Paladin’s Special Order system covers placing Special Orders for both existing products as well as non-stocked products. Every Special Order generated also automatically generates pending purchase orders for all suppliers identified on the Special Order. 

This article contains the following information on Special Orders:

Overview

The Special Order (SO) system covers existing and non-stocked products. When you place the special order, it will auto-generate pending purchase orders for all suppliers identified with that order.

  • Every special order item is named using the prefix SO, followed by a unique computer-generated SO number. Example: SO00012
  • With the SO number, you can track the special order and the receiving, sales, and financial gain transactions.
  • The new SO item is blocked from being reordered.
  • The SO is set to a unique automatic department number that  is based on the employee’s ID number.
    • Example: If employee 15 created a special order item, the department will be 20015.
    • This allows for a breakdown of  special order sales, costs, and margins  by salesperson, on the comparative revenue reports.

To build a Special Order, you need to detail the product to be ordered on the Invoice/Quote module. This is identical to writing a quote to one of your customers. In fact, you may begin by recalling an existing quote that you want to make a Special Order. List all items to be ordered and the quantity that is desired. If the items to be special ordered are known items in your system, it is easy to detail them on the Invoice/Quote module.

If a Special Order item is not known to your store, and you do not want it to become a normal inventory item once it is received:

  1. In Paladin, on the top ribbon, select the Invoice/Quote module.
  2. On the bottom ribbon of the module, click F1 Advanced Lookup.
  3. Select the Special Order tab.
  4. Fill in all fields to provide information to make automated generation of Special Order POs.
  5. Press F8 Finish to have the item added to the Special Order invoice.

The Advanced Lookup screen closes, and the Special Order invoice is displayed.

Note: The new item created is displayed with a part number of SO00001. Description 1, sale price, and desired date on hand values are displayed and will display on Purchase Order(s) created later.

The Special Order item created has several unique characteristics. First, the naming of the item is entirely automatic. Every Special Order item is named “SO” and followed by a computer generated number. No two Special Orders will ever use the same SO number (this allows you to precisely track the order, receiving, sale, and financial gain from the transaction).

The new item is also blocked from reordering. Each newly created Special Order item is set to a unique automatic department based on the employee’s ID. The ‘base’ number for this new department is 20,000. For instance, if employee 15 created a Special Order item, its department will be 20,015. This is done for the primary purpose of detailing sales, costs, and margins on the daily and monthly comparative revenue reports by salesperson.

When your Invoice/Quote document is complete, press F6 Store Transaction, enable Special Order, and click Store to execute your command.

Note: You are not allowed to assign a name to the Special Order. If a customer was identified on the invoice screen, that name and account number will be used. If no customer was identified, you are prompted for a customer name and phone number before the Special Order is allowed to be processed.

When a Special Order is stored, two events occur. First, every item on the Special Order is placed into the On Hold inventory quantity for those items, and that quantity is deducted from Stock on Hand. From this point forward, this Special Order behaves exactly like inventory on hold. Second, purchase orders are created for every item on the Special Order.

To view and recall an item:

  1. In Paladin, on the top ribbon, select the PO module.
  2. On the bottom ribbon of the module, select F6 Recall PO.
  3. In the Recall PO window, select the first pending POs labeled Special Order followed by the supplier number and name and the date of the Special Order.
  4. Click Recall to open the PO.

Note: If a Special Order is created for an inventory item that has no Supplier One identified, your pending PO will still be created but will be named “Special Order – Supplier Unknown”. You are required to choose the appropriate supplier to issue the PO to. No changes will occur to the inventory item(s). Item(s) will still have a blank Supplier One field.

Review and complete this PO as you do every purchase order. As the PO is completed, the pending Special Order PO is removed from the Recall PO list. Use the normal PO Receive functions to receive the item(s) into stock after they arrive.

