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Creating Storage Type Search Sequence for Stock Removal in SAP S/4HANA Cloud Warehouse Management

Hello SAP Community,

In this blog post, I will create two storage type search sequences that will later be used in an Order-Related replenishment scenario.

In our scenario, we will create a search sequence to replenish Storage Type ZLW1 from Storage Types S970, SF01 and Z001. After that, we will create a search sequence to pick the stock from Storage Type ZLW1. They will have slight differences from one another to cover more possibilities of flexibility.

Procedure:

1. Setting up the replenishment storage type search sequence:

a. Create the Warehouse Process Type (WPT) for replenishment: Supply Chain > Warehouse Management > Cross-Process Settings > Define Warehouse Process Type

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Fig. 1. Define Warehouse Process Type

b. Create storage type search sequence: Supply Chain > Warehouse Management > Goods Issue Processes > Specify Storage Type Search Sequence

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Fig. 2. Specify Storage Type Search Sequence

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Fig. 3. Assign Storage Types to Storage Type Search Sequence

c. Determine Storage Type Search Sequence for Stock Removal: Supply Chain > Warehouse Management > Goods Issue Processes > Determine Storage Type Search Sequence for Stock Removal

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Fig. 4. Determine Storage Type Search Sequence for Stock Removal

We have now defined that WPT LWRP will use Storage Type Search Sequence LWRP. WPT LWRP will later be used in the replenishment process.

2. Setting up the storage type search sequence for stock removal:

a. Create storage type search sequence: Supply Chain > Warehouse Management > Goods Issue Processes > Specify Storage Type Search Sequence

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Fig. 5. Specify Storage Type Search Sequence

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Fig. 6. Assign Storage Types to Storage Type Search Sequence

b. Create Stock Removal Control Indicator (SRCI): Supply Chain > Warehouse Management > Goods Issue Processes > Define Stock Removal Control Indicator

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Fig. 7. Define Stock Removal Control Indicator

c. Determine Storage Type Search Sequence for Stock Removal: Supply Chain > Warehouse Management > Goods Issue Processes > Determine Storage Type Search Sequence for Stock Removal

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Fig. 8. Determine Storage Type Search Sequence for Stock Removal

We have now defined that Stock Removal Control Indicator (SRCI) ZLW1 will use Storage Type Search Sequence ZLW1.

Conclusion

With this data created, we can now assign the WPT LWRP to the Replenishment Process in “Supply Chain > Warehouse Management > Internal Warehouse Processes > Activate Replenishment Strategies in Storage Types” and assign the Stock Removal Control Indicator to the Product Master data in app “Manage Product Master Data > Warehouse Management > Warehouse”.

Important related customizing:

The following customizing was not performed in these specific cases but might be relevant depending on your warehouse layout and complexity.

Supply Chain > Warehouse Management > Goods Issue Processes > Specify Stock Removal Rules: Allows you to define stock removal rules based on your criteria, for example, First In First Out (FIFO) or Last In First Out (LIFO)

Determine Storage Type Search Sequence for Stock Removal: Supply Chain > Warehouse Management > Goods Issue Processes > Determine Storage Type Search Sequence for Stock Removal: If the removal rule (RemR) is left empty (as it is in our case), system will use the removal rule defined in the Storage Type master data

Supply Chain > Warehouse Management > Goods Issue Processes > Optimize Access Strategies for Stor. Type Determination in Stock Removal: Allows you to optimize the access strategy for the storage type search. Various indicators influence the storage type search, as the warehouse complexity increases, the number of required entries in the storage type search sequence table can be very large.

To reduce the number of entries, you can define an access strategy to the storage type search sequence table. See the configuration help for more details.

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Fig. 9. Optimize Access Strategies for Stor. Type Determination in Stock Removal

In the above example, system will try to find a search sequence (steps 1.c and 2.c) based on 1. Stock Type only, 2. Removal Indicator + WPT, 3. WPT only or 4. Removal Indicator only.

Supply Chain > Warehouse Management > Cross-Process Settings > Assign Storage Bins to Warehouse Process Type: Allows you to define a storage type and storage bin for a warehouse process type.

Supply Chain > Warehouse Management > Cross-Process Settings > Define Control Indicators for Determining Warehouse Process Types: Allows you to define control indicators for products, which you can then use to group products for warehouse process type determination.

Supply Chain > Warehouse Management > Cross-Process Settings > Determine Warehouse Process Type: Allows you to define settings for the system to automatically determine the warehouse process type for a warehouse request.

Additional Information

SAP Help Portal Configuration for Stock Removal:

https://help.sap.com/viewer/87f9b54f9c4f4e75aff0061860a6589a/latest/en-US/222dee3915564037912b41569546640a.html

Please feel free to leave any comments or questions below and any additional topics you think are valuable to have included in this and future blog posts.

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      Author's profile photo Juergen Pitz
      Juergen Pitz

      So... it does not work differently then in a regular EWM...? Just saying.

      But: with your settings replenishment would not use the desired storage type search sequence (yes, you wrote that you did not perform this settings for this example, but I think it should be right anyway).

      The optimization is set to: "1. Stock Type only, 2. Removal Indicator + WPT, 3. Removal Indicator only or 4. WPT only."

      The determination table for the storage type search sequence uses only the WPT for the determination for replenishment, and only the removal indicator for picking. That means that 3 (only the removal indicator) would always be found first. The entry with only the WPT would not work for this product.

      Brgds

      Juergen

      Author's profile photo Luan Wagner
      Luan Wagner
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Juergen,

      It works exactly as On Premise EWM. S/4HANA Cloud WM is actually SAP EWM embedded in S/4HANA, powered for Public Cloud usage so there are many limitations compared to OP.

      Most of the functionalities, e.g. picking and putaway flexibility, were provided only with latest release 2105.

      Regarding the setting, I agree with you. Even though it was not highlighted in the blog post, it should be already right anyway. I updated the section moving the WPT only to before removal indicator.

      Thanks for your feedback.

      Best regards,

      Luan