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How to use Classification Functionality in Vendor Master

Purpose

The goal of this Document is to provide overview of “Vendor Master Classification” Functionality .This Document covers the background & steps to activate the Vendor Master Classification.

Background

There is often a Business need to classify the vendors for reporting & audit purposes. SAP provides standard Functionality in Vendor master to classify the Vendors according to Business needs.

The below is the path to maintain the Classification in the Vendor Master.

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Configuration steps for Vendor master Classification

We can utilize SAP Class & Method Functions to configure Vendor Master Classification.

For example the vendor master needs to be classified as “Type of Vendor” the same can be achieved  in following three steps

1)      1) Creation of Characteristics

Execute the Transaction CT04 & create characteristics as follows

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1)      2) Creation of Class

Execute Transaction CL02 & Assign the characteristics VEN_TYPE in Class

The Class Type is 010 (Vendor Class)

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1)      3) Assign the Characteristics in Vendor Master  

In this way we can maintain the Vendor Master Classification & reports can be extracted for  business needs.

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      Author's profile photo Ravi Kumar
      Ravi Kumar

      Also please try to provide the material classification..

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      Former Member

      It's a nice and very useful document. Thanks to Mr.Madavan Krishnamurthy.

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      Former Member
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks for your comments Anand.Can you also rate this Document

      Author's profile photo kailas ugale
      kailas ugale

      Good One

      Author's profile photo raghavendra sai
      raghavendra sai

      good one

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      Former Member

      It is a good one, guess typo error for the class create/execution it is Cl01/02

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      Former Member

      What really would be nice is to show the best way to search for classfication and characterstics... I'm just wondering if there is a best practice for that without customizing anything.

      Author's profile photo Craig S
      Craig S

      Cl30n I believe can give you just about everything you could need.

      FF

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      Former Member

      CL30n can be used to get the details

      Author's profile photo Craig S
      Craig S

      Isn't that exactly what I said?

      Why waste are you wasting time with repetitive posts?

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      Former Member

      have not seen your post, will take care of it

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      Former Member
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks Senthil.I have cirrected the typo error,can you pls rate the content

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      Former Member

      good one!!

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      Former Member

      Thanks for sharing the info. Appreciate the effort and time spend ­čÖé

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      Former Member

      it is realy nice ... more information about classification of vendor..

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      Former Member

      in CL20N we can assign object to classes..

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      Former Member

      Hi Madhavan

      Thank you so much for the document it is really helpful. This is what I was looking for!

      Moreover, it would be really great if you could also give an example scenario on how this can be used, as I am a newbie in SAP MM and Logistics.

      Happy New Year, by the way!

      Regards

      Dhana

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      Former Member

      Very useful. Thanks.

      Author's profile photo shailesh kurdukar
      shailesh kurdukar

      Good document. It would be great if you add reporting part. Are there any standard reports which shows these characteristics with vendor code ?

      Author's profile photo Vijay Venkataraman
      Vijay Venkataraman

      I was searching for reports but then I can only find this can be acheived by custom report. You need to link multiple tables or use on BAPI to get the information.

      BAPI_OBJCL_GETDETAIL

      Table:

      KSSK - Pass vendor number in Object (add preceding Zeros)  and class type '010'.

      KLAH - This will give the class

      KSML - give give more detals of vendor classification

      AUSP - Here pass the vendor number as the Object and the Internal char. from the previus table KSML and you will get the details.

      Regards,

      Vijay V

      Author's profile photo Sachin Jain
      Sachin Jain

      good document !!

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      Former Member

      New information.

      I learn a new thing today.

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      Former Member

      Hi Madhavan,
      we already use Vendor Classification in our Company, but now we have a policy issue.

      • Administration and Finance use XK01 (and 02, etc) to create the Vendor Master
      • Purchasing uses MK02 (and somethimes MK01) for their specific views

      Now we had an audit, and the consultant told that must be only AFC to create and modify each view on Vendor Master.

      Now, if Purchasing can't modify Vendor Master, how can they use Classification by themselves?
      Is there any object related, to create a role/profile for Purchasing that allows only to create and modify Vendor Classification without creating and modifying Vendor Master?

      Thanks in advance.

      Daniele

      Author's profile photo Craig S
      Craig S

      Try using transaction CLMM.  I'm not sure about security but my guess is that security can limit use by specific class types.  ( I believe security object C_TCLA_BKA)

      In CLMM they can use "Set and change values" or "Assign values in Matrix" depending on number of values they need to change.

      Craig

      Author's profile photo J├╝rgen L
      J├╝rgen L

      You can maintain the classification with transaction CL24N

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      Former Member

      Hi Jurgen,

      I don't need to maintain only the classification, I do neet to link that to the Vendor; so if AFC creates a Vendor only centrally via XK01, can Purchasing use the path Environment > Classification and edit classification for that Vendor, if they are not allowed to modify the Vendor (for example using MK02)?

      Author's profile photo J├╝rgen L
      J├╝rgen L

      try it in CL24N, I was able to maintain the classification of my vendor there.  I tested it before I added the reply.  To your question, the answer is no, they can only get the classification in change mode if they have authority for vendor master change, e.g .MK02.

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      Former Member

      alright, that was the point. So, they can't, thanks for confirming my thoughts!

      Author's profile photo Craig S
      Craig S

      Hi Jurgen..  Have you tried the CLMM transaction?  i just tested this in a prod system where I can't edit a vendor.  But using CLMM I was able to get to the edit screen of the vendor classificatoin.  I didn't try to save it for obvious reasons.  ­čśë    But it doesn't appear I need vendor edit access in order to make a change to the vendor classification data.

      Craig

      Author's profile photo J├╝rgen L
      J├╝rgen L

      CLMM works too

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      Former Member

      Great document.. made me learn something new today!

      Author's profile photo Latish Adnani
      Latish Adnani

      With the S4Hana finance, in 1503 does the above functionality still exist??

      Author's profile photo DIMITRI GRUTSCHIK
      DIMITRI GRUTSCHIK

      Hi Colleagues,

      i have a question regarding the display of the Characteristics in the vendor master.

      As i can see from my tests, all the characteristics of all the classes are displayed in a "flat" list in one screen.

      So when a large number of classes with an even larger number of charactersitcs is used, the list of characteristics can get very long and confusing. Is there a way to maybe introduce different tabs in the characteristics table per class - and thus to split the characteristics?

      Thank you very much for your help!

      Author's profile photo Abhijeet Patil
      Abhijeet Patil

      Hello All,

       

      I want to configure same functionality but can i use it in Business partner S/4 system, If yes then is there any addition configuration needed?