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Author's profile photo Mrinal Kanti Roy

Multi Drop to customers with TM and EWM integration with Transportation unit in EWM in SAP S/4HANA

Increase in utilization of Truck (vehicle), decrease in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, enhanced integration between transportation and warehouse operations etc are some of the key performance indicators  (KPI) in today’s supply chain. My blog with URL described some benefits of direct integration between SAP Transportation management ( TM ) and extended warehouse management (EWM) in S/4HANA . My present blog describes Multi-drop functionality with TM-EWM integration with EWM transportation unit (TU) and its business benefits.

Multi-drop means that a truck delivers the goods to different customers in its single trip. In a typical TM-EWM integration, Freight order in TM represents a truck (in case of road transport). Below image shows that the freight order (6100002458) has 3 stages with 3 destination locations 10100004, 10100011 and 10100003 representing 3 different customers representing a single truck delivering goods to customers A , B and C.

SAP TM can also select the optimum route as displayed in the map of transportation cockpit as in below image. Map within the transportation cockpit provides a good insight of the route to the transportation planner for the most effective planning.

 This freight order from TM is transferred to EWM and is mapped to a transportation unit (TU) in EWM, in case of integration with LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) notification.  Below image shows that the TU (6100002458) in EWM is assigned with 3 deliveries with 3 Ship to parties 10100004, 10100011 and 10100003 and these information is transferred from TM to EWM through LDAP notification.

Hence, Transportation planner can combine deliveries (with same delivery windows) to multiple customers to a single truck instead of individual truck delivering to each customer and the Warehouse manager also gets to know about the multiple deliveries through TM-EWM integration.

Business benefits are

  • achieve the maximum utilization of the truck
  • reduce transportation cost
  • reduce CO2 footprint
  • simplify transportation and warehouse co-ordinations and operations

As of S/4HANA 2020 release, picking of the materials should be from a single EWM warehouse for Multi-drop with a single freight order for TM-EWM integration with EWM transportation unit (TU) or LDAP notification. Multi-pick and multi-drop scenario with a single freight order in TM-EWM integration with EWM TU is expected in future release, as per present SAP’s roadmap.

This blog is based on my personal insights, tests and observation in S/4HANA 2020 release. Will appreciate your views / comment and feedback.

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      Author's profile photo Guatam S
      Guatam S

      Very well explained. Thanks , Mrinal.

      May I know if a blog is posted for multiple pick with multi drop scenarios is written / posted where first pick up from EWM ( manufacturing ) and next from IM ( distribution centre) . I heard SAP   provided this function with 2020 release.



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

      Hi Guatam,

      Yes, new ASR (Advanced shipping & receiving) scenario introduced in FPS1 of S/4HANA 2020 release has the capability of multi pick with multi drop. However, I have an issue in setting up the flow. I will write a blog on it , once the issue is resolved.

      With regards,


      Author's profile photo Koen Van Antenhove
      Koen Van Antenhove

      Dear Mrinal,

      In the TM-EWM integration with TU prior to the 2020 release (or 2020 fsp1), does this multi drop customer / Ship to scenario not work ?

      Kind regards,


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

      Hi Koen,

      Yes, you are very right !! Multi drop to customer with EWM TU was also possible prior to 2020 release.

      With regards,


      Author's profile photo Koen Van Antenhove
      Koen Van Antenhove

      Thanx Mrinal for confirming.

      Love the work you are doing for the community.



      Author's profile photo Satwik Maruvada
      Satwik Maruvada

      Thanks for the support you are providing to the community Mrinal.


      Can you let me know how the charge calculation works in this multi drop case apart from drop fee ?


      Thanks in Advance




      Author's profile photo Toshihiro Kawaberi
      Toshihiro Kawaberi

      Dear Mrinal,

      Very nice explanation. Thank you.

      We are trying Multi drop scenario (in embedded S4 TM 2021), but it is not working as you have shown in the above pic.

      In our case, it is like Shipping Point->Customer B->Customer A>Customer C.

      Do we need to do any settings to determine the sequence of stages.

      Thank you.