Required Date: The date on which the customer requires the items on the order. The Required Date in each order line defaults based on the Required Date in the sales order header (which defaults to the current date), but it can be set differently for each line. For orders to be shipped out as soon as possible, the required date is normally left as the current date. For order lines that the customer does not want to receive immediately (i.e. scheduled or future shipments), the required date in the order lines is set to the actual date that the customer wants the item. The schedule date in the line is also changed to the required date or a slightly earlier date so that you ship the goods on or before the required date.
Schedule Date: The Schedule Date is the date on which you want to schedule shipment of the order line. The Schedule Date in each order line defaults based on the schedule date in the order header, but it can be set differently for each line item. For orders where the customer wants the items at a future required date, the schedule date is normally set to, or prior to the required date (to allow time for picking and shipping the items). For items the customer wants as soon as possible, the schedule date on the order is normally not changed.
Note: The schedule date in each order line is used by the system when it allocates inventory to open and backordered sales order lines. The Scheduling window used by the system and how inventory is allocated to sales order lines are discussed in more detail in later sections of this document.
Cancel Date: : The Cancel Date is the date on which the order should be cancelled if it has not been completed. The Cancel Date in each order line defaults based on the Cancel Date in the order header, but it can be set differently for each line item. The cancel date is not automatically used by the system. It is used for reporting only. The system will not automatically cancel an order, even if it is past the cancel date in the order header or line items.
EDA Date: Earliest Date Acceptable: The EDA Date is used to specify the earliest date that the customer will accept delivery of the item in the order line. The EDA Date field is automatically loaded with the current date but it can be changed as required. The EDA Date field is not used for any automated processing by the system.