I’d like to make a suggestion to add a menu function to copy directly from Purchase Quote to Sales Quote, but possibly drop the pricing data.
Purpose: After preparing a PQ to send as RFQ to your vendors and receive their responses, the next steps will involve:
adding your sales markup; and
quoting your customers.
Having a menu option to copy the PQ details (item description & qty) across to SQ (removing vendor name data and possibly prices) will speed up the process especially for enquiries with many line items and complex description details
Benefit: save time typing same details and qty and remove typo errors
Note: some may prefer to leave the vendors pricing in the SQ for manual calculation of MU, others may want to remove it to avoid risk of accidental sending vendor cost to clients and rather perform calculations externally.
A supplementary suggestion would be to add a field for MU% calculation linking through from PQ to SQ, this would be optimum for tweaking margins without leaving manager and doing parallel spread sheets.
Such function should be viewed with future capability to drill down on orders to look at GM on individual orders, by linking SI & PI in much the same manor.
Second request for Purchase Quote, that it be included under form defaults, including custom theme as default
If you are using the Desktop version, you could have both the PQ and SQ forms open at the same time. If your Business has the PQ tab open, then right click on the SQ tab and select “Open in new window”. Now you can click between windows without opening and closing.
On a Mac, the same thing is possible. Either right-click and select Open Link in New Window or open a browser window and drag the link into it. Either way, the original screen will remain in a Manager window and the new screen will appear in a window of your default browser program (1st option) or the browser program you open (2nd option).
Ideally when this function is created, the cloning from PQ to SQ can have a MU option.
Logical work flow :
Receive an RFQ from customer (usually by email)
Enter the RFQ details into PQ and send to Vendors (changing vendor name for each Vendor invited to quote)
Enter the winning Vendor offer prices
*Clone from PQ to SQ (preferably with MU option) or manual edit sales prices
Send SQ to customer.
If the customer gives a PO, the SQ can generate SO & SI, and the PQ can generate PO and PI
This way there is reduced risk of typo or omissions when sending PQ & SQ with multiple line items and detailed notes (T&C, shipping, compliance standards, etc.)
Then if there was a ‘clone’ option from PQ to SQ to duplicate all data verbatim into a SQ, but with a Mark-Up (MU) function to ad margin, i.e. add 15% … (simple would be across the board MU, but MU by item would be ideal)
If the SQ is successful and I receive a PO from the customer, I can quickly generate SO/SI from the SQ and also PO/PI from the PQ, with high degree of confidence the data is verbatim, eliminating error through manual copy paste method