Pricing Changes Made Easy in SAP
By Maria Simpson on Apr 30, 2020
Am I the only one who hasn’t seen Tiger King? Will I be wasting my time, or should I watch it so I can understand all the Carole references and make some of my own jokes?
On a more serious note, other questions come to mind:
- Should I wear real pants or stick to my sweatpants for this upcoming video conference?
- What excuse can I come up with to not show my webcam?
- How long will my stockpile of toilet paper, cleaning products, and flour last?
- What I can do to avoid the fridge and this endless snacking?!
Whether you’re at home alone in a quiet solitude, like myself, or in a loud, busy house with kids, pets, significant others, or all the above, if you use SAP, then there is always work that needs to be done.
On an actual serious note, in today’s economy, prices are changing a lot. Toilet paper demand is high and gas demand is low. I’m sure I’m not the only one driving a lot less, so thank you, car insurance companies, for credits and refunds! Let’s look at some fun supply and demand charts to get a better understanding of why prices go up or down. When we see an increase in demand for items like toilet paper or flour, the price increases (panel A). On the other hand, when there is a decrease in demand for items like gas, the price decreases (panel B). Similar concepts apply in panels C and D.
Okay, enough with the economics lecture. In any case, the price needs to be changed and you need to make those changes in SAP. If you have a lot of products with new prices, then updating them by hand in SAP is not how you want to spend your day. Another option, and sometimes referred to as a life saver, is Winshuttle.
Winshuttle Studio can help accelerate those price changes in an easy and efficient way. By utilizing the simple 3 step process of Winshuttle Transaction to record, map, and run, you can quickly and efficiently load the pricing changes in SAP.
You can use Winshuttle Query to pull existing prices directly from SAP before making the pricing changes. You can filter your search results based on the price type, materials, etc.
Winshuttle uses Excel as the user interface, so you can use the full functionality of Excel. For example, you can use an Excel formula to apply a percentage change across all products. Of course, you’re also able to change each price individually.
If you need to get approvals for the pricing changes before loading them into SAP, you can use Winshuttle Evolve to build a no-code/low-code web form and workflow or an Excel file and workflow. These workflow solutions integrate directly with SAP and can load data automatically through the workflow or with the click of a button.
If you’re a current Winshuttle user, here are some tips to help you Winshuttle from home:
- Use a Winshuttle template for VK11 or VK12 to get started
- Schedule the data to load overnight (must be connected to VPN)
- Use a wired internet connection
- Close unnecessary applications
- Use a keyboard and mouse (10-key makes numbers easier!)
- Try noise canceling headphones if noise is a distraction
Happy Winshuttling from home! I think I’ll schedule my SAP data to load tonight and watch Tiger King now…
About the author
Maria has been a part of the Winshuttle team for over a decade. In that time, she has expanded her skill set to become a dedicated Solutions Engineer with an expertise in SAP. This, along with prior SAP experience, enables her to use over 13 years of combined knowledge to connect proficiently with her fellow SAP users. Maria is passionate about sharing Winshuttle’s leading data management solutions, and with SAP being an integral part of a company's essential needs and future growth, she aims to help everyone enjoy the benefits that SAP provides.
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