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Issue purchase orders

A purchase order is sent to suppliers to order goods or services. It authorizes the supplier to deliver items at listed prices and quantities by a specified date. Legally, it may be considered an offer to purchase which, if accepted by the supplier for the consideration enumerated, forms the basis of a contract.

Unlike most records in Manager, purchase orders have no financial or inventory impact. They do not involve actual provision of services, movement of inventory, or payment of money. Accordingly, they can be used for a variety of purposes:

  • Internal requests for purchase authorization
  • Documentation of order pricing
  • Inventory planning
  • Supplier communication
  • Drafts of purchase or sales invoices

Enable Purchase Orders tab and define supplier

Before creating a purchase order, enable the Purchase Orders tab. Below the left navigation pane, click Customize, check the box for Purchase Orders, and click Update:

Next, be sure the supplier to whom the purchase order will be sent has been defined in the Suppliers tab. Because of their wide applicability, Manager allows purchase orders to be created in five different ways:

  • Standard method
  • By cloning
  • From sales quotes
  • From sales orders
  • From your own sales invoices

Standard method

In the Purchase Orders tab, select New Purchase Order:

Complete the purchase order form:

  • Issue date will be prefilled with today’s date, which may be edited.
  • A Reference number will be assigned automatically when the form is created. Manager will find the highest existing purchase order number and add 1.
  • A Supplier must be selected from the dropdown list.
  • Line items can be entered semi-automatically by selecting inventory or non-inventory items in the Item field. Or they can be entered manually. **Description**, Qty, and Unit price for each line item are entered in their fields.
  • Select an appropriate Tax code.

Click Create when finished:

By cloning

Repeat purchase orders can be entered by cloning previous ones. While viewing a similar purchase order, click Clone. The new purchase order need not be identical to the previous one. Anything can be edited or added:

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From sales quotes

If a sales quote was given to a customer including items that must be purchased from a supplier, a purchase order to the supplier can be generated directly from the sales quote. While viewing the quote, select New Purchase Order in the Copy to dropdown box and edit as required:

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When items on the sales quote are purchased from several suppliers, several copies can be made and inapplicable line items deleted from each supplier’s purchase order.

From sales orders

If a sales order was created after receiving a customer’s order, a purchase order can be created directly from it. Select New Purchase Order in the Copy to dropdown box and edit as required:

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From your own sales invoices

If items are purchased only as the customer is invoiced for them (such as when inventory is shipped directly from the supplier), or if they are being purchased as part of a repeat sale, a purchase order can be generated from a sales invoice:

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