Creating a Production Order
A Production Order (or PO for short) is an order form for your manufacturing order. At N.A.bld, your PO includes:
- Cut Ticket
- Customer information (if batching from your e-commerce integration)
- Bill of Materials (BOM) with material tracking
- Tech Pack with cost-per-unit breakdown
- Quote Bid References
- Production Updates
Sample Run Production Orders versus Production Run Production Orders
To start manufacturing, create a purchase order with the form (as seen below). You will be asked whether you would like to create a SAMPLE RUN PO or a PRODUCTION RUN PO. We recommend starting with a Sample Run PO to test the facility you'd like to work with and sometimes, manufacturers require sampling before a Production Run PO can be placed.
Please note, you will only be able to pick a manufacturer from whom you have received that particular type of quote. Please review your quotes and our documentation on Production Quotes versus Sample Quotes to make sure you have requested the correct quote.
Your purchase order form include:
The item you would like to produce
The number of units you would like produced by size
Your desired due date (please note, this must be confirmed by the manufacturer)
The manufacturer partner you would like to use
Once a PO is submitted, your PO will have status PENDING while “Awaiting Manufacturer Acceptance.” During this time, the manufacturer has 48 hours to review and accept or decline a PO.
If they accept the PO, you will receive and update and we recommend calling to confirm next steps.
If they decline a PO, we recommend submitting to another manufacturer or calling your manufacturer to see if it was a schedule or timeline issue.
How to delete a Production Order
To delete a PO, navigate to the bottom of your CUT TICKET and you will see a black DELETE PO button. Click the button to delete the PO. This action cannot be undone.
Please note, you can only delete POs with the status of LIVE or PENDING. POs that are currently IN PRODUCTION or SHIPPED cannot be deleted.
How to combine Production Orders
Combing POs is the best way to higher margins but increasing the PO Cut ticket size and - typically - reducing your labor cost per unit. The most common time to combine POs is when you are combining a pre-sale PO with an inventory run that is created via a manual Production PO. To combine POs:
1. Open the PO that you would like to combine and additional PO to - we recommend the earliest PO related to that product.
2. Click the "Combine POs" under the Cut Ticket
Please note, as per the instructions, combining POs cannot be undone!
3. Confirm you would like to combine POs and voila! You will notice the new PO with the updated combined cut tickets in one PO.
I have a bid but what if I do not see my manufacturer when creating a PO?
If you have requested a bid from a manufacturer previously but no longer see that manufacturer on your PO drop down, the bid may be expired (bids expire after 30 days with no activity) or your manufacturer may be OOTO on Vacation Mode. To check if your Manufacturer is on Vacation Mode, please visit their profile page.
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