Basel, CH – December 2021

Classified Procurement for the Protein Industry – 2/3


Welcome to the second part of our series on Classified Procurement, the new module by Softproviding that helps companies purchase “unclassified” products. After the >last article on the inbound delivery process and classification in the protein industry using Classification Cockpit, the focus here is on the representation and processing of the characteristic values.




A special feature of the Classified Procurement process is the display of characteristic values in columns of the ALV grid, which serves as the basis for the user interface of the Settlement and Classification Cockpit. By means of mass changes of field and characteristic values, any incorrect values can be adjusted. In the future, not only fixed values can be updated, but also more complex rules – such as how an existing value is to be adjusted, for example – may be defined. A numeric value can thus be modified, for example, with a factor in percent or, also, in absolute numbers.


Only when the classification of the handling unit (HU) is complete and other important criteria are met can the settlement process begin. Besides completeness, the signing of the classification of a HU can also be defined as a prerequisite. This ensures that the characteristic values can no longer be changed.


Once all the data for an HU has been entered, Activity Management is used to create the settlement items. The handling unit and the corresponding settlement item are linked to each other. The latter can be created in the existing purchase order from Livestock Reception or, based on extended split criteria, in a new purchase order object for the settlement of animal carcasses. Previously, the classified material number for the settlement item was determined based on selected characteristic values using the classification of the material master. As soon as the settlement item has been created, the migration of all relevant classifications from the HU to the linked settlement item takes place automatically in the background.


The characteristic values, in turn, are integrated into the price and condition technique for calculating the price per carcass and its surcharges and discounts based on the pricing screen. A parameter for the pricing screen, which controls a group of condition types, is now also integrated into settlement and can be assigned accordingly or adjusted by means of a mass update.


A period release has also been integrated into Classified Procurement for controlling base prices (often weekly prices). The settlement of a carcass of a certain period can only take place when the period has been released for settlement after updating the base prices.


You can already look forward to Part III of our series on the new functionalities in Classified Procurement, in which we will take a closer look at Findings Management. Of course, the new functions can also be used in other areas of the food industry if required.


If this article has piqued your interest, please do not hesitate to contact Stephan Kronbichler (Business Development) for further information E-Mail, phone +41 (0)61 508 21 42.