Paladin supports up to 20 suppliers per inventory item. Some stores need more than just a primary and a secondary supplier to drive their inventory purchasing. Paladin has built a technology to achieve this goal for everyone. If you are wondering what the value is in a long list of possible suppliers, the answer is automation. Now, rather than maintaining suppliers with names like “wholesale light bulbs” or “plywood suppliers”, you may now list every source you could purchase this item from.
When you generate a Suggested Order report, you will find the report selection screen unchanged. You may still designate a single supplier or range of suppliers. You may still specify that the report may only look at supplier one, supplier two, or any supplier. The difference is how the “any supplier” functions. If an inventory item has four suppliers listed in its supplier profile, and your Suggested Order report supplier limitation includes one of these four, this item will be evaluated for inclusion to your Suggested Order report.
The Suggested Order report displays the supplier beginning and ending range specification in the report header and each line item’s primary and backup supplier. Any supplier data beyond the primary and secondary suppliers can be found on the inventory item’s profile pages.
When in the Inventory module, note the Order Control tab’s Supplier information group box looks slightly different. While Paladin displays the identical information that we always have, the supplier and supplier order number fields no longer have input boxes drawn around them. Notice the bottom right corner of the screen displays a command button labeled F11 Suppliers. Press F11 Suppliers, and the Edit Suppliers window opens.
This window is modeled after the F6 Alt Part # window that has been extremely successful in our package. At the top of the window, a single input field exists that allows you to add a new supplier to an item. When satisfied with your selection, click the Add button. You will see the entry now added to the end of the list of existing suppliers. Tab or click on any supplier’s Order # field and directly enter their unique supplier order number. Only the top two suppliers in the list have any value associated with their position in the list. As mention above, the suggested order report can be limited to supplier one or supplier two.
Should you wish to re-order your supplier list, highlight a supplier from the list and click the Move Up or Move Down button (or press Alt U or Alt D) and see the list re-ordered. When you are satisfied with what you see press F12 Finish. If Remote Update is enabled for your system, you will be prompted to copy your changes to other stores.
Remember that every PO and EDI PO will use the inventory item’s part number as the primary reference to the item you wish to order. BUT, if a Supplier Order # exists for the supplier you are processing, that number will also display on your purchase order.
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