SAP core module and link to SAP SD
(SAP Sales und Distribution)

The SAP SD (SAP Sales and Distribution) module is considered one of the core modules of SAP ERP (SAP Enterprise Resource Planning) as it maps the handling of numerous marketing and sales processes, from the initial customer contact right up to receipt of the goods at the required destination and is thus an important component of the company’s business operation. Due to the broad range of functions, SAP SD has multiple contact points with other SAP modules such as:

  • SAP Financial Accounting (SAP FI)
  • SAP Controlling (SAP CO)
  • SAP Material Management (SAP MM)
  • SAP Quality Management (SAP QM)
  • SAP Production Planning (SAP PP)

Main funcions of the SAP SD (Sales and Distribution) module

The main functions of SAP SD (SAP Sales and Distribution) include:

  • Sales support
  • Management of pre-sales activities
  • Sales order creation and processing
  • Picking, shipping and transport 
  • Billing of sales orders, credit and debit memo requests and returns

Through the administration of business partner contacts, the implementation of potential analyses, and the processing and evaluation of sales events and promotions, SAP SD as an interface to marketing and other functions, supports the company’s targeted promotional activities.

With regard to the control of pre-sales activities, SAP SD offers not only the opportunity to document queries from potential business partners and concrete offers, but also enables management of customer-specific outline agreements and order details such as terms of payment, conditions, deadlines or other adjustments. As part of the creation of a customer order, automatic data determination can be set.

Also, to ensure timely delivery to customers, you can activate an availability check for the requested materials. This checks the existing stocks and the requested delivery date and, if delivery does not take place, it forwards the requirements to production (SAP PP) or the purchasing department (SAP MM).

To ensure smooth processing in the picking, shipping & transport of your goods, the system provides the following functionality:

  • Customer-specific master data maintenance
    • Tax liability
    • Incoterms
    • Complete or partial delivery
    • etc.
  • Options for integration of the SAP Warehouse Management module (SAP WM)
  • Replenishment planning
  • Collective processing of transport orders
  • Packing of delivery items to handling units
  • Weight checks of shipments to comply with the permitted total capacity of the selected means of transport (truck, aircraft, etc.)
  • Package tracking
  • Options to integrate EDI

SAP SD takes account of customs provisions

The resulting requirements with regard to customs and foreign trade regulations can also be covered by the following functions:

  • Complete integration into the SAP system (SAP MM, SAP SD, SAP FI)
  • Customer-specific or material-specific monitoring of imports and exports
  • Administration of prohibitions and restrictions with a user-friendly operating cockpit
  • Compliance with legal provisions through warning functions
    • Alert reporting
    • Embargoes
    • Boycott lists
  • Facility to create notifications to authorities (e.g. BAFA)

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