Capacity Check and Scheduling in the Goods Receipt Area

  • by Kaushik Choudhury, Senior SAP Supply Chain Consultant
  • November 6, 2017
Discover how you can leverage the goods receipt capacity check business function to enable the smooth inbound flow of materials and avoid costs incurred due to trailers waiting for unloading in the company premises. Learn step-by-step configuration to realize a real-life business requirement and the process to activate a business function.
Learning Objectives

By reading this article, you will learn:

  • Step-by-step configuration to activate a business function
  • Key functionalities and salient features of the goods receipt capacity check
  • Real-life business scenarios and step-by-step detail configuration showcasing the way the goods receipt capacity check business function can be leveraged to increase productivity and structure incoming goods movements
Key Concept
SAP introduced the goods receipt capacity check functionality with enterprise business function LOG_MM_CI_1, which is available from SAP ERP Central Component (ECC) 6.0 enhancement package 2.

Optimizing every node of the supply chain will ultimately lead to overall supply chain optimization. Today, organizations endeavor to maximize their return on assets by exploring all possible avenues. Imagine a situation in which goods are shipped on a priority basis from the supplier as per the agreed-upon timeline. However, the trailer must wait to unload the stock as there is no place in the goods receipt staging areas, or the staging area is busy but another staging area is free. The truck could have been directly scheduled for unloading if the schedule delivery in that staging area was known well in advance.

Clearly, the process can be streamlined by providing visibility to the available time slots in a goods receipt staging area or warehouse door, and then blocking the slot for a delivery from the supplier.

SAP offers a couple of solutions such as dock appointment scheduling and transportation management to address this business challenge. Dock Appointment Scheduling is part of SAP Extended Warehouse Management (SAP EWM) 9.2. It allows the planning of the loading and unloading of the delivery collaboratively with a logistics partner. SAP Transportation Management enables freight planning and transportation demand planning along with logistics partners. These are very prolific functionalities, but sometimes business requirements cannot justify the use of such a detailed full-range solution and a simple lightweight rough-cut planning functionality is sufficient to meet the business requirement. Goods receipt capacity check and scheduling business functions enable planning for and blocking of warehouse staging areas or doors for unloading an inbound planned goods receipt.

Consider a business scenario in which an inbound delivery manager would like to check up front whether there will be sufficient bandwidth available in the goods receipt area when goods are scheduled to be delivered. If the staging area is not free, then the manager should be able to look for a free available slot and reserve it for the planned delivery to ensure the incoming stock moves straight away to an unloading area without waiting.

Now that you understand the business case let me take you through the step-by-step configuration required. Further, I walk you through a real-life scenario to illustrate the way the goods receipt capacity check helps to realize the business need.

Activate Business Function LOG_MM_CI_1

The first step is to activate business function LOG_MM_CI_1. To activate this enterprise business function, execute transaction code SFW5. This action opens the screen in Figure 1. To complete this step, follow the instructions in the sidebar “How to Activate Business Functions.”

Figure 1
Business function selected for activation

Kaushik Choudhury

Kaushik Choudhury is a senior consultant in the supply chain management field with more than a decade of experience in supply chain consulting in principal positions for leading brands across the globe. His focus is on business transformation, business reengineering, proof of concept and solution design, and end-to-end implementation. He has a proven track record of delivering in alignment with business expectations and possesses a unique combination of profound business process understanding, consulting skills, hands-on SAP system experience, and effective management capabilities. Kaushik has operated seamlessly in highly agile and iterative environments in which solutions are implemented incrementally with ongoing design changes. He has extensive experience in Agile and Waterfall delivery methodologies in large SAP supply chain implementation programs.

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