A delivery plan is followed if the debtor places deliveries within the duration of the contract. As a result, no orders are assigned to them in the delivery plans. If the function is performed instead on the day a delivery is due, it is used to directly create a delivery. After the arrival of the delivery, the quantity in the delivery plan is reduced accordingly. After being sent to SAP APO via SAP ERP`s CIF, SAP delivery plans are programmed and, when the results of the schedule (purchase reqs with SAP delivery plans as source) are returned to SAP ERP, they become purchase reqs in SAP ERP. Appointment contracts (in SAP APO) become only a source of supply. SAP delivery plans are two things for SAP APO. We were never so satisfied with the explanation of SAP delivery contracts until we found it in the book Supply Chain Management with SAP APO. It says here that « planning agreements are used when products are purchased for large quantities at high frequency.
It is precisely in the automotive sector that it is a common mode of supply. The principle is to have an object – the delivery plan – with the appropriate quantity and conditions, to plan the entries as « appointment positions » (according to order requirements) and to send the orders – the « shares » to the supplier in relation to the delivery plan. Versions are created for a defined horizon and updated at defined intervals. In addition to operational approvals, it is possible to send forecast releases to suppliers to inform them of future requirements. In this way, the delivery plan is an object that supports collaboration with the supplier. Delivery of the total quantity of materials indicated in a delivery plan item is distributed, over a period of time, in a delivery plan consisting of lines indicating individual quantities, with expected delivery dates. If you work with delivery plans without output documentation, the current schedule is automatically displayed via the message order program (exit). SAP calendar agreements are included in an integration model and have the box and options for the CIF. In my company, we use delivery plans for almost all purchases, as we simply put in place an agreement for a component from a particular supplier and the system automatically plans your deliveries for you according to your needs and settings in the materials masters. Appointment agreements can also be used if you only want to order a few times a year, because we do so for some of our bulk products, on which we have very large minimum quantities of orders that do not have much consumption. Appointment exemptions (including a head and actual delivery plan) are issued to the creditor and tell the creditor to make deliveries of the material concerned on the specified dates. Creditors may provide the appropriate purchasing agency with confirmations that they do not meet or meet the expected delivery deadlines.
Goods are received against delivery plans and orders. In the delivery agreement, we only create the lines of the delivery arrangement to take the creditor through the material delivery plan.