The collection of processes associated with ordering materials (raw materials, semi-finished products, finished products, goods, merchandize) and/or services for specific orders.
The intention of Source-to-Order is to order materials for explicit -identifiable- downstream demand: Demand is not aggregated. A specific reference or customer order detail is exchanged with the supplying party, attached to or marked on the product, recorded in the warehousing or Enterprise Resource Planning System in order to track individual deliveries.
Source-to-Order is a MTO process.
- Purchasing to order
- In a factory: Configurable parts ordering
- In a Retail store: Special Orders
Examples of alternative or related names for Source-to-Order are: Source-Make-to-Order, Purchase-to-Order.
Note: Common inputs and outputs are listed in alphabetical order. Other inputs and outputs may be required to support varying use cases.