Other constraints for sourcing

You can set additional constraints for product sourcing.

The following additional constraints can also be set for product sourcing.

Shipping together a set of product lines

There are situations when a subset of order lines in a single order must be shipped together from the same node and at the same time. Sterling Order Management System provides the capability to create a "ship together group of order lines".

A fill quantity can be specified for each line. At a minimum, fill quantity must be available for all of the lines that are part of the ship together group. All lines that are part of this group are shipped from the same node at the same time.

There is no configuration needed for this. On each order transaction, a ship together group can be associated by using setting the "Ship together dependency" parameter. Select a set of lines that need to be shipped together and create the dependency group. Sterling Order Management System promising functions ensure that these lines are scheduled to ship together.

Note: This constraint can be specified at line subset level only if an order exists in the system. When making an inquiry without an order, you can specify this constraint at the inquiry level and Sterling Order Management System ensures that all the lines in the request are shipped together.

Deliver together a set of lines

The key difference between this constraint and the "ship together" constraint is that with this constraint individual lines that are part of the dependency group can be shipped from different locations, but Sterling Order Management System ensures that either all the lines that are part of the dependency group are scheduled for delivery or none of them are. A "merge node" can be specified to consolidate these lines at a location so that it can be ensured that these lines are delivered together. When an order release is made, "merge node" is applied to the release. The shipment consolidation process also ensures that "merge node" is applied to the shipment. The shipping warehouse should make sure that shipments are made to this "merge node" instead of the actual ship-to location.

There is no configuration needed for this. On each order transaction, a deliver together group can be specified using the "Deliver together dependency" parameter. Select a set of lines that need to be delivered together and create the dependency group. Sterling Order Management System promising functions ensure that these lines are scheduled to deliver together.

Note: This constraint can be specified at line subset level only if an order exists in the system. When making an inquiry without an order, you can specify this constraint at the inquiry level, and Sterling Order Management System ensures that all the lines in the request are shipped together.

To ensure that every shipment made for an order line has a specified minimum quantity included in that shipment, a fill quantity can be specified on any request line. Sterling Order Management System ensures that at least this quantity is shipped in each shipment made out of a node. If an order line's remaining quantity is less than this fill quantity, it is not scheduled. You can either cancel the remaining quantity or reduce the fill quantity appropriately.

Use single node for line fulfillment

This rule mandates that an order line is fulfilled from only one node. However, unlike the scheduling rule 'Ship Line From Single Node', this rule does not mandate that lines ship completely from a single node. An order line can be shipped partially and the remaining quantity can be shipped later.

If this rule is enabled, it additional features are made available including:

  • Line splitting on partial backorder (for lines with and without pre-defined ship nodes)
  • Backordering of a line to the most optimal ship node.