As a result of requirements from the retail sector (SAP Retail),
Release 4.0A includes Empties Processing, which offers the
Bill of material for empties
You can assign each unit of measure
of a full product an empties bill of material.
The standard system contains the
material type "VOLL" for full products and "LGUT" for
The full product "beer" is managed in
the unit "crate", which has two components assigned to it:
Unit of measure
Automatic entry of empties in documents
If you enter a unit of measure of a
full product in a purchase order or in a sales order and an empties
bill of material exists for the unit of measure, the system
automatically adds items for the empties components.
In the same way, empties components
are added to a delivery if the delivery was generated as a
follow-on document to a store order.
For every empties component, the
system adds an item to the document, calculating the quantity from
the quantity of the full product and the corresponding percentage
of the component in the bill of material.
You order 15 crates of the full
product "beer". An empties bill of material (BOM) exists for the
unit of measure crate. The BOM has the components "bottle" (24) and
"crate" (1). The system would add two extra items to the purchase
Unit of measure
Automatic posting of differences for empties in
If you enter physical inventory
differences for a full product in a unit of measure for which an
empties BOM exists, the system automatically posts the differences
for the empties components.
The quantity is based on the full
product quantity and the corresponding percentage of the component
in the BOM.
Empties components are not recorded
in physical inventory documents and only appear after differences
have been posted in the material document.
New stock type for tied empties
The part of the stock of an empties
material that is assigned to a full product as an empties component
is managed under the stock type "tied empties".
Stocks of empties that are not
assigned to any full product are managed under the stock type
You use movement type 441 to transfer
empties stock from stock type "unrestricted-use" to stock type
"tied empties". Movement type 442 reverses the transaction.
The full product "beer" has 15 crates
in stock. This means that the corresponding part of the empties
components "bottle" and "crate" are tied empties stock.