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KANBAN Process for Stock transfer was simplified in embedded Extended warehouse management (EWM) in SAP S/4HANA 1909 release as described in my blog in link https://blogs.sap.com/2020/03/09/new-kanban-replenishment-strategy-in-embedded-extended-warehouse-ma... . My present blog is to discuss on the further improvements / enhancements on the same in S/4HANA 2020 release.

Display of Material document of Inventory management from EWM on Kanban Board

Typical process flow diagrams for ‘KANBAN single step Stock transfer’ for embedded EWM on S/4HANA releases (prior to 1909 and 1909 release) are depicted in below images. Prior to 1909 release, an outbound delivery was a pre-requisite. Process was simplified in 1909 release by eliminating outbound delivery, as is evident from below images.

Now in S/4HANA 2020 release, the integration between inventory management (IM) of S/4HANA with embedded EWM has further been improved / enhanced. Below image is a screenshot from S/4HANA 2020 release of transaction PK13N when a KANBAN container is set to FULL (green in the picture). As of 1909 release, we can only see the warehouse task marked as (A).

Now in 2020 release,

  • Corresponding Material document number of Inventory management (IM) of S/4HANA marked as (B) and Warehouse document (Posting change) of EWM marked as (C) are also displayed

  • Direct navigation to material document or warehouse document is possible. Below images show the corresponding documents (B) and (C) , on double clicking the respective fields.

Posting of different quantity

Till 1909 release, only the pre-set KANBAN quantity can be posted. Below error message “Exception code required in warehouse task unless actual = target quantity” appears in 1909 release, if a different quantity is tried to be posted.

It is now possible in S/4HANA 2020 release to post a different quantity w.r.t the pre-set KANBAN quantity as shown in below image.

All these enhancements will provide

  • Simpler replenishment of KANBAN containers

  • Direct navigation to KANBAN Posting change document of EWM and Material document of inventory management

  • Easier troubleshooting

  • Improved usability

And ensures SAP's approach towardsSeamless integration between inventory management and embedded EWM in S/4HANA”.

Note that the information provided in this blog are based on my personal tests and insights on S/4HANA. I will write series of blogs for innovations on S/4HANA 2020 release with special focus on Advanced ATP, EWM, TM and YL . So, please stay tuned and inform your feedback, comments, views.
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