I intend to write about SAP Fashion Management Solution(FMS) also in this blog, as FMS is the new generation solution for AFS Customers.
SAP AFS was primarily designed to work as a Manufacturing. For companies which have its business spread across retailing, the challenge was to manage the whole chain from manufacturing the goods to selling the products in the Retail store. The holistic picture of data flow was missing. SAP has come up with a solution to cater to this demanding business scenario and that’s SAP Fashion Management.
SAP Fashion Management is an integrated solution which brings in capabilities of SAP AFS and SAP Retail. It brings the business process of manufacturing and retailing in to a single vertical solution. This allows the companies to manage their business process across a single (large) system landscape. And this is developed in Big by Business Suite powered by HANA. The Release 1.0 of SAP Fashion Management was released to the market on June 2014.
The solution comes as an add-on to SAP ERP for SAP Retail, and it’s based on the SAP Components – Material Management, Sales and Distribution and Logistics General. Packed with functionalities from AFS and certain new functionalities, SAP FMS is definite to help the fashion customers support global multi-channel business. The key benefits for customers are lower inventory, high customer satisfaction, less charge backs. This all comes from this solution sharing key processes over a global inventory.
Over the coming weeks, I will discuss some AFS functionalities which are implemented in Fashion Management which might help get a high level overview of the product.
All these are my personal understanding of this product and have nothing to do with the company which I am working in. If more information is required about the product, the request is to contact the concerned stakeholders.