Assistant Sales Managers (ASM) and the Distributors placed order with the CFA as and when required. Once the order is placed, the status is available on the order w.r.t. the date and time when the delivery will reach and the fill rate / quantity received, was known only when the delivery reached the customer. This affected further commitments from Distributors to the retailers and impacted subsequent orders. Since the retail purchase of the products, is driven by impulse, absence of product in the shelf means loss of sales.
They needed a system wherein the status of order with respect to delivery and SKU level quantity is tracked.
The need was felt for information travel, faster than the product travel. Though the whole system worked on SAP, manual intervention was required with respect to information recorded outside SAP. Following steps were taken to keep complete visibility with Sales Team w.r.t. to the order placement to dispatch and delivery status: