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SAP SCM-Stepping Out of Obscurity
Major new SAP products are being released in the realms of supply chain management (SCM), manufacturing execution systems (MES), and product lifecycle

scm file  The first set of SCM processes aims to balance demand and supply plans and to respond to network events through integrated and holistic planning processes. To that end, the Collaborative Demand Management capabilities translate point-of-sales (POS) demand, trade promotions, internal and external forecasts, and actual retailer orders into product availability, customer service levels, and revenue. For its part, the Network Supply Planning capabilities calculate the replenishment needs and perform

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Supply Chain Management (SCM)

Supply chain management (SCM) solutions include applications for managing supplier, manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer, and customer business processes. Addressing demand management, warehouse management, international trade logistics, transportation execution, and many other issues for a complete solution, this knowledge base will support your evaluation of an SCM suite. 

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