Subscription contract management

  • Sales order management and processing

  • Claims, returns, and refund management

  • Sales monitoring and analytics

Inventory and warehouse management

 

  • Goods issue

  • Goods receipt

  • Stock transfers

  • Basic warehouse management

  • Basic shipping

  • Inventory turnover and investment

 

SAP S/4HANA is The Next Generation Business Suite For A Digital World
The opportunity exists to transform business processes and achieve the digital transformation of your business with more automation and real-time visibility. Our SAP HANA and Big Data solutions address these important these needs and more. Let us show you today! Set up a free consultation. 
 
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