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“Logistic Core Operations with SAP” not only provides an overview of core logistics processes and functionality—it also shows how SAP’s Business Suite covers logistic core operations, what features are supported, and which systems can be used to implement end-to-end processes in the following logistic core disciplines: Procurement, Distribution, Transportation, Warehouse Logistics and Inventory Management, and Compliance and Reporting. In this context the authors not only explain their integration, the organizational set-up, and master data, but also which solution fits best for a particular business need.

This book serves as a solid foundation for understanding SAP software. No matter whether you are a student or a manager involved in an SAP implementation, the authors go far beyond traditional function and feature descriptions, helping you ask the right questions, providing answers, and making recommendations. The book assists you in understanding SAP terminology, concepts and technological components as well as their closed-loop integration. Written in a clear, straight-forward style and using practical examples, it contains valuable tips, illustrative screenshots and flowcharts, as well as best practices—showing how business requirements are mapped into software functionality.

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Frontmatter

Chapter 1. Introduction

The most imperative challenge facing a number of managers in recent years has been to regain lost market share and secure new competitive advantages. The impetus for this trend continues to be the ubiquitous tendency toward globalization and the ensuing intensification of international competition.

Customer orientation

,

lean management

and

re-engineering

are the buzzwords that characterize these efforts.

Jens Kappauf, Bernd Lauterbach, Matthias Koch

Chapter 2. SAP Business Suite

SAP Business Suite is composed of various business software applications. They enable companies to plan and execute processes while saving on operating costs and, at the same time, tapping into new business opportunities. The SAP Business Suite applications are based on the SAP NetWeaver platform and support the best-practice methods of all branches. In addition, the suite provides integrated business applications and functions from the realms of finance, controlling, human resources, assets management, production, purchasing, product development, marketing, distribution, service, supply chain management and IT management.

Jens Kappauf, Bernd Lauterbach, Matthias Koch

Chapter 3. Organizational Structures and Master Data

In the previous chapter, you received an overview of the various systems and components of SAP Business Suite. Before we take a closer look at the individual logistics areas, this chapter will be dedicated to explaining the organizational structures and master data in an SAP system and making you familiar with the most important terminology.

We will discuss special characteristics with regard to logistics subareas, the use of master data and organizational structures in the various processes, and the necessity of certain settings and parameters.

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Chapter 4. Procurement Logistics

Procurement logistics is a segment of logistics spanning business processes from goods procurement to the transport of materials to a receiving storage location or production site. Procurement logistics connects the distribution logistics of the external supplier with the production logistics of one’s own company. Its primary tasks within the framework of need-based procurement are to make available all goods and services necessary for planned operational performance processes in the correct type, quality and quantity.

Jens Kappauf, Bernd Lauterbach, Matthias Koch

Chapter 5. Production Logistics

Production logistics is the part of the logistics chain comprising the planning and control of internal logistics processes in the realm of production. In addition to internal production logistics procedures, it includes provision planning for the required raw materials and supplies on the procurement logistics side, and transport of the finished products for distribution logistics. Figure 5.1 provides an overview.

Jens Kappauf, Bernd Lauterbach, Matthias Koch

Chapter 6. Distribution Logistics

Distribution logistics refers to the business process of selling goods, including delivery, transport to the customer and subsequent invoicing. It links production logistics of a company (and/or its external procurement department in the case of externally produced goods) with the demands (orders) of customers. The primary objective of distribution logistics is the efficient provision of goods for customers under set criteria, such as quantity, time and price. The main processes of distribution logistics comprise sales, shipping and invoicing. In addition to the operative tasks, a logistics organization must also fulfill planning-based functions, such as designing optimal distribution networks or selecting the location of a distribution center.

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Backmatter

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