Automate All Your Goods Movement in SAP Inventory Management Using a Single Program

  • by Yogesh Lohiya, Senior Consultant, Infosys Ltd.
  • February 3, 2012
Learn the step-by-step process of how to use a standard BAPI program to perform all mass transactions in SAP Inventory Management. With small variations in settings, you can automate all the goods movement-related transactions in SAP ERP Central Component (SAP ECC) via a single program to perform mass upload and updates. Learn how to use this program via SAP Legacy System Migration Workbench to perform all the Inventory Management transactions.
Key Concept
Legacy System Migration Workbench (LSMW) supports the transfer of data from a non-SAP system to an SAP system or from one SAP system to another SAP system. Using LSMW with a BAPI helps you import data into an SAP system.

Goods movement in SAP Inventory Management is a critical area as it directly affects the profitability and revenue of any organization. Sometimes it takes a lot of effort to perform goods movement-related transactions in the SAP system, especially if you have loads of material moving from one place to another. These movements could be the result of the organization receiving raw materials from a supplier, a warehouse issuing goods to meet customer demand, or a company performing an initial stock transfer in a newly created company code, for example. All these transactions require the relevant business user to perform the required postings in goods movement-related transactions. This can take a lot of time as there are many postings and they often have different requirements.

I’ll show you how to use a BAPI program in SAP Legacy System Migration Workbench (LSMW) to perform all these transactions, which will save considerable time for business users in inventory management. Note that it reduces the burden on the technical team as well, but you’ll have to remember to give proper authorizations for the LSMW transaction. I’ll start by explaining the BAPI and how to fit it in LSMW. Then I’ll provide the field structure needed for all the goods movement transactions. I’ll conclude with the settings required to perform a few goods movement transactions with the program.

Yogesh Lohiya

Yogesh Lohiya is a senior SAP MM consultant with Infosys. He is currently working on a large data migration project for a Fortune 500 client. He has more than nine years of consulting experience. He also has worked on various SAP global rollouts and data migration projects in the materials management area.

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