Retail: New Functions in the Material Master for Retail


As a result of requirements from the retail sector (SAP Retail), Release 4.0A includes the following new functions:

Internal Number Assignment for Generic Materials
You can use these functions only if you use SAP Retail.

In the retail material master, the numbers of generic materials can now also be assigned internally by the system. The same number range is used as for single materials.

Customer Exits for Number Assignment
You can use these functions only if you use SAP Retail.

Customer enhancement MGW00002 contains three customer exits that you can use for the following purposes:

For more information, see the documentation for SAP Enhancement MGW00002.

Search Help by Material Category

The collective search help for a material (MAT1) now also contains a search help (short cut J) allowing you to search for materials by material category.

Integrated Data Transfer
You can use these functions only if you use SAP Retail.

One of the first steps required for putting the SAP R/3 Retail System into operation is normally to transfer material data from a legacy system. This is because it is not normally possible to re-create the materials manually since there are so many of them.

If your retail system is a distributed system, it is also necessary to exchange data between these systems. Other scenarios making it necessary to distribute material master data are as follows:

The legacy system can, of course, be an R/3 system or R/2 system with industry materials. During data transfer, the system converts the industry materials into retail materials. However, this only applies in the case of different systems. To convert industry materials into retail materials in the same system, you must use program RMMMMPOI.

In the SAP R/3 Retail System, Application Link Enabling (ALE) is used to transfer and distribute data. This technique is the same for all SAP applications and is used in the R/3 Retail System to distribute different kinds of master data and transaction data via defined interfaces known as IDocs.

For more information, see the following R/3 library documentation:

Detailed description of ALE, the functions supported, and how to proceed
Information specific to retail and the material master for retail (article master)