Welcome GuestLogin

ComCept Documentation

RSS RSS

 



Navigation




 Search:

»

Customers



This task is used to search, edit, or inquire into the customers on your system.

Select Customers from the Navigation Bar or from the Drop Down Menu Accounts Receivable. 

Image  

Search For Customers



The Search For Customers screen is the first screen that is displayed when the Customers task is selected. This screen is used to search for customers that exist on the system. Individual customers can then be selected for inquiry or editing from those displayed. 

Image





The work area or screen area is made up of the following three sections:

  • The search fields (top center).

Image





  • The search action buttons (top right).

Image  

  • The record display area (bottom half).

Image





Add New Customer Action



To add a new customer, select the Add New action button from the Search For Customers screen.

-or-

Select the Add New Customer option located on Action menu.

Customer fields



General Information

Image







Customer ID: This is the internal CDN customer number. It is assigned when the customer information is saved the first time (“New” is displayed until saved).

Company Name: This is the legal company name for the customer. This will be printed on invoices, work orders, quotes, statements, etc.

Customer Number: This is a user defined number used to reference the customer. It can be used as a search method for the customer lookup in the Order Entry – Billing tasks. This field is often pre-loaded during conversions with the customer number from your company’s prior computer system.

Short Name: This is a descriptive short name for the customer. It can be used as a search method for the customer in the Order Entry – Billing tasks. This field is often pre-loaded during conversion with the customer alpha from your company’s prior computer system.

Description: Optional description of customer or business.

First Name: This is the first name of the owner or manager.

Last Name: This is the last name of the owner or manager.

Middle Init: This is the middle initial of the owner or manager.

Is Active: Select this box if the customer is active for billing or receiving payments.

Other Information

Is Master Customer: Select this box if this is the master or “Bill to” customer record. Deselect this box if this is a “Ship to” customer record. The Master Customer is used to consolidate all “Ship to” customer statements onto one statement. Always select this box for a customer with only one record.

Parent Customer: Use the drop down box to select the Master Customer for this “Ship to” customer record. This field is not accessible if this customer was selected as a Master Customer in the prior field.

Customer Type: Use the dropdown box to select the desired customer type.

Default Salesman: Use the dropdown box to select the salesperson assigned to this customer. Salespeople are maintained in the Employees task and must have the Salesman box selected.

Location: Use the dropdown box to select the location that services this customer.

Appears In All Regions: Select this checkbox if this customer needs to appear in all locations. This feature only applies when Regions is activated.

Is Bill To: Select this box to indicate that this is a valid customer for use with Order Entry – Billing and Accounts Receivable tasks.

Require Ship-To Selection: Requires POS documents have a Ship-To location other than the Bill-To location selected. Click here for details.

Is Vendor: Select this box to indicate that this is a valid vendor for use in Inventory, Pricing, and Purchasing tasks.

Is Manufacturer: Select this box to indicate that this is a valid manufacturer for use in Inventory, Pricing, and Purchasing tasks.

Customer Address and Contact

Address 1: This is the first line of the customer’s address.

Address 2: This is the second line of the customer’s address.

City: This is the city for the customer’s address.

State: This is the state for the customer’s address.

Postal Code: This is the postal code (zip code) for the customer’s address.

Country: This is the country for the customer’s address.

Phone: This is the customer’s main phone number.

Fax: This is the customer’s main fax number.

Email: This is the customer’s main e-mail address.

Website: This is the customer’s web site.

Area: Reserved for future use.

County: This is the county where the customer is located. 

Taxes and Billing

Image  

Trade Discount: This is an optional additional discount that can be applied to discountable items when billed on an invoice. The counterperson must select the Apply button on the Line Item Details window in the Order Entry – Billing section to apply the discount.

Tax Model: Select the correct Tax Model for this customer from the dropdown. Customer Tax Models must be set up prior to use in the Taxes task in the Company section.

Terms Code: Select the desired Terms Code from the drop down box to be used when invoicing customers. Terms Codes must be set up prior to use in the Terms Codes task in the Company section. The Terms Code assigned to the invoice when it is created is used to determine the invoice due date, discounts, aging totals, statement information printed, etc.

Price Profile: Select the desired Price Profile from the drop down box to be used when pricing customer invoices. Customer pricing can be further customized using the Special Pricing link from the Edit Customer screen.

Back Order: Select this box to maintain customer back orders. Back orders will be cancelled if this box is not selected.

C/M Schedule: Select this box to track qualified customer sales for submission to suppliers for rebates.

