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Cloud-based ERP Software : Advice for Retail SMBs

There’s more than a few key factors retail businesses should be aware of when deciding whether an ERP (enterprise resource planning) system is right for them. Not only is the cost related to the size of the business an important consideration, but also just how useful or necessary ERP will …

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SAP Retail Omnichannel – Omnichannel Article Availability and Sourcing

Last update: Dec 4, 2017 Dear Retail community, this blog is about the omnichannel inventory visibility capabilities in SAP CAR, “Omnichannel Article Availability and Sourcing”, simply called “OAA”. It covers stock availability view across channels, provides omnichannel order sourcing capabilities, stock reservation during the checkout, and a lot more. OAA is …

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Internet of Things in Retail – a showcase

Internet of Things and HCP in action The Innovation Lab has built a small, sensor equipped store that shows which IoT scenarios can already today be implemented with the SAP HANA Cloud Platform (HCP). Our retail customers were thrilled by the prospect of using the model themselves instead of having …

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Power Your Grocer in the Digital Age with Data

It’s no secret that today’s consumer is tech-obsessed. Smartphones have slashed the average attention span, online shopping is on the rise, and hundreds of mobile apps aimed at making life easier launch every day. Some of us are so attached to our devices that we’re even sleeping with them. So …

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CAR in a Minute: Import coupons for use in PMR

Problem When creating an offer in SAP Promotion Management for Retail (PMR) I want the term to include coupons.  My coupons are managed by a system outside of SAP. How do I import my coupons for use in my offers?  In this CAR tip in a minute I will show …

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Reforecasting in an automated way

Problem statement Many times, retailers will generate offers in Promotion Management for Retail (PMR) that are 6-8 weeks or longer before they are active in stores.  In this time period, there are changes that occur constantly with prices, what products will be on promotion, which locations are participating, and possibly …

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Retail Outside In

Shoppers no longer HAVE to shop at your stores!In fact, they no longer have to shop at any store anymore. Shoppers don´t go online any more. They LIVE online, with the mobile device as their remote control to the world and to all aspects in life, including shopping. Yet, around …

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Omit listed product(s) from forecasting

Problem statement I’m getting a forecast from SAP Customer Activity Repository’s (CAR) Unified Demand Forecast module when my product is not listed in that location.  Why would a forecast be generated in this scenario? In Unified Demand Forecast (UDF), we want the ability to forecast new products or new locations.  …

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Developing a Successful Online Retail Business

For online retailers, there’s a plethora of digital marketing strategies to explore in the effort to attract and win the loyalty of consumers. Many such strategies are of course targeted towards specific business platforms. After all, what works for a virtual banking site won’t necessarily make sense for an online …

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Problems with CAR on HANA SPS10?

We are implementing CAR POS DTA and started with that on HANA SPS09 level. No big issues seen. We then upgraded the HANA to SPS10 (to enable further business functionalities) and have since experienced serious unstability problems with both revision 102.04 and revision 102.05. We are using POS DTA and …

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Great brands compete for your time, not your money

Part I The Rolling Stones sang about time in 1964. “Time is on my side, yes it is.” Not so for many retailers these days. Unfortunately for some erstwhile great brands, time represents a slow tortuous decline to oblivion. We all read the headlines of bankruptcy and nobody is surprised.  …

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Product Recommendation for SAP Retail Omni-Channel Commerce

Dear Retail community, Introducted with SAP Hybris Marketing 1508, SAP Hybris Product Recommendation provides personalized, context relevant product recommendations in real-time and is well integrated with the Hybris Commerce WCMS application. Read what’s in for Retail Omni-Channel Commerce scenarios: 1602 release: Product Recommendation SAP Hybris Marketing has been seen major …

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Offer Recommendation for SAP Retail Omnichannel Commerce

Dear Retail community, The all-new Offer Recommendation feature was first released in February 2016 as part of the SAP Hybris Marketing 1602 release and was further refined and extended in the meantime. Read what’s in for SAP Retail Omni-Channel Commerce. What is Offer Recommendation? Offer Recommendation picks for every consumer, …

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Article Data Management for SAP Retail Omni-Channel Commerce

Dear Retail community, This blog has been moved to the blog SAP Hybris Commerce, Integration Packages for SAP for Retail. Enjoy, Ingo Dr. Ingo Woesner Global Director, Outbound Product Management Retail Omni-Channel SAP SE ingo.woesner@sap.com    www.sap.com  Follow me on SAP Community Network and LinkedIn

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NRF’s Big Show: A Memorable Experience

      As I make it through Blizzard 2016 in the Washington DC metro area, I reflect back on my 4 days in New York for the National Retail Federation Big Show: Super Saturday was a highlight as always. Great presentations by Congo Voice and Thrive in Joy (Dominican Republic). Emotional …

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Why McKinsey’s two-speed IT is only one half of a good idea

In a recent article McKinsey advocates the adoption of a two-speed IT environment to go digital. The authors state that ‘delivering an enriched customer experience requires a new digital architecture running alongside legacy systems’. Yes, the article and its recommendations generally hit the mark: agile, scrum, small podular teams, a …

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SAP Fashion management solution for Vertical companies

Historically apparel brands were either known as Wholesaler/ Manufacturer or Retailor but not both. Over the time its their “Brand Value” which led them supporting multiple channel. Strong Wholesale brands expanded them self and turned into successful Retailor  and same goes to Retailor who turned into Wholesaler. SAP AFS & …

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Leveraging Insights to Create New Possibilities in Retail

“The retail industry is all about people,” said Lori Mitchell-Keller, Global General Manager, Consumer Industries, SAP, as she kicked off the National Retail Federation Expo 2016 in New York City. “And it’s one of the many reasons I love what I do.” A common trend found across the entire expo …

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