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One of the limitations of the Supply Chain Execution Package Builder was the strict assignment of intermediate packaging to a single next level or top level package material. In scenarios, where for example products are first cartonized and then packaged onto pallets, everything packaged into the same carton material ends up on the same pallet material. For customers using standardized carton materials (so for example only a single carton material at all), this do not allow to differentiate the next level packaging.

To give an example: A company packages tea and coffee products. Everything goes into a single carton material. By default, everything goes onto euro pallets. Here is the product hierarchy:

In the package type assignment, the following definitions have been made:

Running the package building in test report /SCMB/TEST_PB with 2 products, we can see full cartons created only containing a single product and a mixed carton:

Now imagine that the business requires that all tea products shall be separated and go onto chep pallets. This was not possible so far without using the package builder enhancement spot, but now there is a new option in the package type assignment available called 'Contained Material'. So we add another entry to the scenario indicating that cartons that contain tea products (we can use either a product number or a reference material number here) go to the chep pallet:

Running the scenario with the same product quantities leads no to this:

We can see that the carton with tea only is really separated and packaged onto the chep pallet, while the full coffee carton remains together with the mixed carton.

As an alternative, we could imagine that the customer wants to separate the mixed cartons from the full product cartons. To do so, we adjust the assignments in the following manner:

As a result, we get:

This also works in combination with products going directly to the pallets.

Another step forward.
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