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Additional Characteristics in SNP

Hi

We have a m:n relationship between sales organization and locations in our network. Although we want to be able to do supply planning at location levels, we also want to be able to make some decisions based on inventory at sales org level. Does APO SNP support adding new user-defined characteristics at all? Will descriptive characteristics work in this situation? We are on APO 4.1

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Srinivas

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    Jul 20, 2007 at 06:26 PM

    Ok, here is the link for documentation 4.1, this link confirms that it is not possible to add user-defined characteristics for SNP.

    Master Planning Object Structure (APO 4.1)

    Hope this helps.

    Regards.

    Marí

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    Jul 20, 2007 at 06:16 PM

    Hi Srinivas,

    Unfortunatelly, it is not possible to add new user-defined characteristics.

    This is a copy of documentation for SCM-SNP 5.0: The use of additional characteristics for Supply Network Planning is not supported. For an example of a master planning object structure with the correct characteristics for Supply Network Planning, see 9ASNPBAS.

    Hope this helps.

    Regards.

    Marín.

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    Jul 20, 2007 at 08:33 PM

    "Inventory at sales org level" can't be solved using descriptive characteristics. If you want to take care of the Inventory, you will have to model "sales org " as locations and maintain transportation lanes from "Location" to "sales org". Another possibility might be to sort the "inventory" issue in APO DP

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    Jul 22, 2007 at 12:17 AM

    Using Descriptive char (possible since 3.1) is a possibility though it is mainly used at Customer level

    Descriptive char are used for a NOT pure MTS scenario

    you can try to manipulate this for your purpose

    Also there would be a large number of entries in the live cache depending on the number of locations and Sales orgs

    You enter the char for sales org in a consumption group. This consumption group can then be assigned to product and to release profiles.

    There are also separate heuristics for descriptive characterisitics

    just another thought:

    Another way of doing this is to create a new characterisitic in DP that is a combination of your Location+Sales org and releasing that to SNP in a differnt version while you release location based Demand in the regular version. You can do the sales org related calculations there and try to match the results of both versions

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