The fashion industry has always managed to be one of the fastest-changing industries of all time. However, with the germ of globalization, it has witnessed not only an ever-increasing traffic but also higher buyer expectations. Today, along with new product categories coupled with vertical integration, it has allowed natural dynamics to be stimulated exponentially. Meeting the ever-changing needs of the industry, bringing the customers the innovative solutions of SAP FMS.
In this context, however, you cannot fully appreciate SAP FMS until you understand the existing shortcomings of SAP AFS.
What does SAP AFS have to offer and why is it lacking in sustainability?
SAP Apparel and Footwear (SAP AFS) was mainly formulated with the aim of streamlining the company’s logistics management processes. This problem-specific solution from SAP immediately made it a big hit in the wholesale trade. However, with the wholesale distributors slowly expanding their reach into retail, the hands of SAP AFS fell short. It was unable to support the needs of both the retail and wholesale markets, creating the need for SAP FMS systems. That meant running two independent ERP systems to meet two different types of needs and goals. Enter the SAP FMS!
By harmonizing the challenges of running two independent ERP systems for two different needs, SAP FMS is the best answer to the problem. It brought the functionalities of the wholesale and retail trade together in one. What followed was a streamlined system with better integration that allowed wholesalers to increase their brand awareness and visibility at the same time.
Why migrate from SAP AFS to FMS?
Beware of evolving customer needs and the business landscape is always the biggest critical point for any industry to make itself sustainable.
SAP FMS fulfills just this need. SAP FMS offers the flexibility with the benefits of a stable solution and allows companies to stay ahead of the competition.
The ideal roadmap to SAP’s Fashion Management Solution (FMS)
Although you may be aware now of the capabilities of the solutions, needs special attention here on the exact roadmap that will lead to the highest efficiency of the systems.
Speaking of which, the best way to go to FMS is through a Greenfield implementation that eventually migrates data from AFS to FMS along with data from other retail systems.
The many advantages of SAP FMS
So now that you know what both systems have to offer, let’s take a look at the benefits of FMS at a glance.
1. Platform integration for lower TCO (Total Cost of Ownership)
2. Uniform global stock transparency
3. Cross channel integration
4. Omni-channel visibility
5. Real-time analysis
6. Stock protection
7. Improved consumer insights with HANA
8. Consistent consumer experiences
9. Personalized offers and loyalty program
10. Connectivity for stores and e-commerce
11. Continued support for SAP