Inbound Shipments can be used to receive stock from suppliers.
If you have used mSupply in the past, you may be familiar with the term Supplier Invoice instead of Inbound Shipment.
All received goods should be recorded in mSupply either by:
- Manually creating an Inbound Shipment (manual Inbound Shipment)
- Working with an Inbound Shipment that has been created automatically as a result of a stock transfer from another store in your mSupply
Viewing Inbound Shipments🔗
Go to the Inbound Shipments Menu🔗
To access the Inbound Shipment menu:
- Go to the
Replenishmentmenu in the navigation panel
- Click on
Inbound Shipments list🔗
First thing you see is a list of existing Inbound Shipments.
The Inbound Shipments list is divided into 7 columns:
|Name of the Supplier
|Current Status of the shipment
|Reference Number of the shipment
|Creation date of the shipment
|Comment for the shipment
|Total value of the shipment
- The list can display a fixed number of shipments per page. On the bottom left corner, you can see how many shipments are currently displayed on your screen.
- If you have more shipments than the current limit, you can navigate to the other pages by clicking on the page number or using the right of left arrows (bottom right corner).
- You can also select a different number of rows to show per page using the option at the bottom right of the page.
Filter Inbound Shipments🔗
You can filter the list of shipments by supplier name, created date or status. This can be useful if you're looking for one particular shipment!
For example, to filter by supplier name, click on
Name and start typing some or all of a supplier name in the
Name field. All the shipments for this supplier will appear in the list.
Exporting Inbound Shipments🔗
The list of Inbound Shipments can be exported to a comma separated file (csv). Simply click the export button (on the right, at the top of the page)
and the file will be downloaded. The export function will download all Inbound Shipments, not just the current page, if you have more than 20 of them.
Delete an Inbound Shipment🔗
You can delete a shipment from the Inbound Shipment list.
Select the shipment that you want to delete by checking the box on the left end of the list. You can select more than one shipments to be deleted. You can even select them all using the master checkbox in the list headers.
Open the Select dropdown (top right corner, above the list) and select
Delete selected lines.
A notification confirms how many shipments were deleted (bottom left corner).
Creating a new manual Inbound Shipment🔗
- Go to
- Press the
New Shipmentbutton, in the top right corner
- A new window
Suppliersopens, inviting you to select a supplier
Select a Supplier🔗
- In the
Supplierswindow, you will be presented with a list of suppliers. You can select your supplier from the list or you can type as much of a supplier name.
- Once you have selected a supplier, your Inbound Shipment is created.
Edit the Supplier Name🔗
If you have selected the wrong supplier, you can change the supplier name in the
Supplier Name field or select one the dropdown list:
Enter a Supplier Reference🔗
Once your Inbound Shipment has been created, you can capture a supplier reference in the
Supplier Ref field, if they have one (eg. _ PO#1234567 _)
View or edit the Inbound Shipment Information Panel🔗
The Information Panel allows you see or to edit information about the Inbound Shipment. It is divided in multiple sections:
- Additional Info
- Related Documents
- Invoice Details
- Transport Details
How to open and close the Information Panel ?🔗
To open the Information Panel, you can tap on the
More button, located in the top right corner of the Inbound Shipment view.
You can close by tapping on the
X Close button, on the top right corner of the information panel.
In the Additional Info section, you can:
- See who created the Inbound Shipment (name of the user)
- View and edit the Inbound Shipment color. To edit the color, tap on the colored circle and select a color from the pop-up
- Write or edit a comment
In the Related Documents section, you can see other related transaction document for the Inbound Shipment.
If your Inbound Shipment was created to fulfill a Internal Order, the reference number of your order would appear in this section.
In the future, we would also include other documents such as temperature records, transportation documents or pickslips.
In this section, you will see by default the total cost price of the items listed in the Inbound Shipment.
You can also add a Service charges if you wish to add other charges such as Freight Costs. To add a Service charges to the Invoice Details:
- Tap on the
Edit Service Chargesbutton. A new window opens.
- Tap on the
Add chargebutton on the new window. A new line appears in the list of charges. You tap on
Cancelif you do not wish to add anything.
- Name: select a service charges in the dropdown list. You can customise the list of available charges. Contact your administrator.
- Comment: You can add a comment to provide further details about the new charge
- Amount: Enter the amount of the charge
- Tax: Enter a % of tax for the charge
- Total: The total field is automatically calculated based on the Amount and the Tax percentage
- Delete: You can tap on the
Deleteicon to delete the charge
In this section, you can also edit the tax rate (%) for the cost price. Tap on the pencil icon and enter
In this section, you can see or edit a transport reference number (eg. a booking or a tracking reference number).
Inbound Shipment Status Sequence🔗
The status sequence is located at the bottom left corner of the Inbound Shipment screen.
Passed statuses are hightlighted in blue, next statuses appear in grey.
There are 5 status for the Inbound Shipment:
|This is the first status when you create a new manual Inbound Shipment
|Supplier has confirmed that shipment is picked and ready to ship (applies only to automatically created shipments)
|Shipment has been shipped and goods are now in transit (applies only to automatically created shipments)
|When you confirm that the shipment has been delivered
|When you have verified the inbound shipment
You probably noticed that two of the status values only apply to automatically created shipments. These are created by the system when another store in the system creates an Outbound Shipment to deliver stock to your store. If this is the case you'll see a message near the top of the page:
Note that this message appears differently if the status is
If, however, you've created an Inbound Shipment manually, then the following message shows:
and you'll see that the status bar has only the status values which apply to this type of shipment.