Credit Limit: Enter the customer’s credit limit. If a customer exceeds their credit limit, the Balance value is displayed in red in the Order Entry – Billing tasks.

Credit Status: Select the desired Credit Status from the drop down box. This field is display and reporting purposes only. Credit Status codes must be set up prior to use in the Data Maintenance task in the Company section (and should be done only with CDN Software Support). Default values are Bad, Good, Over, or .

Statement: Select the desired Statement type from the drop down box. This field is use in the Statements task to select and print the desire Statement type. Statement type codes must be set up prior to use in the Data Maintenance task in the Company section (and should be done only with CDN Software Support). Default values are Weekly, Monthly, Exempt (do not print a statement), or .

Open Item AR: Select the Open Item Accounts Receivable box to print the customer’s statement in open item format (open invoices from the previous statement are printed within the detail portion of the new statement). If the Open Item Account Receivable box is not selected, the customer’s statement will be printed in balance forward format (a Balance Forward summary line is printed for the total of the open invoices from the previous statement). Please refer to the prior Sample Statements section for examples. Open Item detail is kept for the customer whether this box is selected or not.

Balance: This is the customer’s current total balance (including future due invoices).

Create Promo: Reserved for future use.

Service Charge Rate: Enter the Service Charge Rate as a percentage (i.e. key 1.5 for a 1.5% rate) to be charged on invoices that become past due.

Service Charge Period: Reserved for future use.

Service Charge Minimum: Enter the round-up lowest amount to charge as a service charge for an invoice. The Service Charge Minimum amount is applied if the calculated Service Charge amount is less than the minimum.

Charge on Charges: Select this box if you wish to apply Service Charges on past due Service Charges.

Date Updated: This is the date of the last time maintenance was performed on the current customer record and is automatically maintained by the CDN software.

Date Created: This is the date that this customer record was created on CDN and is automatically added by the CDN software.

CollisionLinx Status: Reserved for future use. This check box indicates that this customer uses the CollisionLinx system.

CollisionLinx Number: Reserved for future use. This is the customer’s CollisionLinx account number. 



Messages

Image







Messages

Customer Alerts: The Customer Alerts are messages and memos that can be displayed or printed when selecting customers in the Order Entry – Billing tasks. Multiple Customer Alerts can be maintained for a customer.

Note: The printing of Customer Alerts is reserved for future use.

Select the Add button to add a new Customer Alert.

Select the Edit button to edit an existing Customer Alert. You must first select the customer alert to be modified.

Select the Delete button to delete an existing Customer Alert. You must first select the customer alert to be deleted. 

Customer Alerts Dialog Window



The Customer Alerts CDN Dialog Window will display if the Add or Edit buttons were selected.

Image







Customer Alerts Dialog Window

Title: Enter the name or title for the customer alert that will be displayed in the Customer Alerts box.

Priority: Select the desired Priority from the drop down box (i.e. Critical, High, Medium, or Low). The priority determines the Icon that is displayed in the pop-up dialog window.

Expires: Select this box to set an expiration date for the Customer Alert.

Enter the Expiration date in this format 05/31/2010 or select the Calendar icon to use the Calendar screen to select the date:

Message: Enter the message just as it is to be displayed or printed.

Note: The printing of Customer Alerts is reserved for future use.

Alert section checkboxes: Select the boxes that correspond to the Order Entry – Billing task with which this Customer Alert is to be displayed as an alert at the time of order entry.

Print selection boxes: Reserved for future use. Select the boxes that correspond to the Order Entry – Billing task on which this Customer Alert is to be printed.

The Order Entry – Billing tasks with which this Customer Alert can be associated are as follows:

  • Invoice

  • Work Order

  • Cash Sales

  • Consignments (reserved for future use)

  • Quotes

  • Credit Memos

Select (Ok) to save changes or (Cancel) to discard changes and exit. 

Contacts



Image





Contacts

Customer Contacts: Customer Contacts can be an individual, department, service, etc. for which a name, address, phone number, etc. needs to be kept on file. Multiple Customer Contacts can be maintained for a customer.

Select the Add button to add a new Customer Contact.

Select the
Edit button to edit an existing Customer contact. You must first select the customer contact to be modified.

Select the
Delete button to delete an existing Customer Contact. You must first select the customer contact to be deleted. 

Contact Info Dialog Window



The customer Contact Info CDN Dialog Window will display if the
Add or Edit buttons were selected.

Image







Contact Info

First Name: Enter the first name for the contact. This field is displayed in the Contacts list window.

Last Name: Enter the last name for the contact. This field is displayed in the Contacts list window.

