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Welcome to the Discrete Industries in SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition 2402 news. For this release, I focus on the enhancements in Just-in-Time (JIT) to Supply to Customer.

Why should you continue to read? 

  1. Many don't know that we have a full-fledged powerful Just-in-Time Supply to Customer solution offering in SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition. Click here to find all details.  
  2. It's free of charge and comes with the basic SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition subscription!
  3. It's easy to use and implement because all parts of the Best Practice integration scenarios are already there:
    1. Just-in-Time Supply to Customer (2EM)
    2. Just-In-Time Supply to Customer with Delivery Confirmation (53X) 
    3. Automotive Supply to Customer - Inventory Management (55F) 

Let's start with the latest innovations. 

Subsequent Delivery Processing

In the Just-in-Time process there are scenarios where component groups (finished goods) get delayed because of scrap, rework or because the part of an assembly is missing. Therefore, parts of a component group cannot be shipped on the appropriate goods issue date. Now we have a challenge because these component groups are already allocated to a packing group.

To solve this without delaying the process for the whole packing group, the affected component group must be removed/deallocated and delivered in a subsequent delivery because the affected packing group shall be able to be delivered, despite having an empty slot.

Figure 1: Action Subsequence Delivery + PG CREAFigure 1: Action Subsequence Delivery + PG CREA

Here are the necessary customizing setting that you need to do: 

  • Check if new action S1_PG_CRSD for Creation of subsequent Delivery for Packing Group is available in customizing 
  • Check if new action S1_PG_CNSD for Cancelation of subsequent Delivery for Packing Group is available in customizing 
  • Optional: Define interlinked action with 1. S1_PG_CRSD and 2. S1_PG_CREA in customizing 
  • Add (interlinked) action to action control in Customizing for Action Control S2C_SEQJC. If required, maintain the corresponding status mapping
  • Create a new function and add this function to a function profile in Customizing
  • Afterwards map this function to the new (interlinked) action in Customizing
  • Open Manage Teams and Responsibility app and select a Team on CG level. Add this function to your user

Watch the result here after the implementation settings: 

Figure 2: Demo Subsequent DeliveriesFigure 2: Demo Subsequent Deliveries 

Possibility to Ignore Packing Group Levels From HU Creation

The business case for this new innovation is that the component group material will be first packed in a packing material A and then A is packed further into a packing material B. We at SAP we call this nested Handling Units. If the business owner doesn't want to create nested handling units in the system, but still wants to physical pack them as nested packages, then the business user has the right now to ignore the second step in the system. The advantage is that this simplifies the business users experience in the system for more efficiency. Furthermore, this also allows virtual packing layers without a physical packing material, this is also possible with this. 

Figure 3: Possibility to ignore packing group levels from HU creationFigure 3: Possibility to ignore packing group levels from HU creation

Supporting Reallocation for Changes to Sequence Number

The usual business case is that the customer sends an update for a JIT call which either contains now a sequence number for the first time (initial JIT call was without one). This is the first business case. A second business case is that the customer sends an updated JIT sequence call, for example, for a production sequence change. 

For the first business case, two actions S1_JC_MODI and S1_PG_CREA can be executed as interlinked actions when processing the EDI message from the customer: 

Figure 4: Business Case 1 ActionsFigure 4: Business Case 1 Actions

The second use case can also be processed through interlinked actions including the new action S1_PG_CANC. This action deallocates the JIT call component group from its current one, so executing action S1_PG_CREA would then allocate the JIT call component group again to its new sequence number. 

Possibility to Scan Serial Number for Verification Purpose Only

It was already possible to assign serial numbers of serialized JIT call component materials to JIT calls for later reference in the process. Now with the new release, customers can scan the serial number a second time for verification purposes. An example for this business case can be, that action S1_JC_CP (Confirm Production) is executed by the production operator assigning a serial number for the JIT call component material. Afterwards, the warehouse clerk picks and packs the JIT call serialized component material and scans it to verify the right physical object was really taken. 

The following app can be used to verify the serial number: 

Figure 5: Scan Serial Number for Verification PurposeFigure 5: Scan Serial Number for Verification Purpose

Happy implementation of the new JIT features! 

This blog post was co-authored by @andre_nuglisch - Many thanks for the great collaboration! 

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