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 Planning Strategies 

Planning strategies represent the business procedures for the planning of production quantities and dates. A wide range of production planning strategies are available in the SAP R/3 System, offering a large number of different options ranging from pure

make-to-order production to make-to-stock production. Depending on the strategy you choose, you can:
  • Use sales orders and/or sales forecast values to create the demand program
  • Move the stocking level down to the assembly level so that final assembly is triggered by the incoming sales order
  • Carry out Demand Management specifically for the assembly

You can also combine planning strategies. This means that you could select the planning strategy

Planning with Final Assembly (40) for a finished product, but you can still select a different strategy, such as Planning at Assembly Level (70) for an important assembly in the BOM of this finished product.

The planning strategies available for a material are listed in Customizing. You can assign a planning strategy to a material in the material master record, by means of a strategy group. Different requirements types are defined for each of the strategies and each requirements type contains important control parameters.