Supply Chain Management

Managing your Design to Operate process lifecycle has never been more challenging, as customer demand patters and supply networks are constantly in flux making it more difficult to coordinate planning, production, and logistics.  Content in this group of categories will help customers understand what it takes to create nimble, flexible, product design and development, planning, production, and logistics. We’ll cover core solutions with SAP ECC and SAP S/4HANA as well as cloud based, planning, manufacturing and procurement solutions. You will learn from both thought leadership as well as case studies and best practices to get the most out of your investment in both SAP and non-SAP solutions


  1. Manage Material Requirements Planning Exception Messages in SAP

    Reading time: 12 mins

  2. Industry 4.0 – The Journey to the Future of Productivity

    Reading time: 5 mins


  1. Bizbrain Technologies

    Reading time: 5 mins

    Manufacturing companies are often overwhelmed by the breadth of Industry 4.0 technologies and are not quite sure where to begin their digital transformations. Learn how to assess product bottlenecks and inefficiencies and how to build incrementally on end-to-end processes such as design to operate. Because unique customer demands heavily affect product design and manufacturing, manufacturers…
  2. Planning with TP/VS: The Third Pillar of Transportation Management

    Reading time: 23 mins

    See how Transportation Planning/Vehicle Scheduling (TP/VS) enhances and complements the SAP Logistics Execution System solution and takes transportation planning to the next level with full integration into the document flow. Key Concept Transportation Planning/Vehicle Scheduling (TP/VS) supports any transportation process in a company. It helps the transportation planner in daily tasks with automatic tools, such…...…
  3. Take Control of Inbound Transportation

    Reading time: 18 mins

    See how to configure your SAP R/3 or mySAP ERP Central Component system for inbound transportation. These eight configuration steps also help prepare you for future use of advanced transportation tools, such as Transportation Planning and Vehicle Scheduling. Key Concept A shipment document, generated in the transportation solution in R/3 or mySAP ERP Central Component…...…
  4. Bring Deliveries Together with APO’s Correlation Functionality

    Reading time: 12 mins

    You can carry out an available-to-promise check for a sales order when the items in the sales order have a bill of material structure by using the correlation functionality in R/3 and Advanced Planning and Optimization (APO). Key Concept Sometimes products have to be delivered together as part of a package. However, these packages are…...…
  5. Improve Your Analysis Capabilities with Product Cost Collectors

    Reading time: 10 mins

    If you’re using costing based on production or process orders, consider the advantages of implementing product cost collectors instead. You can implement them with these guidelines. Key Concept Product cost collectors are available since SAP R/3 Release 4.5 for use with production orders, as well as in repetitive manufacturing. A product cost collector is a…...…
  6. Plan Complex Shipments Using Transportation Leg Planning

    Reading time: 19 mins

    Learn a step-by-step procedure for configuring transportation legs across the supply chain, planning for these shipments, and determining the costs involved with a real-life example. Even though transportation leg planning is well integrated with various SAP modules, in most companies this activity is handled in bits and pieces by the logistics, sales, and finance teams…....…
  7. Make SAP Automatic Credit Management Work for You, Without Damaging Supply Chain Efficiency

    Reading time: 16 mins

    SAP offers Automatic Credit Management to automate the risk check during order creation and delivery. Learn how to implement this tool without frustrating an efficient supply chain. Key Concept SAP Automatic Credit Management first became available with R/3 Release 3.0. Using settings in FI and Sales and Distribution (SD), it prevents the shipping or selling…...…
  8. Get More Detail About the Value of Stock with Split Valuation

    Reading time: 8 mins

    A real-life example illustrates the concept and necessary settings for split valuation based on the origin of the product. Key Concept Split valuation is a function in SAP R/3 and mySAP ERP Central Component that allows you to value stock for a product based on different attributes – for example, the origin of the product…...…
  9. Manage Pricing Discrepancies on Sales Orders Received via EDI

    Reading time: 7 mins

    When it comes to receiving sales orders electronically, it is crucial to maintain total control over pricing. Here’s how. Key Concept Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is the exchange of electronic data between business partners who use a number of different hardware and software solutions. The exchange can involve documents such as sales orders, invoices, and…...…
  10. Better Manage Shortages by Integrating Allocation Planning with Supply Planning

    Reading time: 10 mins

    If you do not link product allocation to supply data properly, the two can fall out of sync quickly. This requires more manual intervention by planners and leads to problems such as shipping to the wrong customers and artificial shortages. Learn how to avoid this pitfall. Key Concept When they have to make decisions about…...…