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Re: Can sales orders affect inventory?

Which is the challenge.  Consider the following scenario:

Client has retail customers that call in orders or place orders via their website. They also have customers that are dealers who resell their products who place orders ahead of time, which the client call "wholesale" orders. Sometimes, those wholesale orders are place several months in advance but client is instructed to ship these orders at a certain time. The kicker is that some product can only be ordered one time (due to the process and materials involved in creating the product). So, needless to say, a best guess forecast is made and the item is ordered in sufficient quantities to cover the forecast of those wholesale AND retail orders.

So, a wholesale customer places a their order in June and requests that it ships to them in April of the following year. Client orders inventory in August. The product is received in January. Retail customers can begin placing orders for the arrived product so there's a need to retain the requested amount for the wholesale customer until the requested ship date in April. Is there no way to do this without creating an invoice and prematurely marking it as shipped? After all, doing that in January means that the invoice will show as being in arrears when the product hasn't yet left the warehouse.

Given the above, how can I protect the inventory already committed to the wholesale customers, particularly on product that, once it is gone, quantity can't be renewed?


Chris Travers wrote:

Items are deducted from the inventory when shipped.

On 11/11/06, Charley Tiggs <..hidden..> wrote:
Howdy gents!

The client I'm working with has a model where sale orders are placed but
payment is not necessarily verified at the time that the sale takes
place.  It could be as many as three days before payment is verified.
Once payment is verified, an invoice is created.

For the client, this means that inventory needs to be committed at the
time the sales order is created instead of waiting for the sales invoice
to affect inventory.  Is this possible?