Accelerating Retail Innovation in SAP S/4HANA with Retail Launchpad

Created on March 15, 2019
Last updated on December 15th, 2021 at 11:34 pm by Craig Powers

In a competitive Retail industry, separation can be achieved through superior products and services. However, when all things are equal, efficiencies born out of modernized processes driven by the latest technology can impact the bottom line and create an advantage.

Moving to SAP S/4HANA® can be that needed transformational catalyst for Retailers by enabling more efficient processes and unlocking new capabilities. The implementation can also be challenging, and industry experience is key to a successful and expedient project. That sort of experience is found at Rizing, and it forms the basis for Retail Launchpad, an SAP S/4HANA accelerator for the Retail industry.

Retail Launchpad trims down implementation time by offering a preconfigured SAP S/4HANA solution specifically tailored to Retail organizations. It also includes out-of-the-box web-based applications to support both in-store and mobile workforces. Finally, Retail Launchpad offers pre-populated deliverables and a comprehensive toolbox of templates ready for an agile implementation environment.

Covering Retail Processes End-to-End

SAP S/4HANA features functionalities that are essential to the Retail industry. Retail Launchpad offers preconfigurations for Retail processes with a master data and organizational structure at the center. Processes covered in Retail Launchpad include Store Operations, Pricing and Promotions, Procurement, Vendor Income and Rebates, Distribution Center Logistics, Merchandise Supply, and Point of Sale.

To build that preconfigured SAP S/4HANA system, Retail Launchpad incorporates Rizing’s extensive Retail Industry expertise and customer roadmaps for business process design, business process activities, and more.

Retail Launchpad is designed to deliver retailers end-to-end SAP S/4HANA functionality in 25-75% shorter project times. That means a faster SAP S/4HANA benefits realization, fewer resources required both internally and externally, and lower project costs overall.

Innovative Implementation

The preconfigured solution is just the start with Retail Launchpad. It forms the basis for an implementation that maximizes innovation while also moving forward efficiently. This process involves four steps: Prepare, Explore, Realize, and Deploy.

In the Prepare phase, Retail Launchpad jump starts the project with its accelerators and templates. During the Explore phase, organizations will facilitate workshops and verify that the solution meets business needs. The preconfigured Retail Launchpad  SAP S/4HANA system provides the sandbox for testing and documentation.

Next comes Realize, where sprint execution, walkthrough, end-to-end testing, and operations setup happens. At this time, Retail Launchpad is the baseline as the organization looks to adapt SAP S/4HANA to its unique needs.

Finally, when it is time to Deploy, Retail Launchpad has done its job and Rizing’s experts are there to provide go live support through the end and beyond.

Experience Minimizes Risk

The experience built into Retail Launchpad is borne from decades of time in the Retail industry, deep knowledge of SAP S/4HANA from certified consultants, and insight from customer-influenced industry roadmaps.

Beginning your SAP S/4HANA transformation journey on this footing minimizes risk in the project and ensures a successful outcome that wil®l capitalize on the latest SAP innovations. SAP S/4HANA can help retailers find an edge, and Retail Launchpad can help them get there faster.

Contact Rizing for more on how Retail Launchpad can jump start your SAP S/4HANA transformation.

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