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Process documentationEWM-Triggered Opportunistic Cross-Docking


This process takes place entirely in Extended Warehouse Management (EWM). When EWM generates putaway or pick-warehouse tasks, it defines whether opportunistic cross-docking is to take place, that is, whether the inbound delivery or outbound delivery order item is relevant for cross-docking. You can activate this cross-docking procedure for the inbound and outbound delivery process separately at warehouse or product level.


  • You have performed Customizing for EWM-triggered opportunistic cross-docking and have activated this cross-docking at warehouse level. For more information, see Customizing for EWM under Start of the navigation path Cross-Process Settings Next navigation step Cross-Docking (CD) Next navigation step Opportunistic Cross-Docking Next navigation step Basic Settings for EWM-Triggered Opportunistic Cross-Docking End of the navigation path.

  • You have defined the relevance for cross-docking in the master data of your products.

  • If you want to execute an opportunistic cross-docking (inbound delivery and outbound delivery process) that is based on warehouse tasks, you have to be working in a radio frequency environment.

  • EWM has received an inbound and outbound delivery from SAP ERP.

Note Note

  • For the cross-docking, EWM only considers inbound delivery items for which goods receipt has been confirmed.

    EWM does not consider inbound delivery items that are relevant for the quality inspection.

  • If packed quantities in goods receipt are relevant for the cross-docking, the product quantity of a handling unit is not distributed across different outbound deliveries, meaning the handling unit is not split. The product quantity in the handling unit must be less than or identical to the requested quantity of an outbound delivery. In addition, this process only supports homogeneous handling units, in other words, a handling unit must contain one type of product only.

  • If unpacked quantities in the alternative unit of measure (AUoM) in the goods receipt are relevant for cross-docking, the system does not split a whole AUoM.

  • EWM also determines putaway and outbound delivery order items for opportunistic cross-docking, for which warehouse tasks have already been generated. EWM cancels these warehouse tasks under the following prerequisites:

    • The stock removal strategy does not follow the FIFO principle.

    • The warehouse tasks are processed in the radio frequency environment (RF environment).

    • EWM has not generated the warehouse tasks for the material flow system.

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For a detailed process description of the inbound and outbound delivery process, see the following: