SAP Global Trade Management
The E-3 magazine makes an opinion and says confidently about itself: "No other German-speaking special interest magazine has similarly many opinions and comments." I am pleased to announce in the issue 04/2017 of the E-3 magazine in my guest contribution how GTM can help manufacturers become traders.
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On 23 March 2017, the DSAG Working Group on Global Trade Management met in Kassel. On the agenda were new requirements for trading companies and new functions in S / 4 HANA for transport management.
At the working meeting, we discussed several ways how commercial companies can map the commissioning and monitoring of transports using GTM - with and without the software tool Transportation Management (TM).
Transportation Management (TM) is a software for logistics companies to arrange, commission, monitor and settle transports. It can be used regardless of sector and forms the entire end-to-end process of a logistics company.
Trade is always more than the mere exchange of goods for money. The goods usually have to be picked up by the supplier and brought to the customer.
For companies that use Global Trade Management, there are several alternatives to implement these processes - especially with respect to S / 4 HANA.
Already today the functions of the Transportation Management (LE-TRA), as already present in the ECC EHP8, are available in S / 4.
With the S / 4 HANA Release 1709, the Transport Management (TM), which has been available as a separate system since 2003, is part of the S / 4 and replaces the previous function.
The costs for this so-called Basic Shipment are already covered by the SAP license fees. All other functions require an additional license.
TM is particularly interesting for trading companies that manage their own fleet of vehicles. But TM also makes life easier for retailers without a fleet. While the previous solution only allows for scheduling and commissioning with regard to delivery or delivery, TM can also be used at the level of customer orders or orders. Small disadvantage: This function is not included in the Basic Shipment.
GTM can also be used without TM. In this case, the documents required for the commissioning of transports are generated from the trading contracts or from their subsequent documents. In the standard version, SAP provides action classes that allow you to create Shipping Instructions as a separate document. Shipping and transport information must then be added as customer fields in the contract or the subsequent documents. This is thanks to the very good extensibility of GTM easily possible.
For the settlement of transports, tradiung companies must, above all, have the possibility to post collective invoices. These must be assigned to a transport or a contract. Here TM also provides the necessary functions, but not within the framework of Basic Shipment.
Without the use of TM, the expenses settlement of the agency business is used, which in any case is very well connected with GTM since it was conceived and implemented by SAP from the same team. It also offers the possibility to post collective invoices for the same reasons.
Since 2011 I support trading companies implementing SAP Global Trade Management (GTM). Because my customers in the metropolitan area of Hamburg, Germany wanted to know how other trading companies work with SAP GTM I organized 2013 the Hamburg GTM meeting. This meeting was the also the reason to found 2014 the DSAG Work Group Global Trade Management who's speaker I am.
The participants of the first SAP GTM meeting in Hamburg
The aim of the work group is to support the experiance exchange of the german speaking users and to improve GTM togehter with SAP.
This is done in workshop in which we discuss selected trading processes and how they can be implemented better by SAP. All companies which use GTM are invited to join us. All work is done in german.
The primary business process for all trading companies is organising and managing the flow of goods and services. If possible, the simultaneous handling of purchasing and selling should be carried out within a single department. Of crucial importance is a structured and clearly-laid-out organisation of purchasing and selling activities. Trading transactions can be carried out conveniently and economically with the standard SAP module GTM (Global Trade Management). The benefit to companies: business processes are considerably accelerated with no increase in staff size.