Manage Active Supply Chain

This document describes the purpose and functionality available in 'Active Supply Chain. Display' (MWS150) is described.

(MWS150) is used to control and view your active supply chains. The program can be accessed from the menu, but it is usually opened by using a related option from an order or order line.

A supply chain contains a network of demand and supply links. At the top of the supply chain, you will find a demand order – often a customer order – but other order categories can serve as a demand order. This order either triggers other order-initiated orders or contains existing pre-allocations. These relationships will show in the active supply chain that is displayed.

The supply chain level indicates the relation of the order lines to the selected order line. The key order line that is selected will always be at level 0. Order lines at level -1 supply the selected order line, and then the selected order line will supply the order lines at level 1. This program provides several options for maintaining the order lines in your view, such as releasing options, rescheduling options, and giving direct feedback on how the entire supply chain is affected.

While the active supply chain is normally viewed on the order line level, you can also generate the supply chain based on an entire order by deleting the order line number in the selection field or by using related option 45='Supply Chain' from either the order header programs or the option to select on an aggregated record with one order and several order lines. If the supply chain is generated from an entire order, there is an "Exclude unconnected lines" option that is available in the P-panel which will decide if the key order should display all of its order lines, regardless if they are connected to a supply chain or not.

Note: In contrast to a theoretical supply chain, in which goods flow from the supplier downstream to the customer, we define the demand order as the top level because this is the starting point from which we generate the supply chain. Therefore, a change to a top-level order such as a customer order can trigger a downstream effect on supplying orders, while a change to a bottom-level order such as a purchase order can trigger an upstream change on demand orders.


'Active Supply Chain. Display' (MWS150), the existing relationships formed by order initiation or pre-allocation are displayed between order lines. In addition to the visualization of the supply chain, it will offer easy access to the maintenance of order lines by having related options for rescheduling, material plan, and delivery lines.

Before you start


To display a supply chain in 'Active Supply Chain. Display' (MWS150), use one of these methods:

When you access the supply chain in (MWS150), you can also perform these actions:

Fashion-specific functionality

All functionality described in this section is only available when the Fashion I-switch is enabled.