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In this training lesson we will study vendor returns. A company can return items to the vendor for various reasons, such as damaged products, expired products, wrong products, etc.
If a purchase order is financially update (i.e. invoiced), a vendor credit note should be created when items are returned to the vendor. There are two methods to create vendor credit notes:
Using any of these methods has the same effect as if the company would sell items to the vendor.
If the purchase order is only physically updated, the returned quantity can be reversed from the warehouse and then canceled. In this case, items are handled as if they are not received.
Before we create a return order, we should have a purchase order. Let’s assume that the Purchase manager decides to purchase 100 units of the item 1607 from the 1102 vendor. I will use the same demo data
Purchase order form
Arrival overview form
Journal lines form (Arrival journal)
Pallet transports form
Posting packing slip form
The purchase order is packing slip updated. (Since I have used the clear demo data, the “Period 8/15/2012 is not open” error message appears. Read the «Packing slip» chapter from the Financial article to set up new periods). If we open inventory transactions, we will see that the receipt status changed from Registered to Received: in the Purchase order form, click the Inventory > Transactions button. The Transactions form will have the following view.
Posting invoice form
If we open inventory transactions, we will see that the receipt status changed from Received to Purchased: in the Purchase order form, click the Inventory > Transactions button. The Transactions form will have the following view. The general ledger transactions are also generated since the company agrees to pay for the delivered items. In the Purchase order form, click the Inquiry > Invoice. The Invoice Journal form with one invoice journal opens. Click the Voucher button to see the general ledger transactions. The Voucher transactions form has the following view.
We have purchase 100 items from the 1102 vendor. Let’s check that these items are available in the warehouse. In the Purchase order form, click the Inventory > On-hand button. We make sure that the items are in the warehouse.
To view the availability by dimensions, click the Overview button. If some dimensions are omitted, enable them by clicking the Dimensions display button.
Now we can create a return order.
This method is used when no reference to a specific purchase order or a Return Merchandize Authorization number is required. In other words, the company can return any items to the vendor without any negotiation or notification.
Let’s assume that the Inventory Manager accidently found that 10 items of the 1607 item are broken. The Inventory Manager notifies the Purchase Manager about this issue. The Purchase Manager decides to return the broken items to the vendor.
To return the broken item, the Purchase Manager should know the vendor who delivered those items and the dimension where the items are stored (i.e. warehouse, location, and pallet). The dimension is received from the Inventory Manager. To find the vendor record, the Purchase Manager should find the purchase order for the broken items. But, usually one item type is purchased from one vendor in this type of return. So we assume that the Purchase Manager knows that the 1607 item is always purchased from the 1101 vendor. The purchase order number can be found from inventory transaction for the broken items (Transactions form > General tab > Reference field group > Number field).
The Purchase Manager asks the Inventory Manager about the dimension where the broken items are found. Let’s check what dimensions are used to store the purchased items. Open the Purchase order form if it was closed and find the created purchase order. In the line area, click the Inventory > Transactions button. The Transactions form opens. Activate the Pallet and Location dimensions by clicking the Inventory > Dimensions display button. In my case the Transactions form will have the following view:
Transactions form (Purchased)
In this form, we can see the dimensions where the items were stored. We assume that the Inventory Manager finds 10 broken items in the 01-01-03-1 location, 00000097_114 pallet. Let’s return these items to the vendor. Note that we cannot specify exact items to return because the 00000097_114 pallet has more than 10 items (it contains 12 items). To specify the exact item, an additional Number Sequence dimension should be activated for the item. In this case each item on the pallet will have a unique number. The 1607 item uses the N-WLP dimension group (Inventory management > Common Forms > Item details > Find the 1601 item > General tab > Dimension group) that doesn’t have the Number Sequence dimension active. In this case we assume that during the picking process the warehouse worker finds the broken items on the pallet by himself.
Let’s return the broken item to the vendor. First of all, the return order should be created (a purchase order with negative quantity):
Note that the Site, Warehouse, Unit, Unit price, and Net amount fields are filled in automatically.
The Purchase order form will have the following view:
Purchase order with negative quantity
Returning an item to a vendor is handled like selling items from the inventory to the vendor, to whom the items must be returned. The sales flow for the warehouse management items consists of the following steps: post a sales confirmation, create an output order, create a shipment, assign the output order to the shipment, automatic reservation of the sold items, create a picking route, complete a picking route, post a packing slip, and post an invoice (This flow is described in detail in this training lesson). Unfortunately it is impossible to use the warehouse management features for the returned items. I mean the following: an output order, a shipment, automatic reservation, and a picking route. It is because during the shipment process, items are reserved automatically according to the shipment reservation combination (Inventory management > Setup > Distribution > Shipment reservation combination). But, the returned items are stored in a certain dimension (i.e. warehouse, location, and pallet) and can be reserved according to the shipment reservation combination. The dimension for the returned item must be set up manually, because Microsoft Dynamics AX doesn’t know where the broken items are stored.
