Within the admin interface there are two places where orders can be viewed and modified (if necessary): the Orders page itself, and the Bulk Order Management page.
The features of both these two pages are discussed below.
The listing order page shows a list view of all orders placed through your shop(s). From here you can access details of individual orders, edit orders and track the status of their payment and shipping. For details of how to create a new order manually for your customer see here.
The page has filters which allow you to select which orders you want to view. You can filter by date, status or the email and name of the customer.
Distributor: This is the enterprise through who's shop the order was placed.
Completed at: This is the date that the order was placed.
Number: This is an arbitrarily assigned order number. An exclamation mark symbol with with word 'Note' to the left of it will show if the customer included a comment with their order at checkout. Hover you mouse above the exclamation mark to view the comment.
Complete- the customer has finished checkout
Cancelled- if admin edits the order and chooses to ‘cancel it’
Cart- The customer is in the process of shopping, but hasn’t checked out
Balance Due- if it’s cash, or bank transfer or eftpos (ie all non automated payments), then the order will be ‘balance due’ by default, until admin members of the distributing enterprise manually mark that the payment has been received, at which point the payment state will change to 'Paid'.
Paid- For automated payments (PayPal, Stripe, PIN for instance), the payment portal will automatically mark an order as 'paid' when it has been processed.
Non-automated payments (cash, bank transfer etc) will also be marked as 'paid' when manually updated.
Credit Owed- If someone has paid for their order, but then you edit their order, and remove an item, the cost of that item becomes ‘credit owed’.
Pending- When the payment state is ‘balance due’ the shipping state will be pending, meaning that until payment is received, shipping should not commence.
Ready- When payment has been received (paid, or credit owed status) the shipping state becomes ‘ready’.
Shipped- After delivery or collection, an order can be manually updated by shop/hub management (edit order) so that the shipment state becomes 'Shipped'.
You can ONLY manually update an order to 'Shipped' if the payment state is 'Paid' or 'Credit Owed'
Customer email: The customer’s contact email. A full list of customer emails can be downloaded in the ‘mailing list’ report.
Total: The total value of the customer’s order
Changing the Payment and Shipment state of an order
Next to each order in the Order list are two icons. Clicking on the edit icon (a pencil and paper symbol) will open up details of the order so that you can review or edit the order details. Below the edit icon will be one of two icons. These icons show the payment and shipment status, and can be clicked to change the status. If a payment has not been received, the icon will show a tick which can be clicked to capture the payment. If payment has been received, the icon will be a road, which can be clicked to mark the order as delivered.
Clicking on the tick icon will change the Payment State to Paid.
Clicking on the road icon will change the Shipment state to Shipped
Capturing a Payment
Capturing a payment will mark it as received. This is helpful if customers do not pay when they order. When you receive cash or a bank transfer from the customer, you can then go in to the Order Listing and capture the payment. To quickly capture a payment as received, or mark that an order has been shipped, you can click on the tick or road icons to the right of the order in the Order List.
Note that this will capture the full amount of the order as paid. if you want to review the order details before capturing a payment, you can select the edit icon to the right of the Order you wish to review. In the Order Details screen, click on Payments to see the Balance owing and Payment Status for this order. From here you can click on the tick to capture the payment. Once captured, the Payment Status will change to Completed.
The payment and shipping status of an order can also be updated when editing the order (see below).
When a shop or hub manager updates the 'Shipment state' to 'shipped' this will automatically send the customer an email to say that their products have been shipped, irrespective of the shipping method. Hence it can cause confusion for orders due to be collected (rather than shipped).
Another source of potential confusion to be aware of is when customers pay for an order on collection. Updating the payment (and then shipping) status of the order after the goods have been collected will send an email to the customer, even though they have their goods in practice.
Editing an order
To the right of an order you will see a pen and paper icon. Click on this to access the order management page where you can edit, modify and cancel an order.
This is what the order management page looks like:
Adding and removing products from an order
You can add a product to the order by selecting the variant you require from a drop down list of those available (at least 3 letters must be typed in to the field box 'Select Variant' for list of options to appear). To remove a product from an order click the rubbish bin icon on the right hand side of the product. You can also change the quantity of each item ordered. Remember to click the update and recalculate fees button to save changes (this will also update enterprise, shipping and payment method fees accordingly, where appropriate).
Changing the Shipping Method
A customer may contact you and ask to have their groceries delivered rather than collect. You can edit the shipping method assigned to the order by selecting the edit symbol to the right of the shipping method:
You then have access to all available shipping methods. Select the one your customer wishes to change to.
Perform Associated Adjustment:
YES: this will update the shipping cost according to the change in method
NO: this will keep the cost of shipping the same as the method chosen by the customer at checkout.
To save changes select the 'tick' icon to the right hand side. To discard, select the 'cross'.
Additional options available under 'Actions'
Resend Confirmation: If you have edited a customer's order, you may wish to resend them an updated order confirmation email.
Send Invoice: This will automatically send the customer an invoice (in .pdf format) by email. Sending an invoice is purely for record keeping purposes, and does not facilitate payment.
