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Transfer posting between 1 warehouse into 2 plants

Hi gurus,

This is our future enterprise structure in SAP:

Warehouse Number (WM) ==> W40

  • Plant1 (SAP-MM)/Company Code1 ==> A040/1000
  • Plant2 (SAP-MM)/Company Code2 ==> B040/4000
  • Both Plant1 & Plant2 are linked to 1 Warehouse Number (SAP-WM) ==> W40

W40 is the physical warehouse for the 2 logical plants A040 and B040.

My question is how can we manage/configure the "posting" between WM and MM?

As example, if I do a write-off in WM, how does SAP transfer this stock movement at IM level? How SAP can (if it can) manage the split between the 2 plants/companies? Is this standard or do we have to manage it through enhancements?

PS: Let me know if you need more details on this scenario



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  • Posted on Jan 16, 2017 at 03:49 PM

    If your stock is all going to be in the same warehouse but not truly intermingled - that is, you will be storing the material in different parts of the same warehouse, you could also look at storage location control. Just Google for "storage location control in sap wm" and you will get plenty of information. This will work only if you can segregate the material by storage type.

    Once implemented, they do work for the few WM initiated transactions like LQ01 and LQ02.

    For inventory, like Jürgen says, the quant (table LQUA) is linked to the plant and storage location. So, any write-ons / write-offs will have the correct plant information associated.

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    • Definitely business process - if you co-mingle product without any sort of identification on it, there is no system in the world that will tell you or the operator which company an item belongs to. You have to tag it appropriately first and then think about a system after that.

      Wait - that was the same thing Jürgen has been trying to tell you!

  • Posted on Aug 22, 2017 at 05:18 AM

    No way to know the company in this case without having labels on the goods.

    Within SAP you could differentiate inventory at IM level by storage location and batch number

    But you have physically no separate storage locations, which means this can't be used in your case. Remains a batch number, but even a batch number is just an identifier, if this identifier is not on the label then you have no chance to match physical stock with SAP stock.

    Without a label you can't manage your inventory.

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  • Posted on Jan 16, 2017 at 09:56 AM


    Could you please confirm whether your query is that there would be material document generated at the IM side while transfer posting from A040/1000 to B040/4000 since both are managed under the same Warehouse W40?


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      The logic is to do an internal movement within W40: Write-off, Stock type change (Quality to Unrestricted), etc.

      The question is how SAP can (if it can) transfer the movement from WM into IM?

      Example: W40 quantity is 10 (8 in Plant 1 and 2 in Plant 2), following a physical inventory count, quantity is down to 8. What will be the quantity in Plant 1 and 2?

  • Posted on Jan 16, 2017 at 02:16 PM

    How do you write off in WM? What do you understand in general under "write off" ?

    If you have 2 plants or 2 storage locations linked to 1 WM then any quant has this information within and the user also need to specify this explicitly in each transfer order.

    Usually a movement in MM is first and in WM you redo it on a more granulated level. IM movement types are linked to WM movement types via reference movement types. SAP has given examples for warehouse 001, and there is also an OSS note explaining it in detail. You may try a search with Google using this search term: OSS note movement type WM

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    Posted on Aug 22, 2017 at 05:14 AM

    Hi all,

    Sorry for this late reply as the project was then kind of "on-hold".

    A bit of a context, the stock is physically not split between the Companies. For example, if I walk in the warehouse and see Qty 10 of an article, there is no way to determine if the 10 belongs to one or another company. It could also be 2 for one and 8 for the other.

    Also, in SAP, we only have MM and Lean WM just to have the link between the Plants. We don't have a full WM (no quants, no bins). The warehouse is managed with a non-SAP software.

    The write-off I was talking about is for instance if you loose a product or you break it. Example: In the system we have 10 of product A. The warehouse runs a Physical Inventory at the end of the fiscal year. Count is only 8. We have to write-off 2. How to determine where to remove this quantity at Plant level? 1 each, 2 one and 0 the other?

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