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===What is a recurring order? Is this the same like a contract that will be renewed? RecurringOrderVersusContract===

A recurring order is an order which repeats at a predetermined frequency - this would normally be some contractual arrangement to initate such a scheme. eg A monthly charge for web-space, the contract is until further notice effectively with a monthly fee.

===Why only autoinvoice when all items on the order are dummies?===

Because orders for physical goods require some physcial fulfillment ie the customer will want to see the goods. A system of fulfillment requires some paperwork to initiate the pick and pack/dispatch of the goods. Only a service, consulting, rental, support contract, a charge for labour etc could be invoiced automatically (I might be missing something -so correct me here if I'm wrong!!) In every case these items would be defined as dummies in webERP - ie no physical stock exists - when no physical fulfillment prompt is required then it is appropriate to allow auto-inovice.

===What has a quotation to do with a recurring order? Quotation = offerte?===

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> I committed the new RecurringOrders.php script that takes an order entered
> through the normal process - using a new button to create a recurring order -
> and inserts recurring orders into a couple of new tables recurringsalesorders
> and recurrsalesorderdetails - miserable to read these lower case tables eh?
> Recurring sales orders allows selection of the frequency, start date and end
> date. Auto invoice only shows as an option if all items on the order are
> dummies ie service lines.
> Quotations are in here too - a sales order can be flagged as a quotation it
> will not appear as an outstanding sales order in the SelectSalesOrder.php
> screen. A new option is available in this script to select quotations for
> modifying. Modifying a quotation to remove the flag turns it into an order -
> which can then be printed and invoiced.
> There is no print of a quotation PDF report - I am thinking something based on
> a generic packing slip but showing pricing and totals ..... any volunteers?
> There is no way to select existing recurring orders - need a script for this.
> I am thinking that a SelectRecurringOrder.php screen perhaps based on
> SelectSalesOrder.php with a link to RecurringSalesOrders.php would allow the
> details of the order to be retrieved and re-populate the $_SESSION['Items']
> cart object - a link from RecurringOrders.php could then allow the user back
> into SelectOrderItems.php and DeliveryDetails.php for mucking about with the
> line items and delivery details respectively - this is a little hairy so
> maybe the better approach is to just delete a recurring order - from the
> SelectRecurringOrder.php screen and re-create in SelectOrderItems.php if
> there are any changes.
> I have yet to write the script that is run from cron to create the orders and
> possibly invoices from the recurring orders created. All good things ....
> I am talking about the webERP module here not the old web-erp module.

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