FAQs for Purchase Order Output Management
This blog includes frequently asked questions related to generation and configuration of purchase order outputs. This blog will be periodically updated based on most relevant questions received from customers and partners through different channels.
Q: Why I am not able to generate output for purchase order?
A: The configuration maintained in the app Output Parameter Determination might be missing or incorrect. Please contact your administrator and ask them to check the configurations done in this app. For more details refer Output Parameter Determination and How to configure output parameters for purchase orders.
Q: Why cannot I see all the fields in the Purchase order output form?
A: SAP delivers a standard template MM_PUR_PURCHASE_ORDER for purchase order outputs. This standard template is generally used to generate purchase order outputs. If you cannot see the fields in your output, then it might be possible that they are not part of the standard form template. To add more fields or to remove certain fields in the standard form template you must edit it to match your requirements. To edit form templates, you must contact your administrator. You will need Adobe LiveCycle Designer (ALD) 10.4 or higher to edit the form templates. Refer Form Templates for more details.
Q: Can I print storage location address in my purchase order output?
A: Yes, go to the app Create Purchase Order – Advanced. Create a purchase order, while creating the purchase order mention plant name and storage location for the purchase order items. The mentioned storage location address will be visible in the ship-to address section when the output is generated.
Q: What is printed in the Ship-to Address section?
A: If plant name and the storage location is maintained in the app Create Purchase Order – Advanced, then storage location address is printed. If only plant is maintained, then plant address is printed.
Q: Why I cannot see purchase order header and item text in my output?
A: To see the texts in the output you must define text types that are relevant for purchase order messages. To define texts, contact your configuration expert user, ask them to do the following:
- Go to the app Manage Your Solution.
- Click on Configure Your Solution.
- Go to Sourcing and Procurement > Output Control > Define Texts for Purchase Order.
- Click on Configure.
Ensure that the following is maintained in the configuration step
Text IDs are defined, and they begin with F.
- Document category type defined should match the one mentioned in the purchase order (applicable to header and item level).
- Item category defined should match the one mentioned in the purchase order item (applicable to item level).
- Save the configuration
Texts for Document Header
Texts for Document Item
Q: Why the system is not able to generate email as output?
A: For purchase order outputs only the Role “LF” is supported. Go to the app Output Parameter Determination and check the business rules for Email Recipient. Ensure that the Role mentioned is only “LF”.
Q: Can I include supplier material number in the purchase order output?
A: Yes, you can add this field in a custom form. You need to be logged in as an administrator to add this field. Add the field SupplierMaterialNumber (available in Purchase Order Items Entity) in the custom form template. Refer Form Templates to know more about updating custom forms.
Below is the sample purchase order output with supplier material number:
Q: Why cannot I see supplier material number in the purchase order output even after adding the field in the custom form?
A: For purchase order output generated from the app Create Purchase Order – Advanced:
Ensure that the Supplier Material Number is maintained in either of the following:
- the info record associated with the purchase order
- or in the purchase order
After entering supplier and material details in a purchase order, the value for supplier material number is auto-filled (as maintained in the info record). You can edit the supplier material number in the purchase order if required.
For purchase order output generated from the app Manage Purchase Orders:
Ensure that the Supplier Material Number is maintained in the info record associated with the purchase order.
If Supplier Material Number is not maintained in any of the above-mentioned places, then it will not be visible in the purchase order output.
Q: Can I include supplier email address in purchase order output?
A: Yes, as an administrator you can add the field SupplierEmailAddress (available in Supplier Entity) in the custom form template. Refer Form Templates to know more about updating custom forms.
Below is the sample output with supplier email address:
Note: This feature is available from SAP S/4HANA 2005 release and onwards.
Q: How can I hide pricing details in the purchase order output?
A: Yes, you can use the print price indicator to hide the pricing details. Pricing details include Net Price, Net Value, and Total Value. To generate output hiding the pricing details, follow the below steps:
- Open the purchase order from the app Create Purchase Order – Advanced.
- Click on Display/Change.
- Go to the tab Condition Control and select the item for which you want to hide pricing details.
- Uncheck the checkbox Print Price.
- Generate output.
You can also uncheck Print Price while creating a purchase order from the app Create Purchase Order – Advanced.
- This option is not available for limit items.
- Total Value in the output does not include the Net Value for the Blocked purchase order items.
- Total Value is not printed in the output if Print Price is disabled for any one of the purchase order items.
Pricing details will be displayed as zero in the custom form output if Print Price option is disabled. To totally remove the pricing details from the custom form, add the following fields in your custom form:
- PriceIsToBePrinted (Item Net Price and Item Net Value)
- NetAmountIsToBePrinted (Header Total Value)
These fields are already part of our standard form, refer purchase order standard output form for more details.
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Thanks for sharing the details about the PO output setup.
Thanks for posting those useful FAQs.....I have another printing issue, I'm hoping you can assist with. The PO is created and saved and the output is generated for both medium 6 - EDI and also 5 - External send, but when I delete/block the PO Line Item, the output is again generated but then the Medium 5 output errors with the following message:
Communication Type cannot be used......message type should be sent with a communication type
Is the communication type (INT) included in the print program and if so, where