Middle Init: Enter the middle initial for the contact.

Title: Enter the title for the contact. This field is displayed in the Contacts list window.

Address 1: First line of the street address.

Address 2: Second line of the street address.

City: The city where the contact is located.

State: The state where the contact is located.

Postal Code: The contact’s postal code (i.e. zip code).

Phone: The contact’s phone number.

Mobile: The contact’s mobile or cellular phone number.

Email: The contact’s email address. 

Select
Ok button to save changes or Cancel' button to discard changes and exit.  

Customer Tax Status

Image





Customer Tax Status

Tax Exemptions: Tax Exemptions can be Items, Item Tax Groups, or Customer Tax Models that are to be taxed differently than the Tax Model selected for this customer. These sales Tax Exemptions give the ability to correctly tax invoices for individual customers in the Order Entry – Billing tasks. Multiple Tax Exemptions can be maintained for a customer. Item Tax Groups and Customer Tax Models must be set up prior to use in the Taxes task in the Company section.

Select the Add button to edit an existing Tax Exemption. You must first select the tax exemption to be modified.

Select the Edit button to edit an existing Customer contact. You must first select the customer contact to be modified.

Select the delete button to delete an existing Tax Exemption. You must first select the tax exemption to be deleted. 

Exemption Information Dialog Window



Add/Edit Tax Exemption Information

Exemption Category: Select the desired tax exemption category from the drop down box:

Image





  • Tax: Use to select a Customer Tax Model. A specific tax - customers are normally taxed at state and local level, but something allows a specific customer an exemption at one of those levels. Not very common.

  • Inventory Item: Use to select an individual inventory item number. No tax applied to a specific item regardless of any other settings. Very rare.

  • Tax Group: Use to select an Item Tax Group. Taxable and Selectively Taxable traditionally.

Description: This drop down box is used to select the desired value for the Tax Exemption. The values displayed change depending on which Exemption Category was selected.

  • Tax Description: Select the desired Customer Tax Model.

  • Inventory Item Description: Select the desired inventory item number.

  • Tax Group Description: Select the desired Item Tax Group.

Exemption Number: Enter the customer’s tax exemption number that was issued to them by the taxing authority for this exemption.

Select (Save) to save changes or (Cancel) to discard changes and exit.

Note: Be very careful with this Tax Exemption setup because the taxing authority usually holds your company, and not your customer, liable for sales tax not collected. Your company may be held liable even if a customer is tax exempt but you have failed to comply with the taxing authority’s directions regarding documenting customers as tax exempt (i.e. copy of the customer’s current tax exemption certificate on file at each location the customer buys from, etc.).   

To save the information keyed and actually create the new customer record, select the Save or the Save and Close action buttons or the Save or Save and Close options located on the drop down menu Actions.

Edit Action



To edit or inquire into a Customer, you must first select the desired customer from the list of customers returned by the Search action (see below) or from the List All action.

Image







This is done by selecting the desired customer followed by one of the actions below:

  • The Edit action button.

  • The Edit Customer option from the drop down menu Actions.

  • Double clicking the desired customer search line.

  • Pressing the (Enter) key.

The following screen displays the information for an existing customer. Please note that not all of the information fits on one screen. Use the scroll bar on the far right of the CDN screen to view the rest of the customer’s information.

The fields on the Edit Customer screen are the same as the Add New Customer screen fields described previously.

Image  

The screen/menu actions below are described in the following sections:

Image  

Add New Action



Select the Add New action button (Add New Customer from the drop down Actions menu) to save or discard changes keyed and change to the Add New Customer screen. The following confirmation window is displayed if and data was keyed:

Image







  • Select the (Yes) button to save changes.

  • Select the (No) button to discard changes.

  • Select the (Cancel) button to return to the Add New/Edit Customer screen and continue making changes.

Save Action



Select the Save action button (Save from the drop down Actions menu) to save changes and remain in the current customer record.

Save & Close Action



Select the Save & Close action button (Save and Close from the drop down Actions menu) to save changes and return to the Search for Customers screen.

Close/Search Action



Select the Close action button (Search from the drop down Actions menu) to save or discard changes keyed and return to the Search for Customer screen. The following confirmation window is displayed if data was keyed:

Image







  • Select the (Yes) button to save changes.

  • Select the (No) button to discard changes.

Select the (Cancel) button to return to the Add New/Edit Customer screen and continue making changes.

Receive Payment Link



Select the Receive Payment link to call up the current customer within the Payments task (described previously). The Open Batches dialog window will be displayed first so that the batch to which this payment is to be added can be selected.

