Walkthrough: Receiving and Putting Away in Basic Warehouse Configurations


This walkthrough requires sample data that is not available in the default demonstration company in Business Central. For more information, see To create a company with complete sample data in a sandbox.

In Business Central, the inbound processes for receiving and putting away can be performed in four ways using different functionalities depending on the warehouse complexity level.

Method Inbound process Bins Receipts Put-aways Complexity level (See Design Details: Warehouse Setup)
A Post receipt and put-away from the order line X 2
B Post receipt and put-away from an inventory put-away document X 3
C Post receipt and put-away from a warehouse receipt document X 4/5/6
D Post receipt from a warehouse receipt document and post put-away from a warehouse put-away document X X 4/5/6

For more information, see Design Details: Inbound Warehouse Flow.

The following walkthrough demonstrates method B in the previous table.

About This Walkthrough

In basic warehouse configurations where your location is set up to require put-away processing but not receive processing, you use the Inventory Put-away page to record and post put-away and receipt information for your inbound source documents. The inbound source document can be a purchase order, sales return order, inbound transfer order, or production order with output that is ready to be put away.


Even though the settings are called Require Pick and Require Put-away, you can still post receipts and shipments directly from the source business documents at locations where you select these check boxes.

This walkthrough demonstrates the following tasks.

  • Setting up SILVER location for inventory put aways.
  • Setting up SILVER location for bin handling.
  • Defining a default bin for item LS-81. (LS-75 is already set up in CRONUS.)
  • Creating a purchase order for vendor 10000 for 40 loudspeakers.
  • Verifying that the put-away bins are preset by setup.
  • Releasing the purchase order for warehouse handling.
  • Creating an inventory put-away based on a released source document.
  • Verifying that the put-away bins are inherited from the purchase order.
  • Registering the warehouse movement into the warehouse and at the same time posting the purchase receipt for the source purchase order.


This walkthrough demonstrates tasks that are performed by the following user roles:

  • Warehouse Manager
  • Purchasing Agent
  • Warehouse Worker


To complete this walkthrough, you will need:

  • CRONUS International Ltd. installed.

  • To make yourself a warehouse employee at SILVER location by following these steps:

    1. Choose the Lightbulb that opens the Tell Me feature icon, enter Warehouse Employees, and then choose the related link.
    2. Choose the User ID field, and select your own user account on the Users page.
    3. In the Location Code field, enter SILVER.
    4. Select the Default field.


Ellen, the warehouse manager at CRONUS International Ltd., creates a purchase order for 10 units of item LS-75 and 30 units of item LS-81 from vendor 10000 to be delivered to SILVER Warehouse. When the delivery arrives at the warehouse, John, the warehouse worker, puts the items away in default bins defined for the items. When John posts the put-away, the items are posted as received into inventory and available for sale or other demand.

Setting up the Location

The setup of the Location Card page defines the company’s warehouse flows.

To set up the location

  1. Choose the Lightbulb that opens the Tell Me feature icon, enter Locations, and then choose the related link.

  2. Open the SILVER location card.

  3. Select the Require Put-away check box.

    Proceed to set up a default bin for the two item numbers to control where they are put away.

  4. Choose the Bins action.

  5. Select the first row, for bin S-01-0001, and then choose the Contents action.

    Notice on the Bin Content page that item LS-75 is already set up as content in bin S-01-0001.

  6. Choose the New action.

  7. Select the Fixed and the Default fields.

  8. In the Item No. field, enter LS-81.

Creating the Purchase Order

Purchase orders are the most common type of inbound source document.

To create the purchase order

  1. Choose the Lightbulb that opens the Tell Me feature icon, enter Purchase Orders, and then choose the related link.

  2. Choose the New action.

  3. Create a purchase order for vendor 10000 on the work date (January 23) with the following purchase order lines.

    Item Location code Bin code Quantity
    LS_75 SILVER S-01-0001 10
    LS-81 SILVER S-01-0001 30


    The bin code is entered automatically according to the setup that you performed in the “Setting up the Location” section.

    Proceed to notify the warehouse that the purchase order is ready for warehouse handling when the delivery arrives.

  4. Choose the Release action.

    The delivery of loudspeakers from vendor 10000 has arrived at SILVER warehouse, and John proceeds to put them away.

Receiving and Putting the Items Away

On the Inventory Put-away page, you can manage all inbound warehouse activities for a specific source document, such as a purchase order.

To receive and put the items away

  1. Choose the Lightbulb that opens the Tell Me feature icon, enter Inventory Put-aways, and then choose the related link.

  2. Choose the New action.

  3. Select the Source Document field, and then select Purchase Order.

  4. Select the Source No. field, select the line for the purchase from vendor 10000, and then choose the OK button.

    Alternatively, choose the Get Source Document action, and then select the purchase order.

  5. Choose the Autofill Qty. to Handle action.

    Alternatively, in the Qty. to Handle field, enter 10 and 30 respectively on the two inventory put-away lines.

  6. Choose the Post action, select the Receive action, and then choose the OK button.

    The 40 loudspeakers are now registered as put away in bin S-01-0001, and a positive item ledger entry is created reflecting the posted purchase receipt.

See Also

Put Items Away with Inventory Put-aways
Set Up Basic Warehouses with Operations Areas
Move Components to an Operation Area in Basic Warehouse Configurations
Pick for Production or Assembly
Move Items Ad Hoc in Basic Warehouse Configurations
Design Details: Inbound Warehouse Flow
Business Process Walkthroughs
Working with Business Central