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A characteristic of a fashion article can be measured using different standards or scales in different countries or geographical regions. For example, a shoe of the same size is considered size 9 in the UK while it is considered size 10 in the US. Hence, the shoe has both the sizes marked on it. To facilitate this, a characteristic conversion mechanism is necessary to ensure that on every fashion article, sizes in all the relevant size standards are correctly marked.

Characteristic value conversion only applies to variant creating characteristics that are attached to the article master.


Use transaction CT04 to define variant creating characteristic. Maintain 2 as the variant creating characteristic relevance indicator. For more information, see Maintain Segmentation Relevance for Functions

Use transaction WRFCHVAL to maintain base values for the variant creating characteristics.


For successful characteristic conversion to take place, you have to first create a conversion logic. This conversion logic defines when the conversion has to take place and how the system converts each individual value with a specific conversion type based on certain rules.

  1. You define a conversion type in the Customizing activity Define Conversion Types under   SAP Customizing Implementation Guide   Logistics – General   SAP Fashion Management   Characteristic Value Conversion  . Once you define the conversion type, you then maintain the conversions specific to variant values in the same customizing activity.

  2. Characteristic value conversion can be carried out based on any one of the following criterion:

    • Article

    • Customer/vendor

    • User defined parameter

    • Item based conversion. For example, sales orders

    Hence, based on your requirement, you have to associate conversion ID to with one or more of the above. You do this in the following manner:

    • Article

      In the article master, you have to maintain the Mat. Conv. ID to associate a conversion ID with an article.

    • Customer/Vendor

      In the customer master, under Sales Area Data, maintain the Customer/Vendor ID using the Fashion specific data pushbutton.

    • User Parameter

      Use transaction SU3. In the Parameters tab, maintain a unique value that represents a conversion indicator.

    • Item Based Conversion

      Characteristic value conversion is available in sales and purchase documents. You use the characteristic value conversion pushbutton to carry out characteristic value conversion of articles in the sales order.

      The Item Overview tab can have more than one item. Multiple variant creating characteristics can be associated with an article. Hence, after applying characteristic value conversion on such articles, the output for these articles would be the concatenation of the converted characteristic values and displayed in the description column in the sales documents.

    On successful conversion, conversion description column is updated. You can then change the conversion description using the Conversion pushbutton. The conversion description will be changed to the description maintained for the conversion type. You can also manually change the conversion descriptions at the variant level.

    Note Note

    You can maintain conversion of numerical characters. Conversion of textual characteristics is handled based on the descriptions maintained for the article in the logon language.

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  3. You then define the conversion indicators and assign conversion types using the Customizing activity Control Conversion Type Determination under   SAP Customizing Implementation Guide   Logistics – General   Fashion in Retail   Conversion  .

    In this Customizing activity, you can specify whether each conversion ID is a material indicator or a customer/vendor indicator. You then specify the conversion types that can be used based on the combination of material ID, customer/vendor ID and user indicators.