1411361 - Not Able to Delete a Material or Service Product Master Data

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1411361 - Not Able to Delete a Material or Service Product Master Data

Symptom

You have setup (fully or partially) a material or a service product. Now you want to delete the material or the service product.

Reproducing the Issue

  1. Go to Product Data work center.
  2. Select Materials or Services view.
  3. Select any material or service.

There is no option to delete the product.

Cause

Unfortunately the functionality to delete master data once it is setup (or saved) is not available currently . So you can`t delete a fully or partially created Material or Service Product. It is also not possible to delete this from the database as this would require lot of follow up and might lead to data inconsistencies like in Business Intelligence Reports etc.

Resolution

As a workaround you can keep the unwanted product in blocked status so that it can`t be used in any business process.

Steps to block a Product:

  1. Go to Product Data work center.
  2. Select Materials or Services view.
  3. Select a Material or Service.
  4. Select View All button.
  5. Go to respective Business area tab (Purchasing and Sales).
  6. Change the status from Active to Blocked.

Material:

Once a Material is activated for Purchasing, Logistics, Planning, Availability Confirmation, Sales and Valuation, then it is allowed to block the Material only for Purchasing and Sales. The status of Logistics, Planning, Availability Confirmation, and Valuation are not
allowed to block.

The reason for this behavior is, if the Material is used for Logistics, Planning, Availability Confirmation, and Valuation, blocking the status will end up in inconsistencies in the Business transaction Documents whichever uses the Material. So, in general it is not allowed to block the status of Material for Logistics, Planning, Availability Confirmation, and Valuation.

But, once you block the Material for Purchasing and Sales, then those Materials are never used for Sales and Purchasing. Which means no new entries of these materials can be created in the system. But Material which have already in Logistics (or in any SCM process) will remain unaffected.

Note: If the material is in Inpreparation status, you need to change the status to Active, then you can change to Blocked.

Service:

Once a Service is activated for PurchasingSales and Valuation, then it is allowed to block the Material only for Purchasing and Sales. The status of Valuation is not allowed to block.

The reason for this behavior is, if the Service is used for Valuation, blocking the status will end up in inconsistencies in the Business transaction Documents whichever uses the Service. So, in general it is not allowed to block the status of Service for Valuation.

But, once you block the Service for Purchasing and Sales, then those Service are never used for Sales and Purchasing. Which means no new entries of these Services can be created in the system.

Note: If the Service is in Inpreparation status, you need to change the status to Active, then you can change to Blocked.

Keywords

KBA , SRD-MD-PRD-PRD , Product , Product Enhancement

Product

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