Definicja vendor-managed inventory
Service provided by a vendor for a customer, whereby the vendor plans material requirements in the customer's company. Vendor-managed inventory is only possible if the vendor has access to the customer's current stock and sales data.
In the ERP system, the following functions are available for vendor-managed inventory:Transfer of stock and sales data by EDI Receipt of stock and sales data by EDI Replenishment planning for customers Creation of a purchase order for an external EDI order acknowledgment
Assuming that both the vendor and the customer are using an ERP system, the process could be implemented as follows:Transfer of stock and sales data by EDI
The customer sends the current stock and sales data for a particular material to the vendor using a special IDoc (PROACT).Receipt of stock and sales data by EDI
In the vendor's R/3 system, the sales data for the material is updated in an information structure of the information system. The stock data is entered in the replenishment data for this material.Replenishment planning for customers
Using the sales data, the vendor forecasts the sales expected at the customer's. The vendor then plans replenishment of the material, based on forecast values and the current stock. The replenishment planning run calculates requirements and generates a sales order as a follow-on document. The sales order data is transferred by EDI to the customer to acknowledge the order. IDoc ORDRSP is used for this.Creation of a purchase order for an external EDI order acknowledgment
The vendor's order acknowledgment received in the customer's system is processed and converted to a purchase order.
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