How do I create and complete a purchase order?


inFlow Cloud for Windows

To create a new purchase order in inFlow Cloud:

  1. Click Main Menu > Purchasing > New Purchase Order.
  2. Begin by adding your vendor information at the top of the order:
    • If your vendor is already in the system, you’ll see them highlighted as you type their name into the Vendor field.
    • If your vendor is not in your system yet, continue typing out the full vendor name and click Add New to create a record for them. As you fill out their contact information, inFlow will automatically save it to their product record.
  3. Location will automatically be set, change the location as needed. If there are multiple locations the items are being sold from, you can simply delete and leave the field blank. (it’ll pick the item based on the picking options that you set)
  4. Add items to your order by clicking into the Item column and type in your product name.

TIP: When adding items to your order, you can filter your product selection by clicking Show Search in the product table. This lets you quickly filter your products by vendor, category, price, and other fields — right from the order!

To complete a purchase order in inFlow Cloud:

  • Click Fulfilled when your vendor has fulfilled the order to move the items into your inventory.
  • Click Pay when you’ve paid your vendor, this will mark this order as paid.

Video tutorial

Lesson 9: Purchasing (1/2) | inFlow On-Premise

What else can I do from the purchase order screen?

Now that you’ve created your purchase order, here are some extra details you can add or modify:


inFlow Cloud for Web

You can now create new Purchase Orders in the inFlow web app! Just remember: you’ll need at least one vendor already in your system to select it for new orders.

To create a purchase order:

  1. Click on the Main Menu button (the 3 horizontal lines in the top left corner), then click new purchase order.
  2. Begin typing into the Vendor field; you should see your vendor’s name appear.
  3. Click into the first cell in the table and select a product from your list. Continue as necessary until you’ve selected all the items you want to buy from the vendor.

4. If your vendor will be shipping items to your business, toggle the Shipping on button at the top so that you will know where your vendor will be shipping the items. Once toggled, you’ll see additional fields like vendor order#, Payment Terms, Freight, Carrier, and Due Date.
5. You can enter an amount into the Paid field if you’ve made payment to your vendor, or just click the Pay button.

  1. Clicking on the Paid link will bring up the Payment Details window if you need to enter more detailed information (e.g. payment method, multiple payments).

To remove products from an unfulfilled order: 

  1. Hover over the row containing the product you want to remove.
  2. Click the x button beside the row to remove it.


inFlow Cloud for Mobile

If you’d like to create purchase orders on the go, you can use the inFlow Cloud mobile app! 

Click below to jump to a specific section in this guide. 

How to create and complete a purchase order

The following are the basics -- we’ve packed a lot functionality into mobile purchase orders so be sure to check out the other sections in this guide to learn more about specific actions and screens. 

  1. Open the inFlow Cloud app on your mobile phone and tap on the Main Menu button (the 3 horizontal lines at the top left of the screen) and select Purchase orders.
  2. In the purchase order list, tap the “+” symbol in the top right of the screen to create a new purchase order.
  3. Select an existing vendor to add to your order.  
    • Currently, it isn’t possible to create new vendors from the purchase order screen, so head over to Vendors section to create a new one, by tapping the Main Menu button > Vendors first.
  4. Tap Add item to add products to your purchase order.  You can tap on the product you want to add to the order then tap Add at the top right corner of the screen.
    • You can search your item list, or scan your product barcode instead by tapping the barcode icon right of the search bar.
  5. Tap or swipe left to the Details tab to edit the order details, include vendor information, where the products will be shipped, etc.
  6. When the products arrive, you can tap on the yellow Receive button.
  7. Select the items you’re receiving from the order. If all items are marked as received then you’ll be re-directed to the main purchase orders screen.
  8. Finally, tap Save in the top right to save your order.

Additional actions

Adding products by scanning their barcodes 

If your products have barcodes, you can quickly add them to your order using your phone’s camera!

  1. On the Order tab, tap on Add item.
  2. In the Add item screen, tap the barcode icon on the right of the search bar to open the barcoding scanning screen. 
  3. Position the barcode within the frame. When the camera detects a barcode, a Scan item button will appear.
  4. Tap the Scan item button or the camera view to scan the barcode:
    1. Scanning the same barcode more than once will increase that product’s quantity by 1 for each additional scan. 
    2. You can scan different items all at once from the barcode scanning screen!
  5. When you’re done scanning your items, tap Done to add these items to the order. 

Editing products

Tapping on an item on the purchase order will take you to the Item details screen where you’ll be able to edit the following:

To save your changes, make sure to tap the yellow Done button. Going back using the “<” button in the top left will close the window and discard your changes instead!

  • Quantity: you can tap into the field directly and type in a value, or use the + and -- buttons instead.
  • Unit of measure
  • Unit price
  • Item discount
  • Taxing scheme 

Removing products

Did you add a product to an order that you’d like to remove? Here’s how to do it:

  1. Tap on the Edit button above the item list in the Order tab. 
  2. Tap the x symbol in the top left corner of the product/s you’d like to remove. 

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