Track Multiple Manufacturer Part Numbers Effectively Using Manufacturer Part Number Management

  • by Suresh Veeraraghavan, Capgemini
  • June 3, 2010
Learn how you can set up manufacturer part numbers (MPNs) to manage your multiple vendor part numbers efficiently. These are the configuration steps, tips and tricks, and common pitfalls you need to watch out for when implementing this functionality.
Key Concept

A manufacturer part number (MPN) is a part number by which a material provided by a manufacturer is identified. A company can use the same part number for parts supplied by multiple manufacturers. MPN is a useful functionality to help in managing and tracking these parts.

Typically in any industry, parts are manufactured at the manufacturer’s plant and then supplied to the vendor. The vendor in turn distributes them to the end company that consumes them. In this supply chain there can be several manufacturers and several vendors.

Vendors and manufacturers use several part numbers to represent like materials, thereby making it difficult for companies that buy from them to track these parts. Figure 1 explains the challenge.

Suresh Veeraraghavan

Suresh Veeraraghavan is a senior manager with Capgemini, a leading management and IT consulting firm. He works in the technology service group. He has 14 years of experience delivering SAP implementations in various capacities. Prior to joining Capgemini, he worked with Hewlett-Packard as a supply chain architect, managing and implementing SAP supply chain projects on a $26 billion platform. His expertise is in implementing best practices in supply chain management, specifically procure-to-pay and order-to-cash. He is a certified project management professional (PMP) and CPIM certified.

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