The Debtor sub-system is designed to maintain current customer information is respect of the value of sales and outstanding amounts receivable, together with orders on-hand. Account transaction details are maintained in an open-item format. In this format, transactions are kept until fully matched by a balancing contra-entry, usually a receipt. If you have the CRM options enabled, access is also available to that, via the functions available in Debtors.
Transactions are kept for at least 2 years or until they are fully matched, which ever comes last. Balances are also maintained for each of 12 last-year periods, 12 this-year periods and 3 next-year periods. In this way, comparisons for sales, etc. can be made between this year and next year. The 3 next-year periods allow you to keep processing without forcing an end-of-year, for at least 3 months after the end of the current financial year.
When goods are sent to customers, a service rendered or a job performed, an invoice will be prepared on the computer. HiFinance automatically posts the relevant information to the appropriate Debtor account and the sales statistics, account status, salesman commission details and, in the case of sale of goods, the relevant Inventory accounts. Also, the General Ledger is updated, as appropriate. These files are updated without further intervention of the operator.
The Debtors sub-system has the ability to calculate tax from sales to exempt Debtors, as well as to produce monthly GST totals and details.
A Debtor-by-Product Sales Analysis allows the user to analyse the quantity and value of each product sold to each Debtor over the current month, or any other period.
The Order Analysis displays details of all forward and back orders by customer or by product, in order date or due date sequence. These are kept on file until the order is labelled as complete.
Receipts and adjustments can be aged to any balance.
It is recommended that the take-on of the Debtor sub-system be commenced at the start of a financial month, not partway through a month. This will facilitate audit control and balancing.
The DEBTOR MENU is accessed as item 1 or <F1> from the MAIN MENU. On selecting this menu the following menu will be displayed:
To return to the MAIN MENU, press <ESC>.
Fields available on the DEBTOR MASTER file.
DEBTOR CODE This is the Debtorís code. This is the code by which the Debtor will be referenced throughout HiFinance. It is an alphanumeric string from 1 to 15 characters long, without any leading or imbedded spaces. Please refer to APPENDIX A for a discussion of the ASCII collating sequence. If you embed a /, the Debtor is said to be a Sub-Debtor (sometimes referred to as a Sub-Account, Daughter or Son Debtor). The portion of the code before the / must be the same as an existing Debtor and the portion after the / must be unique in the group. There must be only one / and it must not be the first or last character. A Sub-Debtor is similar to a normal Debtor except that all outstanding balances will be on the Main Debtor (sales will still be posted to the Sub-Debtor). This facility is used when your customer is a large chain of shops and they require that orders and deliveries be made to individual shops, but that the statement should go to the head-office. Do not use this option if the individual shops pay their own bills.
NAME†††††† The name of the Debtor. It may be up to 50 characters long. This field must not be left blank.
PERIOD BALANCES††† These are the account balances for each by period for this Debtor. They are the amounts still outstanding in each period.
TOTAL BALANCE††† This is the sum of all the PERIOD BALANCES. It is displayed in DEBTOR ENQUIRIES to save you having to add it up. DEBTOR ENQUIRIES also shows a balance for each accounting year.
SALES TOTALS† HiFinance maintains a total of sales for each accounting period. These are not normally displayed on the screen but may be viewed in reports. A quick way of viewing these totals for a single Debtor is to print the Debtorís details in DEBTOR ENQUIRIES.
ADDRESS†††††††††† This is a group of 4 fields (including post-code) that allow you to insert the Debtorís billing address. Use the third line for suburb or county. HiFinance will print these fields on INVOICES and STATEMENTS.
CONTACT†††††††††† Insert the main contactís name here. This field is never printed on INVOICES, etc. It is, however, printed on the AGED ANALYSIS report as a quick reference. When you have the CRM option enabled, you can setup multiple Contacts. Each one of these can have a different set of Phone Numbers and Email addresses. In addition, you can specify which if these is the default Contact for Invoicing, Statements, Orders, etc.
