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Is Product Interchangeblity an incomplete functionality in APO?

Product interchangeability works perfect till its a planning only,but when it comes to executions it looks like an incompletely developed (undertsood). A Product with forecast(Make To Stock) when planned in SNP with some other interchangeable product works fine with this setup (considers unused stock of alternate product and avoid extra demand on mfg plant) but when it comes to execution it when sales happens for that code a sales is reported for alternate product and Delivery /Goods Issue (which is relevant for forecast consumption) is reported for that alternate code only and that delivery/Goods Issue of alternate product is not considered for forecast consumption of a Product which was forecasted. Is there any way to manage this or we have to stop till planning level only and do not expect much beyond from execution process integration .? Regards, Digambar

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    Dec 05, 2012 at 06:20 AM

    Hi Digamber,

    Product Interchangibility could be embedded at three instances with-in SAP-SCM:

    1) During creation of Sales Order in R3 (ATP check & GATP config would pitch product B instead of A)

    2) During Forecasting in APO- DP (Phase-IN & Phase-Out scanarios, where A is to be replaced by B)

    3) During SNP planning run in APO-SNP (Interchangibility config needs to be mainatined in chains)

    But yes coming back to your question, both A & B would have separate Sales History & all executions\stock posting\GI & GR would be recorded separately, unless A gets phased-out (if at all) & the corresponding FCST & consumption thereafter against A & B needs to be ammended through CVC's correction & customization.

    This is my understanding.

    Please take the opinion of SAP Labs for better understanding.



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