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What is SAP AFS?

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Please can you provide me with details documentation on 'What is AFS'

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Mithun

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    Posted on Mar 12, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    Hi Mithun,

    Brief Overview:

    SAP Apparel and Footwear (SAP AFS) is the SAP e-business solution for the apparel and footwear industry. SAP AFS was developed in collaboration with renowned industry leaders to address the particular requirements of the apparel and footwear industry. The development of the solution was mainly focused on illustrating industry-specific processes based on the SAP e-business platform ,a family of solutions and services that empowers employees, customers, and business partners to collaborate successfully - anywhere, anytime.

    SAP AFS enables you to benefit from the latest SAP technology and infrastructure enhancements. It is the obvious choice for companies operating in the apparel and footwear sector.

    CHARACTERISTICS OF AFS

    The apparel and footwear business is highly demanding, forcing companies to contend with constant challenges in a global business environment: there is relentless pressure on price, cost, and lead times. Trends are created overnight, and the industry has to rapidly adjust. Contract domestic and offshore production combined with global procurement processes create complex value chains that can be inefficient and difficult to monitor. Fashions often change quickly and without warning.In the apparel and footwear industry, companies must cope with seasonal fluctuation, proliferation of design variations,scant information about volatile demand that results in forecast

    uncertainty, stock shortages, and costly markdowns.

    Apparel and footwear companies today are increasingly assuming the role of coordinator for both internal and intercompany processes as their core competencies shift away from production and steadily move toward planning, controlling, and monitoring textiles in the value chain.

    Multilevel division of labor and outsourcing have long been common practice in this industry. In the past, companies achieved their greatest cost-cutting potential by optimizing their production processes. However, the production of clothing and shoes can only be automated to a certain degree, causing the savings potential by these means to quickly reach its limit. The next step was to transfer production to low-wage countries, which in turn meant sacrificing high quality and transparency in the production process. Having production sites spread out around the globe has made supervision and monitoring of the production process more difficult, the transport routes longer and more expensive, and meeting confirmed delivery dates a perpetual challenge.

    Areas such as product development, raw material and finished goods requirements planning, production planning, coordination and control, transport optimization and monitoring, and quality assurance are taking on more and more importance and therefore tend to remain at headquarters. As a result, the information flow and collaboration among partners in the textile supply chain (logistics service providers, textile manufacturers, contractors, agents, and so on) are increasingly more critical to the success of apparel and footwear companies. Fundamental changes and restructuring are taking place in the apparel and footwear market.

    Seasonal Processing

    Multi-Company, Multilingual, Multicurrency Processing

    Advantages of AFS

    Some of the Advantages of AFS in Sales Order Processing are as Follows:

    Fast Order Entry

    Credit Card Processing

    "Mark For" Feature

    Rush Orders

    Value-Added Services

    Hope the above have given you insight of SAP AFS.

    For more details please visit the following links:

    http://www.sapafs.net/

    http://help.sap.com/saphelp_afs64/helpdata/en/b2/53af10cda511d2aca20000e829fbfe/frameset.htm

    Regards,

    Anirban Roy

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