SAP Goods Receipt for Stock Material

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SAP Goods Receipt for Stock MaterialThis tutorial is part of our SAP MM course and it talks about SAP Goods Receipt for Stock Material. We will discuss the business background of goods receipt process and explain how it is implemented in SAP ERP. You will learn how to perform SAP goods receipt of stock material without a reference to a purchase order.

SAP goods receipt lies at the sixth phase of the procurement cycle as depicted in the following figure.

SAP Goods Receipt in the Procurement Cycle
SAP Goods Receipt in the Procurement Cycle

The good receipt is a type of goods movement that leads to an inventory change. It results in an increased stock of material(s). However, there is an exception for consumable materials that will be consumed without being put in stock. Let us discuss SAP goods receipt for stock material.

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SAP Stock Material

SAP stock material can be defined as:

  • A material with a value-based inventory management (tracked in an inventory)
  • A material purchased for a specific stock account where its quantity, value, and consumption will be updated in its SAP material master record.

SAP stock material always has a material master record linked to a specific material type (e.g., finished goods, raw materials, semi-finished goods, etc.). The material type controls if inventory management for that material is to occur on a value basis. When creating a master record of a material, and therefore, entering information about it, accounting data needs to be specified, among which is the material valuation class. This class instructs SAP to which G/L account in SAP FI module the value of the material should be posted. The valuation class controls posting of the material value into a stock account in the course of SAP goods receipt process while the SAP system updates the material value and quantity in the material master record.

Inventory management for a material also uses the concept of a stock type. SAP stock type is used for differentiating between different types of stocks in inventory management. For example, we have the following standard SAP stock types:

  • Unrestricted-use stock
  • Quality inspection stock
  • Blocked stock

SAP Goods Receipt for Stock Material

Let us assume that a vendor has completely delivered a material R-B209 used by an organization without a purchase order.

SAP Goods Receipt without a Reference to SAP Purchase Order

SAP goods receipt for either consumable or stock material can be performed with or without a reference to SAP purchase order. When creating SAP goods receipt with a reference to SAP purchase order, the purchase order information is copied to the MIGO transaction and some verification and amendment can be made before saving that operation in SAP.

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However, there are occasions where a vendor can deliver a material with an unknown purchase order because the supplier sent a document without it and no purchase order related to the vendor delivery can be found in SAP. Several reasons can lead to such scenarios (e.g., a delay in entering the purchase order in SAP) and companies need to know how to manage such situations.

For companies facing these circumstances, they either need to reject receipt of these materials or accept them. In the case of acceptance, SAP is proposing a specific movement type to handle such a situation. Let us show you how to create a goods receipt with an unknown purchase order number.

Please consider that the numbers that will be mentioned below (for example purchase requisition, purchase order etc.) are just for illustrative purpose. Learners are most likely to have different numbers according to their SAP configuration.

SAP Stock Overview

Before capturing the good receipt of the stock material R-B209 without a reference to the purchase order, let us first have a look on that item’s stock overview. The stock overview gives us information about the current quantities of this material available at the warehouse. The transaction code to see the stock overview is MMBE.

SAP Stock Overview Transaction Code
SAP Stock Overview Transaction Code

The first screen of MMBE transaction will require you to enter the following information:

  • Material: R-B209
  • Plant: 1100
SAP Stock Overview (Transaction MMBE)
SAP Stock Overview (Transaction MMBE)

Then, you should click on  button to start the report. The next screen will provide the organizational levels of the stock overview and will list the different stock types. If we pay attention to the stock type columns on the right, we will see 10 pieces of the material in unrestricted use and 20 pieces in on-order stock.

Stock Overview Basic List
Stock Overview Basic List

SAP Goods Receipt Posting

To capture SAP goods receipt of the stock material R-B209, we will start the transaction MIGO using the following path:

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Logistics > Materials Management > Inventory Management > Goods Movement > Goods Receipt > For Purchase order > PO Number Unknown

Path to SAP Goods Receipt Transaction for Unknown Purchase Order (PO) Number
Path to SAP Goods Receipt Transaction for Unknown Purchase Order (PO) Number

On the initial screen of MIGO transaction, make sure you select Goods Receipt in the transaction/event drop-down field and Other in the reference document drop-down field on the upper part of the screen.

Transaction/Event Drop-down Field Reference Document Drop-down Field

Also, enter the following details:

  • Document date: today date
  • Posting date: today date
  • Delivery note: *

The delivery note is a mandatory field. It is an external reference field for delivery note that has to be filled. ‘*’ is just a placeholder if we don’t have any delivery note number.

Next, proceed with the item details tabs:

  • Click on the Material tab and under material, type R-B209.
Material Tab in MIGO
Material Tab in MIGO
  • Then, click on the Quantity tab and update it with 30 followed by PC (unit of measure).
Quantity Tab in MIGO
Quantity Tab in MIGO
  • On the Where tab, enter:
    • Plan: 1100
    • Storage Location: 0001
Where Tab in MIGO
Where Tab in MIGO

After pressing Enter button on your keyboard, you will have the following screen:

SAP Goods Receipt of a Stock Material without a Purchase Order
SAP Goods Receipt of a Stock Material without a Purchase Order

On the Where tab, the movement type is 501. This number is the standard movement type SAP system is proposing for goods receipt without a purchase order.

501 Movement Type
501 Movement Type

The movement type is an essential parameter for account determination in SAP. It automatically determines the account that is used for value-based stock posting.

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Here, we also have the stock type field, which is unrestricted stock use by default. We will leave it unchanged even though it is not appropriate in the case of goods receipt with unknown purchase order number. Now, let us save the document by pressing Save button.

SAP Goods Receipt Material Document Number
SAP Goods Receipt Material Document Number

In order to confirm posting of our goods receipt, select Display in the Transaction/Event drop-down and Material Document in the reference document field. The system should provide the material document number automatically. If not, enter the number 4900004403 and press on  button. The SAP system will display the following screen:

SAP Material Document Display
SAP Material Document Display

In the displayed screen, on the Where tab of the item details, we can use stock overview button  to see the updated level of stock of our material.

Updated Stock Overview
Updated Stock Overview

Under the column with unrestricted use stock type, we can see that the received 30 pieces of the material R-B209 have added themselves to the previous 10 pieces we saw on the first stock overview above. This illustrates how inventory management for a stock material is functioning in SAP.

Did you like this SAP MM tutorial? Have any questions or comments? We would love to hear your feedback in the comments section below. It’d be a big help for us, and hopefully it’s something we can address for you in improvement of our free SAP MM tutorials.

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4 thoughts on “SAP Goods Receipt for Stock Material”

  1. great ,my question is that dot you have toturials in application form which I can use on laptop at home, I need to know this SAP thing.selfteach of some kind, thanks

  2. I need a list of MIGO which is detail up to stock type, can you help me where to find it? or what t-code to use.

    Thanks in advance.

  3. //Hi

    Thank you sir
    When I am doing MIGO I got error message “posting only possible period
    2019/05 and 2019/04 in company code
    I have changed the Posting period in OB52 also pls clarify it
    thanks in advance
    K S Swaminathan

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