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 Retail, Perishables Procurement (EA-RETAIL)


Technical Data

Technical Name of Business Function


Type of Business Function

Industry Business Function

Available as of

Enhancement Package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0

Technical Usage


Application Component


Directly Dependent Business Function Requiring Activation in Addition



You can use this business function to provide additional retail-specific functionality to support the daily work of a perishables buyer.


Type of Component


Is Needed Only for the Following Features

Software Component


This business function is only available when used with the activated SAP for Retail business function set and the ISR_RET_PERISH_PROCUREMENT business function.

Customizing activities related to substitute materials are contained in the TRADE_PERISH_PROCURE_SFWS_SC switch.


This business function integrates with the Operational Buying business scenario.


This business function provides greatly enhanced support for substitute materials during the perishables procurement process. This ability is especially important, for example, in the following scenarios:

  • While creating a purchase order

    For example, a vendor indicates that the dimensions of a material have changed. The perishables buyer decides to substitute the old material with a different one and create an external purchase order using the new material.

  • While posting a goods receipt

    For example, a vendor delivers a different material than the one specified in the purchase order. In other words, the perishables buyer is missing a material from the goods receipt and has an additional unwanted material on hand. The Perishables Procurement application informs the buyer of this discrepancy in order to help solve the problem.

  • While creating an outbound delivery

    For example, the system is set up to schedule regular outbound deliveries of a material. This material eventually runs out of stock. While creating the outbound delivery, the system should automatically determine a substitute material, create a substitution proposal and adjust the corresponding outbound delivery. By executing the substitution proposal, the system also adjusts the stock transfer order and the outbound delivery with the substitute material.