We have finished our pre-sales documents, inquiry, quotations and then Wal-Mart has placed an order, this is a sales document. So now we need to deliver the physical goods. This part is called logistics and this behaves differently than an order.
What is the delivery?
Most of the things in the delivery, again, are copied down from an order because we are trying to deliver the goods corresponding to the order that the customer has given us.
In this case, the customer said he needs a desktop, quantity 100 and then there could be more line items. And each line item over here will have what is called a confirmed date.
When creating the order, SAP has already done the availability check. An availability check confirms that these goods will be available or can be confirmed by this date, say, 14th of March or whatever. When you try to create this delivery, you should create it for that date, because if you try to create it before the system knows that the goods are not going to be it will not allow you to create a delivery. So make sure that the date you are trying to create the delivery, is the date the goods are confirmed. That’s called the delivery date.
Once you get that, then you can create a delivery. Only the items that have that are to be delivered in the designed timeframe will be going to be delivered. Whenever the goods are available you can create a delivery document and all the goods that are confirmed by that date, the date when you’re creating the delivery will flow down from the order into the delivery.
Pieces of Delivery
Delivery essentially comprises three pieces.
- PGI or post goods.
There are other areas as well, but these are the main three key pieces or three key subprocesses in our delivery.
We will understand picking, packing and PGI in our next article.