Deliveries created in the system usually have a planning nature, at least initially. In other words, deliveries are the basis for warehouse or transportation planning activities. During delivery processing, it may become necessary to divide up a delivery because of workload planning for picking or the loading capacity limitations of a means of transport, for example.
Until now, this was accomplished by making manual changes to the delivery and then, in a separate step, combining the remaining item quantities to create a new delivery.
The subsequent outbound-delivery split function simplifies this process by accomplishing the same thing in one step. An existing delivery can be split anytime you discover that the delivery contains too many items or is too large to be processed in subsequent functions (picking, goods issue, transportation planning).
In order to use the subsequent delivery function, you must first make the necessary settings in the Implementation Guide (IMG) under Logistics Execution ® Shipping ® Deliveries in theSubsequent delivery split activity. Pay particular attention to the conditions specified in the "Requirements" section of the documentation in the above link.
For example, a delivery split is only allowed if the delivery has a certain status. The delivery split cannot take place if the shipment is completed, or if any goods movements, billing documents or picking quantities yet to be confirmed (at least for the item's split quantity) exist.
Range of Functions
You can use the subsequent outbound-delivery split to divide existing deliveries into several other deliveries. This function is especially useful, for example, if a smaller means of transport than you expected is all that is available at loading time.
You can split handling units, delivery items that have not been packed yet, or even partial quantities of delivery items that have not been packed yet. There is always an option of running a simulation of the split beforehand.
During the subsequent outbound-delivery split, the system checks the status (no goods movements or billing documents, for example), confirms characteristics (delivery groups and correlation), copies data (texts), calculates attributes (volume and weight) and carries out determinations (outputs).
The split result controls which delivery items are grouped together in the same delivery. All remaining items make up the split remainder.