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Vendor account group in centralized and decentralized purchasing

Hi Experts,

I'm working in an implementation project and has got the below worry while designing the process. Kindly advice.

My client is having a corporate purchasing department, which is responsible for international (import) purchases for all the companies which are located in different countries. And local purchasing departments, which are responsible for local purchases for the respective companies'.

Now my worry is, how do I segregate vendor account groups as Domestic and Import Vendor. Because the vendor who is in India and supplying goods/services to the Indian company, becomes a local vendor for the Indian company. At the same time, if he is supplying goods/services to the company which is in Canada, he will become a import vendor for the Canadian company. How do I segregate them now! kindly advice

Thanks & Regards,


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    Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 12:20 PM

    maybe it is just a wrong approach to define account groups for domestic and foreign in case the SAP system is used from a global player.

    Account groups are used to segregate authorization, to do field selection (mandatory, optional, display only, hidden), for separate number ranges .

    Maybe it makes more sense to segregate account groups by other means, e.g. external vendors, group vendors, carriers, employees as they might need to have different fields mandatory, different partner roles for their purpose..

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    • Another approach would be to collect the requirements. What does your finance team analyze based on account groups and in which transaction and report do they even see the account group?

      It is probably much easier to do most of these analysis based on a country than on an account group.

  • Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 01:30 PM

    I feel you will have to create vendor codes for only local vendors.

    Best Regards,

    Radheshyam P.

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