Goods Issue Based on an IM Posting - SAP WM

When you post a goods issue in IM, the system generates transfer requirements that are used as a basis for creating transfer orders.


When you use the Inventory Management (IM) component to pick goods from the warehouse, the system posts a negative quantity to the goods issue interim storage type. For this task the system can automatically create a transfer requirement. Subsequently you create a transfer order based on the information in the transfer requirement. Using a predetermined search strategy, the system searches for storage bins from which the material will be picked. The transfer order is printed and the warehouse worker transfers the goods from the storage bins in the warehouse to the goods issue area. The warehouse worker confirms that the goods have been transferred and records any discrepancies between the required amount and the delivered amount.

Movement Types

Each time you have a goods issue posting for IM, you must use a respective movement type. All IM postings that result in a stock pick from the warehouse (that is, a physical transfer of goods out of the warehouse) are relevant for WM. The movement type determines whether the movement is relevant for WM and also provides the necessary information for further processing.

Shelf Life Expiration Date

When you create transfer orders for materials with a shelf life expiration date, you must enter the expiration date on the preparation screen. For more information about handling and evaluating materials in the warehouse with an expiration date, see Shelf Life Expiration Date.


This example illustrates what happens in the warehouse and in the IM and WM components when goods are issued.


Goods Issue to a Cost Center

To issue material to a cost center, you carry out the following tasks in the IM and WM components:

Tasks in Inventory Management

  • Post a goods issue to a cost center.

Tasks in Warehouse Management

  • Create a transfer order
  • Confirm the transfer order after it has been created

Posting a Goods Issue to a Cost Center

To post a goods issue to a cost center:

  1. Choose Logistics Materials Management Inventory Management Goods Movement Goods Issue from the SAP menu.
  2. As a minimum, you must enter the appropriate movement type (201 in the standard system), the plant, and the storage location within IM. To continue the process choose ENTER.
  3. On the item screen enter the cost center, material, and the quantity.
  4. To post the goods issue, choose Goods issue Post from the menu bar.

The system returns to the initial screen confirming the creation of the goods issue. The system has automatically created a transfer requirement and has posted the quant to the goods issue interim storage area.

Creating a Transfer Order for a Material Document

You can create a transfer order with reference to a number of different source documents. Immediately after posting a goods issue to a cost center in IM, you create the transfer order with reference to the material document that was just created.


To create a transfer order based on a material document

  1. Choose Logistics Logistics Execution Inbound Process Goods Receipt for Purchase Order, Order, Other Transactions Putaway Create Transfer Order By Material Document from the SAP menu.
  2. Enter the number and year of the material document. Choose ENTER.

The system displays the overview screen for the transfer requirement. Materials displayed on this screen will be removed from the storage bins and transferred to the goods issue interim storage area (910 in the standard system). The storage bin in the interim storage area is dynamically created from the cost center. From this point on, the processing of the transfer order is basically the same as creating a transfer order for a transfer requirement for picking.

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