PHONE NUMBERS††† Here you may enter the work, home, Fax and Mobile phone numbers of the contact person. This is useful, quick reference information. This information is not included on any standard external reports. Note that if you use these numbers to export emails, faxes and SMS, you should not embed spaces, or any special characters, into the associated fields. (Eg If you are using a function that sends SMS, you must enter a mobile number and it should not contain any embedded spaces or special characters, otherwise the SMS will fail.)
EMAIL††††††††††††††† Here you may enter the Debtorís email address.
DISCOUNT††††††† This is the standard discount offered to the Debtor. It is used in INVOICING.
CREDIT DAYS & DOLLAR††††††††† These two fields are used in INVOICING to warn you of impending bad debts.
CALC.CREDIT/PERIOD†† This field is only useful if you have set the option COMPUTE DAYS CREDIT ON PERIOD BASIS? in UTILITIES (see SECTION 7.1.2) to A. If you have set the UTILITIES to Y or N, the current field will be ignored. The current field serves the same function as the one in UTILITIES, except that it can be set Debtor by Debtor. Sub-debtors can either have their own setting, or they can inherit the setting of the parent depending on how you set the option SHOW CONSOLIDATED BALANCE IN INVOICING?
CREDIT STATUS††† You may set the CREDIT STATUS to either 0 for APPROVED; 1 for COD, 2 for STOP CREDIT, 3 for CREDIT CARDS or 4 for EFT. If the Debtor is flagged as COD or CREDIT CARDS, a warning will be displayed during INVOICING. If a Debtor is flagged as STOP CREDIT, no further invoices may be produced unless over-ridden by a SUPERVISORís code. Code 4 for EFT is only available if the EFT option is enabled. Also, you cannot set a sub-account to EFT. (See also below.)
NORMALLY PAYS BY††††††† This field is documentary. It is used as a quick lookup for credit managers to see how to expect a payment from this client. You can leave this field blank or you can enter a value from A to Z. These letters correspond to the payment types used in receipting. Eg Q for Cheque. If however, you enter a value here, this field will populate the initial value when receipting.
DORMANT†††††††††† You may set this field to Y or N. The field can only be changed (or set to Y) if you are in the SUPERVISOR mode. When this field is set to Y, no more Invoices or Orders may be entered. The purpose of this field is to effectively archive the Debtor without removing it from the Debtor master-file, so that it can be excluded from normal transaction entry, but still used in mail-outs, etc. Unlike the CREDIT STATUS field, this field cannot be overridden during transaction entry. If you set the option in SYSTEM DEFAULTS, see SECTION 7.1.2, dormant Debtors will not appear in Debtor searches.
SALES TAX CODE This field allows you to enter the Debtorís Sales-tax number. If you enter a value here, HiFinance will not charge the Debtor tax on INVOICES. Exempt Debtors should not be tagged here. They need to supply you with proof, each time they order goods. Provision for this is made in INVOCING. This field is to be phased out after 1/7/2000 in lieu of the GST but is still used, in some sites for overseas transactions.
ABN†††††††††††††††††††† This field allows you to enter the Debtorís Australian Business Number. This field prints on INVOICES after 30/6/2000 in place of the Sale-tax number.
PRICE CODE†† Here you may enter a number from 1 to 8 corresponding to prices 1 to 8 on the Inventory master-file. HiFinance will automatically adjust the sale price on INVOICES, etc to that price level. See also SECTION 3 - INVENTORY.
GROUP††††††††††††††† This allows you to insert the Debtor into a Debtor Group. Many Debtor reports may be sorted and totalled by Debtor Group. See also SECTION 7.2.1 - DEBTOR GROUP MAINTENANCE.
SALESMAN††††††† This allows you to attach a Salesman to the Debtor. Many Debtor reports may be sorted and totalled by Salesman. See also SECTION 7.2.2 - SALESMAN MAINTENANCE. Any commissions will be posted to this Salesman.
OTHER KEY1, 2 & 3† This allows you to insert the Inventory item into any of 3 user-definable groups. Many reports can be sorted and totalled by these fields. These fields will allow any code to be entered in upper or lower case. Care should be taken because searches and sorts will place the lower case entries after the upper case ones, eg a will come after Z. The name of this field may be changed in SYSTEM DEFAULTS, see SECTION 7.2.
