SAP Global Trade Management (GTM) – Position Management
Hi guys, sorry for my delayed post because I was so busy in last a couple of days.
This is the last key component of GTM called ‘Position Management’.
Thank you very much for reading my blog to the end.
Do you know about ATP?
It’s a SD functionality, the abbreviation of ‘Availablity To Promise’, one of the most famous and popular one in SD and hundreds thousand SAP customer using.
The idea is that order/inventory allocation when you create a sales order (S/O). Normally customer uses ATP with Batch determination which is an identification whenever you assign for each inventory unit, so that system look up the order (purchase requisition/order) and/or inventory and suggest/allocate that batch to your sales order.
This is a great functionality IF you sell the exact same product everytime to everyone.
This means this does not work for trading business.
Do you know why?
Because every purchase prices for trading company or any company sources from outside are different even if they are some products. The purchase prices are fluctuated like gas price nowaday!
And also sales prices too.
If you were the person to sell or buy the product under this situation, definitely you care the margin/profit and can’t sell or buy systematicaly.
That is why we developed Position Management.
Position Management allows you to associate sales and purchase data intentionally.
This is how it works, when you buy a product and create a PURCHASE ONLY Trading Contract, system populates a popup screen which includes ALL possible entries (SALES ONLY Trading Contract, Sales Order, Outbound Delivery) you can associate with you purchase item. And you can select one or many items from the list and associate it.
After this operation, we made a link(s) in between documents/transactions and you will see this linkage in document flow and able to access both side by double click.
The following screen shot is the one in Trading Contract (above), the document flow (below).
Of course, this is not one time operation.
Sometime user makes a mistake(s) or change their mind, right?
Position Management is integrated with Trading Execution Workbentch (TEW) (if you don’t know what TEW is, please see my previous blogs), you can de-associate/re-associate data any time in logistics execution stages.
The following screen shot is the one from TEW (above), the document flow (below).
Of course this does work vice versa, from sales side to purchase side.
In that case, pupup screen contains, PURCHASE ONLY T/C, Purchase Order, Inbound Delivery and Goods Receipt (inventry)).
One of the most remarkable point is that you can have an intentional link betweeen specific sales order(s) and purchase order(s).
In classical SAP, Batch is the only way to associate sales and purchase data, but with GTM, it is possible at order level.
Unlike ATP, the associated data are protected from other user operation.
Don’t you think this is cool?