I recently had an opportunity to reacquaint myself with material substitutions in SAP — also known as SAP Material Determination. This is a standard function within the Sales & Distribution module which allows for one material to be substituted for another under certain circumstances. In this article, I’ll provide a brief overview of the functionality, how it can be configured and the master data the supports it. Read on for more.Continue reading “SAP Material Determination”
SAP Delivery Blocks
Being a digital pack-rat, I end up with a lot of old random documents on my PC. I recently found an opportunity to do some spring cleaning (in winter) and came across an old document where I was researching Delivery Blocks. So… Let’s talk about SAP Delivery Blocks. There’s much more to these fields than meets the eye. In this article I take a deep dive into Delivery Blocks, what they do, where they come from, and why.Continue reading “SAP Delivery Blocks”
SAP: Exploring Backorders (Part 2) – Rescheduling
In Part 1 of this series, I provided a basic definition for backorders, highlighted some standard tools in ECC to report on backorders, and recommended some high-level approaches to resolving backorder problems. In this article, I address one of the main tools for automating the process of re-balancing material confirmations: V_V2.
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SAP Infographic: SAP Logistics Scheduling
I’ve previously attempted to demystify SAP Sales Order dates, but this topic seems to arise time and time again. I decided to put the Sales Order / Logistics scheduling dates on a handy timeline to help explain the mechanics of SAP Logistics Scheduling. Read on.
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SAP Intercompany Drop Ship Optimization
Things have been quite busy for me as of late leaving me very little time for posting new content on this blog. Lately, though, I had the opportunity to write a blog post about the SAP Intercompany Drop Ship process for my employer, itelligence, and I thought I would share that link with you here (itelligencegroup.com). You are more than welcome to request access to the accompanying webinar recording (at the bottom of the linked page), but keep in mind the applicants may be screened beforehand. Enjoy.
New SAP SD Reference Guide Content: SAP Notes
I’ve been playing a bit of catch up this week. I’ve got a rather large backlog of articles to publish. Today, I’m starting with some new content in my SAP SD Reference Guide series: SAP SD Reference Guide: SAP Notes
SAP Notes are available to those with SAP S# user ID’s. You can review them here.
SAP: Working with Change Records in SD
One of the best weapons in a support consultant’s arsenal is the ability to review document changes. Sometimes, being able to build a precise timeline around occurrences of an issue can be crucial to finding a solution. Let’s discuss more about the structure and use of SAP change records in Sales and Distribution.
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SAP: Route, Leg, and Packing Determination
I recently took a trip into my own personal way-back machine — an old Western Digital Passport drive — and found this golden oldie: A diagram I made years ago in MS Visio illustrating the intricate complexities of SAP’s Route, Leg and Packing determination.
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SAP: Exploring SAP Backorder Processing in SD (Part 1)
The term “backorder” is common across most industries. They are also the bane of most customer service organizations who are often caught in between struggling processes and angry customers. In this two part series, I’ll discuss how to recognize an SAP backorder issue, approaches to identify sources, and how SAP can help. Let’s explore SAP backorders!
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SAP: Exploring SAP Cross Selling in SD
I make a lot of trips to the home improvement store throughout the year. Unfortunately, many of my trips are necessary because I neglected to put an important item in my cart on a previous trip. If only there was a way for the store clerk to prompt to purchase additional items related to those already in my cart. This could simultaneously increase the store’s sales — reducing the risk I purchase items elsewhere — while saving me extra trips to the store. Fortunately for companies running SAP, this feature DOES exist and it is called SAP Cross Selling. Let’s take a deeper dive.