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general item category group

Dear Friend,

What is the diffrence between general item category group and item category group?

is there will be a scenerio where we have to maintain different item category group for eg

norm,erla.

kindly reply me in a simple language

divya

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  • Feb 19, 2008 at 04:54 AM

    Dear Divya

    The item category group determines how a material is processed in the sales order. It defines, for example, that pricing does not take place for a free of charge item, such as a business gift; or that inventory management is not carried out for a service. When processing sales and distribution documents, the system uses the item category group to determine the item category. The system determines the item category based on the item category group of the material and the current business transaction, and proposes it in the respective document.

    When creating the material types non-stock material and services, DIEN is proposed in both cases for the item category group, because the order processing for both material types is identical: for example, pricing is carried out for both, but no availability check.

    If you want the system to carry out pricing, inventory control, and delivery processing at main item level, enter ERLA.

    If you want the system to carry out pricing, inventory control, and delivery processing at the component level, enter LUMF

    Thanks

    G. Lakshmipathi

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    Feb 19, 2008 at 05:01 AM

    Hi

    The general item category group is used in the material master whereas the item category group is used in the sales document. i.e., the general item category group is based on the material type and is used in MM and the item category group is used for determining the item category as told by Lakshmipathi.

    For further information, please refer to the below links :

    diff-betwenn-general-item-cat-grp-normal-item-cat

    http://sap.ittoolbox.com/groups/technical-functional/sap-log-sd/function-of-general-item-category-group-1437857

    Hope this helps you.

    Cheers

    MR

    Edited by: M R I on Feb 19, 2008 6:03 AM

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    Feb 19, 2008 at 05:22 AM

    Hi,

    as we know, the item category grp is used in the determination of Item category in SD.

    Actually the item cat. grp is mostly relevant to Sales and distribution , particularly to the one distribution chain level.

    But in Gen. item cat. group is maintained at Basic data 1, since it is maintained at client level, it can be used thro diff sales orgs.

    Also it can be used in MM perspective.

    Yes, there are scenarios where we can maintain these two differently. But item category is always determined from item category group.

    Hope it is useful..

    Reward points if useful..

    Regards,

    Kaleeswaran

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    Feb 19, 2008 at 05:33 AM

    Dear Divya

    The item category controls what the item does in the sales doc & in any later processing for that business transaction. It controls the sales doc & affects the schedule line category.

    Defining Item Category: VOV7: SPRO- IMG- SD- Sales- Sales Document- Sales Document Item- Define Item Category.

    Assign Item category: SPRO- IMG- SD- Sales- Sales Document- Sales Document Item- Assign Item Category (VOV4)

    The item category group determines how a material is processed in the sales order. It defines, for example, that pricing does not take place for a free of charge item, such as a business gift; or that inventory management is not carried out for a service. When processing sales and distribution documents, the system uses the item category group to determine the item category. The system determines the item category based on the item category group of the material and the current business transaction, and proposes it in the respective document.

    When creating the material types non-stock material and services, DIEN is proposed in both cases for the item category group, because the order processing for both material types is identical: for example, pricing is carried out for both, but no availability check.

    There are several scenarios where we use different item category groups like when we sell material as group i.e. BOM or Sales Set and Make to Order.

    Reward points if helpful.

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    Feb 19, 2008 at 05:48 AM

    Dear kaleeswaran,

    what is meant by client level?

    give one eg where we will maintain different item category group .

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      Hi,

      I meant to say that whatever the data is maintained in Basic data 1 & 2 in the material master, is applicable to all the company codes in the company.That is the reason i said at client level.

      Regarding the example u asked,

      1) Normally all the trading goods have the general item category group of NORM , but the item category group we need to change it to BANS in third party processing.

      2) During BOM explosion, The header material used to have the Gen, item category of NORM, but we need to have the item category group of ERLA.

      Hope the answer is useful.

      Reward points if useful.....

      Regards

      Kaleeswaran

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    Feb 19, 2008 at 06:17 AM

    Hi Divya,

    Say You are working in MTO (make to order scenario). You want to create an item "X" which will be a header item in case of a sales order BOM. Also you want to carry out the pricing at the header item level. In basic data 1 screen in material master you select "ERLA" in the "Gen Item. Cat. Grp". Then in the Sales: Sales Org.1 screen in the "Item Cat. Grp" you select "0001". In the MRP 3 screen you select "10" in the "strategy group". 10 is for MTO scenario.

    Go to CS01 & create the sales order BOM. Now go to VA01 & create the sales order for the material "X". The system will explode the BOM & the header item will have requirement type as "KE" in the "procurement " tab of the sales order.

    Hope this helps you. Reward points if solution helps.

    Regards,

    Allabaqsh G. Patil

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