Cross delivery handling unit in TM & EWM integration in S/4HANA 2021 Release
Cross delivery handling unit means a packing box (like carton) containing products from multiple deliveries as shown in below image. Carton P contains product A and B from two deliveries X and Y respectively.
Cross delivery handling unit is supported in SAP Extended warehouse management (EWM) , however it was NOT supported in Transportation management ( TM ) till S/4HANA 2020 release. This limitation has now been eliminated in S/4HANA 2021 release. My present blog is to discuss on this new capability of Cross delivery handling unit with TM – EWM integration in S/4HANA 2021 release.
A typical flow for TM -EWM integration with S/4HANA is illustrated in below image. Note that the below image shows with embedded TM and TM , however this TM-EWM integration is also applicable for ERP ECC with decentral EWM and Stand alone TM also. Refer the below URL for my blogs on many other capabilities of TM & EWM.
Below image shows that the Transportation unit 6100002731 of EWM comprises 2 deliveries 80002631 and 80002632 with a single SSC handling unit 811234567000000296 . HU is also flagged (or indicated) as Cross delivery handling unit.
LDAP from EWM to TM updates freight order in TM and the item hierarchy of freight order 6100002731 shows a single package containing 2 freight units as in below image.
EWM updates ERP for the packing or handling information and the below image from ERP shows the handling unit 811234567000000296 with 2 deliveries 80002631 and 80002632.
One of the pre-requisites for this cross delivery handling unit is to ensure the same consolidation group in EWM for the corresponding deliveries. Below image shows that both the deliveries 80002631 and 80002632 have the same consolidation group 1000002385 in EWM, otherwise system will throw error while packing 2 deliveries in same handling unit in EWM.
This capability of cross delivery handling unit with TM-EWM integration will facilitate to optimize the carton capacity.
This blog is based on my personal tests , observations , insights in S/4HANA 2021 release. Will appreciate your feedback / comments.