SPECIAL PRICING†††††††††† This field allows you to specifically lock this Debtor from having special prices. It is possible to tag a special price for all Debtors. There may be, however, specific Debtors who get their own prices, independent of the special pricing system. In this case, enter N here. See also SECTION 3.5.1.
FREIGHT CATEGORY††††††† This field may be any 2 characters or may be left blank. It is only used in certain implementations where freight is automatically charged on Invoices. For other implementations, it is purely documentary.
PRINT STATEMENT or STATEMENT TYPE†† This field may have one of two headings. If you are not using the Report Server software, you only have the option of answering Y or N to PRINT STATEMENT. The normal answer is Y but if you have a Debtor who should never receive statements, enter N here. If you are using the Report Server software you have more choices. You may still enter N for Debtors who never should receive a statement, but you can also specify how the statement should be generated. You may enter P for by-printer, F for by-fax, E for by-email or A if you wish to be asked when the statement program is run. (Note that Y is not an option.) The last option is used for customers who might sometimes require faxes, sometimes emails, etc but for whom you cannot specify absolute values until the statement is actually run. The last option can make printing of statements very slow because HiFinance will stop and ask you for each customer tagged in this way. However, the option is very flexible.
PRINT INVOICES or INVOICE TYPE†††††††††† This field may have one of two headings. If you are not using the Report Server software, you only have the option of answering Y or N to PRINT INVOICES. The normal answer is Y but if you have a Debtor who should never receive invoices, enter N here. If you are using the Report Server software you have more choices. You may still enter N for Debtors who never should receive an invoice, but you can also specify how the invoice should be generated. You may enter P for by-printer, F for by-fax, E for by-email or A if you wish to be asked when the invoice is about to be printed. (Note that Y is not an option.) The last option is used for customers who might sometimes require faxes, sometimes emails, etc but for whom you cannot specify absolute values until the invoice is actually entered. Note that reprinting of invoices always invokes the Y or A option, as appropriate.
SORT INVOICE LINES†† This field is not used by most sites and can safely be ignored by most users except that the response must be Y or N. The field specifies that a customer requires their Invoices sorted by OTHER-KEY.
MINIMUM BALANCE†††††††††† This field is optional. It represents the minimum credit balance your wish this Debtor to have. This field is used when the Customer must retain a positive balance to trade with you. Examples are card systems, open purchase systems. If you do not use this field, leave it as zero. If you enter a value for MAXIMUM BALANCE but leave the value for MINIMUM BALANCE as zero, it will be equivalent to setting the ACTION AT MINIMUM to EGNORE.
MAXIMUM BALANCE†††††††††† This field is optional. It represents the maximum or target credit balance your wish this Debtor to have. This field is used when the Customer must retain a positive balance to trade with you. Examples are card systems, open purchase systems. If you do not use this field, leave it as zero. If the MINIMUM BALANCE is entered, the MAXIMUM BALANCE must be higher. (They can both be zero.) Where fully implemented, HiFinance can automatically pull monies from the customerís account to make this customerís credit balance match this value. Thus, care should be taken not to enter a value that is too high.
ACTION AT MINIMUM††††† This field tells HiFinance what to do if the credit balance falls below the MINIMUM BALANCE. Not all options will be valid for all installations, eg the option to SMS will not be available if you do not have any way of automating that function. However, the field can be exported and the report used to manually achieve the contact with the customer.
Valid values are:
Blank††††††††††††††† Do nothing (Choose this option if the customer no longer wishes to be notified.)
S††††††††††††††††††††††††† Send SMS
E††††††††††††††††††††††††† Send Email
F††††††††††††††††††††††††† Send Fax
C††††††††††††††††††††††††† Call Client
D††††††††††††††††††††††††† Make a Direct Debit. This can be via a Credit Card or Bank Transfer, depending on CREDIT STATUS.
MODIFIED ON/AT/BY† This displays the last time this Debtor record was modified (eg description). It is stamped with the date, time and the usercode of person who did the modification.
