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Fields for Creating New Customer

If you will allow cashiers to create new Customer records in the Contact register from their tills or cash machines, it will probably be the case that they should use a simplified version of the 'Contact: New' window. Use the Fields for Creating New Customer setting in the Point of Sales module to specify the fields that cashiers should see and fill in.

To open the Fields for Creating New Customer setting, ensure you are in the Point of Sales module, open the 'Settings' list and double-click (Windows/Mac OS X) or tap (iOS/Android) 'Fields for Creating New Customer'. The following window will appear:

Field Name
Paste Special    Choices of possible entries
Use 'Paste Special' to choose the fields that will be visible to cashiers when they add Customers to the 'Contact' register.

Type
Paste Special    Choices of possible entries
Specify whether the fields should be enterable or read-only.

Label
Enter the label for each field.
When the setting is complete, click the [Save] button (Windows/Mac OS X) or tap √ (iOS/Android) in the Button Bar to save the changes. To close the window without saving changes, click the close box (Windows/Mac OS X) or tap < (iOS/Android).

If you need to allow cashiers to add Customers to the Contact register, place a "Customer Search" button in the POS Invoice window. The cashier should click or touch this button and then proceed as follows:

  1. When the 'Search for Customers' window appears, the cashier can enter the name or other details of the new Customer, and then click or touch the [Proceed] button.

  2. A list of search results will appear.

    If the new Customer is not listed, the cashier should click or touch the [New] button. The 'Customer: New' window will appear, containing the fields listed in the Fields for Creating New Customer setting.

    If you have not filled out the Fields for Creating New Customer setting, only the No. and Name fields will be visible.

    In the example illustrated above, the field labels "Phone", "Email", "Category" and "VAT Reg No" were taken from the Fields for Creating New Customer setting, but the labels for the Address fields were taken from the 'Address' card in the User Defined Field Labels setting in the CRM setting. For the Address fields, the labels in the User Defined Field Labels setting will take precedence over the labels in the Fields for Creating New Customer setting.

  3. The cashier can now enter the details of the new Customer.
A new Customer created in this way will contain the same defaults as Customers created in other ways (e.g. from the Sales Ledger). For example, a default Customer Category and default Payment Term will be taken from the Contact Settings setting. Other options in this setting such as Require Customer Category and Require VAT Reg. No. will also apply. So, when configuring the Fields for Creating New Customer setting, be sure to include any mandatory fields in the setting. For example, if the default Customer Category requires the entry of a Classification, include the Classification field in the setting. If you are using the Require Customer Category and/or Require VAT Reg. No. options in the Contact Settings setting, be sure to include the Customer Category and/or VAT Reg. No. fields in the setting. Otherwise, cashiers will not be able to save new Customer records because they won't be able to enter mandatory information.

Note that a cashier should not enter new Customers if they ar