This tip comes from a session by Thomas Brassøe of Implement Consulting Group, planned for the SCM 2012 conference, March 19-22 in Orlando, Florida.
In his session “Improve Order Fill Rates and Minimize Inventory Levels and Costs Using Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) in SAP SCM 7.0”, Brassøe notes that “9 out of 10 VMI projects are initiated by the customer – demanding automation from the vendor.” Thomas Brassøe’s session covers key business drivers – other than process automation – for VMI, with steps and tips to create & support a VMI process using DP and SNP.
VMI can be implemented in SAP Advanced Planning & Optimization (SAP APO) as part of the “normal planning flow” using demand planning (DP) and supply network planning (SNP) or as a stand-alone solution on top of normal SAP ERP planning flow. When it comes to data exchange and integration, he provides a number of tips, including these:
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