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SAP Business One: Shipping and Receiving, Light Assembly notes

If you are mid-size or smaller business, and you have picking and packing, repackaging with light manufacturing or bill of materials features (when you repackage initial product from large boxes, containers, bottles into smaller packs, boxes, etc and using your own boxes and materials, which is not technically heavy discrete manufacturing, but something one step above picking and packing), SAP B1 might be perfect ERP, Accounting, CRM application with some elements of MRP

.  Plus you may consider eCommerce module, which should open web orders for your B2B customers and it should reroute these web orders to Inventory and Warehouse Management procedures:


1.       Picking and Packing and Picking List.  This is reasonably simple option for you to document your P&P process, especially if your business is exposed to industry compliance regulation, especially in Medical, Pharmaceutical and Healthcare supplier industries.  You should expect to trace parties by lot numbers or even do down to unique serial number for each item of finished goods and row materials


2.       Production or light discrete manufacturing. Here you have Bill or Materials, Production Orders, including Production Order for Disassembly, where you are disassembling into parts your returned finished goods and placing them back to the shelves and bins


3.       Basic MRP.  Here you have  MRP wizard with inventory replenishment, or production planning.  Here you can take into consideration your Sales Orders, or in other words do procurement for confirmed Sales Orders, if you do not plan to carry inventory levels and do order execution only.  Full featured Manufacturing Add-ons are also available as Add-ons to SB1


4.       Modifications.  In SB1 you may not need customization, as you can really modify its tables, and even include new tables and objects with setup.  Plus, these so-called user defined fields and tables will be automatically exposed to you via associated automatic interface.  These user defined tables could be incorporate into such reporting tools as Crystal Reports or you could see them with Queries.  In CR you could expect such advanced reporting as Bill of Lading, Freight Forwarding Agent Settlement to name couple of example


5.       Barcode Extensions.  When you are implementing SAP Business One in Logistics, Supply Chain Management,  Warehouse Management, Consignment, please consider working with your SAP Business One Reseller on the appropriate solution, as Barcoding batches should be uploaded to SB1 as Picking Tickets, Packing Slips, Stock Counts, Sales Order Lines


6.       SB1 Implementation phases.  From our experience we would like to suggest you to expect reasonable from your new Corporate ERP.  If you launching up Startup, probably you should first plan SB1 Financials (AR, AP, GL, Collection Management, Business Partners) for the phase one, and only then you should move on toward Supply Chain Management


7.       Additional consideration.  If you are multinational corporation or if you at least have subsidiaries internationally, where headquarters Corporate ERP is not localized, you can consider SBO for your company there.  Good scenario: you have Dynamics GP formerly known as Great Plains in USA, and you are opening subsidiary in Brazil, Russia, China, where GP is not localized.  Then you implement SAP Business One in Brazilian Subsidiary (it is translated to Portuguese and it is Brazilian legislation compliant), and you establish ongoing GL data integration or consolidation to your GP Brazilian company via Dynamics GP Integration Manager.  Similar scenarios are available for Oracle EBusiness Suite, Epicor, Accpac, and of course for mySAP, and SAP R/3 and other high end SAP ERP/MRP suites.  We also published numerous materials on SAP Business One implementation guidelines in Service Warranty Contracts, Rental Contract administration, Foods and Beverages industry, etc.


8.       Real Time Integrations to SB1, EDI.  SAP BO is open to programmers via its SDK, real time integrations should be considered as SB1 SDK coding routines.  EDI or Electronic Document Interchange could be realized as SAP Business One Data Transformation Workbench routine or SDK programmed add-on


9.       Licensing.  With initial idea of all-in-one per named user, at this time you can choose full features users or specific suite only users: CRM, Inventory, Reporting, etc.  Current version is SAP Business One 2007, if you are in USA, it is 2007A.  Version is important if you are deploying add-ons or custom SAP B1 SDK programming - in custom module SDK code should be recompiled for you SB1 version and applied patch


10.   SAP Business One Remote Support.  In modern computer web session, you do  not really need to have local SAP B1 Partner to come to your office to shake hands.  In our scenario, we have USA nationwide customers, and local service we provide in Chicago, San Diego and Houston


11.   How to get help?  Please, feel free to call us: 1-866-528-0577, or email us:  We are open to give you SAP Business One Executive or Technical demo, email us your industry requirements, so we could prepare appropriate case study.  If you are already SB1 customer and you are not happy with current support quality, feel free to appeal to second opinion and see if we could do better job.  We speak English, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian.  We have solution, which integrate Microsoft CRM Contract Cases and Tasks with SAP B1 Sales Invoices

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Andrew Karasev, Alba Spectrum, subdivision of M2-D2, 1-866-528-0577  Serving ERP and MRP community since 1994, local service in Chicago, Houston, San Diego, Atlanta. Information portal: We serve you USA and Canada nationwide from our SAP Business One call center: California, Illinois, New York, Florida, Minnesota, New Jersey, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Ontario, Quebec, Washington, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, Montana, Oregon, New York, New England. International clients welcome from Australia, New Zealand, Oceania, South Africa, UK, Brazil, Caribbean, Russia, Central America

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