To deliver and sell special ordered items:

  1. In Paladin, on the top ribbon, select the Invoice/Quote module.
  2. On the bottom ribbon of the module, select F6 Recall Transaction.
  3. In the Recall Transaction window, enable Special Order.
  4. Highlight the Special Order you want to deliver and press F12 Recall. The Special Order is displayed on your screen.

Note: Like a recalled On Hold quote, you may edit, delete, or add to the invoice to suit your needs. When the invoice is complete, and the item(s) paid for, the stored Special Order quote is deleted, and all inventory on hold quantities are returned to stock on hand (to allow the normal deduction of sale qty from stock on hand).

Once a Special Order quote has been set, it may not be modified and stored again. Users are able to delete a stored Special Order by selecting F6 Recall Transaction, highlighting the special order in question, and clicking the Delete. All inventory on hold values will be returned to their appropriate stock on hand quantities. All pending Purchase Orders must be deleted by hand. If Purchase Order(s) have been issued, they must have their Back Orders canceled in the PO Receive section.

To enable this:

  1. In Paladin, from the main menu, select File > Setup.
  2. Select the Invoice (Store) tab.
  3. Check Enable Inventory On Hold.
  4. Click Save.
  5. Select the Company tab.
  6. In the Special Orders pane, check Enable Special Orders.
  7. Click Save, and then click Close.

Note: No quotes may be stored in either On Hold or Special Order pages prior to enabling these two features.

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Options

The Special Order system enables special order sales to be reported as existing inventory departments rather than under the salesperson’s ID. When this feature is enabled, on the Special Order tab in the Invoice/Quote Advanced Search screen, a Department field allows the user to select an existing inventory department to record a special order item.

To enable this feature: 

  1. In Paladin, from the main menu, select File > Setup.
  2. Select the Company tab.
  3. In the Special Orders pane, select any of the following options listed below, and then click Save when you’re done.
  4. Click Save, and then click Close.

Important: If the Enable Special Orders checkbox is not selected, you must contact Paladin Support to have the Special Order feature turned on before selecting these options..

Option

Description

Use Existing Inventory Departments for Special Order Items

Assigns standard inventory departments to the Special Order items instead of a special order department based on employee ID.   

Disable Special Order Notes to Purchase Orders

Prevents line items on a Special Order invoice that are notes from appearing on the corresponding automatically-generated purchase order.

Allow Special Orders to Create Customers

Allows a new customer to be created in the Customers module when a customer is not selected for the Special Order. This setting also turns on the Special Order deposit feature. Select a default deposit amount in the Special Order Default Deposits list.

Force Special Orders to big form?

Print Special Order on the  store’s laser printer using the larger page (8 ½ x 11) form.

Allow Special Orders to be edited

Allows you to recall and edit a Special Order, and then save (store) your changes.

Special Order Default Deposit

Sets the default deposit percentage that you can collect after save a Special Order. You can change the deposit percentage or enter a custom deposit amount for each special order. To use this feature, the Allow Special Orders to Create Customers checkbox must also be selected. 

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Special Order customers

In Paladin, Special Orders require a deposit to be placed on account by the customer at the time the Special Orders is placed. 

Paladin contains a feature that tightens up accounting practices and is easier for sales personnel to use. This feature requires sales personnel to record enough information about a new customer to automatically create a zero credit limit account. Their deposit is automatically shown as cash received for the day and an account payment. 

When a Special Orders quote is stored (and the customer has not been selected on the invoice), sales personnel are requested to enter the customer’s name, address, city, state, zip, and phone number. 

When the customer accepts delivery of the Special Orders, all available pre-payment funds will be applied to their invoice. The balance owing may be paid by any combination of the remaining payment types.

If a customer is identified on the Invoice/Quote module during creation of the Special Orders, all customer specific parameters are followed, including any credit limits.

To enable this feature:

  1. In Paladin, from the main menu, select File > Setup.
  2. Select the Company tab.
  3. In the Special Orders pane, check Allow Special Orders to Create Customers.
  4. Click Save, and then click Close.

