Goods Receipt Process for Inbound Deliveries


The goods receipt process for inbound deliveries is an essential part of the supply chain. This process includes the steps after creation of the purchase order: notification, the inbound delivery, subsequent put-away of goods, and the goods receipt posting of the ordered goods.

The significant advantage of depicting the goods receipt process through the inbound delivery function is that the company can execute many processes in advance, even before the actual goods receipt posting takes place. In this case, all the necessary information is available beforehand as notification of the inbound delivery will be released ahead of time by the supplier. The inbound delivery describes exactly which materials or pallets can be received on what date and at what time.

The inbound delivery process starts when the goods are staged at the vendor’s shipping point, and it ends when the ship-to party makes an acquisition posting for the goods.

  1. Create a purchase order or a scheduling agreement.
  2. The system can determine a goods receiving point.
  3. The system creates an inbound delivery automatically if a shipping notification is received via Electronic Data Interchange (EDI).
    An inbound delivery can also be created manually in the case EDI is not purposely used for communication with the nominated supplier.
  4. Repack the goods, if necessary.
  5. Put the materials away by creating a transfer order in the warehouse.
  6. Post the goods receipt.

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