Business Units overview

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Once a company administrator has created a company which has been activated and approved in the Back Office, they can start building the organizational structure of their company in My Company section of the web-shop.

The very first step of defining the company structure is setting up business units and creating the business units hierarchy.

The business units hierarchy poses a system in which business units are arranged into levels:

  • Upper level
  • Lower level
  • Same level

The business unit of the upper level is referred to as parent business unit, and the business units below it are its child business units.

Upon company registration, a default business unit named “Headquarters” is automatically created under Business Units section.

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The company administrator can create, edit, delete as well as arrange business units in hierarchical order in the Business Units section.

To create a business unit, its name and email address must be specified.

The user can also select a parent business unit of the newly created unit. If it is not selected, the new business unit will be created with "0" level in hierarchy, i.e. as a parent.
![new-bu.png](https://spryker.s3.eu-central-1.amazonaws.com/docs/Features/Company+Account+Management/Business+Unit+Management/Business+Units+Management+Feature+Overview/new-bu.png)

The parent and child business units are visually differentiated by means of indents. This differentiation is described in the following table:

LEVEL INDENTS
0 level business units (parents) Have no indents before their lines.
1 level business units Have a single indent before them.
2 level business units Have a double indent.
And so on

Example: business-units-hierarchy.png

The following are special characteristics of business units:

  • It is not possible to assign a parent business unit to its child.
  • Deleting a parent business unit does not delete its children. The hierarchy is kept, and just goes one level up.
A business unit's children that are one level below it, become 0 level parent business units, and their children become 1 level children.
  • A business unit can be assigned with one or multiple addresses.
  • The existing addresses can be assigned to business units right at the stage of their creation, and the new addresses can be added on the Edit Business Unit page.

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  • The addresses can also be unassigned by clearing the respective address’s check box under the Assign Addresses section and clicking Submit.

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This will move the address to Unassigned addresses section.

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BACK OFFICE USER GUIDES
Manage company units
Manage company unit addresses
Developer guides

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