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How to create a Special Order

Note: You can use this process for items in your active and obscure inventory and for other items.

When you create a Special Order (SO) for items that you do not carry or in unusually large quantities, use the Special Order tab in the Advanced Lookup window of the Invoice/Quote module to search for and add the items to the invoice. Then, save (store) the invoice as a Special Order.

Why use this method?

  • If the SO part number you enter is found in your active inventory or obscure inventory (supplier catalogs), item information is automatically auto-populated.
  • The SO item is given a unique ID so it does not interfere with your normal inventory.
  • The SO item is blocked from being re-ordered. If the item is one that you normally stock, the Special Order quantity will not affect the normal inventory item or appear in its the sales history.
  • The SO item is assigned a department ID that identifies the salesperson. This feature allows you to view a breakdown of Special Order sales by salesperson in the comparative revenue reports.
  • A pending purchase order is automatically created for the SO item, but the order will not affect future sales projections or re-order quantities.
    Note: Items and quantities added directly to a Special Order invoice (not using the Special Order tab) will be considered in future sales projections and affect item reorder calculations.

To create a Special Order: 

    1. In Paladin, on the top ribbon, select the Invoice/Quote module.
    2. Optional: In the Customers list, select the customer.
    3. On the bottom ribbon of the module, click F1 Advanced Lookup.
    4. In the Advanced Lookup window, click the Special Order tab.
    5. In the Order Number box, enter or scan the part number, and then click Find to search your active and obscure inventory.

      If the item is found, the Description, Cost, and Sale Price boxes will be filled in automatically. Select a Supplier, enter the Qty to Order, and then select a Desired Date on Hand. Then proceed to step 7.

      If the item was not found, enter Special Order item information in these boxes, and then proceed to the step 7.

      • Description 1
      • Description 2 (optional)
      • Supplier
      • Cost
        Note
        : The final cost will be determined when the item is received from the supplier.
      • Sale Price
      • Qty to Order
      • Desired Date on Hand
    6. Optional: If you want to add items that do not require a purchase order, check Do not create POs for any item past this point.
      Important:
      Add all the items that require a purchase order first. When you select this option, the Special Order will be added, and a note will appear after it on the invoice stating:  Nothing below this point will generate a Purchase Order
    7. Press F8 Finish. The Advanced Lookup window will close and the Special Order invoice will appear.
    8. Optional: To add additional Special Order items, repeat steps 4-7. 
    9. On the bottom ribbon of the Invoice/Quote tab, click Store Transaction.
    10. In the Store Transaction window, select Special Order.
    11. Optional: In the Memo box, enter a memo. This can help you locate the purchase order or Special Order later. 
    12.  Click F12 Store. When you store the Special Order, this happens:
      • If a customer is not selected, you will be prompted to enter a customer name (address and phone number are optional). This information will be added to the Special Order and purchase order(s).
      • If a customer is not selected for the invoice, and the Allow Special Orders to Create Customers option is set in Paladin Configuration, a new customer is created in the Customers module from the information that you enter.
      • A name for the Special Order will be automatically created in this format:
        <customer ID>-<customer name>-<stored date and time>
        Note: If the customer is not in your database, the customer ID is 0
      • Every item quantity on the Special Order is designated as On Hold, and the quantity is deducted from Stock On Hand
      • A purchase order is created for every item on the Special Order above the DO not create POs for any item past this point. The purchase order name will have this format:
        SO-<supplier>-<customer>-<stored date and time>
    13. In the Print Special Order window, select your printing preference.
    14. Click Done.
    15. In the Special Order Deposit window, select a percentage. Note: You can also choose None or Other (requires a dollar amount).
    16. Press F12 Checkout.

