Sites: Distribution Chains and Site Categories
Sites are grouped together in distribution chains for marketing purposes. For example:
In SAP Retail, a distribution chain consists of a sales organization and a distribution channel. You can maintain data relevant to sales (for example, conditions or assortments) for each distribution chain. For organizational reasons (for example, compilation of statistics), a site is assigned to only one distribution chain. However, deliveries can still be made to a distribution chain from a number of distribution centers. In the same way, one distribution center can supply goods to a number of distribution chains.
Each site is part of a company code. It is an independent unit that has its own Inventory Management and orders its own stock. Goods are procured referencing one or more purchasing organizations and are sold referencing one or more distribution chains. In retailing, one distribution chain is defined as the default for store trading.
There are two types of site in SAP Retail:
Enables other sites and/or customers to be supplied quickly with goods
A distribution center is assigned to a purchasing organization, and may also be assigned to a distribution chain for the purposes of sales price valuation, stock transfers and statistics. A distribution center can also supply a number of distribution chains. In the same way, a site can also be supplied with goods from different distribution chains.
Location in which goods are put on sale to the consumer
A store is assigned to one purchasing organization and one distribution chain.