We have created the return order. In this topic we will go through the main steps of a return order posting and analyze the results.
Note that the flow below is used for all types of return orders (i.e. a purchase order with negative quantity or a return order) and for an item with or without warehouse management setup.
Transactions form (Reserved)
Click the Post all button. The items will be updated to the Picked status.
Transactions form (Picked)
Note that in the system we don’t record where the warehouse worker delivers the broken items to. The Microsoft Dynamics AX only knows that the broken items were picked from a certain dimension. Also, we will not specify in which vehicle the broken items will be delivered from the warehouse gate to the vendor. Vehicle or truck management is not implemented in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009. Each pallet contains information about the location where the pallet is. But the pallet location is only updated when the Pick form is used. So if we go to Inventory management > Setup > Inventory equipment > Pallets > find the 00000097_114 pallet, the Location field will contain the 01-01-03-1 location not the outbound location.
Transactions form (Deducted)
Transactions form (Sold)
Note that the invoice document has the “Credit note” title. Print the invoice to the screen to check it: Purchase order form > Inquiries menu button > Invoice button > the Invoice Journal form opens > Preview/Print menu button > Original preview button. The invoice has the following view.
To view the general ledger transactions that were generated during the invoice step, click the Voucher button in the Invoice Journal form.
Voucher transactions form
Transactions for the 211250 and 142100 general ledger accounts are the reverse ones for the packing slip transactions. (You can view the voucher for the packing slip and make sure that the opposite transactions are there.) The transactions have the following view:
211100 (Accounts payable account)
140320 (Inventory, receipt account)
The above transaction decreased the Accounts payable account (it is good so the debit part is used) and decreased the Inventory account (it is bad so the credit part is used). In other words, the company debt to the vendor is decreased and the Inventory is also decreased because we returned the items. For more information, see the Financial training.
The Accounts payable account is taken from the vendor posting profile: Accounts payable > Setup > Posting profiles > GEN posting profile (because it is set up in Parameters form) > Setup tab > Summary account field.
The Inventory account is taken from the inventory posting profile: Inventory management > Setup > Posting > Posting > Purchase order tab > Receipt radio button > Item relation = DVR (because 1607 item belongs to the DVR inventory group) > Account number field.
Inventory posting form
The Vendor transaction is also generated. Let’s check the vendor transactions. Go to Accounts payable > Common Forms > Vendor Details > the Vendors form opens > find the 1102 vendor. Click the Transactions button. The Vendor transactions form has the following view:
Vendor transactions form
We can see that there are two vendor transactions – one generated from the purchase order and another from the return order.
The vendor should return the money for the broken items if the company pays for the delivered items. In this case the payment journal should be used. The vendor payment journal is used in a standard way to post the payment from the vendor as described in this training lesson. The only difference will be in a transaction – the Bank account will be debited and the Vendor account will be credited, see example.
If the company hasn’t paid for the delivered items than the payment amount can be decreased. That is the amount for the broken items will be excluded from the payment to the vendor.
In our case the company should pay $65 000 for the delivered items (see the purchase order). But since several items for the amount of $6 500 were broken (see the return order), the company can decrease the payment amount for the vendor. As a result, the company can pay the vendor $65 000 – $6 500 = $58 500. In Microsoft Dynamics AX settlement is used for this purpose.
Now the company pays for the delivered items. We will check how settlement works. Let’s create a payment to the vendor. You can find additional information about the payment process in this training lesson.
Vendor payment proposal form
We can see that the sum for the broken items was already deducted from the payment amount. Click the Transfer button. The Transfer payment proposal to journal dialog opens, click OK.
Journal voucher form (Payment)
The amount is decreased because Microsoft Dynamics AX automatically settles vendor transactions from the purchase and return orders. Settled amount means that the amount is closed, i.e. paid.
Go to Accounts payable > Common Forms > Vendor details > find the 1102 vendor. If we click the Balance button, we see that the vendor’s open balance is $58 500:
Vendor balance form
To view closed (settled) transactions, click Functions > Closed transaction editing. The form that opens will have the following view:
Closed transaction editing form
We can see that part of the invoice transaction is settled with the credit note transaction. (If you click the Mark check box for one transaction, the settled transaction will be marked automatically.)
If we review the open vendor transaction, we will only find part of invoice transaction. Click the Function > Open transaction editing.
Open transaction editing form
Note that automatic settlement is set up under Accounts payable > Setup > Parameters > Settlement tab > Settlement field group > Automatic settlement check box. If automatic settlement is cleared, then settlement can be created manually with the help of the Open transaction editing form. If settlement is not created, the company should pay $65 000 for the delivered items and the vendor should pay (the return payment) $6 500 for the broken items.
We assume that the vendor receives our payment, so we can post the payment journal.
We already say that the cash discount is not used for the return order. In case the cash discount is used, the vendor returns less money for the broken items. For example if return order has the following cash discount – pays during 3 days receives 5% discount. The vendor can only pay 95% for broken items.
