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Can I select multiple costing methods?

Yes, you can enable all of the available costing methods—if that's what your business requires. However, in many cases, one of the costing methods (average or standard) is generally sufficient. When you enable a costing method, that means item sites will be able to use that costing method. Inventory costing is specified at the item site level.

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How are returns and return authorizations different?

The primary difference between returns and return authorization is their relative complexity. Returns are quick to process and complete. They are designed for simple scenarios. Return authorizations, on the other hand, are far more complex. They support complicated business processes in a way that simple returns do not.

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How do I change my xTupleCommerce password?

If you’ve forgotten your password, you can click the tab to request a new password on the login page.

If you know your password but want to change it, you can login to the xTupleCommerce website, go to people on the admin bar, find your username, and select EDIT on the far right. From there, you can change and save your password.

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Do you have any product category examples?

Let's say you sell home products. Your product categories might include furniture, bedding, bathroom products and appliances. By contrast, if you sell only one type of product, like toys, you could categorize by the material the toys are made of (i.e., wood, metal, plastic, etc.). Services you sell also need product categories. Sample service categories might include consulting, repairs, and cleaning.

Hint: Consider using the characteristics feature available on items to allow more detailed, custom reporting on the products you sell.

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On an item, what is the difference between inventory units and price units?

Inventory units of measure (i.e., UOM's) are the measure by which items are maintained in inventory. Price units, on the other hand, are the measure for items when they are sold. A single item may have different inventory and price units. Having two different units would apply if you sell items in different units than you stock them in. For example, if you are a beer distributor, you might stock beer in pallets but sell beer in cases. In this example, your inventory unit would be PALLET and your price unit would be CASE.

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What does this error mean: "connection to specified xtuple erp server cannot be made"?

We have spoken with various users who encountered this error and discovered something in common with both. Both had prior installs of other Open Source solutions on their computer, prior to installing PostBooks®. In both cases the the other product also installed an instance of PostgreSQL. It appears the two installations of Postgres are conflicting, and preventing the PostBooks® installer from finishing the install. If you are done for the moment evaluating the other Postgres-powered application, try uninstalling it, and then running the PostBooks® installer again

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Why do items require units?

Items require units for two primary reasons. First, units are needed to fully describe item quantities. For example, it is not enough to say, "We have 25 sodas in stock." You would expect instead to hear, "We have 25 cases of soda in stock." Second, units make it possible for the system to convert items from one unit to another. If you stock items in one unit and sell them in a different unit, then the conversion is only possible if units are assigned in the first place.

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Can an item belong to multiple groups in the product catalog?

Yes, items may belong to multiple groups within the product catalog. There are two ways you can add an item to groups.

If you’re working at the item group level, go to Products > Item > Groups, select the item group and EDIT. From there, you can add items. Even if the item is in another group, it can still be added to other groups.

If you’re working at the item level, go to the item’s attributes tab and attach groups from there.

Note-The item group will need to be created before you can add an item to the item group.

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My product is not showing up in the right group on the xTupleCommerce website. Where do I fix this?

The product catalog is managed in the xTuple ERP database. You’ll want to check the product catalog to make sure the product is in the right group.

Navigate to the item in the xTuple ERP database. Then, under attributes, look at the table on the bottom of the window. The group name will identify which group(s) the item is associated with in the catalog. 

If the item should be showing in a different group, navigate to the item groups via Products > Item > Groups. Then select the group you want to edit and make any needed change. 

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What are email profiles?

Email profiles are templates used to format the presentation of outgoing email messages. The profiles can be configured to use contact names, email addresses, and other CRM information stored in the database—thereby increasing automation and reducing the opportunity for errors. Using email profiles, you can standardize your communications with your customers and vendors.

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How do I configure my system?

Each database used by your organization has various extensions associated with it. These extensions may be modules (e.g., CRM) or other free or commercial add-ons. For each extension there will be configuration options. In most cases, your system administrator will be responsible for configuring your extensions. However, anyone with the appropriate privileges may also configure extensions.

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Do I need xTuple Connect in order to send emails?

xTuple Connect is required when you send email notifications using the xTuple Desktop. 

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How can I learn more about job costing?

The topic of job costing is covered in some detail in the manual Managing Projects with xTuple. The book can be read online for free or purchased for download through the xTuple MarketPlace.