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How to complete a Special Order

  1. In Paladin, on the top ribbon, select the Invoice/Quote module.
  2. On the bottom ribbon of the module, click F6 Recall Transaction.
  3. In the Recall Transaction window, select Special Order.
  4. Highlight the Special Order, and then click F12 Recall. The Special Order will appear.
  5. Optional: Edit, add, or delete items in the invoice.
  6. Complete the checkout process.

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How to set Special Orders

A Special Order receipt is automatically printed when you store (save) a Special Order by clicking F6 Store Transaction in the Invoice/Quote module. After you store a Special Order, a Special Order Deposit window appears that asks you to for the amount of the deposit. You can set the default deposit choice in the Paladin Configuration.

Note: The deposit feature is only available when a Customer is selected or when Allow Special Orders to Create Customers is selected in Paladin Configuration. You are still asked to enter a customer name and phone number when you store the Special Order if neither of these conditions is met, but the customer is not added to your Customer list.

 

To set a default Special Order deposit amount:

  1. In Paladin, from the main menu, select File > Setup.
  2. Select the Company tab.
  3. In the Special Orders pane, check Enable Special Orders.
  4. Check Allow Special Orders to Create Customers.
  5. Select the default Special Order Default Deposit value.
  6. Under Special Order Default Deposit, select a percentage of the special order to be paid as a deposit.
  7. Click Save, and then click Close.

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How to allow changes to a Special Order

  1. In Paladin, from the main menu, select File > Setup.
  2. Select the Company tab.
  3. In the Special Orders pane, check Allow Special Orders to Be Edited.
  4. Click Save, and then click Close.

Important:  Before you edit a Special Order, be aware of the following:

    • If you modify a Special Order item price or quantity, or make other changes, the updated Special Order will no longer match the customer’s original copy and the associated purchase order will not be updated.
    • If you increased an item quantity, you may need to create a separate purchase order for the additional items.
    • If you reduced an item quantity, you may need to cancel the unneeded items.

Tip: When you make changes to a Special Order, email or print an updated copy of the Special Order invoice for the customer. You can do this from the Print Special Order window that appears when you save your changes.

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Adding purchase order freight cost to Special Orders

Freight costs can be added to open Special Orders when the purchase order is received.

When you receive a purchase order with Special Order items, and enter a freight cost, the following message appears.

If you click Yes, a line item is added to the associated Special Order for the freight cost, and additional notes are included that identify the purchase order number and date and time the items were received.

If a Special Order requires more than one purchase order, or the Special Order items on a purchase order are received at different times, your Special Order invoice can include multiple freight costs.

If you do not want to add the freight cost to the Special Order during receiving, you can add the freight cost to the customer invoice when you complete the sale. You cannot add freight cost or make any other changes to a Special Order after you create it.

To receive a purchase order for Special Order items and include the freight cost:

  1. In Paladin, on the top ribbon, select the PO module.
  2. On the bottom ribbon of the module, set F5 Mode Receive.
  3. Click Find PO.
  4. In the PO Details pane, set all your parameters.
  5. In the Matching Purchase Orders pane, select the purchase order that contains the special order items.
  6. Verify that the received item quantities and costs on the purchase order are correct.
  7. In the  Confirm Receive tab, click F1 Process.
  8. In the PO Freight Cost window, enter the Freight Cost, and then click OK.
  9. In the Special Order window, click Yes to add the purchase order freight cost to your Special Order.

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How to delete a stored Special Order

  1. In Paladin, on top ribbon, select the Invoice/Quote module.
  2. On the bottom ribbon of the module, click F6 Recall Transaction.
  3. Highlight the Special Order, and then click Delete. All values for inventory on hold will be returned to their appropriate stock on hand quantities.

Note: If you created a purchase order for this Special Order, delete that purchase order.

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Configuration option: Edit saved Special Orders

A configuration setting allows you to recall and edit a Special Order and then save (store) your changes. 

