We are trying to formulate a plan to help customer service (and ultimately
customers) with planning for the availability of special order items.

"Special order" in the sense I am using it refers to items that
* have no on-hand inventory and
* no forecast or supply plan until an actual customer order is received
(no P.O., no M.O., no forecast, no firm planned orders and no planned
orders

The standard MAPICS available-to-promise function depends on:
* on-hand quantities
* on-order quantities (either from purchase orders or production orders)
* firm planned orders (from MRP), or
* planned orders (from MRP).

We would need to take the standard lead-time, apply that to a current
calendar and then determine a date this product would be available
(assuming a re-supply order is placed 'today') .

Are some of you handling "special order" items today in a way to easily
project a 'legitimate' promise date during order entry?

Thanks



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