A futures message is a system-generated order due date that is based on lead times for all levels of items. A futures date is generated if master scheduling calculates an order date, perhaps for a lower-level item, that precedes today's date. Master scheduling then forward-schedules the order from today's date and includes lead times starting with any lower-level component items. The futures date is a realistic due date based on the current data.
There are situations where you may choose not to use a futures date. It may be possible to expedite lead times by other means. For example, an item that is usually sent by truck could be air-freighted instead to reduce the lead time.
You can configure how you want futures messages to be calculated for a coverage group, which you can attach to an item. For more information, see Coverage groups (form).