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Retransfer Commodity when extending to a new Plant

We have the Commodity Retransfer program to transfer HS code from GTS to ECC MARC-STAWN field for several country regulations. When a material later gets extended to a new plant, the newly extended MARC-STAWN field never gets updated as there is no trigger on the GTS side. As a workaround, the end users going into GTS, deleting the classification, reclassifying with the same code, and then the program is picking it up and sending to all plants including the new one. Anyone familiar with an easier/better solution for how to get the HS data to retransfer to ECC when materials extended to new plants?

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    Posted on Jul 03, 2018 at 12:08 PM

    Hi Jessica,

    Maybe note 2600687 can help you?

    To both; can you tell me a bit more about the extended to a new plant in another country solution? That would not be standard, am I right? I guess that this at least needs a change pointer on MARC level (key) and some processing in GTS to get it in the worklist?

    Regards, Linda.

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    • Hi Linda,

      The process to create new plants in existing countries would be standard. The non-standard piece is how do I get GTS to update the newest plant for a pre-existing country of a product that I already classified in GTS? For example, I have material ABC, and I set it up in plant 1234 in Korea. I classify it for Korea regulation in GTS and the classification gets sent back to MARC-STAWN for plant 1234. But 6 month from now, I open plant 4567 in Korea. There is no way to retrigger a transfer to update MARC-STAWN for plant 4567 automatically. Currently, the only "standard" way to do this is to unclassify the product in GTS and reclassify with the same code. Once this happens and the Retransfer program kicks off, it automatically updates MARC-STAWN for both plants 1234 and 4567 located in Korea. This is not really a sustainable process so I was looking for any possibilities to automate.

      Thanks,

      Jessica

  • Posted on May 07, 2018 at 10:48 PM

    Hi Jessica,

    I guess you mean, "when a material get extended to a new plant in the same country as an existing plant assignment"? It's an interesting question that never occurred to me. Faced with that conundrum, I think I'd probably write a program in ECC to find any missing Commodity Code assignments and copy the assignment from any other plant in the same country. It would probably need a new Index on table MARC to find the candidates.

    The "extended to a new plant in another country" situation should be more straightforward in that the missing Commodity Code will show up on the Classification work-list in GTS for that country's Legal Regulation.

    Does that help?

    Regards,
    Dave

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  • Posted on Jul 25, 2020 at 08:34 PM

    Hi Jessica,

    I have exactly the same issue. When my company acquires a new company, new plants are created, but the commodity code is not automatically populated. Did you find a solution?

    BR,

    Sebastian

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    • Hi Sebastian, Unfortunately, I didn't pursue this further as the customers requesting it moved on to other issues. I think Dave's recommendation above is probably the best way to go and to write an ECC program that will look for missing commodity code assignments. But I also agree it's worth asking SAP to include in a future EP. With Ideaplace gone and Customer Connect projects being limited, I'm not even sure where the mechanism to provide feedback to SAP exists these days. :|

      Jessica

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