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Author's profile photo Mrinal Kanti Roy

Functionality of Cartonization with Extended warehouse management (EWM)

Recently, I prototyped ‘Cartonization in EWM’ for a Cosmetic manufacturing company as a part of Proof of Concept(POC). They use complex custom program for cartonization with ECC LE-WM at present.  They simply loved the rich cartonization features with standard EWM. Embedded EWM’s cartonization functionality is becoming one of the main business drivers for their move to S/4HANA. This blog is to share the salient features of Cartonization with EWM.

Cartonization in EWM provides the option for early information of size and quantity of pallets. It creates  Planned shipping HU (PSHU) depending on the size / dimension (Weight, volume) of products and this PSHU is just a template prior to the creation of real Shipping HU. Below image shows that the system selected (automatically) small, medium, large box depending on the total weight and volume of products.

Standard SAP has an Algorithm MINH (Minimum number of HU) which offers minimum number of HU for the relevant products, also tries to minimize the white space to reduce damage. Below image shows that the system offered a large and small box instead of 3 medium sized boxes.  SAP has also provided BADIs’ to create custom algorithms to meet specific business requirements.

PSHU numbering starts with a $ sign and the real shipping HU also has a reference to PSHU as in below image. Note that , PSHU itself is not converted to real shipping HU , PSHU is a separate object in EWM.


SAP has provided the option to create PSHU at

  • Outbound delivery order
  • Waves
  • Warehouse order

And PSHU can be used at

  • Picking or
  • Packing

As shown in below figure

Functionality of Cartonization  is available with both Decentral and Embedded EWM.  However, embedded EWM requires additional license to use Cartonization.


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      Author's profile photo amarjeet kumar
      amarjeet kumar

      Hi Mrinal,

      Thanks for the nice blog.

      I tried the same in system with three different materials each having  gross weight of 1 kg and volume of 1 M3.

      I created a single Packspec(Without reference to material) with three different level having Maximum allowed volume as 3/6/9 M3 with different packaging material.

      I am able to create PSHU with algorithm profile as MINH.

      But in my case always system is always creating Real HU with Packaging material in Level3 which has capacity of 9M3 .

      My thinking was system will create the real HU with packaging material(Given in level)  as per my order qty in SO.

      Correct me if my understanding is wrong or if i am missing some config.


      Thanks in adv,




      Author's profile photo amarjeet kumar
      amarjeet kumar

      Its working fine now after making some changes in packspec.

      Thanks again Mrinal.

      Author's profile photo Mrinal Kanti Roy
      Mrinal Kanti Roy
      Blog Post Author

      OK Amarjeet. Good to know..

      Author's profile photo Torben Fogtman Nielsen
      Torben Fogtman Nielsen



      First of all a very good go through.

      We have a possible business requirement for using PHSY on outbound deliveries. Is it possible to use this function and consolidate 2 similar outbound deliveries ( same SHIPTO, delivery date aso ) thorugh cartonization.

      We have only found the possibility by using PHSY's through cartonization through waves ?

      Pls. guide if possible ?




      Author's profile photo Mrinal Kanti Roy
      Mrinal Kanti Roy
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Torben,

      Thanks .

      PSHU can also be created at Warehouse order . Please check whether the cartonization at WO creation (with 2 ODO combined) meets uour requirement or not.

      With regards,