LAST SALE/RECEIPT ON / FOR†††††† These are quick reference fields. They are displayed during ENQUIRIES. HiFinance automatically maintains them when transactions are entered. You cannot change these fields manually.
NOTE††††††††††††††††† This is a field that allows you to attach a comment to the account. For instance, you might use this to store specific requests from this customer This field displays on the INVOICE (just on the screen) and might also warn the operator that this customer should get the best price or should be called before continuing, etc. The contents of this field is displayed, in a box, on the right-hand side of the screen in DEBTOR ENQUIRIES.
DELIVERY ADDRESS††††††† This allows you to enter a Delivery address that is different to the Billing address. This address is printed on INVOICES. Note that this field is 1000 characters long. Not all Invoice formats can handle such a large field and, if this is the case, the information might be truncated.
DELIVERY INSTRUCTIONS††††††† This allows you to enter any special Delivery Instructions. These instructions will be printed on INVOICES. Note that this field is 1000 characters long. Not all Invoice formats can handle such a large field and, if this is the case, the information might be truncated.
EXTRA SALES ORDER LINES†† This is a collection of 8 flags. This only appears if you have enabled to option in SYSTEM UTILITITES (see SECTION 7.1.2). Each line that is enabled will cause Sales Orders and Picking Slips to add the appropriate Inventory line to end of the printed document. For more information, see SECTION 22.214.171.124.
The following fields are specific to certain installations:
BPAY REFERENCE This field is generated automatically, if you have the BPAY option enabled. The length of the number generated depends on how the option is setup at your installation. This number is only assigned to main Debtors and is only viewable in DEBTOR ENQUIRIES. Any subsidiary Debtor will display the BPAY reference number of its parent. The Bpay option needs to be enabled via your dealer. It is will not work if you simply enter a Bpay code into the Company details. Enabling Bpay is not a simple function and it requires communications with your Bank. Once it is enabled, you need to pack the Bpay master-file using the menu option 126.96.36.199. Here you will be asked for a starting Bpay number. Typically, you should enter a number like 1000000. This will scan all the Main Debtor accounts (those without /) and create Bpay codes for all of them. The length of the code will be one digit greater than the number of digits you enter. Ie if you enter 1000000, the first number assigned will be 1000000X, where X is a check digit. (Note that a 7 digit starting code will create an 8 digit Reference number range.) Not all numbers can be assigned. HiFinance will assign the next valid Bpay number using the Bpay check-digit system code 1. From that point on, HiFinance will automatically assign Bpay reference numbers for all new Debtors. When searching for a Debtor, eg when entering a payment, HiFinance will accept a Bpay code and automatically translate it to the Debtor code.
USER PASSWORD††† This field is generated automatically, if you have the WEB INTERFACE option enabled. The number is always a 6 character filed and can be updated using a special program available from the SYSTEM UTILITIES menu.
The following fields relate to using the EFT option and then only if you have set the Debtorís CREDIT STATUS field to 4.
BSB†††††††††††††††††††† You must enter this field. It must be a 6 digit numeric field. The field represents the Debtorís Bank. HiFinance automatically inserts the hyphen, required by the banks.
ACCOUNT NUMBER You must enter this field. The field represents the Debtorís Account number. The field should be left justified and not contain any imbedded spaces. Hyphens are allowed.
EXPORT ON ANY DAY††††† If you are able to EFT to the Debtorís account on any day, enter Y here, otherwise enter N.
EXPORT ON DAY††† If you have entered N for the EXPORT ON ANY DAY field, you may enter one or two day numbers here. The numbers represent the day of the week you are able to EFT to the Debtorís account. Numbers start from 1 being Monday to 7 being Sunday. 0 means, not used. You must not enter the same number in both fields (except 0). If you only wish to use one day, make the second one 0 (not the other way around). If you have entered Y for the EXPORT ON ANY DAY field, both fields must be set to 0.