If you hover over the status sequence, a shipment history window appears. You can see the date when a shipment was updated from one status to another.
Located on the bottom left corner, on the left of the status sequence.
Hold checkbox prevents the Inbound Shipment from being updated to the next status.
Close and Confirm button🔗
Click on the
Close button to quit the Inbound Shipment view and return to the Inbound Shipments list.
Confirm button is the button to update the status of a shipment. The status which you can confirm depends on the current status of the shipment and follows the sequence shown below.
When managing an Inbound Shipment, you can only confirm it as Delivered or Verified.
You don't have to update a shipment to next status in the sequence. You can choose to skip some of them to go directly to
Confirm Verified for example.
As demonstrated below, tap on the down arrow of the
Confirm button and select the status you want the shipment to be updated to.
Adding lines to an Inbound Shipment🔗
To add a line, tap on the
Add Item button located in the top left corner of your screen.
Add Item window opens.
Select an Item🔗
Add Item window, you can look up an item by:
- Reading through the list of available items
- or by typing some or all of an item name
- or by typing some or all of an item code
Once your item is highlighted, tap on the name or press
Quantities tab, you can update the following fields:
- Batch: Type here the batch number. Leave blank if item is not managed with batch number.
- Expiry: The expiry date of the batch number. Leave blank is not applicable
- # Packs: The quantity of packs you are receiving
- Pack Size: The quantity of units per pack (by default, pack size is 1)
- Unit Qty (read-only): Automatically calculated based on # Packs and Pack Size (
[# Packs] x [Pack Size])
- If you are receiving more than one batch number for the same item, you can tap on the
On the second tab,
Pricing, you can update the following fields (all are optional):
- Sell: The selling unit price of the item (default value is 0)
- Cost: The purchasing unit price of the item (default value is 0)
- Unit Qty (read-only): Total number of units for the batch number
- Line Total (read-only): Total purchasing value for the batch number (
[Unit Qty] x [Cost])
In the third tab,
Location, you can select a storage location to assign the batch number to a location in your storage facility.
Simply select a storage location from the
Location dropdown menu.
Confirm item and quantities🔗
When you're done, you can add the new line by tapping on:
OKif you don't want to add another line to your shipment
OK & Nextif you have other lines to create
Otherwise, you can tap on
Cancel and your changes won't be saved.
Adding lines to an Inbound Shipment using a Master List🔗
Tap on the
Add from master list button (top right corner).
Master Lists window opens. This allows you to select the required master list. Simply click on one of the lists (if you have some available).
OK on the prompt:
You will then have placeholder lines added to your shipment, which will then look like this:
The imported rows will have zero for the number of packs value, and are therefore shown in a blue font with the batch, expiry, location etc not shown. You can follow the steps for editing these lines, as detailed above.
Editing an Inbound Shipment line🔗
To edit an Inbound Shipment line, simply tap on it. You will be presented with the
Edit Item window, which is identical to the
Add Item window, except that the item is already chosen and cannot be modified.
Edit a Shipment Line🔗
Open the Inbound Shipment you want to edit
Tap on the line you want to edit. An identical window to
Add Itemappears. At this stage:
- Edit the main
- or change the number of packs value at the batch number level
- Edit the main
Delete a Shipment line🔗
- Open the Inbound Shipment that you would like to edit
- Make sure that status is not yet
- Select the line(s) you want to delete by checking the box(es) on the right of the list
- Go to the
Actionsdropdown menu (top right corner, above the list)
- Select the action
Delete selected lines
Receiving stock with an Inbound Shipment🔗
Confirm the delivery of the shipment🔗
Whether your Inbound Shipment is manual or automatic, the first step to receive the goods is to confirm the delivery.
At this stage, you don't have to check if quantities or other information are correct, you just have to acknowledge that you have received the goods from your supplier.
To confirm that an Inbound Shipment has been delivered, click on the
Confirm Delivered button.
Once you have done this:
- Goods are now part of your inventory
- Shipment status is now
SHIPPED before you can confirm that you have received the goods.
Verify your Inbound Shipment🔗
Verification is the last step to receive goods in mSupply. At this stage, you can check what you have received and make sure that that information in mSupply are correct.
You have the possibility to verify the following information:
- Batch numbers and their expiry dates
- Quantity of packs and pack size
- Pricing information: cost and sell prices
You can also capture where received goods are to be stored in the
Once all information have been captured or verified, you can confirm the Shipment as
VERIFIED by tapping on the
Confirm Verified button.
Once you have done this:
- Shipment status is now
- You can no longer edit shipment lines
- You can no longer delete the shipment
Viewing an Inbound Shipment🔗
When viewing a specific shipment, you can view the batches on that shipment grouped by item or with each batch listed separately.
To change the view mode, click the
Group by item switch.
When grouped by item, you can expand the item to see individual batches, or use the expand in the table header to expand all grouped rows. If you click on an item you will also see all selected batches, as shown in this example:
If you do not have enough room on your screen, or simply aren't interested in some of the columns shown, you have the option of hiding which columns are shown in this view.
Click on the
Show / hide columns button which is at the top right of the table. This gives a list of the columns available - you can check the columns you want to see. The options chosen are stored for the current browser, so next time you view an inbound shipment, you will see the selected columns only. If you have chosen which columns to show, then the button is shown in blue to remind you that there are more columns available.