PO software

New PO Status Utility in your Free Purchase Order Software

We’ve completely redesigned the View PO Status Utility in the upcoming release to make it even easier for you to keep track of your Purchase Orders in SpendMap.

Check out our news announcement for all the details.

PO-Status-Summary

Purge Database While Importing data into your Free Purchase Order Software

Seth works at a seniors’ community in California and wanted to know if he could start over and delete/purge all records in a Master File before importing new information/data…

“I wanted to know if it is possible to delete the entire cost center database (I am attempting to re-upload the database). It has plenty of old data that will take a long time to delete one by one.”

Sure thing Seth, just go to the [Permissions] folder of the User Master File and select the 4th check-box called “Allow purging of master files when importing?”.

Then, the next time you import, SpendMap will ask you if you want to purge/delete all existing records before importing, for a complete refresh…

Purge Table Before Importing Data into PO Software

Manual PO Numbers in your Free Purchase Order Software

By default, the Free Version of SpendMap will automatically assign incrementing PO numbers to each new Purchase Order that you enter in the system.  You can set up your “Next PO number” during the Setup Wizard that runs automatically when you log into your Live System for the first time.

But if you prefer to enter your PO numbers manually for each new order, just select the following menu in SpendMap…
– PURCHASING > Setup system > Incrementing document number sets > POs

Then modify PO Number Set A as follows.  From that point on, whenever you enter a new PO in your PO Work Area, the PO Number will be blank and you can enter it manually for each order.

Hoping for Free Purchase Order Software from Santa?

The old software was hung,
The users cried “It’s not fair”.
The Purchasing Manager pulled out,
What was left of her hair.

“We can’t take it no more,
This old system’s the pits.
It’s time for a new one,
We’re at the end of our wits.”

“But we don’t have the money”,
The CEO said with chagrin,
“We’ll just have to wait,
For more cash to come in.”

They were sad and frustrated,
They’d heard so many NOs.
How they longed for new software,
To automate their POs.

But then SpendMap came through,
With PO software for FREE,
And things soon got much better,
Oh, the hope and the glee!

They just couldn’t believe,
It does seem kinda funny,
That their fancy new software,
Didn’t cost any money!

And it works so darn well,
They process POs and receive,
And email orders to vendors,
With no paper and such ease.

But that’s just what we do,
It is how we give back.
It’s our pleasure to give you,
This little gift from SpendMap.

Happy Holidays from your friends at the Free-Procurement Project.

Purchase Order Management can be Scary for SMBs!

Where is all the money going?  Will we have enough to meet our commitments?  Who bought all this Halloween candy?!?

Get control of your company’s spending and see where the money is going, with SpendMap’s free Purchase Order Management Software.

Happy Halloween everyone!

Draft Purchase Orders in your Free PO Software

If you’re just getting started with the Free Version of SpendMap, you can enter new Purchase Orders in your PO Work Area…

PO Work Area

Your PO Work Area Contains your “Draft” Purchase Orders

Draft POs in your PO Work Area won’t affect the rest of the system until you process them. For example, they won’t show on reports and you can’t receive against them.

When your new POs are processed and sent to your suppliers, they’ll come out of your PO Work Area and then the “live” orders will be visible throughout the system.  You can process your new POs using the [Process POs] Toolbar button or you can just select the following prompt when you exit your PO Work Area…

Process-new-purchase-orders

What’s with the Exclamation Marks?

If you preview a draft PO in your PO Work Area, the PO form will have a few visual reminders that it’s not an official copy yet, such as exclamation marks (!) before and after the PO number.  Most forms also show a message or watermark like “Draft Copy – Do No Process” or similar.  Again, this won’t show when the order is actually processed.

po-number-marks

 

A Gift of Free Purchase Order Software for you.

The old software was hung,
The users cried “It’s not fair”.
The Purchasing Manager pulled out,
What was left of his hair.

We can’t take it no more,
This old system’s the pits,
It’s time for a new one,
We’re at the end of our wits.

But we don’t have the money,
The CEO said with chagrin,
We’ll just have to keep waiting,
For more cash to come in.

They were sad and frustrated,
They’d heard so many NOs,
How they longed for new software,
To automate their POs.

But then SpendMap came through,
With PO software for FREE,
And things soon got much better,
Oh, the hope and the glee!

They just couldn’t believe,
It does seem kinda funny,
That their fancy new software,
Didn’t cost any money!

And it works so darn well,
They process POs and receive,
And email orders to vendors,
With no paper and such ease.

But that’s just what we do,
It is how we give back,
It’s our pleasure to give you,
This little gift from SpendMap.

Happy Holidays from your friends at SpendMap and the Free-Procurement Project.

SMB Purchasing can be Boo-Scary!

Where is all the money going?  Will we have enough to meet our commitments?  Who bought all this Halloween candy?!?

Get control of your company’s spending and see where the money is going, with SpendMap’s free Purchase Order Management Software.

Happy Halloween everyone!

Unique PO Numbers in your Free Purchase Order Software

Linda works at an Accounting firm in Winnipeg, MB, Canada, and wanted to make sure that the free version of SpendMap will never assign the same PO number to two different Purchase Orders…

“If two people or more are using the software and both attempt to create a Purchase Order at exactly the same time, how does the system number the POs?
It is vital that we never have use the same number (twice)”

Unique PO numbers

Great question, Linda.

No, SpendMap will never assign the same PO number to different orders.  If you only set up one PO Number Set (i.e. only one sequence of PO numbers for everyone to share), each person will get the next sequential PO number for each new order. For example, PO 1000, 1001, 1002, etc.

TIP: You may want to prohibit manual modification of the auto-assigned PO numbers, by UNchecking the option for “Allow user to modify number”, in here…
– PURCHASING > Setup system > Incrementing document number sets > POs

Advanced Option

A more advanced option would be to set up a separate sequence of PO numbers for each user.  While using a separate PO Number Set for each user is not a prerequisite to unique PO numbers, per above, there are some additional benefits to this approach, especially when it comes to reporting.

For example, you might add a unique prefix to the auto-assigned PO numbers to represent the user who created the order, for example, PO number J-1000 for John’s orders, M-1234 for Mary’s orders, and so on.  That way, you’ll know whose order it is just by looking at the number, and you can sort and filter reports by the PO number prefix.

TIP: You can lock/restrict each user so that they can only use one of the PO number Sets, using the “Force” checkbox, just to the right of the Number Set Field, in the [Settings] Folder of the User Master File.

 

Signature Line on PO Form in your Free Purchase Order Software

Garrett wants his manager’s name to appear in the signature line at the bottom of his Purchase Order form, rather than his own name…

“On our current Purchase Orders in the system, it shows my name at the bottom of the PO.  However, we need to have another manager sign-off on POs.  Is it possible to change the name?”

PO Form Signature Line

Yes, SpendMap can do that.  Just select this menu…
– PURCHASING > Setup system> Purchase order settings > PO printing settings > Text-Based Field Positions and Field Settings > Standard

…scroll down to field #85 and in the Title Field, fill in your Manager’s name that you would like to appear in the signature line on your Purchase Orders.

If you leave the Title Field blank, SpendMap will print the name of the person who entered/created the PO in SpendMap but if you fill in the Title, that’s what will print instead.  You can enter someone’s name, or maybe just “Authorized by”, or something like that.

But did you know that SpendMap offers a Requisitions and Approvals Module, that your managers can use to approve/reject orders right in SpendMap, without having to forward a copy of each order manually?  You can learn more here.