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Dec 17, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Vendor assignment based on material configuration?


Hi All,

We are on ECC 6.0. We are facing issues with configurable materials on the materials management side. Almost all our products are configurable. So we have one single material code for them and numerous possibilities based on their configurations.

The problem is that the material number remaining the same we have different vendors/suppliers for different configurations. The reason is that not all configurations of a material can be produced by one single supplier. Now on the MM side we can have supplier assignments only at material code and plant level like in source lists. This is not helping our cause as we have to change the assignment of the supplier in the purchase requisition all the time manually after checking the configuration behind the material. Also the other issue is that we can have only one planned delivery time in the material master but the lead times from the suppliers varies considerably based on the configuration to be manufactured.

Our VC team refuses to create any new material code for different configurations. The thing that I want to understand is how is this problem tackled by lot of other organizations who use VC. Are there any standard business practices or functionalities available in SAP standard to overcome this problem?

All inputs are welcome and will be valuable.....