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Vendor Account Group

Hi guys,

Please throw some info on the following:

1) What is the meaning of Vendor Account Group?

2) where is it maintained?

3) What does it control?

4) Can it be changed later?

What are the functionalities of Central Purchasing Org. and where is it assigned?

What are the functionalities of Reference Purchasing Org. and where is it assigned?

Former Member replied

Hi Mohammed Raheel

Account Groups


When you create a master record for a business partner, you must enter an account group. The account group determines:

Which screens and fields are necessary for entering master data

Whether you can or must make an entry in these fields

How master record numbers are assigned (externally by you or internally by the system) and the number range from which they are assigned

Which partner functions are valid

Whether the business partner is a one-time customer or one-time vendor

Additionally, for vendor master records only, the account group determines:

Whether default purchasing data in the vendor master is to be transferred to article master records and purchasing information records

Whether there are any other data retention levels below the purchasing organization level (for example, site or vendor sub-range level) at which data can be retained in the vendor master, and if so, what these are

In the standard R/3 System, if you create a master record for the partner function ship-to party, for example, the system proposes an account group. You can also use account groups to define all other partner function combinations (for example, if the ship-to party is also the payer for the goods).


In Customizing, you define account groups available in the following activities:

Logistics Basic Data: Business Partners

Define Account Groups and Field Selection for Customers

Define Account Groups and Field Selection for Vendors

Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable (Financial Accounting)

Define Account Groups with Screen Layout (Customers)

Define Account Groups with Screen Layout (Vendors)

Path for Account group for Vendor: MMPurchasing Partner Determination-- Partner roles -

Define per part roles per Account group.

Its like an back end screen. It controls the fileds in Vendor master record.

U can hide a field or Display a field etc.

Reference Purchasing Org:

One Purchasing org. can be defined as a reference purchasing organization. This is a purchasing org. that can be set up as a strategic purchasing department. In large companies, the strategic purchasing function analyses purchasing data and works to negotiate the best prices for material and services from global vendors. This strategic purchasing department can obtain prices and special coditions that can be used by purchasing organizations acrss the enterprise.

Often this reference purchasing org. is not assinged to any company code, as it is a function of the whole enterprise. A purchasing organization must be assigned to this reference purchasing organization to have access to the information on the system.

path: img---enterprise structure --- assignment --- materials Management --- Assign Purchasing Organization to Reference Purchasing Organization.

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