All About Purchase Orders

Your PayGo system is designed to keep all aspects of your business running smoothly, and naturally that extends to your ordering systems. With PayGo, you are able to create & commit purchase orders, add new inventory, and ensure that your store is always stocked with your most important items, all in one simple-to-use place.

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Creating a New Purchase Order
Adding Items to a Purchase Order
Receiving a Purchase Order
Finding a Closed Purchase Order
Returning a Purchase Order to the Vendor

Creating a New Purchase Order

On your Menu Screen, click the New Purchase Order button. This will take you to the Order Creation – Purchase Order screen.

In the Vendor Information box, you will see two tabs: Name and Summary. In the Name tab, enter the vendor name and information.

  • If you are ordering through a vendor that you have already added to your PayGo system, that vendor’s information will auto-populate when you choose their name in the drop-down menu that appears when you click in the Vendor Name field.
  • If you have chosen a vendor that you would like to change basic information for, you can click the pencil button next to the Vendor Name field. This will take you to the Vendor/Consignor/Manufacturer Entry screen, where you can change or update your records.
  • If you are ordering from a new vendor and need to enter their information into your system, click the New Vendor button at the top of the screen. This will take you to the Vendor/Consignor/Manufacturer Entry screen. For more information on adding a vendor, see Adding a New Vendor or Consignor.

In the Summary tab, you can view the Account Number, Payment Terms, and On Order Balance associated with the vendor selected. Both the Account Number and Payment Terms fields are populated by the information provided in the Vendor/Consignor/Manufacturer Entry screen. To view the On Order Balance for the specified vendor, click on the word Set next to the field.

In the Order Information box, you are able to enter shipping and payment information for this purchase order under three tabs: Order Info, Ship To, and Bill To.

The Order Info tab is where you can enter details about when the order has been placed, when it should arrive, which store the order is for, and information on any possible order cancellation. In the Ship To tab, you are able to set where the purchase order is being sent. And in the Bill To tab, you can set who will be paying for the purchase order.

The Totals box is where you will set all cost information, from discounts to shipping and handling costs to any possible insurance paid on the shipment.

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Adding Items to a Purchase Order

After a vendor has been assigned to the Purchase Order using the fields in the Vendor Information box, items can be searched for and added to the Purchase Order.

To find an item that you have previously ordered using PayGo’s Purchase Order tools, enter the item’s information in the Item field, located in the Search For Item box. To perform a search, click anywhere outside of the field and you will be taken to the Inventory Items screen where all items meeting your search terms will be listed. On this screen, you can click the Omit Discontnd button to omit all discontinued items from the search. You can also sort the item list by clicking the Sort button, which will take you to a pop-up screen where you can choose how you would like to sort.

From there, you can add items to your purchase order in a few ways:

  • To add all items in the list to your purchase order, click the Set All to PO button.
  • To add one item on the list to your purchase order, click the plus sign to the left of each item.
  • To add a certain amount of each item, type in the number you would like to add in the Set Qty field, and then click the Add button at the top right of the screen.
  • To add an item to the purchase order that you have not previously had in your store, click the New Inventory button at the top of the Purchase Order Screen. This will take you to the Inventory Quick Add screen.

For more information on adding inventory, see Add Consignment Inventory.

If you are reordering items that you have previously set with a minimum on-hand amount in the Inventory Screen, you can use the Items Needed button at the top of the screen to show you how many of those items need to be ordered to fulfill your minimums. To use this tool, click the Items Needed button. It will take you to the Inventory Items screen, which will have the items listed. To add a single item to the purchase order from this screen, click the plus button to the left of each item listed. If you would like to add several items from this list, type in the number of each item you would like to order in the Set Qty field, and click the Add button at the top right of the screen. The items will be added to your purchase order.

You can also see what items you have ordered from the vendor you have selected by clicking the All Items button. This will take you to the Inventory Items screen, which will show you a complete list of items you have ordered from this vendor.

If you keep your inventory lists on any kind of file-making program or spreadsheet, you can choose to import the file by clicking the Import File button at the top of the screen. This will take you to the Import Buddy screen.

Recommended files include:

  • Tab-separated text document (.tab or .txt)
  • Comma-separated text document (.csv or .txt)
  • Microsoft Excel document, preferably single sheet (.xls)

When all items have been added to the purchase order, click the Commit PO button at the top right of the Purchase Order Screen. A pop-up box will ask if you would like to print out the purchase order, and you can either choose to Print or Skip. Another pop-up box will state that your purchase order has been committed.

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Receiving a Purchase Order

To search for an open purchase order, click the Find Purchase Order button on your Menu Screen. This will take you to the Find Screen.

You can also click the Orders Waiting to be Received button on your Menu Screen, which will take you to the Purchase Orders Found screen. On this screen, you can choose the purchase order you would like to receive items for by clicking the magnifying glass button next to each order.

On the Receiving & Close Out Order screen, you will see the Vendor Information, Order Information and Totals boxes that were filled out when the purchase order was created. At the lower half of the screen, there are boxes for Receiving Information and Vendor Invoice Info.

In the Receiving Information box, there are a few different ways you can choose to receive your items.

  • To receive items by scanning them in with a barcode reader, click the Receive w/Scanner button. This will open up the Check In List screen, and a pop-up box will appear with fields for the items’ SKU and quantity of items received.
  • To receive items without scanning them in, click the Receive Items button. This will open up the Check In List screen, where you can enter the items manually by filling in the Recvd field, as well as any other appropriate fields for each line item.
  • To receive all items at once, you can click the Receive All button on the Receiving & Close Out Order screen. This will open a pop-up box stating that all items on the purchase orders will be received, and you can choose either Yes or No to complete this action. Note: lines that have been partially received will not be modified.

You can print out labels for the items you have received by clicking the Print Label on Scan box at the top of the Check In List screen.

In the Vendor Invoice Info box, you can enter the purchase order Invoice #, Amount to pay for the order, and Date to Apply. If you have added in the Shipping/Freight, Insurance, and Handling fields in the Totals box above, you can click the Allocate Shipping button to factor shipping costs into each item received.

When all items have been received, click the Post PO button at the top of the screen. This will close your Purchase Order.

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Finding a Closed Purchase Order

To search for a closed purchase order, click the Find Purchase Order button on your Menu Screen. This will take you to the Find Screen.

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Returning a Purchase Order to the Vendor

To return a purchase order to the vendor, click the Return to Vendor button on your Menu Screen. This will take you to the Return to Vendor – Purchase Order screen. This screen is structured in the same way as the Order Creation – Purchase Order screen, with a few variations. In this screen, there is a Vendor Invoice Info box, where you will record a credit memo as well as a date to apply it. You can also print out, email, or save a PDF report of this return by selecting from the Print Output field in the Order Information box.

The Search for Item box in this screen works in much the same way as it does when you are adding items to a new purchase order, except when items are added in this field, they will show up as a negative amount, thereby taking the items out of your inventory. When all information has been entered, click the Post button. This will mark the purchase order as closed, with all items removed from your inventory.

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For more information, try these articles:
Performing Physical Inventory in PayGo
Sales Screen Buttons and Fields
Define Departments: Keep Your Inventory Organized with PayGo

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