Print Invoice: This will generate the invoice in the form of a pdf for printing.
Below is an example of the invoice that is generated:
Please check regional regulations regarding the information legally required to be on an invoice. Currently our invoices are not compliant to French law. Invoices for enterprises which are registered for VAT are not compliant under UK law.
We hope to bring about updates to correct these aspects. In the meantime you may wish to invoice through a complementary software package.
Cancel Order: Cancel the order. It is important to process any refunds or adjustments to an order before cancelling it. A cancelled order can not be edited or refunded.
View customer details
Customer information (email, billing, shipping addresses and phone numbers) are accessible from the menu on the right of the page:
Modify an Order or Record Partial Payment
Click on 'Adjustments' in the right hand menu (screen shot above). On this page you can add or subtract from the order total by selecting the + New Adjustment button.
You may wish to use this functionality to:
grant a discount on an order if a product is damaged
deduct credit owed to the customer from their total balance
To save time you can print multiple invoices at once (rather than visiting each order in turn and selecting Actions-> Print Invoice).
On the Listing Orders page check the box to the left of orders for which you would like to send an invoice. You can increase the number of orders per page from 15 to 100 and select all at once, if desired.
Then click 'Print Invoices' button to the top right of the table:
A Loading page will pop up while the invoices are generated. On completion you will be able to view (and download) a file containing all the invoices for the orders selected:
By default the invoices selected will be printed in sequence in which the orders were completed.
To print invoices only for those orders associated with a specific Shipping Method (or collection point) then sort by 'Shipping Method' prior to batch printing.
Bulk order management
We have learned above that the Listing Orders tab presents a table of the orders per customer. The Bulk Order Management page, on the other hand, details all the products that were purchased in your orders. This functionality is useful for modifying multiple orders at once that may contain the same product (quantity change, product out of stock etc). The page looks like:
Start/End Date: You can filter to display all orders that were placed within a given window of time.
Producer: You can filter for a given producer. This can narrow down the display, if you’re only interested in one product, supplied by one producer.
Shop: You can filter according to the shop at which the order was placed.
Order Cycle: Perhaps the most useful filter, the order cycle filter, will display only those orders which were placed within a selected order cycle.
Quick Search: Before or after applying filters, you can narrow your search down even further by searching for a key word. This could be a name, product, hub, producer, date, order number…
Actions: You can select the check boxes of multiple orders (left hand column), to perform the same function to all of them, such as delete.
Columns: You can select which fields you do or do not want to be displayed in the table:
Rows ('Name', 'Producer', 'Product: Unit') can be sorted according to their content by clicking on the relevant column heading: one click for sorting A-Z, two clicks for the reverse (Z-A).
The Price column indicates price of an item including tax but excluding fees (enterprise, shipping or payment method fees). Fees are recalculated each time an order is modified.
Examples of using Bulk Order Management:
Example 1: You have a stock shortage, and must reduce customer order quantities for a certain product.
In your current order cycle, customers placed orders for 20kg of tomatoes. Unfortunately there was a storm, and you were only able to harvest 10kg. You need to identify all customers who ordered tomatoes, and half their orders for tomatoes.
This can be done in bulk order management, as follows:
Filter according to the date range, or current order cycle.
Search for ‘tomatoes’. All orders for tomatoes within the date range/order cycle you selected will now display.
Click on the product ‘Tomatoes’ in the Product:Unit column.
A box will appear at the top of the page, showing the total quantity ordered (across the date range/order cycle you’ve selected).
You can then adjust the quantity (or delete products) of each unique order in the Quantity column. The Total Quantity Ordered in the box at the top will update automatically as you adjust orders.
No automated email will be sent to customers after you have adjusted their orders. It is good practice though, to manually do so else the customer may be disappointed on collection/delivery.
Here, the amount of tomatoes allocated to each order has been reduced to meet the total available of 10kg:
The ‘Shared Resource’ checkbox
This checkbox allows you to make adjustments to all variants of the same product at once. For example, you may retail tomatoes in 1kg and 3kg bags. By selecting 'Shared Resource' you will be able to edit the quantities of both variants ordered at once.
Example 2: Updating the final weight of products.
When selling indivisible products such as legs of lamb, or whole pumpkins, you may not know the final weight and price of the product until after the customer has placed their order. (Read more here.) You can use Bulk Order Management to update the item’s exact weight once you have the product in front of you.
For the example of a 1kg fish:
Filter for the order cycle or date range of interest.
Search for the desired product
Make the Weight/Volume and Price columns visible.
Enter the actual weight of the fish that each customer will receive in the weight/volume column. The price will automatically recalculate based on this weight.
A Customer’s view of their order
Your customers can view a list of their orders when they login to the OFN, and click on their account (see below).
Here your customers will be able to see the past orders and payments as well as a running balance at your shop (and any others on OFN where they have placed an order).
For non-automated payments (cash, cheque, bank transfer etc) the customer's 'balance' will display as 'owing' until you have manually recorded the payment.
If payments are not updated regularly by a shop/hub manager this can be confusing to your customers as they may have in fact paid but it won't be documented above.