Post By Charlie Heywood on December 21, 2021

SAP Business One for the retail sector

Christmas is the busiest time of year for the retail sector, but it’s also the season that can make or break businesses – the Centre for Retail Research reported that in the Coronavirus-hit Christmas of 2020, bricks-and-mortar retailers lost an average of 12.7% of their usual earnings.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 is likely to be a looming concern for some time still to come, as the Omicron variant has curtailed Christmas plans for many people yet again in 2021.

Even after the pandemic fades into the past, retailers must adapt to the changes seen in consumer habits, notably an eye-watering 80% increase in online shopping during Christmas 2020.

If you have struggled to keep up with demand this festive season, SAP Business One could be the solution you have been looking for.

Learn from the master

When it comes to Christmas logistics, nobody does it better than Santa Claus. In a recent blog post on the SAP website, Maria von Zimmermann noted the enormity of his gift-giving operation.

She suggested ways to use SAP to optimise efficiency, including:

  • Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to turn children’s hand-written letters to Santa into digital data.
  • Historical data to forecast what a child might want for Christmas next year, based on previous years’ requests.
  • Integrated RFID and QR code product tracking, to support the vast scale of Santa’s just-in-time delivery task.

For retailers struggling to cope with demand – or keen to generate additional sales in the festive season – SAP Business One offers a raft of features to not only keep you afloat, but also to ensure smooth sailing ahead.

What is SAP Business One?

SAP Business One is an Enterprise Resource Planning platform with several features that are ideal for ecommerce operations, including:

Stock Control

Keep track of stock across all your product lines, so that you can reorder profitable products before stock runs out – eliminating lost sales due to excess demand.

Order Fulfilment

Don’t fail to deliver on a valuable order. SAP Business One keeps everything under control, so you can immediately see which orders have been sent out, and which you still need to dispatch.

ERP Integration

By integrating SAP Business One into your operations, you gain these benefits seamlessly and reduce human error in one fell swoop – a real win-win whether your business is struggling to generate sales, or you are just struggling to keep up with high demand.

How to integrate SAP Business One

APH offer SAP Business One as a Cloud-hosted Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) which makes integration incredibly easy for ecommerce operators.

Your data is kept safe in our datacentre and you benefit from massive scalability and flexibility with low total cost of ownership (TCO), allowing your ecommerce business to grow to its full potential.

Find out more

You can find out more about SAP Business One for the retail sector in our five-minute guide, which is available to download here.

This can help online retailers to offer true omnichannel trading, by using SAP Business One to ensure the success of your ecommerce activities.

By following the guide, you can determine the functionality you need to succeed, and choose the correct integration solution – and if you have any questions, please contact the APH team directly and we will be happy to help you with your enquiry.

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