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Can multiple buyers purchase the same article?

Is it possible to have multiple buyers purchase the same article, and report on who has purchased what separately? To my knowledge you can only map an article to a single purchasing group, but in my organization we will have several buyers purchasing the same product, and would like to be able to report on their orders separately.
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  • Sep 12, 2017 at 11:11 AM

    A purchase order has as well a purchasing group field. The material master is just a template and the value can be overwritten manually in the PO. So it is possible that several purchasing groups can buy the same material and you can get statistics based on that.

    However, it might not be a good practice to purchase the same material with different buyers.

    the purchasing group from material master is assigned to 1 purchasing group, a purchasing group can be used to segregate authorization.

    In most reports in purchasing you have the purchasing group to select. MRP will create requisitions with the purchasing group from material master. The buyer will call ME57 with his user id to assign the source of supply.

    What if 5 buyers call ME57 without selecting on purchasing group. it is a lot more work for each of them to pick items to be processed, and they may even miss to order the unloved materials.

    One buyer who always purchases the same material has better knowledge on the material, and may negotiate better prices for a higher volume than it is the case if 5 different buyers purchase small volumes.

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    Sep 12, 2017 at 11:37 AM

    agreed it is inefficient, but this would be some progress. Do I understand you write that an article would be mapped to a single purchasing group in the material master, but that this value can be overtyped by PO to see which purchasing group has actually ordered the article?

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