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311 mvmt from WM storage location to a IM location

Mar 01 at 08:00 AM


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When I do a 311 mvt from WM managed Storage location to IM managed SLOC, a TO is generated. Before this TO is confirmed, I can see the stock moves to IM location and is allowed to use for a customer order. Is there a way we can prevent this, meaning, stop moving the stock to IM location until the TO is confirmed?

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Jürgen L
Mar 01 at 09:45 AM

Why do you use a one-step movement 311 if you actually need a two-step movement (313 315)?

if you move goods between 2 storage locations which are not warehouse management then the material is also immediately usable in the receiving storage location , while the real physical activities might not be different to a warehouse managed location.

But why would one use the material if it is not yet transported? Or is it transported and only somebody forgot to confirm the TO right on time? And if somebody did not confirm the TO on time, then why shall the receiver suffer under this mistake?

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Thank you Jurgen.

While 313 followed by 315 is the actual way, our requirement is to use a one-step mvmt. to transfer from WM storage location to IM sloc. We see no issues in moving the stock between IM slocs. But, when we do a WM sloc to IM, the stock is shown as available in IM sloc with the TO still open. Shouldn't it actually show something like 'In transit' stock in MMBE and once the TO is confirmed, only then the same should move into unrestricted?

Do you recommend any one-step stock transfer method from WM to IM sloc?

Jürgen L
Mar 01 at 10:34 AM

You are confusing WM with IM.

In your opinion is IM and WM next to each other at the same level. But this is not the case. WM is only a subordination to IM. It is used to manage the processes within a storage location.

If a storage location is not bigger than bed room than you do not need to subdivide it more granular as you can find everything pretty quick, but if your storage location is bigger than a soccer field then this is totally different, hence you use WM to get a more granular structure into a storage location and also to organize the work steps using transfer order and their confirmation.

Whatever you do in IM for a location that is warehouse managed has some effect to the WM beneath, but almost nothing from beneath has any impact the other way around.

The IM level does not know how complex the WM beneath is, storage location 0001 (bed room) is from a technical IM point of view just equal to storage location 0002 (soccer field) .

And if you move a good from 0001 to 0003 then it has the same status after this movement like a material moved from 0002 to 0003. Which means for 0003 is has no relevance from where the goods came.

Of course there are ways to handle things differently. e.g. the 2 step movement.

Alternative you could just not allow a negative stock at the interim storage type. Which means your 311 movement cannot be saved until you have confirmed the TO from the bin to the interim storage type.

But this comes just down to basic principles of WM: which movements lead? Movement first in IM or movement first in WM?

You actually wanted to restrict someone in location 0003 from using the material, so again the question: why is someone using things which he did not get? OR did he get it and someone else missed to complete his work? Unfortunately I see it much too often that one tries to punish the wrong people. A diligent root cause analysis is needed instead of implementing restrictions that only ensure that system activities are done in the right logical sequence but physical activities are totally detached.

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I must agree we don't have the Plant-IM-WM setup optimally right now. We are working towards that.

"which movements lead? Movement first in IM or movement first in WM?" - First in WM.

"why is someone using things which he did not get? OR did he get it and someone else missed to complete his work?" - He is seeing the stock in IM sloc soon after a 311 is done. Ideally one should wait for the physical stock to show-up, but since the stock is already available without the TO confirmation, the users are tending to use the same leaving the TOs open.


you said "First in WM", unfortunately you are doing the opposite, you did the movement 311 first, which is IM first and creates a negative stock in the interim storage type of your WM.

This process theory sounds still too much system focused. None of my users would even get the idea to do a posting in SAP just because the system stock looks as if one could do it. If they needed the material to ship it to a customer or to consume it in a production, then they would not do it based on the fact that such posting can be done in SAP. They would post it to tell SAP what they have done in reality. They would not post a goods issue before they have not consumed the stock, because only after the consumption they know the exact quantity.

The one who does the subsequent posting is usually as well not the one who has to confirm the TO.

confirmation of a TO is a warehouse worker task, this should be done immediately and if your people forget this then you have to train them again. Explain the consequences. e.g. as long the TO is open, you can't do a physical inventory as you do not know whether the stock has already left the bin or not. You cannot use this bin to store another material, as the system cannot know whether it was already picked or not and how much capacity is available. You can't plan the warehouse worker for another activity since you have to assume that he is still busy with this old TO.


Thanks again. I understand and completely agree regarding training.

We usually get a request first, then we do a 313 followed by 315, all of this adds up to 3 steps and we are trying to narrow this down. Like, a request followed by one step movement. As a matter of fact, in the sloc, we have the fork lifts that does the physical mvmt on the floor way faster before the TOs are confirmed in this case.

Hence we are looking for a one step WM to IM stock transfer.