Inventory Allocation Journal

Inventory Allocation Journal Overview

The Inventory Allocation Journal Overview function in the Job Projects Inventory Menu is used to allocate Inventory items to specific Projects for future use. Once an item has been allocated it will appear in the ‘More Details’ Page screen of the item in an ‘Inventory Inquiry’.

SapphireOne’s Inventory Menu within Job Projects Mode can be viewed as a shortened version of the Inventory Menu in the Inventory Mode. It links back to the Inventory item to allow stock control through the allocation of Inventory used for a Project. If the goods allocated to a Project are not used, they can then be returned to stock through negative entries in the allocate Inventory Journal.

Details Area in Inventory Allocation Journal

How to enter information into the Inventory Allocation Journal Details area:

  • Memo – Enter any additional information or notes required in relation to the Project for your own records. 
  • Document Paperclip – Scan and attach any supporting documents relating to this transaction by selecting the red paper clip in the top right corner of the Details area. 

SapphireOne Document Management System (DMS) includes a Paper Clip icon on all data entry and inquiry screens and allows users to attach relevant documents or files to every transaction or record. Additionally, every data entry and inquiry screen within SapphireOne also contains a separate Page specifically for managing documents related to the transaction i.e. version control.

The red colour of the paper clip indicates that there are currently no documents attached to this transaction. When a document has been attached, the paperclip will turn green and the word Items will be prefixed by the number of documents currently attached to this transaction or record.

SapphireOne Document Management functionality can store any type of file or document, and an infinite number of documents may be stored for an unlimited amount of time. Examples of types of documents include Adobe Acrobat, Spreadsheet Documents, Word Processor Documents, Photo Files, JPEG, CSV, HEIF, MP4 files.

Within SapphireOne Master Defaults, there are settings available for the user to restrict the size of each individual document, and also to select where the documents are to be stored – within the data file itself or in a seperate folder. These options may be altered by going to Utilities > Controls > Master Defaults > System Page. Within the Documents area in the right hand corner of SapphireOne Page, there is a provision for the user to set the ‘Document Size Limit’ (the default size is 10Mb). There are also two radio buttons where the user can select ‘Store with Data File’ as part of the data file, and ‘Store as Files’ seperate to the data file.

To attach a document to a transaction, select either the or Paperclip icon and the following Document List window will be displayed.

How to Attach Documents Using SapphireOne Paperclip

Documents can be attached using SapphireOne Drag & Drop functionality. To use this functionality, simply drag a document from the local computer into the Document List screen and it will append automatically. If SapphireOne detects that the document name already exists, a pop-up will be displayed alerting the user. Alternatively, the user can also select the Plus icon to select a document to upload from the local computer.

Once a document has been attached, the user has the ability to rename any document by right clicking on the file and selecting Rename as seen above. Renaming documents will ensure that document names remain consistent across all records.

Documents Area within Document Management System (DMS)
  • Open – When the button is selected, SapphireOne will open the currently selected document for viewing.
  • Update – When the button is selected, SapphireOne will display a pop-up which asks the user if they want to Import a New Version of the currently highlighted document. This functionality allows users to update and keep records of different versions of the same document. When the new version has been selected, the user will be asked to enter in a new version number. The new version will now be the document available, and all previous versions will be recorded and available within the History area of Document List screen. The new version of the document will still be linked to any transactions that the old version was.
  • Scan – When the Scan button is selected, SapphireOne will access a local or network scanner, and following the usual prompts allows the user to scan a document directly into the data file and link it to the transaction. The appropriate scanner with software must be installed on the local machine or network.
  • Save – The Save button allows the user to save the currently highlighted document to the disk.
  • Link Documents – The Link Document button allows the user to link the currently highlighted document to another transaction or multiple transactions in the data file. A pop-up will be displayed allowing the user to make their selection. You can learn more about Linked Documents in the Links Area documented below.
  • Link Existing Documents – The Link Existing Documents button allows the user to link an existing document in the data file to this transaction or record. A pop-up will be displayed allowing the user to make their selection from a list of documents. You can learn more about Linked Documents in the Links Area documented below.
  • Delete – The Delete button when selected will delete the currently highlighted document.
  • Plus – When the Plus button is selected SapphireOne will display a search function allowing the user to select a document that is currently on the local computer.

Details Area within Document Management System (DMS)

When a document is selected within the Documents area, the Details area will automatically populate to display additional information about the document, including the Title of the document and the Type of file.

Notes Area within Document Management System (DMS)

The Notes area is for entering any notes related to the document. The user can select the green clock icon to create a time and date stamp for every note added.

