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Merchandise Buying Solutions

Source and buy merchandise and services using effective procurement processes and controls throughout your supply chain

Procure goods faster and at lower cost from vendors globally with merchandise buying solutions from SAP:

  • Contribute to the bottom line through informed negotiating, while achieving compliance and increasing automation
  • Reduce cost and react flexibly to dynamic market conditions
  • Support effective sourcing, contracts, spend analysis, operational buying, and management of large volumes of invoices
  • Adopt buying processes to specific merchandise, and handle purchase orders efficiently and accurately

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Solution Capabilities

Explore the capabilities of our merchandise buying solutions:

Purchase Order Processing

Create, display, and change purchase orders for quick, efficient processing

Proficiently create, display, change, and process purchase orders in a transparent, integrated system with SAP software. Support automated and manual processes for creating purchase orders to respond to requisitions. Approve and release purchase orders to suppliers using paper-based documents, fax, mail, EDI, or XML methods. Process supplier responses such as confirmations, acknowledgements, and shipping notifications quickly and efficiently with our purchase-order processing software.

Perishables Procurement

Consolidate information for optimizing perishable-procurement operations

Gain insight into procuring perishable merchandise using SAP software. Support informed decision making with functionality that can help accurately identify and track available inventories, distribution channels, current prices, and delivery dates. Establish flexible, single point-of-entry processes that can help streamline workloads, monitor sales activity, and initiate both push- and pull-marketing scenarios using our software for perishable procurement.

Order Optimizing

Increase order accuracy and cost savings by optimizing purchase orders

Optimize retail purchase orders either automatically or manually to achieve the best business results using SAP software. Apply business rules and algorithms to optimize order quantities for specific articles by rounding off quantities to create full packs or by grouping purchase orders into full loads. Handle large numbers of purchase orders, reduce transportation expenses, cut costs by purchasing on a value scale, and ensure adherence to vendor conditions such as minimum orders.

Collective Purchase Order Management

Consolidate purchase orders and data to improve efficiency and transparency

Collect multiple retail store orders into a single purchase order for vendors with purchase order management software from SAP. Provide store demand information that enables vendors to prepack merchandise to suit individual store requirements. Consolidate multiple orders to make supply chains more efficient, and reduce inefficient manual procurement activities associated with large numbers of individual orders. Speed supply chain processes from vendors to warehouses to retail stores.  

Goods Receipts (ERP)

Streamline goods receipts and inbound logistics processes

Improve inbound logistics processes by streamlining material flow and establishing transparency across outbound logistics operations using SAP software. Post goods receipts for outbound deliveries, with or without manual intervention, for entire shipments. Integrate bar codes and RFID technology, including just-in-time, handling-unit management, serial number management, EDI, and proof of delivery. Minimize delivery errors, reduce operating costs, and integrate with invoice management.

Vendor Agreement Management

Increase productivity and compliance by automating, standardizing, and accelerating the entire contract lifecycle

Give your purchasing managers the tools they need to negotiate rebate strategies, document results in contracts, and gain maximum insight - with help from SAP software and SAP partner software for vendor agreement management. Handle high data volumes and simplify increasingly complex vendor contract programs, enabling vendor fund and rebate programs to contribute to retailers' profits.

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Invoice Management

Streamline accounts payables and reduce costs with automated exception handling, validation, and routing of invoices

Gain better control of invoicing processes with SAP software for invoice management to increase cash flow, enhance cash requirements and payment visibility, reduce costs, minimize fraud, and improve vendor relations. Integrate electronic documents into your accounts payable process for faster and more accurate invoice processing, and help ensure that invoices reach intended destinations on time. Enhance vendor relations, which can lead to better pricing and payment terms.

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