How to Prevent an SAP TM Delivery Creation Failure

  • by Sandra Walsh, SAP TM solution architect, itelligence
  • March 18, 2015
Learn how to prevent an SAP Transportation Management (SAP TM) create delivery proposal request from failing with this error message: 318(VL) combination sales organization and distribution channel not possible.

SAP Transportation Management (SAP TM) uses web services to communicate back and forth with the SAP ERP Central Component (ECC) client. Sales orders and purchase orders are sent to SAP TM for planning. Later when it is time to execute these orders, messages are sent from SAP TM to ECC to request the creation of the delivery in ECC.  These messages can fail for a number of different reasons, so it is important to know how to locate the reason for the failure so that you can fix it. Figure 1 lists web service messages related to delivery integration between SAP TM and SAP ERP Central Component (ECC).


Figure 1
Summary of web-service messages related to delivery integration

An OutboundDeliveryBulkCreateRequest_Out message is sent from SAP TM when a Create Delivery Proposal request is executed. This message requests the creation of a delivery in the ECC client. ECC returns the OutboundDeliveryBulkConfirmation_Out message to acknowledge whether the delivery was successfully created.

If successful, the transportation requirements are transferred from the Order-based Transportation Requirement (OTR) to the Delivery-based Transportation Requirement (DTR), and the Freight Unit (FU) document flow is updated with the delivery number. If delivery creation fails, the FU is placed on a worklist from which it can be reprocessed once the error has been resolved. The reason for the failure is logged in the associated confirmation message in SAP TM (i.e., the OutboundDeliveryBulkConfirmation_In message).

Sandra Walsh

Sandra Walsh is an SAP TM solution architect at itelligence. She has more than 16 years of broad SAP experience implementing SAP ERP Central Component (ECC), sales and distribution (SD), logistics execution (LE), materials management (MM), and SAP Transportation Management (SAP TM) in industries such as wholesale distribution, aerospace and defense, mill products, and consumer packaging.

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