Defining a Common Distribution Channel and Common Division - SAP SD

The next step in setting up the enterprise structure in SD is to define the common distribution channel and common division. In situations where your sales organization contains more than one distribution channel and more than one division, this customization setting is really helpful in reducing the master data maintenance efforts and avoiding master data duplication within a sales organization. Using a common distribution channel customization, you can define the master data for one distribution channel, and all other distribution channels that belong to that sales organization can use the same master data. You don’t have to create the master data separately for all the distribution channels. this customization assignment via the example of sales organization ABCD with distribution channels 01 and 02 sharing common master data. that distribution channel 01 uses its own master data, and row 2 shows that distribution channel 02 uses the condition record and customer/material master data defined for distribution channel 01.

Example of Common Distribution Channel Setup

Example of Common Distribution Channel Setup

Common division customization works the same way for divisions that share common master data.You can use transaction code VOR1 or follow menu path IMG Sales And DistributionMaster DataDefine Common Distribution Channel to define a common distribution channel, and you can use transaction code VOR2 or menu path IMGSales And Dist ributionMaster Data Define Common Division to define a common division setup.

Defining common distribution channels and common divisions

Defining common distribution channels and common divisions

Always remember to define this setting irrespective of whether your business requirement setup needs a common distribution channel and common division. You won’t be able to create master data using the sales area you just defined if this customization setting is missing. If you don’t have a business requirement demanding a common distribution channel and common division setup, maintain the entry in VOR1 and VOR2 by keeping the source and target the same, as we did for Galaxy’s setup.


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