Advanced Intercompany Sales & Stock Transfer in SAP S/4HANA Cloud
Last updated: 15th July 2022
Today, I would like to introduce you to an amazing solution that you as our customer have desired for a long time, the Advanced Intercompany Processes. If you cannot wait, then check out the magic in this system demo here already.
A split between the entities handling sales and production is often needed for various reasons. This leads to the need to support Intercompany Sales:
- Separate risks between domestic and international sales and production
- Easier local and regional sales
- Tax advantages
- Safeguarding of brand
Intercompany supply chains are spread across various localizations and lead to the need of Intercompany Stock Transfer between group legal entities to run company value chains
- Production plants close to raw materials
- Leverage local advantages on company group level (labor costs, free trade, and industry zones, …)
- Tax advantages
Most SAP customer companies with two or more company codes need Intercompany Processes.
Intercompany processes are a must for:
- All manufacturing industries
- All companies running on a dedicated internal supply chain
The Advanced Intercompany (ICO) processes
- Supports first E2E SAP standard processes for ICO
- Supports process automation
- Reduces TCO for customers as this standard process relieves them of custom developments, maintenance and upgrades
With the continuous delivery 2202.3 for SAP S/4HANA Cloud we are launching two new scope items for the Advanced Intercompany processes:
The Advanced Intercompany Sales process is per default disabled for the standard document types and item categories.
To activate the Advanced Intercompany Sales process, specific configurations must be enabled through an expert configuration request. Some configurations have to be done by the customer.
For further details read the Set-Up Instructions document that you will find in the details section of the scope item Advanced Intercompany Sales (5D2).
Currently the process can be activated for item categories TAN and CBXN.
The release restrictions for Advanced Intercompany Sales are described in SAP note 3192584.
Also the scope item Advanced Intercompany Stock Transfer (5HP) provide a Set-Up Instructions document.
It is planned to deliver the Advanced Intercompany processes also in SAP S/4HANA on premise with upcoming releases. So this blog post is relevant for both deployment types, SAP S/4HANA Cloud, and SAP S/4HANA on premise.
The first launch of the Advanced Intercompany processes covers the scenario for Single Level / Single System that is explained below. In addition, it is planned to extend the Advanced Intercompany processes also to cover the scenario for Multi Level / Single System with one or more additional Intermediate Companies between the Selling Company and the Delivering Company. This is a subject to be changed.
First let us have a look on the classic intercompany sales process. For example, a local sales office sells to a customer and the goods are delivered from a plant, which is assigned to another company code, directly to the customer as shown in the next figure.
Starting point of the process is the purchase order of an US customer (step 1) that triggers the creation of a sales order in the US selling company (step 2). The US selling company triggers directly the outbound delivery in the German delivery company (step 3). The US customer receives the goods directly from the physical warehouse in Germany, but the invoice is issued by the US selling company. During the process no valuated stock is created in the US selling company and business documents like the purchase and sales order between the affiliated companies are missing.
Fig. 1: Classic Intercompany Sales – Single Level / Single System
The process for advanced intercompany sales provides functions that allow two affiliated companies to participate in a single intercompany process, such as the following:
- A local sales office sells to a customer. The producing company delivers the goods directly to the customer.
- A local sales organization sells to a customer. A central warehouse delivers the goods.
A standard sales order can initiate the entire process, which is integrated into the value chain monitoring framework. To orchestrate and monitor each process step, this business processes makes use of the Monitor Value Chains app.
Fig. 2: Advanced Intercompany Sales – Single Level / Single System
What are the key features of the Advanced Intercompany Sales process?
It is a seamless E2E process that is highly automated and embedded into the following areas:
- Product Compliance
- Trade Compliance
- Profitability Reporting across legal entities
- Support of IFRS 15 compliant revenue recognition and COGS postings
- Product Costing
- Group Reporting / Consolidation
Changes in customer-facing sales order are possible and automatically managed by the system.
Valuated Stock in Transit in the Selling Company allows seamless change of control between affiliates and customer.
Purchase Order in the Selling Company enables landed cost in product costing.
E2E value chain and process monitor allows issue detection and posting services.
My colleague Markus Oertelt has recorded the Advanced Intercompany Sales process for you. Watch the next video! The system demo is structured into the following sections:
|Video time / min||Topic|
|00:10||How to create a sales order?|
|02:09||How to create a sales order with SAP Fiori?|
|03:43||How to monitor your value chains after the sales order is created?|
|04:47||How to check automatic creation of intercompany purchase and sales order?|
|05:56||How to create delivery documents?|
|07:46||How to check transfer control of goods?|
|08:16||How to pick the delivery goods?|
|09:37||How to post goods issue?|
|10:39||How to create billing document?|
|12:08||How to monitor your value chains?|
Video: Advanced Intercompany Sales (system demo without voice demo)
In analogy to the chapter above, let me also briefly compare the process of Classic Intercompany Stock Transfer and Advanced Intercompany Stock Transfer with the help of process flow diagrams:
Fig. 4: Classic Intercompany Stock Transfer Process – Single Level / Single System
Fig. 5: Advanced Intercompany Stock Transfer Process – Single Level / Single System
The Value Chain Monitoring Framework (VCM) is a generic framework for designing, running and monitoring business processes within SAP S/4HANA that supports pre-configured SAP standard E2E processes. The benefits are:
- Increased end-to-end process visibility, efficiency, and collaboration
- Issue detection providing posting services
- Tightly integrated into relevant business applications
Fig. 6: Value Chain Monitoring Framework
The Monitor Value Chains app enables you to track all steps of the Advanced Intercompany Sales, Advanced Intercompany Stock Transfer, and Sell from Stock with Valuated Stock in Transit (VSiT) business processes. This app provides you with a detailed overview of all relevant steps and documents in these processes. In addition, it directly integrates these processes with other business applications. The business benefits are increased transparency, efficiency, and cross-team collaboration.
Fig. 7: Monitor Value Chains app
Thanks for reading this blog. Stay tuned!
For more information on Advanced Intercompany Sales, check out the detailed description here.
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