John

You sent your e-mail to BPCS_L which has hundreds of subscribers (I am pretty sure under 1,000) who work at various companies using BPCS ... most of us on some version V6 or V4 (me the latter). You need to state your questions as separate posts with relevant subject. If your questions are not 8.2 specific, but BPCS in general, you can find a wealth of info at the BPCS_L discussion archives. <http://archive.midrange.com/bpcs-l> Just remember that while many of us are very experienced in many aspects of BPCS, it is a rare person who knows it all, so on occasion there is foot in e-mouth.

Deb:

We ran into similar scenario on an earlier version of BPCS in which:
* allocations defaulted to sequence of LOCATIONS within a warehouse, which is why our main location got renamed as AA01 * when re-allocating, you are stuck with allocations already made, unless you first zero out all the allocations, and restart from scratch.

We have "hot" items with lead time challenges, so we use safety stock pretty heavily to avoid running out of the "hot" items.
-
Al Macintyre  http://www.ryze.com/go/Al9Mac
BPCS/400 Computer Janitor ... see
http://radio.weblogs.com/0107846/stories/2002/11/08/bpcsDocSources.html

Deb,

        Hi, c'est moi. John Minto, that is. Barry and I are trying to get
you to ask some questions about 8.2. Do you have time?

-----Original Message-----
From: Deb Newcomb-Burke
Sent: Monday, April 04, 2005 4:18 PM
Subject: [BPCS-L] Item Substitution

My company deals in textile manufacturing with production facilities in
several US and foreign locations.

My dilemma:

We need the ability to substitute based upon manufacturing costs - lowest to
highest.  We set up substitution records based upon costs however, these
items are 'hot' and rarely in stock at order entry time.
Allocations are run for the order(s) as a matter of course.  Since there is
no stock...no allocation records can be built.  Our Order Service folks have
indicated that if the allocation program is re-run for the orders once there
is stock available, the substitution scenario does not work properly and
cost info is skewed as the entered item seems to be the selling item.
Chicago is telling us this functionality may be in a future release of BPCS
but, we need help now.  Has anyone worked with a similar situation and, if
so, how horrible are the modifications required?

Thanks for any assistance,

Deb Newcomb-Burke
IT Director
Alba-Waldensian, Inc.



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