A contract can be distributed only
within a single purchasing organization. In other words, if a
contract is created centrally by the purchasing organization 0001,
then the purchasing organization 0001 must be maintained in all the
decentral purchasing organizations so that contracts can be
The purchasing group that creates the contracts in the central
system must also be known in the decentral purchasing systems, so
that the contracts can be posted decentrally.
Conditions for contracts are distributed like general
Release orders can be placed on a central contact by purchasing
organizations and purchasing groups that did not create the
The purchasing organization 0002 could place a release order on a
contract that was created by the purchasing organization 0001, for
example. The purchasing organizations do not have to be assigned to
the same company code.
Items with an item category of ‘material group’ can also be
distributed for value contracts. Note that in this case the pricing
data has to exist on the decentral systems.
Number assignment for contracts:
For every contract type relevant to distribution, the number
range for external number assignment must be defined in each
decentral system in such a way that it includes both the internal
and external number ranges of the central system.
Number assignment for release orders:
For every contract type relevant to distribution, an internal
number range for number assignment must be defined in the central
system for decentral release orders.
Contracts Between Different Company Codes
The purchasing organization that
places a release order may be allocated to a different company code
than the purchasing organization that created the contract. This
means that contract release orders may span company codes.