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What are projects used for?

Projects are a tool used to plan and track activity related to specific jobs. The are built primarily using project tasks, which serve as a container for time and expenses related to the project. You can link projects to various types of orders (Sales Orders, Work Orders, Purchase Orders, etc.) and in so doing generate order activity reports by project. The Project Accounting add-on package for xTuple offers additional accounting features for building robust financial reports for your projects.

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Why are product categories needed?

You need product categories for both reporting and accounting purposes. On the reporting side, it's helpful when analyzing sales activity to have product category data as one of your available options. Running reports by product category allows you to monitor how groups of sold items are performing. It also enables you to evaluate how groups compare to each other. For accounting purposes, the product category is one of the key factors which determines how sales transactions are accounted for.

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What is a characteristic role?

Characteristic roles define where characteristics can be used. For example, if you want a characteristic to be associated with contact records, you would select the contact role. Item characteristics would require the item role. And so on. Individual characteristics may be associated with multiple roles. The same characteristic might apply to contacts and addresses and opportunities. If you are having trouble finding a characteristic to associate, it's likely the characteristic role isn't defined properly.

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How do shipment numbers get generated?

Shipment numbers are generated as soon as you issue stock to shipping for an order. The shipment number is pulled from the shipping configuration panel. During configuration, you define the initial shipment number—and then every shipment automatically increments the base shipping number by one. For example, if your starting shipment number is 60001, the second will be 60002, the third 60003, etc.

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Why can't I ship my transfer order?

If you are trying to ship a transfer order but it doesn't appear in the list of orders to be shipped, there's a good chance the transfer order has not been released yet. Transfer orders must be open/released before they can be shipped. To release a transfer order, change its status from unreleased to open.

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What is the goal of project accounting?

The Project Accounting add-on package for xTuple is a solution especially designed for professional services companies, non-profit groups who need fund accounting and manufacturers or distributors with advanced project accounting requirements. At the heart of Project Accounting is the concept of the "virtual" General Ledger (G/L) Account. With Project Accounting, virtual G/L Accounts are built dynamically or "on-the-fly" using a combination of existing G/L Account Numbers and the linked Project Name. Transactions flowing from Project-related Sales Orders, Purchase Orders and Work Orders are generally supported by Project Accounting.

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Can I add PDFs to an item and have them show up on my xTupleCommerce website?

Yes, you can add documents, such as PDFs, to individual items in the same way that you would add images linked to items. Like item images, the PDFs need to be stored on a separate web server, with a unique URL for each PDF. However, the ERP should contain cross references to these PDFs, via their URL.

To enter URLs for PDFs in the ERP, go to the item master for the item in question and follow these steps:

  1. Select the documents tab
  2. Choose the ATTACH button
  3. Next to the "related to" option, choose the "website" option from the list
  4. Enter the URL for the PDF
  5. Specify a name to identify it

The PDF will show up on the product page as a link for the user to view and download.

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Our xTupleCommerce website is down. What do we do?

If you are hosting your website on your own web server, we suggest you try rebooting your server. If your website is being hosted on the xTuple cloud, please report an incident and we will reboot it for you.

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Why do item sites require a planner code?

Planner codes are required on item sites for reporting purposes—and also to support the advanced planning and forecasting capabilities found in commercial editions of xTuple. For example, with planner codes you can create different reports and schedules for raw materials and finished goods.

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How do I drill down into inventory history?

The advanced search panel gives you the most control when trying to locate specific records or groups of records in inventory history. Click on the advanced search button in the main menu to open the advanced search panel. Using advanced search, you can specify multiple different parameters—making it possible to drill down and reach the specific records you are looking for.

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Do you have basic project management information?

The topic of project basics is covered in some detail in the manual Managing Projects with xTuple. The book can be read online for free or purchased for download through the xTuple MarketPlace.

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I updated information in the ERP, but it’s not showing up on my xTupleCommerce website. What could be happening?

Some information may not show up on the xTupleCommerce website immediately. Instead, it stays in the cache. Think of the cache as a net that holds on to some of the changes.

To manually flush the cache (release the net of changes), log in to your xTupleCommerce website. Then navigate to Admin > Icon > Flush all Cache and select to flush all the cache.

Note-If after flushing the cache the formatting of the site looks like it has changed, refresh the page and it should go back to normal. 

 

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