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SAP's Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) functionality

Hello Friends,

Has anyone worked with or implemented SAP's Vendor Managed Inventory i.e. VMI functionality ?

I have read the 1. Help Documentation on the subject as well as 2. VMI Building Block Configuration Guide (Q38) for Best Practices. It appears to me that the Configuration Guide has more to do with the config that goes into the Vendor's SAP system.

1. Is there any document or steps that list the configuration for VMI from the customer's perspective ? To elaborate, if a new SAP customer implementing SAP ECC 6.0 wants to utilize the VMI functionality so that its vendors can plan and replenish materials on behalf of this customer, what are the necessary steps that need to be taken to implement this VMI functionality ?

2. SAP documentation assumes that both the customer and its vendors who plan the VMI use SAP ERP. In case the vendors have their own legacy or ERP systems, will the VMI functionality still work...since most data transfer happens via EDI ?

Any thoughts or suggestions are most welcome. Thanks for your inputs in advance.


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    Sep 18, 2008 at 01:21 PM


    For me - No neither worked nor implemented VMI.

    Since you already refer many links for info, please check these which I hope useful :


    Syed Hussain.

    Edited by: Syed Hussain on Sep 18, 2008 4:37 PM

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      Hi Daniel,

      My client currently prints a report of the Sales Forecast out of the existing legacy system and sends it to the vendors. Based on this Sales Forecast, the individual vendors plan their own production and replenish the material stocks for my client.

      As I understand SAP's VMI functionality after going thru the help documentation, the above process is handled exclusively via EDI.

      1. I therefore want to know if anyone has used this EDI functionality to convey the Sales data & Forecast to the vendor(s) and have the vendor(s) send in acknowledgments of the sales orders (created in the vendor's system based on this forecast) to trigger the Purchase Order(s) in the client's SAP system ?

      2. Also, does the standard SAP VMI process using EDI work as stated or does it need any additional configuration and / or customization ?