Phase delivery allows you to split shipping of a media product to retailers between several delivery dates (phases). You can achieve high market penetration and you can keep the return quantity down by including the return quantities from one phase in the delivery quantity for the next phase.
You print a special issue with a draw of 500000.
In the first phase, 300000 copies are delivered to all points of sale in the north of the country. Three months later, 100000 unsolds are returned.
In the second phase, the returns are delivered together with the remaining 200000 copies to all points of sale in the South.
To execute phase delivery, you group the customers (retailers) who are to be supplied in each phase. You plan the delivery dates (phases) for each media issue and customer grouping in the phase model. You define the delivery quantities of the individual media issues for each retailer in the quantity plan. You generate the orders for each phase based on the specifications in the phase model and quantity plan. The return quantities from one phase are included in the outbound delivery for the next phase.
The following diagram illustrates the features of phase delivery described above using the example of two phases for the target areas North and South.
· Assignment type to geographical grouping of retailers
The assignment types required should be defined in Customizing. IMG path: SAP Media → Master Data → Business Partner → SAP Business Partner → Maintain Geographical Assignment Type.
· Geographical assignment of each retailer (in the retailer’s master record)
The assignment of the geographical unit is
classified by an assignment type in each retailer’s master
You can use the assignment type to group several retailers from different geographical areas for phase delivery. This means, for example, that you can group retailers in the following ways:
¡ Geographical grouping
§ Rough, for example the northern and southern parts of a sales area
§ Detailed, for example federal states, carrier routes or other geographical areas
¡ Non-geographical grouping, for example city and country or other categories of your choice
· Media issue
The media product that is to be delivered by phase delivery must be recorded in the media product master. The media issue to be delivered must be created and must be assigned to the issue sequence for the media product.
Contracts for the media product
The phase delivery process comprises the following steps:
1. Creation of phase model
You create a phase model for phase delivery of media products for a validity period for each assignment type. You record the assignment between the selected retailers and one or more media issues in the phase model.
Exception: Phase models for mass subsequent deliveries
created using the function Quantity Planning for
Each Media Issue do not require an assignment type. If you select the
subsequent delivery indicator on the initial screen for phase
model processing, the assignment type on the maintenance screen for the phase
model is hidden. Default values are entered automatically for the delivery
date and delivery quantity for mass subsequent deliveries for a phase model
when the function for creating mass subsequent deliveries is started.
This means the following steps are only relevant for phase delivery.
2. Planning of phase dates
You define a phase date for each target area
to which a media issue in the phase model is to be delivered.
You should normally define phase dates in such a way that outbound delivery, sales and returns processing are completed for one phase before the next phase begins.
3. Quantity planning
You plan the delivery quantities for each phase for the corresponding contract items for the retailers assigned.
4. Monitoring of the phase model
You can use the monitoring function to check whether contracts exist for the retailers in the individual phases and whether or not the corresponding delivery quantities have been planned.
5. Creation of orders
You create orders for phase delivery using a mass processing function. The system creates an order based on the default settings in the phase model for each planned delivery quantity.