When you sub-rent gear, sub-contract services, or work with freelance staff, you might like to send a purchase order to confirm.

A purchase order (PO) is a document that provides details of the goods or services that you’d like from a supplier or vendor. 

With Purchase Orders in Current RMS, you can:

  • get an overview of all purchase orders on your system
  • create purchase orders directly from opportunity costs
  • create manual purchase orders
  • authorize and mark purchase orders as sent
  • set expected arrival date and notes against purchase orders
  • generate and send branded purchase order layouts to your suppliers

🔧  Purchase Orders are in beta. Want to join our purchasing beta program? See: Purchasing beta

Why use purchase orders?

  • They provide clear, written confirmation of the order.
  • They put processes in place to help you control your purchasing workflow.
  • They have a unique number that you can use to track the order throughout its lifecycle. Your vendor’s delivery note and invoice should reference this number.
  • They let you to better forward plan your budgets and logistics, allowing you see which goods have been requested for how much.
  • In some regions, purchase orders are considered legally binding contracts once accepted by your supplier.

How can you create a purchase order?

There’s a couple of ways you can create purchase orders in Current RMS:

Raising a purchase order from an opportunity creates a link between the opportunity and the purchase order, meaning that all of the key information about a job is on one page.

Purchase order workflow

There’s five steps to managing a purchase order in Current RMS.

  1. Create purchase order
    First, create your purchase order. 
  2. Authorize
    You might have a process in your team where managers or your accounts team must approve a purchase order. Mark a purchase order as authorized to say that it’s approved.
  3. Mark as sent
    Once approved, send to your supplier and mark as sent. You may use a discussion in Current to send your purchase order straight from your system. 
  4. Set expected arrival
    At this point, you may store an expected arrival date and delivery notes in anticipation of the goods arriving.
  5. Complete
    When you’ve received the goods or the services have been supplied, mark a purchase order as completed.

If you created a purchase order from an opportunity cost, when you receive the invoice from the supplier you might like to update the cost with the actual cost.

See: Work with automatically added costs

Post to Xero or QuickBooks Online

In future, our Xero and QuickBooks Online integration will let you post purchase orders in the same way you can post invoices and credits.

We’ll update you in-app when this is available.

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