SAP Delivery Block Functionality

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SAP Delivery Block FunctionalityWelcome to our tutorial on SAP delivery block functionality. This tutorial is part of our free SAP SD training course.

In the SAP Sales & Distribution module, a company may set up a number of checks using standard functionality to help monitor and ensure smooth execution of processes. Some examples of these checks include, but are not limited to the below:

  • Delivery Block: This check is applied to the sales order to ensure that the delivery document is not created until the block is removed by authorized personnel.
  • Billing Block: This check can be applied to block the sales order from being billed and to prevent invoice creation, especially in the case of debit memos and sales returns, unless the block is removed by an authorized person.
  • Credit Block: This check is activated with credit management functionality on a sales order. Once the credit limit has been exceeded by a customer, the system applies a credit block and prohibits the creation of further delivery documents. The block may be removed manually by an authorized person or when the customer has reduced their outstanding accounts receivable balance.
  • Posting Block: This block allows the user to create an invoice or billing document but doesn’t allow the financial entry to transfer to the SAP Financial Accounting module. Manual intervention by an authorized user is required to make the financial posting.

SAP Delivery Block Functionality

In this tutorial, we will discuss the first check described above, the delivery block. SAP delivery block functionality can either be applied manually on a sales order at the time of creation or can be configured to be applied by default according to the sales document type. It can be applied either at the header or line item level. Let’s see how this is configured in the following section.

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SAP Delivery Block Configuration

To configure SAP delivery block functionality, you must update the sales document type settings. Use the customizing path below in transaction code SPRO:

Sales and Distribution > Sales > Sales Documents > Sales Document Header > Define Sales Document Types

Click the Position button to search for the relevant sales document type. Double-click the row to update the settings. For our example below, we will update sales order type ZDEM:

Select Sales Document Type
Select Sales Document Type

Scroll down to the Shipping section of the sales order type maintenance screen. Place your cursor in the Delivery block field as highlighted below:

Delivery Block in Shipping Settings
Delivery Block in Shipping Settings

Select the Search button to view the list of possible entries. These are the standard delivery block reasons.

Delivery Block Reasons List
Delivery Block Reasons List

Let’s apply a delivery block from the standard list, then see the impact on sales order processing. We have selected delivery block 07 – Change in quantity as shown below:

Delivery Block Field Updated
Delivery Block Field Updated

Hit Save to save the definition.

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Execute SAP Delivery Block Functionality

To demonstrate SAP delivery block functionality we will first create a sales order, then attempt to create a delivery against it. Then we will remove the delivery block and re-attempt to post the delivery document.

Create Sales Order

To create a sales order, execute transaction code VA01. On the initial screen, enter the order type you just configured with delivery block functionality. In our example, we use ZDEM as demonstrated below:

Create Sales Order Initial Screen
Create Sales Order Initial Screen

Press Enter to proceed to the sales order. You can see the Delivery block field is already populated with the configured delivery block reason, based on the chosen sales order type:

Delivery Block Populated Automatically
Delivery Block Populated Automatically

Enter remaining sales order data and hit Enter to validate.

Create Sales Order
Create Sales Order Overview Screen

Hit Save to post the sales order. The sales order will be created with a confirmation message as shown below:

Sales Order Created
Sales Order Created

Note down the sales order number.

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Create Delivery

Now let’s try to create the delivery document against the delivery blocked sales order. Execute transaction code VL01N to create the delivery. Enter the shipping point and the number of the sales order you just created.

Create Delivery Initial Screen
Create Delivery Initial Screen

Press Enter to proceed to delivery document creation. Straightaway, the system displays an error message that the sales order is blocked for delivery, along with the reason for blocking.

Delivery Block Message
Delivery Block Message

Remove Delivery Block

Now let’s further demonstrate the SAP delivery block functionality by removing the delivery block from the sales order. Execute transaction code VA02 to change the sales order. In the initial screen, enter the sales order number with the delivery block which you previously created.

Change Sales Order Initial Screen
Change Sales Order Initial Screen

Press Enter to enter the sales order in change mode. Place your cursor in the Delivery block field and scroll down to select the blank delivery block reason, as highlighted below:

Update Delivery Block to Blank Reason
Update Delivery Block to Blank Reason

Hit Save to save the sales order. The sales order will be updated with a confirmation message:

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Re-Attempt Delivery Document Creation

Now that the delivery block is removed from our sales order, let’s try to create the delivery document again. Execute transaction code VL01N to create the delivery. Again, enter the shipping point and the sales order number in the initial screen.

Create Delivery Initial Screen
Create Delivery Initial Screen

Hit Enter to proceed to delivery document creation. This time the document overview is displayed with delivery information pre-populated from the sales order.

Delivery Document Overview Screen
Delivery Document Overview Screen

Hit Save to post the delivery document. The delivery is created successfully with a confirmation message:

Did you like this 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 SD tutorials.

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