DAY OF MONTH††††† If you have entered N for the EXPORT ON ANY DAY field, and you have left both EXPORT ON DAY fields 0, you must enter either 1 or 2 numbers here. These represent the Day of the Month you are able to EFT to the Debtorís account. The number must be 1 through 31. The 2nd one can be zero, if not used. If you choose a number such as 31 and there are not that many days in a particular month, the EFT will occur on the 1st day of the next month. This may be confusing, so it is best to enter numbers no larger than 30. Typically, the numbers entered are 7 and 21.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††† If you have entered Y for the EXPORT ON ANY DAY, or you have entered any non-zero values in the EXPORT ON DAY fields, DAY OF MONTH field must be set to 0. In summary, you can either export every day, 1 or 2 specific days of the week, or on a specific day of the month.
CALCULATE BY PERIOD This is a special function that only relates to payment by month (see above). You can only enter a Y here if you have chosen to export by DAY OF MONTH. If you enter Y, the first day (and there may be only one) will ignore any transaction not in the current month. This means that if you wish EFT payments to occur on the 7th, all outstanding transactions will be included, from last month and before, but none will be included for the current month. If you have entered a second extraction date, eg 21st, all transactions up to and including the 21st will be included in the EFT payment. If, on the other hand, you enter N here, the 7th will mean: extract all outstandings up to, and including, the 7th. How you set this field, depends on how you have contracted to charge your client.
WITH LEGAL†† For most sites, this is documentary. If your installation automatically bills overdue charges at the end month, setting this field to Y will suppress the function for this one Debtor. If you have sent this Debtor for collection or legal processing, you should not charge an overdue value. This field is changed manually. If you are using the auto-allocation program (which auto-allocates Credits against Debits overnight) Debtors that a tagged with a Y here, will be skipped.
LAST OVERDUE CHARGED ON†† For most sites this field is documentary. In some installations, HiFinance automatically charges overdue fees. In this case, a late fee will trigger this field. This stops HiFinance from charging overdue fees more than once in the month. Any over-due fees will still be charged, unless the WITH LEGAL field is set to Y
LAST INTEREST CHARGED ON††††††††††† For most sites this field is documentary. In some installations, HiFinance automatically charges interest on overdue transactions. In this case, a late fee will trigger this field. This stops HiFinance from charging interest more than once in the month. Any percentage fees will still be charged, unless the WITH LEGAL field is set to Y.
LAST WARNING SENT ON††††††††† If you have a site which uses the LAST OVERDUE CHARGES, this field displays the last time a warning was sent to say that the OVERDUE will be charged. There are 2 warnings that can be sent. The first one is usually 3 days before the account will become overdue. The second is sent 3 days after overdue. The account normally becomes overdue 7 days after the account should have been paid. This allows for cheques and bank transfers to be imported
ACTION O/DUE WARNING††††††††† This defines the method of dealing with the warnings above. HiFinance can send messages via email or SMS when the account is about to become overdue. If you leave these fields blank, no message will be sent. Also, there is ACTION OVERDUE which refers the error message will be sent when the account actually becomes overdue.
AUTO SET STOP-CREDIT††† If you enter Y here, HiFinance will automatically set the credit status to STOP CREDIT if an overdue charge is made.
AFTER WAITING††† This field if independent of the day the EFT is generated. HiFinance will look at the date of the transaction and only create an EFT if the number of days entered have passed. For instance, if you create an INVOICE on the 3rd of the month and the AFTER WAITING field is set to 2, HiFinance will not generate an EFT until the 5th of the month. If you do not run an export on the 5th, the EFT will still be generated on the 6th, or whenever the next export is run. If you set this field to zero, an EFT could be created at any time. This means that an INVOICE entered in the morning could be EFTíd in the afternoon (assuming the other parameters allow it).
The following fields relate to using the FUELS option.
BANK-GUARANTEE This field contains the value of any Bank Guarantee you have from the Debtor. Normally, this is only relevant for the main Debtor. This field may not be the same as the value of any credit limit you choose to give the customer.
CREDIT APPLICATION RECEIVED†††† This field is documentary. It is set to N initially and then changed to Y (manually) when the customer signes their Credit Application. There is no specific report for this field but it can be exported.
