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Designing for omnichannel on S/4HANA Fashion: What to consider when designing a central DC for Wholesale, Retail and eCommerce

Date Wed, May 19, 2021   |   Category Category: SAP S/4 HANA Fashion

How do you consolidate a central DC with the flexibility to handle unpredictable demand across all sales channels? Although the omnichannel model is now relatively well established, a challenge that retailers continued to grapple with is how to reconfigure their supply networks to achieve better alignment between delivery responsiveness, product variety, and convenience.

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SAP S/4HANA Version Upgrades: Key points to consider

Date Mon, May 3, 2021   |   Category Category: SAP S/4 HANA Fashion

The transition of an existing version of SAP S/4HANA to a newer version must be done meticulously, depending on your business and industry's requirements.

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From SAP AFS to S/4HANA Fashion: Impact on Key Processes

Date Mon, Apr 26, 2021   |   Category Category: SAP S/4 HANA Fashion, SAP Apparel and Footwear

The SAP Apparel and Footwear solution (SAP AFS) has been around since the early 2000s, and many of its users over the years have grown accustomed to certain functionality and processes that it offered.

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Post-Pandemic: Fashion Brands are Accelerating Digital Initiatives

Date Fri, Apr 16, 2021   |   Category Category: SAP S/4 HANA Fashion

Even before the pandemic and economic crisis, brick-and-mortar retailers had been fighting a fierce battle against e-commerce players. Those challenges have now accelerated at a staggering speed.

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The Fashion Industry’s Reset in 2021

Date Mon, Apr 12, 2021   |   Category Category: SAP S/4 HANA Fashion

The digital channel was largely left unscathed and operational during the COVID-19 pandemic — a lifeline for fashion companies. While some players leveraged their digital muscles to grow revenue, scores of retailers scrambled to widen their online sales. These fashion companies are better equipped than others—largely due to their digitization efforts.

Today, with the pandemic remaining a challenge, the apparel industry is rebooting, and, while the most-basic technologies have kept businesses relevant during this time, they will again have to adopt advanced methods to remain agile, and accommodate a changed, post-pandemic consumer.

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Considerations for Building a Global Template for SAP S/4HANA Rollouts

Date Wed, Feb 17, 2021   |   Category Category: SAP S/4 HANA Fashion

Brands, Retailers and Manufacturers implementing SAP S/4HANA for Fashion and Vertical Business recognize that a new Digital Core is an opportunity to unify systems and processes across their global operations, drive efficiencies (IT and business), improve visibility and introduce standards across geographies.

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Looking Ahead to 2021 and Beyond

Date Wed, Jan 13, 2021   |   Category Category: SAP S/4 HANA Fashion, SAP Business Technology Platform, Supply Chain

Firstly, wish everyone a very happy new year. May the new year 2021 be a lot better than the troublesome 2020 we just got rid of.

Historically, analysts see the Fashion and Lifestyle industry as being laggards when it comes to technology adoption. But the pandemic has definitely pushed the retailers to adapt & innovate or perish.

For the Fashion and Retail industry, 2021 will continue to be a defining moment to showcase resilience and adapt and enable future growth through innovation. It is indeed remarkable to see the resilient retail industry in a year of COVID which has managed to not just ‘not lose ground’ (based on projections of a decline of around 10% for the year as of June 2020), but turnaround and grow 0.8% YoY is incredible to say the least. The stimulus, lack of travel & activities and the rise in overall personal savings for consumers in 2020 helped redirect some of that spend to retail.

Retail’s non-decline notwithstanding, there definitely were a few losers and unfortunately Clothing sector had to deal with a dismal -27% decline in growth YoY due to the pandemic, though there were a few winners like Nike, Lulu, Crocs etc. Word on the street is that the retail pundits are forecasting a resurgence for clothing in 2021, but in my opinion, it might just take a couple of years before the apparel sector gets back its mojo.

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Were you playing battleships with your supply chain when the crisis hit?

Date Fri, Sep 4, 2020   |   Category Category: Supply Chain

When the crisis hit, did it seem like you were fighting a losing battle trying to get critical supply chain insights? This is a scenario most companies can relate to; digital process gaps that lead to massive delays and frustration when it comes to getting critical supply chain insights.

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Data Migration from SAP Apparel and Footwear Solution to SAP S/4HANA for Fashion and Vertical Business

Date Tue, Aug 18, 2020   |   Category

For existing SAP customers, it is no longer a question of whether to move to SAP S/4HANA but rather a question of when they should move. While many customers are eager to implement S/4HANA for Fashion, making the move can be complex. 

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Conversational AI Use Case for the Fashion Industry Leveraging the SAP Business Technology Platform

Date Wed, Jul 1, 2020   |   Category Category: SAP Business Technology Platform

As machines have become more sophisticated at understanding and responding in natural language, we’ve seen a massive growth in conversational application. These dedicated apps are enabled with natural language processing that helps them understand casual speech input by text or voice.

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