The Notes area will also keep an automatic user log when any changes are made to the document. For example, if the document is renamed or new links are created. SapphireOne will record the date, time and user that made the modifications.

Document Details Area within Document Management System (DMS)

The Document Details area contains additional information relating to the selected document, and will automatically populate when a document is selected from the list. This includes the date and time the document was appended, the document number and the user who added the document.

History Area within Document Management System (DMS)

The History area displays a record of the complete version history of the selected document. SapphireOne keeps track of all version changes and will automatically display the documents history within this area.

The History area will automatically update as new versions of the document are imported when selecting the Update button  . When a new document version is imported, all previous versions of the document will be recorded and available to view within the History area. This enables the user to always view the most recently updated version of the document, however still keep a complete record of the document history.

The Links area is used to link documents to particular areas or transactions within SapphireOne. The links area can also be used to view all linking information related to the document. For example, if the document was imported using a function with SapphireOne, the links area will have a line containing this linking information.

To add in additional links to a document, select the document and then select the Link Document icon. The Files pop up window will be displayed. From the File drop down menu, select what you want to link this document to. Then within the Value data entry field, enter in the details (ID). As this data entry field has a blue background, it is user searchable by entering the wildcard ‘?’ or ‘@’ symbols. 

Updating a Document within Document Management

The procedure for updating a document is as follows.

  1. When the update button is selected the user will be asked to confirm they would like to import a new version.
  2. Upon confirmation the user will then be asked to choose the updated document to open.
  3. Upon selection a secondary dialogue will prompt the user for the entry of an alphanumeric value for the new version.
  4. Select OK.

Document Management using SapphireOne Documents Inquiry

As well as SapphireOne Document Management Paperclip functionality, SapphireOne Documents Inquiry function within SapphireOne Workbook Mode gives users the ability to view a repository of all documents and files stored within the SapphireOne data file. Users have the ability to add New documents, Modify, View or Delete existing documents from within the Documents Inquiry screen.

Any revisions made to a document within the Documents Inquiry screen will be updated across all areas that the document is linked to across SapphireOne, and similarly any modifications made to documents within the SapphireOne Paperclip Document List window will be reflected within the Documents Inquiry window. For example, if a document is renamed within a transaction Paperclip Document List screen, the document name will also be reflected when viewing the document in the Document Inquiry screen.

You can learn more about SapphireOne Documents Inquiry functionality within the Documents Inquiry article.

Document Control within Document Management

As an example, we have an inventory item with documents attached (installation instructions and a packing checklist amongst others). We add this inventory item to a sales order, manufacture, ship, completely finish the job. One year later we might have a revision of this inventory item along with all the Documents (DMS). Understandably, we don’t want to have to make a whole new inventory item for the revision, just update the DMS that are attached. We update the inventory item with all the new documents, ready for the next sale. When we refer back to the original completed Sales Client Invoice or Job Projects Client Invoice, we will we see the documentation as it was when the Job Project, Sales Client Invoice or Job Projects Client Invoice was completed, or the documents as they are now. In the example above where we have elected to produce an Order Client Invoice (OCI) with the current installation instructions and packing checklist. This will automatically flow into the finished Sales Client Invoice once the OCI has been delivered.

In the example above we have both the current and historical documents attached. As a SapphireOne user has the ability to edit the list and if they choose not to store the historical document and simply select the Minus button and they can delete the historical document. We also have the ability to modify the existing dociument keeping a log file of each and every time the document has been revised.

Information Tab Area

The Inventory Allocation Journal Information Tab area is used to display extra information about the current entry. You have the ability to view the information here, not alter it.

Click on the Information Tabs to select the details you would like displayed. The Information Tabs change automatically for the different transactions being viewed. 

The tabs for this type of transaction include as follows:

  1. Lines – This tab provides information on previous movement of the relevant inventory item.  
  2. Inventory – When a transaction line is selected, this tab displays inventory details such as available stock, stock on order, standard price, next arrival date, default Vendor.
  3. Items – when a transaction line Is selected, this tab display information about that transaction line.
  4. Controls – This tab displays information about the transaction such as the date it was created and who created it.
  5. Error Code – Any error information relating to the action is displayed under this Error Code tab. 

Tracking Details Area

The Inventory Allocation Journal Tracking Details area stores tracking details related to the current transaction.

How to enter information in the Tracking Details area:

  • Date In – Verify that the Date is correct.
  • Ref No – Verify that the Reference Number is correct. You may either accept the default reference number or change it.
  • Delivery – Is the expected delivery date for the transaction
  • Period – Period matching the date, set in company controls. 