CONTRACT††††††† If you have established a Contract with this customer, enter Y, otherwise enter N.
STARTS ON††††† If you have entered Y in the CONTRACT field, you must enter a non-zero, valid date here. This is the date the contract starts on.
EXPIRES ON†† If you have entered Y in the CONTRACT field, you must enter a non-zero, valid date here. This is the date the contract e
MONTHLY MINIMUM PURCHASE††††††††††† If you have entered Y in the CONTRACT field, you must enter a non-zero value here. This is the monthly purchase, in litres, required to be purchased by the client.
PENALTY RATES††† If you have entered Y in the CONTRACT field, you may enter up to 5 penalty rates. Each one requires a percentage missed of the target MONTHLY MINIMUM PURCHASE, and a penalty value. Eg 5pc/$1000 means that if the purchase total for the month is less than 95% of MONTHLY MINIMUM PURCHASE the customer should be charged $1000. The rates should be entered in order of increasing percentage value and the dollar amounts are not cumulative.
STATE††††††††††††††† This field contains a state number. It is a number from 2 to 8, where:
†††††††††††††††† 2 = NSW (inc ACT)
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3 = Victoria
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 4 = Queensland
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 5 = South Australia
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 6 = Western Australia
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 7 = Tasmania
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 8 = Northern Territory
ZONE††††††††††††††††† This field states which Zone the Debtor is in, within the state. Each Zone contains a list of Government Rebate values (which might be zero).
DO DISCOUNTS INCLUDE FREIGHT† If you have entered N here, the DELIVERIES program will add Freight onto the sales price.
ARE PURCHASES EX-GATE††††††† If you enter Y here, the DELIVERIES program will only allow one Debtor per delivery and will not require Freight to entered.
FUEL TYPE††††† This heads up a column of up to 20 fuel types, as defined in FUEL MAINTENANCE.
ACCEPTED††††††† You may specify here, which Fuels can be sold to this customer.
DISC cpl††††††† For each accepted Fuel, you can specify a Discount from Gate Price. Enter Discounts as a negative number. A positive number will add to the price. There are two options for pricing. If you choose to price your fuel as cost-plus, you should enter the BUY and SALE prices of the fuels as the same and enter a positive discount (ie a markup). If you choose to price as sale-minus, you should enter the BUY price, the base SALE price as different value and then the discount. For further details on BUY prices see SECTION 3.5.6I.1. For further details on sell prices see SECTION 3.5.6I.2.
SOURCE DEPOT††††† This field is documentary. It states the Depot the fuel is normally picked up from, for this customer.
The following fields relate to using the UNITED CARDS option.
This option changes some of the meanings of certain functions and fields. Debtor sub-accounts contain just enough information to represent a Card. Specifically, the DEBTOR NAME represents the name on the card, which is often different than the account name. OTHER KEY 2 is normally renamed to CARDNUMBER. This is described below. The CREDIT STATUS field is displayed as ACTIVE, as described below.
There are several stand-alone programs that link the current Debtor/Card information to the program that allows Voucher entry. These run automatically and the Voucher transactions are automatically uploaded as invoices to the Debtors/Salesman/Creditors/Inventory and General Ledger files. In this system, Debtors represent Accounts and Cards; Salesmen represent the Sites for the purposes of totalling the Sales and Commissions (Payments) and Creditors represent the Site Rebates.
Note that overdue charges are not charged for certain Groups. This list is changed from time to time but currently includes the following:
In addition, if an account has a negative balance (credit) and has a non-zero value in the MINIMUM BALANCE and MAXIMUM BALANCE fields, it will be ignored by the Overdue Charges routine.
NAME ON CARD††††† This field is the NAME field on the Debtor, but is entered and displayed with this prompt when a Card is entered. A card is defined as a Debtor sub-account. The sub-account numbers must be in a specific format:
U = United prefix = 78972500. The sub-account code will be U followed by the last 8 digits.
N = Norvac prefix = 7046anything. The sub-account will be N followed by 4 digits.
P = Prepaid prefix = 78972501. The sub-account code will be P followed by the last 8 digits.
