Entering Retail Orders into SAP and other Supply Chain systems – challenges and how to overcome these

Several Companies operate their supply chain processes on high-end enterprise systems. However these systems are internal and used internally. Opening up their internal IT systems to their external partners is a challenge as it requires administration, security and ongoing maintenance. All of which are time consuming and cost money Retailers who are not part of an exclusive arrangement with the company may be using their own systems including ERP, order placement, accounting & others. In many cases, retailers may be still using manual processes for several stages of order placement. When a retailer needs to place an order with the supplier (Distributor or Principal) it may do it in one of the followings ways:- Verbal Order to Sales representative Telephone Order to the Company Call Centre Fax Order to the Local Company Office Email Order to the Company Designated ID Online via an Online Order placement system provided by the company Using a Mobile Application provided by the company Via Text message (SMS) Via Written Purchase Order wanted to the company In future via social media, robots and more The types of transactions would be as follows: Placement of New orders Modification of Orders Cancellation of Orders In the Current Stage of business evolution and automation it is not practical for all non exclusive retailers to have systems that connect to the ERP of the supplier or principal. The interface is still largely manual with retailer’s placement orders in one or more of the channels above. Companies can overcome the challenges through the following route: Create an online B2B ecommerce site that integrates with the ERP being operated by...