The vendor provides goods that are stored in consignment stores. The vendor remains owner of the material until you withdraw materials from the consignment stores. The vendor is informed of material withdrawals on a regular basis. The quantity withdrawn is invoiced at certain time intervals
The consignment price for procuring a consignment material from a vendor is stored in a consignment info record. In Release 4.0, consignment info records are supported alongside the old consignment price segments. In future releases, consignment price segments will no longer be supported and you will have to convert them into info records. You can convert them in Customizing at any time while using Release 4.0. You will no longer be able to maintain your consignment price segments after you have converted them. Using consignment info records, you can manage consignment prices in foreign currencies. The purchase order currency of the vendor is used for consignment withdrawals. Consignment prices can be defined periodically. You can specify the consignment price in any unit of measure. You define the conversion factor in the info record. You can also use conditions in Purchasing, as well as the definition of discounts and price/quantity scales
A vendor’s consignment price for a material is valid plant-wide. Consignment stocks of a material from one vendor are managed at storage location level. Your own stocks and consignment stocks of the same material in the same storage location are managed separately, under one material number. You can take inventory of a vendor’s consignment material
A consignment item is a request to the vendor to deliver material to the consignment stores. A separate item category is assigned to a consignment item in Purchasing. For consignment items, you must select a material for consignment that has a material type that includes inventory management. You cannot specify a purchase price or conditions for consignment itemsWhen posting an invoice receipt for consignment material, you do not make reference to the purchase item. Using a special procurement key (MRP data for a material), you can select a material in a plant for consignment procurement. You can specify consignment processing as a special procurement type for a quota arrangement item
You can enter goods receipts into your consignment stock with or without reference to a purchase order. The vendor’s consignment price for a material must be determined before you post the goods receipt. A goods receipt to consignment stock does not change the valuated stock quantity, since the material still belongs to the vendor
Consignment stocks can be managed in the stock types “unrestricted-use stock”, “quality inspection stock”, and “blocked stock”. Transfer postings are not relevant for valuation
You can post goods issues only from the unrestricted-use consignment stock. When transferring goods from the consignment stock into your own stock, you can specify a receiving storage location. This also results in a stock transfer. A goods issue from consignment stock results in a liability to the consignment vendor
You can settle consignment withdrawals online as well as on a batch basis. When processing online, you can define on the initial screen whether the withdrawals are to be settled or whether the withdrawals to be settled are just to be listed. You can inform the vendor periodically about issues from its consignment stocks. The list is restricted to goods issues that have not yet been settled. You enter the invoice for consignment liabilities without reference to a purchase order. Debits are posted to the Liabilities from consignment stores G/L account, to which the credits were posted upon goods issues from the consignment store.