Promotion: New Functions in Retail

Description

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

Of these, the following were not included in SAP Retail Release 1.2B:

Promotion creation and maintenance

You can only use this function if you use

SAP Retail.

You can create promotions, assign materials to them, and establish promotion prices. You also define a validity period for the promotion; prices automatically take effect at on the promotion start date and revert to normal prices when the promotion ends. You can also create themes and product catalogs for promotions. You can create allocation tables to control distribution of promotional merchandise to stores (that is, which store gets what quantity of merchandise). The system automatically updates the sales volume while the promotion is running.

Promotion announcements

You can only use this function if you use

SAP Retail.

You can notify your stores of upcoming promotions and either specify the quantity of merchandise that will be allocated to each store (with or without allowing modifications) or ask them to suggest the quantity they would like to receive.

Automatic promotion determination (retail and wholesale)

You can only use this function if you use

SAP Retail.

When creating sales orders for stores or wholesale customers, you can have the system automatically determine whether an applicable promotion is in effect. This works equally well for purchase orders. You can also define separate validity periods for purchasing, sales orders, and deliveries.

Product catalog variants for promotions

You can only use this function if you use

SAP Retail.

You can create product catalogs and assign them to promotions. These may be printed, CD-ROM, or Internet catalogs, and you can associate text, images, or multimedia objects with the promotion materials. For each product catalog, you can create variants with different language/currency combinations.

Split valuation for promotion materials

You can only use this function if you use

SAP Retail.

You can value your normal and promotion stock separately. When purchase orders are created, the system checks to see whether the material is assigned to a promotion. When goods are received, values are posted to the appropriate General Ledger account (normal or promotion) depending on the valuation type.

Support for generic materials and variants

You can only use this function if you use

SAP Retail.

When you assign a generic material to a promotion, all its variants are automatically included. You may have variants which inherit their prices from the generic material, variants which have their own prices, or a combination of both. You can specify different sales quantities for the individual variants.

Suggested sales price

You can only use this function if you use

SAP Retail.

For each promotion type, you can specify a reference plant or distribution chain. If you choose to do this, then the system will automatically suggest a sales price for materials in the promotion, based on prices for that plant or distribution chain.

Change system parameters in customizing

Refer to the IMG under Promotions