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Product and Topic Expert
Product and Topic Expert

Dear users and friends of SAP TM,

Please find here some new features in SAP S/4HANA 2020 FPS1 in regards to locations. To be precise, it's about locations representing stores (location type 1040) and hubs (location type 1140). I guess those are important especially for the retail industry, but might be for other industries as well.

Let's go into details of the new features:

  • Create locations of type 1140 (hub):

With SAP S/4HANA 2020 FPS1, you are now able to create locations of type 1140 which represent hubs.

In the following example, a plant representing a hub is created in transaction WB03:

Important is to maintain the node type in the supply chain network (field 'Node Type SCN') with 'EW', representing a Central Warehouse. This indicator, together with plant category ''B' (for Distribution Center), is used to identify a location as a hub when the location is created.

When you now execute report /SCMTMS/CREATE_LOCATION, a location of type 1140 is created respectively:

Please see also note 2960779

  • Replicate locations of type 1040 (store) and 1140 (hub) with DRF (Data Replication Framework):

In SAP S/4HANA 2020 FPS1, we also enhanced the replication capabilities of locations by enabling the replication of stores (location type 1040) and hubs (location type 1140) from one S/4HANA system into another S/4HANA system.

This is shown in the following example with the hub created before:

At first, we replicate the business partner of the hub. We then create the location of the business partner (with location type 1021) in the receiving system with report /SCMTMS/CREATE_LOCATION.

We now start the replication of the hub in transaction DRFOUT. We provide a respective replication model and outbound implementation '189_1', meaning a replication with web service. The hub we want to replicate is mentioned as filter criteria:

We now check the replication in transaction SXMB_MONI (as we used PI in this example). If the replication has been successful, the key mapping is send back in the confirmation message:

And finally we check in transaction /SCMTMS/LOC3 if the hub has been created properly in the receiving system:

Yes, replication of the hub has been successful.

For stores (location type 1040) it works pretty much the same, so we don't need to mention a separate example.

Please see also note 2960779

So, both mentioned points are surely some useful roundups that enable a more accurate transportation planning by considering stores and hubs.

For any questions or feedback, please feel free to comment!