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Forecast/Planning Model 2 - Material Release Schedule, Version 1.0
Status:  Provisional Ratification by Committee November 2000.
Recast of Pre-2000 Version A Forecast Models (Balloted and Ratified by Membership, August 1997)

Process Activities

Special Notes:                   


Activity Diagram (See also Narrative):

Narrative (see also Graphic):

Step Description
1. Buyer generates Material Release Schedule to send to supplier. Material Release Schedule is typically regenerated weekly. Any changes/exceptions from a previous run are factored into the new generation of the Material Release Schedule.
2. Supplier receives Material Release Schedule sent by Buyer. Includes determining if data sent is in valid format and meets any syntax requirements. Seller may use Material Release Schedule in order to plan for future orders from buyer, including planning the workload/capacity of the factories and warehouses.
3. If required by buyer, supplier generates a response to the Material Release Schedule. Response contents are per trading partner agreement:
    • Send a response to all forecasted demand lines or sending a response only for the lines where supplier could not meet demand (exception-based response).
    • Send reference to dates as submitted on the forecast as well as dates actually planned by supplier, or only sending dates that are actually planned by the supplier.
4. If a response to Material Release Schedule is received, buyer evaluates the response and takes appropriate action.  Some adjustments may be incorporated into the next iteration of the Material Release Schedule, and some adjustments may be handled manually, if necessary.

Last updated 05 January 2003