Describing the Delivery and Shipping Process Step


After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Describe the delivery document creation and goods movement processing
  • Describe the integration with SAP Extended Warehouse solution

Introducing Delivery Processing

Deliveries can refer to a sales order. This builds a continuous document flow of the process, linking the sales documents and influencing the document statuses in the process.

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While not all sales order items are delivery- or billing-relevant, we will cover the process as if items will be delivered and invoiced.

You can create one or more outbound deliveries with reference to a single order. Alternatively, multiple items from different sales orders can be combined in a single outbound delivery. To combine items from multiple orders, they must all have the same values for the characteristics that are key to the shipping process, for example:

  • Shipping point
  • Due date
  • Ship-to address

The system can create deliveries either online or as a background job to be executed during off-peak hours.

The Shipping Process

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Despite the different options for adjusting the scope of the material availability check, there will be times when you cannot confirm a sales order. In SAP S/4HANA, such sales orders are called backorders.

In many cases, you will not be able to do anything to resolve the situation. Nevertheless, backorder processing could be an option to fix any product shortages for orders you really need to fill.

Picking Outbound Deliveries

Picking is the process of preparing or providing goods for delivery to the customer with special attention paid to dates, quantity, and quality. Picking often takes place using the printout of a picking list.

In the standard configuration of the system, the prerequisite for posting a goods issue is that picking-relevant items are completely picked. This means that the delivery quantity and the pick quantity in the outbound delivery must be the same.

An outbound delivery order contains all the data that is required to trigger and monitor the complete outbound delivery process. In other words, the outbound delivery order is the basis for the execution of picking activities.

When the goods issue is posted in SAP Extended Warehouse Management (SAP EWM), a final outbound delivery (in SAP EWM) is created automatically. This document triggers the goods issue posting in inventory management.

To execute physical goods movements in the warehouse, warehouse tasks are used. Warehouse tasks are needed for the following:

  • Picking
  • Putaway
  • Internal Movements
  • Posting Changes
  • Goods Receipt Postings
  • Goods Issue Postings

Updating the pick quantity in the warehouse order will also update the pick quantity in the outbound delivery.

Post Goods Issue

Symona prepared some information for you, to learn more about posting goods issue.

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How to Create an Outbound Delivery

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