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  • Backorder design advice needed

    My wife has a craft business, and she often ships and bills partials. So, I need to add a backorder system to the Alpha Order Entry system, and I,m looking for advice on the best design.

    For example, would you create a new (backorder) order when the order is posted if not shipped complete, or would you use a child table of deliveries?

    Thanks for any help,
    Pat Bremkamp
    MindKicks Consulting

  • #2
    RE: Backorder design advice needed


    I think a lot depends on how you're set up now. Which would be the easiest way to show the delayed shipment? Perhaps a logical field to mark an item as delayed shipment and then uncheck it when it's shipped.

    You could easily create a query or whatever to show which customers's orders have been delayed. I wouldn't make it any more detailed than necessary. Keep it simple.

    TYVM :) kenn

    Knowing what you can achieve will not become reality until you imagine and explore.


    • #3
      RE: Backorder design advice needed

      I have a client who sells merchandise on the internet. We daily get data from AuctionWorks and MonsterDotCom in excel files. I import the data and then process orders.

      When an order cannot be filled, I write the backorder to a matching "backorders" table.

      Naturally, inventory parts available is the key to the backorders. So when he gets new product delivered, it updates the inventory table.

      When the system processes orders, it appends backorders to current new orders, (empties the backorders table,) and processes back orders with the highest priority.

      When daily process orders completes, it creates and prints a picking list, for staff to pull items, gives him the opportunity to correct inventory count, and reprocess.

      When finished, it writes to backorders all unfilled orders, and sends the data for shipping to UPS and USPS software that prints mailing labels with postage, assigns tracking numbers, etc.

      When finished the postage software sends the data back, his alpha software looks for incomplete shipping info, etc., and then emails are sent to all clients with date sent, via, tracking numbers, etc.

      Cole Custom Programming - Terrell, Texas
      972 524 8714

      "A young man who is not liberal has no heart, but an old man who is not conservative has no mind." GB Shaw


      • #4
        RE: Backorder design advice needed


        Thanks. You brought up some very good points.

        Your procedure sounds excellent, but my wife's business doesn't have that kind of volume yet. So, for an interim step, I think I'll also take Ken's advice and just make the new order directly into the order table. I'll add a logical field "BackOrder" and a "FromOrder" field so she can track back to the original order if she needs to, and I can use the BackOrder field and Order dates to prioritize the picks. This sounds easy enough that even I can figure it out!

        Thank you both for all your help.

        Pat Bremkamp
        MindKicks Consulting


        • #5
          RE: Backorder design advice needed

          read this by bill warner from a recent alpha newsletter