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Author's profile photo Paul Pretko

SAPPHIRE NOW delivered the foresight for traditional distributors to evolve to digital distributors.

SAPPHIRE NOW showcased SAP Wholesale Distribution solutions that support a Digital Distributor strategy with compelling customer proof points. It provided a communication platform for Strategic Wholesale Distribution Topics aligned to key industry trends and the SAP Live Business/Run Live strategy. Customers and prospects saw solution demonstrations to help them reimage new end-to-end digital business processes tailored to wholesale distribution. A variety of sessions were designed with a focus on the needs and interests of wholesale distributors. Distributors immersed yourselves in three days of strategy, networking, and education on applications, platform, and services to digitally transform their organizations. Session examples included….

  • Strengthen Customer Loyalty with Omnichannel Commerce – SAP


Offer a single brand view across physical and online channels. Discover how SAP Hybris solutions can help you to increase visits, conversion rates, basket sizes, and loyalty across touch points. Enhance customer engagement and provide personalized experiences, while empowering associates with better visibility.

  • Turbocharge Innovation and Efficiency Through Digital Transformation – Growmark


Deliver strong growth and performance in a dynamic and challenging marketplace. Learn how GROWMARK Inc. replaced multiple outdated systems with the SAP ERP application to offer a complete portfolio of services for its customers.

  • Journey to Improve Fulfillment Speed and Accuracy with SAP Extended Warehouse Management – Patterson Companies


Learn how Patterson Companies, a leading medical, dental, and veterinary supplies wholesale distribution company, created a best-in-class warehouse management system and fulfillment operation using the SAP Extended Warehouse Management application. This session will highlight Patterson’s journey to improve speed and accuracy metrics in its distribution and fulfillment operation using SAP Extended Warehouse Management, Pick by Voice, Conveyor Integration, and Pick to Shipping Box.

  • Increase Competitive Advantage by Reimagining Talent Management – SAP


Fill critical positions quickly and help ensure capable successors with long-term talent management. Find out how SAP SuccessFactors solutions help you to manage a multigenerational talent pool, external workers, and dispersed teams that collaborate digitally across time zones.

  • Wholesale Distribution Special Interest Group Networking Meeting – Butler Supply


Join the Wholesale Distribution Special Interest Group (SIG) leadership team for a lively discussion of the challenges facing distributors. In an informal setting, meet your industry peers, share experiences, and build your network. SAP and partner contacts will be available to answer questions.

  • Reimagine Analytics to Gain Real-Time Insights that Support Decision Making – SAP


Bring data to life with data visualization that makes it easy to create insightful and interactive maps, charts, and infographics. Respond to events quickly by blending operations management with analytics. Make better decisions with live, predictive insights. Identify your least and most profitable customers, and serve them accordingly.

  • Save Time and Costs with Automated Chargeback Processes – Vistex


Enhance cash flow and positively impact the bottom line by automating and integrating chargeback-related processes and data. Manage large data volumes more easily and reduce the effort required to track, manage, and settle chargebacks.

  • Building a Business Case for Migrating to SAP S/4HANA – Southern Glazer’s


Hear from IT leaders at Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits as they share their experience in building a business case for migrating two legacy SAP ERP systems to SAP S/4HANA and SAP SuccessFactors solutions. Learn how they evaluated multiple options for integrating their financials, procurement, and HR systems after Southern Glazer’s merger and the process for how they determined the costs and benefits of migrating to SAP S/4HANA and SAP SuccessFactors solutions. Attendees will learn how Southern Glazer’s calculated its business case and leveraged a technique for building consensus.

Transform, Modernize, and Prepare for Next-Generation E-Commerce Experience – AmerisourceBergen

Learn how AmerisourceBergen realized its dream of enabling customers to serve their patients well by building a next-generation e-commerce platform using SAP Hybris solutions. SAP software experts joined hands with AmerisourceBergen to develop a state-of-the-art online ordering experience to enable its customers to order effortlessly, control inventory, gain access to key data, and resolve issues without calling.

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      Author's profile photo Damean-BF Chen
      Damean-BF Chen

      I believe the session "Building a Business Case for Migrating to SAP S/4HANA – Southern Glazer’s" was officially cancelled.  Would have love to hear from them though.