What's new in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack


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Applies To: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2

In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack, we added and changed several features. This topic lists the feature changes by module and provides links to related topics.

New features for AX 2012 Feature Pack

The following table outlines the features that were added in AX 2012 Feature Pack.


What’s new

Inventory management

  • There is a new product dimension: style. You set up and use this new dimension just as you use the color and size product dimensions.

  • You can now select moving average, a perpetual cost method, as the inventory valuation method for products.

For more information, see What's new: Inventory and warehouse management features.


AX 2012 Feature Pack includes the Retail module, which adds features and feature updates to Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail 2009. In this release, Retail is fully incorporated into Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. AX 2012 Feature Pack also includes several enhancements to Retail features that are specific to retail markets:

  • You can categorize products by using an n-level deep category hierarchy, so that you can more efficiently categorize your retail products.

  • You can use the enhancements to products, category hierarchies, and organization hierarchies to more efficiently create and maintain assortments.

  • A retail channel includes the retail brick-and-mortar store, online store, and online marketplace. Retail channels are a subtype of the operating unit. You can use the organization hierarchy to model your store relationships and retail channels.

  • You can configure trade agreements by using price groups. Price groups provide more flexibility when you set up product pricing.

  • You can now apply a discount based on concurrency rules, if multiple discounts apply to a product.

  • There are now two types of customer orders: quotation and sales order.

  • The Add products form has been improved to support multiple product hierarchies and a new dialog box for selecting a variant matrix.

  • Retail staff in both the back office and the store are now integrated with the core Human resources module as workers.

  • Retail store inventory has had major architectural changes to better suit native document support and to create a foundation for stronger retail store inventory functionality in the future.

  • You can assign a specific till to a specific cashier, so that one person is responsible for the till. You can also remove the till from the cash drawer without closing the shift, so that the money can be counted in a back room instead of on the sales floor.

  • Addresses and contact information for retail entities have been migrated to addresses and contact information for parties.

  • AX 2012 Feature Pack includes a sales cube that provides insight into sales performance

  • AX 2012 Feature Pack includes five Sites Services solutions that can streamline and speed business processes.

  • An offline feature has been added to the store database to support a central database in the retail store.

  • Enhancements have been made to Commerce Services for Microsoft Dynamics ERP

  • The sales tax feature extends existing functionality to support sales tax on shipping charges.

  • The operation and configuration of scheduler jobs have been separated.

  • Role-based security has been added, and built-in roles that cover all functional aspects of the product have also been added.

For more information, see What's new: Retail features.

Other features

Other features were added or changed in AX 2012 Feature Pack.

Feature area

What’s new

Intercompany timesheets

An organization can allow a worker in one of its legal entities to enter hours that are worked for a project that is managed in a different legal entity, without requiring that the worker switch company data sets. For more information, see What's new: Intercompany timesheet entry in projects.