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 Plant Return and Store Return with Stock Transport Order


The process of a store return or plant return begins with the creation of a stock transport order (either intra-company-code or cross-company-code).

The stock transfer can be from a store to a distribution center or between two plants (supplying plant and receiving plant).

For a cross-company-code stock transport order, the distribution center is a vendor, behind which there is a plant.

Unlike the plant return, the return to vendor is a return delivery of goods that are in stock to an external supplier.

The return to vendor has the returns indicator in the order, but the vendor is not a plant.Returns delivery type RL is defined exclusively for (external) returns to vendor.


No availability check for item categories

For item categories NCRN and NLRN, you must switch off the availability check. Select the AvailCkOff indicator in Customizing ( Logistics Execution Shipping Deliveries Define Item Categories for Deliveries ).

Delivery type

Assign the store return to a delivery type in Customizing (Materials ManagementPurchasingPurchase OrderReturns Order ® Returns to Vendor).

Shipping-specific data

Define shipping-specific data for store returns in Customizing ( Purchasing Purchase Order Returns Order Store Return / Return Plant to Plant ). See the documentation on the Customizing activity.


A store return is a planned return. In other words, the order specifies exactly which goods and quantity are to be collected.It is defined as a return only by the Returns Item indicator.

The store return is created without reference to an original purchase order or earlier goods receipt.For this reason, in case of cross-company-code transfers, there is not way to refer to an original price.


Stock transport order(ME21N or ME27)

Create a stock transport order and select Returns Item. .

Note that you can remove this indicator again in the Enjoy order (ME21N), whereas the indicator cannot be changed subsequently in the "old" order (ME21 and ME27).

Store and distribution center (like receiving plant and supplying plant) are not switched in the order. In other words, the original supplying plant remains the supplying plant.


Create a delivery with the following delivery type:

Cross-company-code: delivery type NCR, item category NCRN

Intra-company-code: delivery type NLR, item category NLRN

Goods receipt(MIGO or MB01)

Two-step procedure

Post the (negative) goods receipt (GR) in inventory management with movement type 101.

Do not post with reference to the delivery, so that the delivery for the stock transport order is not updated.

In the background, a goods issue for the returns order is posted.The system converts the movement type on goods issue according to the returns indicator in the order:

Cross-company-code:Movement type 161

Intra-company-code:Movement type 161

The goods are then posted to the stock in transit of the store, not booked in.

If you work with the one-step procedure, the system automatically posts the negative goods receipt on goods issue.

Goods issue

Post the goods issue from the delivery (Goods Issue pushbutton).

The system posts the goods receipt in the background.


Two-step procedure 673

One-step procedure 675

The goods receipt is automatically posted with movement type 161.


Two-step procedure 671

One-step procedure 677

The goods receipt is automatically posted with movement type 161.

The transit stock of the store is credited.(See Displaying Stock in Transit )

For cross-company-code returns, no explicit transit stock is set up by movement type 161.

For cross-company-code returns, the process ends with an internal credit memo.

For more information, see Returns and SAP Note published on SAP siteAdvice note plant return / store return .

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