We have studied how to create a return order with the help of a purchase order and negative quantity. The disadvantage of this method is that we manually set up a broken item with dimensions, unit price, remove the cash discount, find the vendor and have no reference between a purchase and a return order. In Microsoft Dynamics AX, it is possible to create a return order on the basis of a purchase order. We should only know the vendor account and the purchase order number.
Create credit note form
Microsoft Dynamics AX also automatically reserves the item in the warehouse and marks (settles) an inventory transaction from the purchase and return order. Unfortunately, we can’t set up the broken item inventory dimensions (pallet, location) in the Create credit note form. So Microsoft Dynamics AX automatically reserves and marks the first 3 items from the warehouse. If we click the Inventory > Marking button, the marking will be shown.
Automatic marking selects the first 3 items from the inventory. But the broken items can be in another dimension, so manual unmarking and marking should be done (during the unmark process the items are also unreserved automatically).
Then, the purchase order with negative quantity is handled in the same way as we have studied.
We can add as many return order lines as it is required with the help of the Create credit note form. In the lines area of the Purchase order form, there is the Function > Create credit note button. This is the same functionality as we have discussed. The only difference is that by default the Delete purchase line check box is cleared. If this check box is cleared, new line(s) will be added to the return order, if it selected – the lines will overwrite the return order lines.
In Microsoft Dynamics AX, a purchase order with the Return order type can be created. Open the Purchase order form. Create a new line. The Create purchase order form opens. Select the 1002 vendor and transfer the vendor information. Then select the Return order type.
Create purchase order form
The difference between the purchase order and return order types is in additional validation. The workflow for the return order type is the same as we have studied.
First of all, you can’t create a return order without an RMA number specified. In the Create purchase order form, click OK button. The “RMA number is not filled in” error message will be shown. The RMA number is received from the vendor. Fill in any value, for example 111 and click OK. The return order will be created.
In the lines area, select, for example, the 1001 item, configuration = HD, size = 37, color = 01 and save the line. In the Quantity field, write 100 and save the line. The “Quantity of returned items orders must be negative” error message will be shown – it is another validation.
You can create lines manually or with the help of the Functions > Create credit note button.
What can we do when we receive items and find that some of them are broken? We can refuse to receive them. In this case we post a packing slip with the received quantity only. Refused quantity is still ordered. The company assumes that the vendor sends the items again to fulfill the order. In this case we can say that the purchase order is a back order. If the company decides to cancel the refused quantity, use the following functionality in Microsoft Dynamics AX: Purchase order > select line > Functions menu button > Deliver reminder button.
Purchase order form, Quantity tab
Update remaining quantity form
Either enter 0 in the Deliver reminder field and click OK or click the Cancel quantity button. The ordered quantity will be canceled.
Note that the Lines tab contains the ordered quantity (it is for the information purpose) and the purchase order status changed from Open order to Received(because all ordered items are received).
Purchase order form, Lines tab
Another possible variant is if the Purchase Manager posts a packing slip and then the Warehouse Worker finds the broken items. In this case it is also possible to make an adjustment before the invoice. This is done by posting the packing slip with negative quantity. Note that in this case items with the warehouse management setup are picked and shipped from the warehouse (for more info, see the Shipment lesson). Let’s look at the example for the item without the warehouse management setup.
This is actually the same as when we post just 80 items. But in this case more inventory transactions are created. Click the Inventory > Transactions button. We can see that posting negative quantity in a packing slip generates three transactions. Note that Microsoft Dynamics AX always generates the Purchased and Sold transactions (i.e. a financial update) when some adjustment with quantity occurs.
Transactions form (Packing slip)
A quarantine order is used to control the quality of items. For example, the company resells mobile phones. Customers often return phones because of their poor quality. The Company can set up the quarantine management and the quality control for the purchased phones.
The quarantine management is used to transfer items to the quarantine warehouse when items are received and return to the destination location when inspection is finished. The quality order is used to set up different tests that should be passed by inspected items.
The quarantine management is set up per item. When items with the quarantine management setup are received, they are transferred to the quarantine warehouse for inspection. Note that the purchase order can be invoiced regardless of the items being inspected or not, and tests passed or not.
The quarantine management is set up in the inventory model group: Inventory management > Setup > Inventory > Inventory model groups > Setup tab > Warehouse management field group > Quarantine management check box.
Each item is assigned to an inventory model group under Inventory management > Common Forms > Item details > General tab > Groups field group > Inventory model group field.
Information about quarantine orders can be found in this training lesson, and about the quality order in this lesson.
In Microsoft Dynamics AX, a vendor return is a purchase order with negative quantity. The sales flow is used for the returned items (i.e. the returned items are sold from the warehouse).
Remember that a return can take place when items are uninvoiced (delivered only) or invoiced. In first case, it is possible to adjust the quantity, in the second case, we should invoice the quantity to return. Also in the second case, as a rule we should mark the return order with the purchase order.
By default, the payment to vendor is decreased automatically (because of the settlement, the amount for the broken items is excluded).
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