Grouping can be used in a variety of ways depending on the needs of your model. When you set up your configuration, you can select to allow for grouping of various categories of data.
Essentially, a Group is any collection or subset of data that is useful to you. This allows you to assign values to all items in the group at once: cost or price, transportation lane, inventory levels, or anything else that makes sense in your model.
A few examples can help to explain this concept.
- Transportation – A group of products (Product Group) can be sent from all plants in one region (Resource or Location Group) to all customers in one region (Customer or Location Group).
- Sales Responsibility – A sales representative is responsible for a certain group of products (Product Group) sold to a group of Customers (Customer Group) in one region (Location Group).
- Minimum Inventory – The total inventory of a group of products (Product Group) should be maintained at least at this value.
- Production Cost – The cost of making a group of final products or components (Product Group) is the same.
Now we can discuss further what these groups might look like.