Create Work Order Link



Select the Create Work Order link to call up the current customer within a new Work Orders task (described in the Order Entry – Billing chapter).

Create Invoice Link

Select the Create Invoice link to call up the current customer within a new Invoices task (described in the Order Entry – Billing chapter).

Special Pricing Link



Select the Special Pricing link to call up the current customer within the Customer Special Pricing Profile Maintenance dialog window (described below).

Customer Special Pricing Profile Maintenance



Customer Special Pricing Profiles are used to customize the customer standard pricing. The customer standard pricing is determined by the Price Profile field selection within the Customers task screens. Pricing Profiles are maintained within the Pricing Profiles task in the Company group.

The Customer Special Pricing Profile Maintenance dialog window can only be accessed by selecting the Special Pricing link from within the Edit Customer screen. The Customer Special Pricing Profile fields are the same as the fields in the body of the Pricing Profiles task in the Company group.

Customer Special Pricing entries can be by Item, Manufacture, Product Group, and Product Line.

Please refer to the Pricing Profile Help TextPricing Profiles . 

Purchase Profile



This feature is used to limit the items the customer can purchase in CollisionLinx or Mobile Suite.

CollisionLinx Setup



The CollisionLinx Setup link is used to enter the necessary information a customer needs inorder to access CollisionLinx .

CollisionLinx Login Documentation



Custom Attributes



The Custom Attributes link is used to assign attributes to customers. This feature is mainly used for reports.

Custom Notes



The Custom Notes link is used to enter a note for a particular customer. This note will appear in the Customer Notes section of all POS screen.

Customer Technician



The Customer Technician link is used to create and modify technicians that the customers use. The Technicians appear in the Technician dropdown of all applicable POs screens and CollisionLinx.

Search Action



Search For Customers Screen Fields



The search screen fields are used to build a filter so that the Search action (Filter from the drop down Actions menu) will display the desired customers. Enter the beginning portion or the entire value in any or all of the desired search fields listed below. Some fields have drop down boxes to assist in entering values by displaying valid entries. These fields are indicated with the down arrow  button (i.e. the Location, Customer Type, and State fields).

Image  

Company Name: This is the legal company name for the customer.

Customer Number: This is a user defined number used to reference the customer. This field is often pre-loaded during conversions with the old customer number from your company’s prior computer system.

Short Name: This is a descriptive short name for the customer. This field is often pre-loaded during conversion with the old customer alpha from your company’s prior computer system.

First Name: This is the first name of the owner or manager.

Last Name: This is the last name of the owner or manager.    Location: Use the drop down box to select the location that services this customer.

Middle Init: This is the middle initial of the owner or manager.

Customer Type: Use the drop down box to select the desired customer type.

Address 1: This is the first line of the customer’s address.

Address 2: This is the second line of the customer’s address.

City: This is the city for the customer’s address.

State: This is the state for the customer’s address.

Postal Code: This is the zip code for the customer’s address.

Country: This is the country for the customer’s address.

Phone: This is the customer’s main phone number.

Fax: This is the customer’s main fax number.

Email: This is the customer’s main e-mail address. 

Note: The less information keyed to get the desired filter the better. Use the fewest search fields to get the filter you desire. Also, if you key only the beginning portion of a field, all items beginning with the value entered will be selected.

In this example the search field used was the Company Name with the first part if the name (i.e “Dave”) entered.

Image  

The Search button is then selected and the two customers that pass the filter are displayed in the record display area of the screen.

You can also select the Filter option located on the drop down menu Actions.

Reset Action



Select the Reset action button (Reset Search from the drop down Actions menu) to clear the Search Screen and return it to the screen defaults so that a new search can be performed. This is the same as leaving the Search Screen and then again selecting the same Search Screen Task.

List All Action



Select the List All action button (List All from the drop down Actions menu) to clear the Search Screen and return it to the screen defaults so that a new search can be performed. This is the same as leaving the Search Screen and then again selecting the same Search Screen Task.

Image









Note: This can take several minutes for large files. It is recommended that the Record Search button be used in conjunction with as many search fields as is practical.

Select the heading link to sort the displayed customers (i.e. Cust ID, Cust Number, etc.) 

Refresh Customer List



Select the Refresh Customer List action link (Refresh Customer List from the drop down Actions menu) to refresh the customers on your local computer from the server. This will allow the local computer to access current data for customers that have be changed or added on other computers. 
Copyright 1999 - 2019 ComCept Solutions, LLC