Transaction Lines Area

As you enter a transaction, a summary of the transaction appears in a single line. You can view or modify a line by selecting it, then proceed to view or modify in the data entry area above.

How to enter Inventory Allocation Journal information in the Transaction Lines area:

  • Inventory – Enter the correct Inventory ID. As this invoicing, the default Inventory description may be altered to allow you to enter a meaningful description specific to the particular Project.
  • Quantity – Enter the quantity of inventory items.
  • Rate – This is the Line Item default rate. You can enter in a new rate but note this is the rate excluding tax.
  • Total – This is the total cost for each individual line item including any tax.
  • Notes – Enter any additional information or notes relating to the Inventory Allocation.
  • Project – Enter the Project ID to link to the Project that this inventory item is to be allocated to.
  • Project Task – Enter the Project Task to link to the Project that this inventory item is to be allocated to.
  • Weight/Area – Displays the weight(quantity multiplied by the weight set in Inventory details).
  • Carton – Displays the total cartons: quantity multiplied by the carton quantity set in Inventory details.
  • Pallet – Displays the pallet quantity (quantity multiplied by the pallet quantity set in Inventory details).

Accept the entry by selecting the ‘Next’ Blue Arrow button to enter another allocation, or the ‘Save’ Green Tick button to return to the main Projects Mode.

All of the lines in the Transaction Lines area, are listed here. The list itself, only displays the basic details of each Line. You cannot directly edit from this list.
To view or modify any line in this Line Listing area, select or highlight a line.
All of the additional data entry fields will then be displayed for you immediately above the list of lines.
From there the user is able to view or modify all of the data entry fields for the line as required.

The easiest way to add a line is with the keyboard shortcut. Hold the  (Command or Control key down and select forward slash (/). SapphireOne will then place the cursor in the Account ID data entry field ready for the entry of a new line. Alternatively, selecting the button will also place the cursor in the Account ID data entry field, ready for the entry of a  new line.
Lines may also be added to the transaction by clicking on the button or selecting the button to delete the currently highlighted line.

The Inventory Allocation Journal Transaction Footer is the information bar along the bottom of the screen, and allows the user to easily check critical details of the transaction.

These details include:

  • Sequence – SapphireOne automatically generates a sequence number.
  • Batch – The Batch field shows the total for all orders entered in the current group.
  • Weight/Area – The weight field shows the total of all weights for the current group
  • Carton – Is the calculated total quantity of Cartons.
  • Pallets – Is the calculated total quantity of Pallets.
  • Tag – The user can select a saved Tag from this Drop down or add a custom tag. To add a new Tag category, type the name of new tag into the tag box on the screen and then hit the tab key. Then select ‘Yes’ from the pop-up window to confirm. Alternatively, if you wish to remove a Tag from the list, simply select the drop-down menu and click on the name of the Tag you wish to remove whilst simultaneously holding down the Command (MacOS) or Control (Windows) key. Then select ‘Yes’ from the pop-up window to confirm the deletion from your current list. 
  • Access to More Functions Button Zoom For Current Linked Record-Button
    • Export Lines – Export Lines allows the user to export the lines from any inventory or job project base transactions. This allows the user to export lines, then the client or vendor receives an email with a text file attachment, which they can then import into their SapphireOne ERP.
    • Discount – Allows for the generation of an overall discount on the transaction based on either a fixed dollar value or a percentage.
  • Zoom for Current Linked Record Button Zoom For Current Linked Record-Button – Clicking on the icon once minimises the header for a reduced screen view showing only transaction lines. The icon will then change to maximise, and by clicking on it again it will return the screen to the standard view.

SapphireOne checks that each transaction entry is complete and balanced before allowing any saving operation. When the Out of Balance is 0.00 the tick, will activate in the top tool bar indicating to the user that the transaction is ready to be saved. When more than a single transaction is selected, Blue will also be displayed on the main toolbar. See below for additional details.

You can save your Transaction in one of three methods:

Select the Tick when it is activated. This will save the current transaction and return the user to the main tool bar or the list.
When multiple transactions have been selected the user may click on the tick on the tool bar with the results as seen as above.
Or
Click on either of the the Arrows. This will tell SapphireOne to save the current transaction and open the next transaction in the list ready for data entry or modification. Also note that for what ever page is open in the transaction SapphireOne will move to the next transaction displaying the exact same page. I.e. Terms page to Terms page. Very handy when checking the same data in multiple items.
Selecting the Enter Key on the keypad. SapphireOne will then save the current transaction and opens another transaction of the same type ready for data entry. Very handy when entering multiple transactions of the same type. I.e. Client Receipt, Client Receipt.


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