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Supply Protection and Fashion Quantity Contracts

With supply protection, you can reserve minimum quantities for the demand of defined groups. Here you can define protection for stock transport orders or sales orders or combine both catalogs.

There is no option to define protection exclusively for contracts, but the fashion quantity contract is considered as well. The fashion quantity contract is treated like an ordinary sales order. If the contract matches a protection group, it is not restricted by this group and does also consume the protection.

However, there is a special logic regarding the call-offs: They are sales orders with reference to a contract. A call-off is not restricted by supply protection as long as the consumption of the contract can be transferred to the call-off. In other words, the consumption of the call-off takes place in the related time bucket of the matching protection group. At the same time, the consumption of the contract is reduced accordingly, and the protection is re-established.

Usually, the quantities of the call-offs can be confirmed, as there is no restriction and the quantities are already confirmed for the contract. There is no need that contract and call-off are matching with the same protection group. There is also no need that both protection groups have the same priority.

With this logic, supply protection can also be handled for contracts, so that call-offs will not be restricted by other supply protection objects as long as the call-offs do not exceed the volume of the contract.


step 1: The quantity contract matches a protection group



Step 2: The contract reduces the remaining protection



Step 3: The Call-Off replaces the Contract with the quantity of the Call-Off


Step 4: The consumption is shifted


Additional Information

Incident component for clarifications: CA-ATP-SUP

SAP Community Blog: Increasing Reliability with Supply Protection

SAP Help: Manage Supply Protection

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      Author's profile photo Murtaza Dharsi
      Murtaza Dharsi

      Hi Arno,

      Is the Supply Protection taking place at batch level?


      Thanks & Regards,

      Murtaza Dharsi

      Author's profile photo Arno Meyer
      Arno Meyer
      Blog Post Author

      Hello Murtaza Dharasi,
      thank you for this question. Supply Protection is always defined on the level of the material-plant combination. It is not (yet) possible to define Supply Protection for a specific batch.
      If the request contains a specific batch the restriction for the material-plant combination is taken into account.
      We recently have also implemented the option to have different planning-levels. As usual the definition can be done on the level of a material-plant combination, but it is also possible to define Supply Protection for a material in combination with a specific storage location (of the plant).

      Best regards,


      Author's profile photo Murtaza Dharsi
      Murtaza Dharsi

      Hello Arno,

      Many Thanks for your quick reply!

      Much appreciated!


      Best Regards,

      Murtaza Dharsi


      Author's profile photo SD GFG
      SD GFG


      Are the time buckets only there to auto expire the unused protected quantities, if there are buckets  in the future the total quantity still needs to be protected even though the sales order MAD falls outside the range of the protection object?

      thanks in advance


      Author's profile photo Arno Meyer
      Arno Meyer
      Blog Post Author

      Time Buckets distribute protection over time and allows the "consumption" of protection in time buckets. Consumption means, that the virtual demand of Supply Protection gets replaced by real demand (e. g. by a Sales Order).
      Time Buckets are important for the calculation of restrictions. Even for demands matching a protection group the time buckets are relevant as there are different settings regarding "Restriction by Own Protection".
      This is described in the blog "Restriction by Own Protection in Supply Protection"
      Best regards,