Purpose: To create new invoices in the system at the corporate location.
A new window will open with the name “AP Invoice”. The cursor begins in the Number field. This is the vendor’s invoice number. Enter the number provided by the vendor and ‘Tab’ into the next field called “Company (Vendor).”
Note: If you are entering a large invoice, like a food invoice from your supplier, you may want to use the ‘AP Invoice Import Function’. This functionality allows the user to import a pre-defined template with your suppliers invoice details. Click on this link to access the Importing An AP Transaction tutorial.
Once you have selected a vendor, the system does a quick duplicate invoice check to see if the invoice has been entered before. If you have, it will give you a warning message and highlight the Number field in red.
After entering the date, hit the ‘Tab’ key on your keyboard and the cursor moves you to the Comment field. This is an optional field.
Next up is the ‘Amount’ field. Enter the total original amount of the invoice before any discounts.
As we tab through the fields we have the option to change the Payment Terms and the Due Date. *If the vendor is setup correctly, these values will already be populated for you.
The Legal Entity and the Location default in from your user settings. You can change these based on which entity or location this particular invoice is for. If you assign a legal entity in one of the lines below different than the legal entity selected in the header, the system will automatically create the proper intercompany ‘Due To’ and ‘Due From’ entries. For the purposes of this simple AP Invoice Entry training, let’s keep everything in one legal entity. We will review the details of intercompany transactions in a separate training.
Let’s pause for a moment to point out the details of the Credit Expected field. The handling of the amounts entered in this field depend on a setting located on the vendor record labeled ‘Short Pay’. If this setting is ‘Yes’, only the Net amount of the invoice will be paid to the vendor and the Credit Expected amount is not accounted for at all in your books. It is likely this is most of your vendors. For a few large vendors, such as Sysco, they may require you to pay the full amount of any invoice they send you and then request a credit memo from them for any discount or adjusted amount. For these large vendors, this Short Pay setting should be set to ‘No’.
To keep things simple, the person entering invoices will do nothing different in the way they enter invoices based on this setting. To them, it is the same. What happens behind the scenes will depend on the ‘Short Pay’ setting. To explain this, let’s use the following transaction as an example:
An invoice from Cal Deli (a ‘Short Pay’ vendor) for a bread delivery is $120, where a tray was missing valued at $20, and an invoice from Sysco for the same transaction. Entering the invoice in Restaurant365 for either of these vendors is exactly the same – making it easy for data entry. However, the accounting behind the scenes will differ as follows:
For Cal Deli (where ‘Short Pay’ = Yes’) the accounting will look like this:
Debit: Bakery $100
Credit: Accounts Payable $100
For Sysco (where ‘Short Pay’ = ‘No’) the accounting will look like this:
Debit: Bakery $100
Debit: Vendor Credit Expected $20
Credit: Accounts Payable $120
The ‘Vendor Credit Expected’ account is a holding account until you receive the official credit memo from the vendor. In order to facilitate the notification to the vendor that a credit is due, there is a button in the Ribbon on the AP Invoice labeled “Email Credit Request”. Hitting this button will create an email to the vendor with the details of the Credit Expected (the amount and the comment) and Invoice number. This is designed to quickly notify the vendor of the expected credit so that processing can begin. If an email is sent to a vendor, a copy of the email will be created and added to the ‘Workflow’ section at the bottom of the transaction.
Once the credit memo has been received by the vendor, a credit memo is entered into Restaurant365 and applied to this transaction and, in doing so, the accounting will offset the Vendor Credit Expected amount.
The accounting when the credit memo is received will be:
Debit: Accounts Payable $20
Credit: Vendor Credit Expected $20
To make this easy for an accountant to see, we have added a read-only tab on the grid called ‘Distributions.’ This allows you to see what debit and credits are happening for this invoice. The Distribution tab is read only. If you want to make a change to the way it is accounted for, return to the details tab and make the changes and click ‘Save’. It will then update the ‘Distributions’ tab.
After entering the credit comment (if applicable), the cursor moves to ‘Details’ grid below. This is where we will enter the line items of our invoice. There are two options to enter the invoice details, depending on the Vendor.
Option 1 – If the vendor you have selected was set up for ‘Entry by Account’ you will not enter specific inventory items, but rather cost categories of the goods or services you are purchasing (ex. dairy, poultry, dry goods and so forth).
Begin by typing in the name of the cost category you wish to assign first. The system will search for all categories that include the letters you typed in. Once you see the category you are looking for, click it and move to the next field. Enter the amount for this category and then put in a brief line item comment. The comment is optional. Next, insert the row into the grid by clicking ‘Add’.
Notice that the amount remaining to be assigned is automatically placed in the top row ready to be allocated to a different cost category. Repeat the steps we just went through until the invoice amount (less adjustments) is fully assigned. You will know if you have done it correctly if the yellow ‘Unassigned Amount’ field disappears.
Now that our transaction is balanced and all the required fields are filled in, select the Save & New button to enter another invoice or Save & Close to exit the screen.
*As a helpful hint, ask your vendors to summarize their invoices at the bottom by category. They are often very willing to do this and it will speed up data entry for you.
Option 2 – If the vendor you have selected is set up as ‘Entry by Item’ you will enter specific inventory items for the goods or services you are purchasing (ex: Milk, Shredded Chicken, Tomato Sauce, etc.). Begin by typing in the name of the item you wish to assign first. The system will search for all items that include the letters you typed in. Once you see the item you are looking for, select and move to the next field. You will see that the Vendor Item Number, U of M, Each Amount, and Account have been pre-populated based on the set-up information for this item. Enter the ‘Quantity’ for this Item. You will notice that once you entered the quantity the Total was automatically updated (Quantity x Each Amount). Next, insert the row into the grid by clicking ‘Add’. Notice that the amount remaining to be assigned is automatically placed in the top row ready to be allocated to a different cost category. Repeat the steps we just went through until the invoice amount (less adjustments) is fully assigned. You will know if you have done it correctly if the red ‘Unassigned Amount’ field disappears.
Notice that the amount remaining to be assigned is automatically placed in the top row ready to be allocated to a different cost category. Repeat the steps we just went through until the invoice amount (less adjustments) is fully assigned. You will know if you have done it correctly if the red ‘Unassigned Amount’ field disappears.
Now that our transaction is balanced and all the required fields are filled in, let’s select the Save & New button to enter another invoice or Save & Close to exit the screen.
This covers the basics of ‘Entering Invoices At Corporate’.