Simple harmonization and standardization of indirect material range by using the eCl@ss classification

"An important step in the Nolte group was the harmonization and standardization of the master data and processes. This group thought was inevitable as a success guarantee for the future."

Nolte SE

The Nolte group has its production for 100% in Germany and thus offers high security and reliability in terms of quality. For the Nolte group „made in Germany“ is more than just a slogan - it is our goal!



Eight independent Nolte companies operate independently of each other, having their own processes, organizaions and systems.

In the diferent ERP systems of the companies a heterogeneous classiicaion structure to procurement aricles reigns. As a result, no harmonized aricle master data exist.



Because of the universal use of products and services in the indirect area within the Nolte group an assignment with eCl@ss was realized.

In the producion material segment the aricle structure of the Nolte group could not be displayed with the eCl@ss of goods, as the naming and structuring of the product groups in the furniture industry is diferent. For this reason the Nolte group developed a custom classiicaion based on the numbering of eCl@ss and thus set a benchmark for the furniture industry.

In indirect material the eCl@ss product groups relevant to the Nolte group were selected and deined up to the 3rd hierarchy level of the eCl@ss-goods group code. Thus, the condiions for external communicaion are met. This is already successfully done with our suppliers within the qualiicaion on our eProcurement plaform.

For a beter acceptance of the product group code within the Nolte group hierarchy levels 1 and 2 of the eCl@ss goods group code are used predominantly. Should it be necessary, the aricles are deined up to the 3rd level. This leads to a high uilizaion rate and also to a signiicantly improved data quality in an indirect material area, as the ideniicaion of products and services with a eCl@ss product group code is simpliied a lot.



The product group code is considered the procurement master for the Nolte group and thanks to the easy ideniicaion has a high level of acceptance within the Nolte group.

The introducion of eCl@ss in the indirect material area enabled a simple harmonizaion and standardizaion of master data, the basis for a group-wide structure was created and its implementaion in SAP is now complete in all companies.

With our implemented eCl@ss product group code the procurement process in the indirect material area can be standardized to a high degree and be eiciently carried out on our eProcurement plaform.

In addiion the expenditure and planned budget in the area of other operaing expenses can be controlled much easier by the newly acquired transparency and signiicantly improved informaion content.

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