Defining inventory considerations

You can identify the supply and demand type associations used to determine inventory availability for a specific demand type.

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For example, you can configure a Scheduled demand type to check for availability against Onhand supply and Purchase Order supply. You can also configure an Allocated demand type to check for availability against only Onhand supply. With this configuration, scheduled inventory demands check for inventory that is both physically available and available in the future, while allocated inventory demands only check for inventory that is physically available.

Note: Unassigned demands are mapped to a supply using the demand owner's default Distribution Rule. If you do not configure the default Distribution Rule, the APIs may return results as AVAILABLE, causing orders to get accepted even though they cannot be actually sourced.
Note: When considering supply types and demand types used by particular nodes, note that the supply types at a ship node marked as INFINITE are considered to be ONHAND. Therefore, ONHAND supply types must be mapped to particular demand types, otherwise, orders for the node are backordered when availability calculations are made for the demand type.

To define inventory considerations:


  1. From the tree in the application rules side panel, choose Inventory Types and Considerations > Supply Types, Demand Types, and Considerations. The Inventory Types and Considerations window displays in the work area.
  2. Choose the Inventory Considerations tab.
  3. From the Demand Types columns, select the check boxes of the supply types you want to be considered when inventory availability is performed for that demand type.
  4. Choose the Save icon.