Bring Visibility to Vendor Returns
- by Anton Karnaukhov, Senior IT Manager, Pacific Coast Companies, Inc.
- June 1, 2005
As of SAP R/3 Release 4.5A, you can create a delivery document for a vendor return purchase order using the Logistics Execution (LE) module's shipping functionality. It allows businesses to consolidate all outbound delivery activity into delivery documents. This helps to standardize output documents and makes vendor returns visible to the Transportation module, which uses delivery notes as building blocks for shipment documents.
You can schedule the Logistics Execution shipping functionality to run in the background at periodic intervals. It allows businesses to standardize output documents (e.g., delivery notes, bills of lading), provide higher visibility to the outbound delivery activity in their R/3 environment, and prepare the return-to-vendor process for the possible implementation of the Transportation module and SAP APO TP/VS in the future.
With transportation costs running high, businesses often concentrate
on bringing visibility to all inbound and outbound delivery activity.
SAP already provides tools, such as SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization
Transportation Planning/Vehicle Scheduling (SAP APO TP/VS), that
allow complex optimization of shipment documents. However, for a
business to optimize transportation operations, it is often necessary
to ensure that all the required information is captured in R/3.
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