Important: Use caution when you edit a Special Order for these reasons:

  • When you modify a Special Order item price or quantity, or make other changes, the updated Special Order will no longer match the customer’s original copy, and the associated purchase order will not be updated.
  • If you increased an item quantity, you may need to create a separate purchase order for the additional items.
  • If you reduced an item quantity, you may need to cancel the unneeded items.

Tip:  You can make changes to a Special Order, email, or print an updated copy of the Special Order invoice for the customer from the Print Special Order window that appears when you save your changes.

To allow changes to Special Orders:

  1. In Paladin, from the main menu, select File > Setup.
  2. Select the Company tab.
  3. In the Special Orders pane, check Allow Special Orders to Be Edited.
  4. Click Save, and then click Close.

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Special Order feature can search inventory

The Special Order feature can assist in scenarios, such as a customer wants to purchase an item that is not in stock, but can be ordered from a supplier, or a customer may require an unusually large quantity of one inventory item. 

In the Invoice/Quote module, a Special Order is set up in the Advanced Lookup window, on the Special Order tab. Because Special Order items are often already in your inventory database, the Special Order  feature will search your active and obscure inventory for an item.

To start the search:

  1. In Paladin, on the top ribbon, select the Invoice/Quote module.
  2. Click F1 Advanced Lookup.
  3. Select the Special Order tab, and in the Order Number box, enter or scan the part number, and then click Find. If the item is found, the description, price, and cost for the Special Order are filled in automatically.  

Note: To search a supplier’s obscure inventory, this feature must be turned on in Paladin Configuration.

4. Select a supplier from the Supplier list.
5.  Enter the quantity to order in the  Qty to Order box.
6.  Set the Desired Date On Hand.
7. Click F8 Finish to add the item to the Special Order invoice.

After you save (store) the Special Order invoice and optionally collect a deposit, a purchase order will be automatically created. In the PO module, you can recall the purchase order and send it to your supplier to order the item(s).

After the items are received, in the Invoice/Quote module, click F6 Recall Transaction to open the Special Order invoice and complete the sale.

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Adding Special Order notes to a purchase order

In many instances, note fields are used to further define the product being special ordered. In Paladin, all Special Order quote note fields are added to the Special Order PO generated when the Special Order quote is saved. The note field lists part numbers, and the notes are added to the part number supplier’s Special Order PO.

To disable this function and prevent note fields from being added to Special Order POs:

  1. In Paladin, from the main menu, select File > Setup.
  2. Select the Company tab.
  3. In the Special Orders pane, check Disable Special Order Notes to Purchase Orders.
  4. Click Save, and then click Close.

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Special Order quoted items can be edited

Special Orders have the following features:

  • You can recall a Special Order (SO), add, change, or delete quoted (non-SO) items, and then save your changes.
  • Special Order items are separated from quoted (non-SO) items with this note: Nothing below this point will generate a Purchase Order. When you recall a Special Order, this note is added. You can only make changes to a recalled Special Order below this note.

  1. After you save your Special Order changes, if the Special Order deposit feature is turned on, and a deposit was not previously made, you are prompted to collect a one.
  2. In the Special Order Deposit window, select the amount of the deposit and press F12 Checkout.
  3. Complete the sale.

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How to not create a PO for a Special Order

For Special Orders, you can specify that purchase orders (POs) will not be created after a Special Order has been created.

To enable this function:

  1. In Paladin, on the top ribbon, select the Invoice/Quote module.
  2. On the bottom ribbon of the module, select F1 Advanced Lookup.
  3. Select the Special Orders tab.
  4. Fill in all fields, then check Do not create POs for any item past this point.
  5. Click F8 Finish.

The Invoice/Quote screen displays a messages stating Nothing below this point will generate a Purchase Order.

Note: All part numbers following this message will be placed on hold, but no pending purchase orders will be created for them. If this message line is deleted, everything on screen will generate pending purchase order(s) when the Special Order is saved.

