goods movement

Materials Management (MM)

Physical or logical movement of materials which leads to a change in material stock levels or results in direct consumption of the material.


Business object


A goods movement can be a goods receipt, goods issue, or a transfer posting of materials.

A goods movement consists of items containing the quantity and value of the given material. The materials to be actually placed in or removed from storage can be specified in each item as single units.


A transfer posting can be carried out within a plant and between different plants.

The quantity specified in the item leads to a change in stock in the plant, storage location, and storage bin. Goods movements for direct consumption do not affect stock levels.

An item in a goods receipt document does not necessarily indicate the receipt of material, because an item can also represent the reversal of the original goods movement.

For valuated stock, the transaction figure is updated on the relevant material stock account.