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Material Alternatives in purchasing

Hi community,

I have the following scenario from auto-industry company.

They have materials that are alternatives to each other. For e.g they have material A15C and A21C. These are different materials but are alternatives (same material but the 2nd is the new one). The issue is that when they buy the 1st one (A15C) the vendor may send the 2nd one (A21C) and this is acceptable. Moreover, they want to know for each materials which alternatives exist. How, can we handle this in MM? I do not know a standard way, but can anyone think of alternatives?

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    Former Member
    May 18, 2017 at 09:12 AM

    Hi Alexsandros

    I share with you a similar situation when I worked as a purchaser in a visual display factory. The factory applies SAP certainly.

    At that time I had to manage many materials which were technically identical, but the only difference was in the packaging. Of course, those materials were managed by separate material codes. As far as I know, SAP does not offer any solutions to this. I had to manage my materials manually by an excel file designed to be similar to MRP in SAP so that I could combine stock and requirement of identical materials into one for planning.

    I hope this would be useful for you.

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  • May 19, 2017 at 06:38 AM

    Hi all,

    Would batch management be a solution?


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