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How to manually receive a purchase order for a Special Order

  1. In Paladin, on the top ribbon, select the PO module.
  2. On the bottom ribbon of the module, set F5 to Mode Receive.
  3. On the bottom ribbon of the Receive PO tab, Click F6 Find PO, and then select the purchase order that contains the special order items.
  4. Verify that the received item quantities and costs on the purchase order are correct.
  5. On the Receive PO tab, click F8 Process.
  6. In the Confirm Receive tab, click F1 Process.
  7. Optional: In the PO Freight Cost window, enter the Freight Cost, and then click F8 OK.
  8. In the Special Order window, click Yes to add the purchase order freight cost to your Special Order.

Notes

  • If you click Yes, a line item is added to the associated Special Order for the freight cost, and additional notes are included that identify the purchase order number and date and time the items were received.
  • If a Special Order required more than one purchase order, or the Special Order items on a purchase order are received at different times, the Special Order invoice can include multiple freight costs.
  • If you do not want to add the freight cost to the Special Order during receiving, you can add the freight cost to the customer invoice when you complete the sale.  After you create it, you cannot add freight cost or make any other changes to a Special Order.

The following three images illustrate the process:

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How to set and view a Special Order deposit

A Special Order deposit amount will be applied as a Charge payment when the customer pays the remaining Special Order balance.

During this final transaction, if the deposit has been incorrectly applied to the customer’s account balance or other invoice, the deposit will be automatically removed and reassigned to the Special Order.

To set up a Special Order deposit:

  1. In Paladin, from the main menu, select File > Setup.
  2. Select the Company tab.
  3. In the Special Orders pane, verify Enable Special Orders is checked. Note: If it is not, you cannot continue because the Special Order feature is not turned on in your store. To turn on the Special Order feature, contact Paladin Support.
  4. Check Allow Special Orders to Create Customers
    Note: If a customer is not selected when you save the Special Order, you are prompted for customer information. This option allows a new customer to be created in the Customers module from this information. This setting also turns on the Special Order Deposit Collection feature. 
  5. Select the default Special Order Default Deposit value.
  6. Click Save, and then click Close.

To view and/or make notes to Special Orders:

  1. In Paladin, on the top ribbon, select the Customers module.
  2. Select the Balances tab.
  3. On the bottom ribbon, click F6 Payment Management.
  4. In the Payment Management window, in the Credit Invoices pane, identify Special Order deposits in the Credit Invoices pane.
  5. Add notes in the Credit Notes Field pane:

Where:

S/O Deposit dd-mmm-yy Deposit: $ab.cd On: $wx.yz

Where:

  • dd-mmm-yy is the date of the deposit
  • $ab.cd is the deposit amount
  • $wx.yz is the special order total when the deposit was made.
    Note: The Special Order deposit note is recorded when the deposit is made. This note will not be updated if the Special Order is edited and the total changes.

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How to auto flag Special Order items to NET in inventory 

For all Special Orders to have NET set:

  1. In Paladin, on the menu select File > Setup.
  2. Select the Company tab.
  3. In the Special Orders pane, check Force special order net check box to checked.
  4. Click Save, and then click Close.

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How to exclude a Special Order item from the Suggested Order

  1. In Paladin, on the top ribbon, select the Inventory module.
  2. Enter the Part #, or click F1 Adv. Lookup. Note: In the Advanced Lookup window, check Include Special Order Items.
  3. Once the Special Order is located, select the Order Control tab.
  4. In the Stock Information section, set Max Qty to 0.
  5. Click the lock icon next to Max Qty.to lock the field.
  6. Click F12 Save.

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Special Order large form print option

To print all Special Orders on the store’s laser printer using the larger page (8 ½ x 11) form:

  1. In Paladin, from the main menu, select File > Setup.
  2. Select the Company tab.
  3. In the Special Orders pane, check Force Special Orders to big form?
  4. Click Save, and then click Close.

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If you have questions or suggestions about this information, contact support@paladinpos.com.

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Printed on: 6/29/22