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This article discusses various options available to integrate SAP Retail with iVend Retail using Process Integration server (PI Server) with or without POSDM.

Large enterprises spread across multiple geographies and having hundreds of stores tend to have complex retail operations. Not only do they need a robust ERP to support their financial and other business processes, but they also need a fairly comprehensive and agile Retail System so that the updates to their retail policies – be it a simple price update is communicated across the retail environment well in time and with utmost ease.

Large Retail Enterprises have a challenge to manage business complexities on one hand and on the other require their retail application to be extremely intuitive, easy to use and configurable – all from the central location.

The retail data, which is collected and collated at the Head Office, is then integrated into SAP ERP. There are 2 broad ways of integrating this data into SAP ERP

With SAP PI Server connecting directly into SAP ERP


The integration with SAP ERP steps up to address the challenge of keeping it simple and at the same time allowing tremendous flexibility with the power of SAP ERP – thereby making the Retail Operations extremely agile and responsive to the constant changes in the Retail Operations.

iVend Retail integrates with SAP ERP running IS Retail (Industry Solution Retail). The entire landscape is designed to utilize the best practices inbuilt in the IS Retail for Head Office processes and extend them via iVend Retail to the entire Retail environment.

With SAP PI server connecting directly into SAP ERP along with SAP BI / POS DM


The decision to use either of the approaches depends on the nature of the retail business and also on the ERP environment that the Retailer would prefer. This is a decision that is normally taken during the business blue printing stage.

iVend Retail is configured with SAP ERP at the central location – typically the Head Office. The entire retail operations are connected to iVend Enterprise – the central Head Office component of iVend Retail. The stores connect to iVend Enterprise over an Internet connection and the application is so designed that even if the Internet connectivity between the store and the Head Office breaks, the stores continue to carry out transactions. This is brought about by the selective replication of data across all stores, which is carried out by iVend Enterprise.

Mentioned below are the Outbound and Inbound transactions from the SAP ERP system.

OUTBOUND DATA – from SAP ISR to iVend Retail

Masters

Countries and States Currency and Exchange Rates
Employees Tax Codes
Manufacturers Product Groups & Discounts
Vendors Brand
Stores Articles, Assemblies, Kit, Gift Certificates
Upselling Information Alternate Items
Pricing and tax Quantity Discounts
Customer Groups & Customers Shipment Types

Transactions

  • Purchase Order – Raised in SAP – Receive on iVend
  • Stock & Inventory Movements (STOs to store and inventory movements done within SAP)

INBOUND DATA – from iVend Retail to SAP ISR

Transactions

Regular Sale Store Expenses
Regular Sale with fulfillment Store Requisitions
Sale with Delivery from DC Stock Adjustments
Credit Sales Good receipts
Advance booking Returns to Warehouse
Refund and Exchange Physical Inventory

Master Data

Customers

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  1. Thorsten Ocon Cao

    Why are using Idocs for outbound integration and not enterprise services, e.g. new BBY functionality only supports (standard) enterprise services and not Idocs?

    Can you comment on the decision to use idocs and not services? How do you handle BBYs?

    Thanks

    Thorsten Ocon Cao

    Business Processes Principal Consultant

    Field Services Trade Hub – Global

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    1. Kamal Karmakar Post author

      iVend Enterprise provides web-services and SAP Retail uses those service for exchanging data between two systems with IDOC & SAP PI. The integration is configured in the standard landscape using IDOCS. With ES, there is a considerable development effort.

      BBY are managed through iVend Enterprise, they are not sent from SAP Retail.

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    2. Belinda Dominguez

      Hi Thorsten

      Im working with a POS DM customer here in USA, nowdays they are running over a BW 7.0 BI CONT 705 but they want to migate to POS DM 1.0 on HANA. I know the RTLPOSDM 100_7XX is not anymore supported by the BI_Content, they split appart into two different packages, I was wondering how complex in general gets this migration.

      Im trying to reach you on your SAP mail but I got it wrong.

      Or may be you can write to me belinda.dominguez@savantisgroup.com

      BR

      Belinda

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  2. Des Ree

    Hi Kamal.

    May I ask what version of iVend can do the outbound data from SAP to iVend Retail? 

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    • Stock & Inventory Movements (STOs to store and inventory movements done within SAP)

    I just want to clarify if it is mean that the data entry will be done in SAP then it will be replicated in iVend?

    Hope you can give me clarification regarding this.

    Thank you!

    Des

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    1. Pankaj Mathur

      Hi Des,

      The latest version of iVend (6.2.5) is compatible with our SAP Integration.

      STOs created for stores followed by PGI are replicated to iVend for Stock Receipt.

      The Stock Receipt is done from iVend which is then posted back to SAP.

      Inventory impacts due different Movement Types performed within SAP are also replicated to iVend for inventory visibility at stores.

      Thanks.

      Pankaj Mathur

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