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One Warehouse, 2 Plants, Stock Transfer process

Nov 28, 2016 at 03:18 PM

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Hi All

We are thinking of splitting a large warehouse in to 2 separate plants as the warehouse supplies Sales and Production.

So it will be set up as 2 plants one warehouse feeding both plant demands.

My question is, is there a quicker way of transferring stock from one plant to the other rather than using 301 mvt or a stock transport PO?

I want to minimise the SAP transactions for users to transfer stock from the 'Production Stocks' area of the warehouse to the 'Sales stocks' areas of the warehouse

Any ideas without customisation would be appreciated

Thank you

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REsolved the issue by having Plant 2000 with a Lean WM as we are now only intending to use the plant as a sales and delivery plant.

Stock movements between WM and Lean WM will be via a bespoke program already in place that will pick the stock if available in one plant for plant 2000

Thanks for all assistance

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Jürgen L
Nov 28, 2016 at 04:08 PM
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With 2 plants managed in a single warehouse you actually add the plant as extra entry requirement in your screens.

I am not aware of anything more simple than a 301 movement.

However, in my experience the WM users are quickly overstrained by a kind of complexity that is not logical for them even they are less affected than other departments. Especially the separation itself can be a bigger project.

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Raghu Govindarajan Nov 28, 2016 at 08:29 PM
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You will have to do some movement, you can do a 301 followed by a confirmation of the Transfer Posting on the WM side OR start from the WM side and set up the Storage Location Control (assuming that the stock will be physically divided by storage type) in WM. Either way you will have to perform a movement on every quant in the warehouse that is moving from the original plant to the new one. Also, either way there will be an IM movement whether it is initiated on the IM side or WM side.

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Darren Taylor Nov 29, 2016 at 08:42 AM
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The 301 movement is a manually processed transaction. How would I know what needs to be moved from Production stocks to Sales stocks when a sales order demand has been loaded?

With planned stock transport POs we use ME2W to view what needs to be sent between plants. Is there someting similar for 301 movements?

Our actual sales volume is very small. We sell approx 350 manufacturered goods per year and spares/warranty items number approx 250 p.a. So the segregation of stocks will be fairly easy (Production sku's approx 10k)

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Jürgen L
Nov 29, 2016 at 09:17 AM
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How integrated will your process be? What triggers the creation of a STO? If that is manually triggered then the same trigger can be used to do a 301. I don't see any need to use ME2W to monitor open STOs, the stock is not moved at all, you only change the owner, which is in no case a 2step transfer.

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Darren Taylor Nov 29, 2016 at 10:17 AM
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The business scenario would be:

1. Raise a sales order in one plant then move the stock (in the same warehouse) from a production storage type/bin to a sales area storage type/bin.

2. Then, when we are able to dispatch the goods (when our customer is available for actual receipt of goods) , create the outbound delivery/pick/confirm and PGI the goods from the sales storage type/bin

So the stock will physically move from the production supply bin to a sales bin but still within the warehouse.

As you mentioned Jurgen, as the creation of a sales order is manual, could we somehow create a 301 stock movement on the back of the sales order creation? This would create a TO for a warehouse operator to action.

The trigger of the STO would have come from MRP special procurement settings which would suggest get material from Plant 1000 and despatch to Plant 2000. But it looks like overkill now.

Setup will be as above.


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Raghu Govindarajan Nov 29, 2016 at 03:19 PM
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From your description, it appears that you want the sales area to be stocked only for confirmed sales orders? If that is the case, the inventory is only pass through for account at plant 2000. Do you really need to segregate this bins and move material around in that case? In this case, I would just do the 301 movement and transfer posting processing with no physical movement of the inventory.

If on the other hand, I mis-understood and there is actually a base minimum "safety stock" in the sales plant, why not just disassociate the stocking process from the sales process. You can use MRP to replenish the minimum quantities required in plant 2000 from 1000, or you can set up your bin stock and run bin replenishments from WM.

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Darren Taylor Nov 30, 2016 at 04:16 PM
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Thanks for all the responses

Having investigated and tested various scenarios we have decided to go down the Lean warehouse for our Sales plant. The Lean WM fits our usage and having full WM is not going to be necessary.

Transactions will be reduced in the processing of orders in the sales plant and we will have some limited traceability in the form of fixed bins from the MM.

If safety stocks or rounding values are set in the production plant we will point the sales plant at it and created STOs to get stock. If no SS or rounding values then demand goes external direct to vendor.

So more testing to do but thanks for ideas all

Regards

Darren

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