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Excerpt: Automate all your goods movement in SAP Inventory Management using a single program

by Scott Priest, Editorial Director

February 7, 2012

The following is an excerpt of the SAP Professional Journal article "Automate All Your Goods Movement in SAP Inventory Management," written by Yogesh Lohiya of Infosys.

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.

I won’t cover the basics of LSMW, but you can find more about them in the SAP Professional Journal article “The Legacy System Migration Workbench – A Guide to Data Migration with BAPIs” by Arthur Wirthensohn and the SCM Expert article “Reduce Your Reliance on ABAP for Logistics Data Conversion Using LSMW” by Mitresh Kundalia.

SAP Professional Journal subscribers can see the full article, complete with six cases that show what values are needed in the relevant fields, here.

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