Jennifer is now interested in how to optimize the creation and management of the supplier database.
SAP S/4HANA provides various methods to create, edit, and control the quality of the supplier master data efficiently. For instance, it is possible to copy an existing vendor and use it as a model. It is also possible to extend a supplier to several companies so that all of them can use it, each with its own individual settings. In addition, it is possible for an authorized user to proceed to a mass upload or modifications of the supplier master records. Let’s review the different options.
Copy an existing vendor
One of the easiest ways to create a new supplier is by selecting an existing business partner with similar characteristics and then copying it. As all the settings of the model business partner are copied over to the new supplier master record, they must be reviewed carefully to determine which settings to keep or which have to be updated.
For example, the name and address of the new supplier are settings that likely need an update whereas the roles or the payment terms can be probably maintained without modifications.
Let's review how to copy a supplier.