G = Gift prefix = 78972502. The sub-account code will be G followed by the last 8 digits.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Note that in general the following is true:
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Special Cash Cards†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 7001230000000011 (Diners)
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 7001230000000012 (Amex)
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 7001230000000013 (EFT)
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Diners Club Cards start with†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 300
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Amex Card start with††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 34
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† United Cards (private cards) start with††††††††††††††††† 7 (including Test Cards)
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† EFT Cards start with†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 5
TRADING NAME††††† This is entered on the master-account. It is displayed on the Card record as a visual check.
CLASS††††† This field is a non-compulsory field that can be used to tag a customer with a class. Normally, the class refers to how this customerís account is backed-up. Eg Insurance, Bank Guarantee, etc. The options available are defined in the CLASS TABLE MAINTENANCE. (See SECTION 188.8.131.52U.)
A.C.N.†††††††††††††† This is an optional field. Here you enter the A.C.N. for this Account. There is no test for valid A.C.N.s, unlike ABN.
ACCOUNT STARTED ON†† This field cannot be modified. It is set when the account is initially loaded onto the system. It is mostly documentary. However, it can be exported and can be used to extract a list of accounts that might be a few months old and should be contacted.
INTRODUCED BY††† This field is mostly documentary, but it can be used to tag the account, and when used with ACCOUNT STARTED ON, it can be used to, for instance, send a finderís fee to the Introducer.
ACCOUNT CLOSED ON††††† When you close an account, you can set the DORMANT field to Y, but you can also set this field to a date. If you put a date in this field, you should also set the DORMANT field to Y, although this is not forced. The reason for separate fields is that you can make an account dormant without closing it.
REASON CODE If you set a date for ACCOUNT CLOSED ON (above), you must also enter a reason code. This is number from 1 to 30 and the list may be found in CANCELLATION REASONS (see SECTION 184.108.40.206U.1). You may not choose a number that does not have a description value and you cannot enter a REASON CODE unless there is a date in the ACCOUNT CLOSED ON field.
CONTRACT STARTS/ENDS††††††††† This field is documentary only. It documents the date that the latest contract is valid for.
STATEMENT FEE††† This field represents a fee chargeable for sending out a statement. Currently, this field is documentary, only.
FEE PER CARD††††† This is the basis of a journal that is created to charge the Debtor for the use of their cards. The value is ex-tax and is used to automatically update the AUTO-JOURNAL. Every time you ADD, MODIFY or DELETE a card, HiFinance will add up the number of ACTIVE cards and multiply it by this value to created the AUTO-JOURNAL.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††† One special case: For Group 03 Debtors (for 2010/11) the FEE PER CARD is actually a FEE PER ACCOUNT and is stated as such on the screen. If there is at least one active Card, Group 03 Debtors will be charged the fee, as entered and this will not be multiplied by the number of Cards.
PROMOTIONAL DATE TILL††††††† This is a special field that, if entered, creates a 2nd journal that cancels out the FEE PER CARD journal. This is used when a customer is going to be charged but the charge is withheld for a period of time (ie a promotional period). When the promotional period expires, the account is automatically charged the fee.
FEE PER PURCHASE††††††† It is possible to charge a account by transaction rather than by card. The two functions are mutually exclusive. If you enter a value here, the end of month procedure will need to scan for purchases of this type.
CARD REPLACEMENT FEE††††††††† Here you enter the fee the customer will be charged when they ask for a replacement card. When entering a new card, the value from the SYSTEM DEFAULTS will be inserted, but this can be set to any value.
EXPRESS POST CHARGE ††††††††††† Here you enter the fee the customer will be charged when they ask for a replacement card to be sent by express post. When entering a new card, the value from the SYSTEM DEFAULTS will be inserted, but this can be set to any value.
CHARGED†††††††††† This carries a value of (M)onthly, (W)eekly, (Y)early. Currently, this field is ignored as the CARD FEES are always billed at the end of the month.
VOLUME DISCOUNT†††††††††† This is a value entered in cents per litre. When the Statements are run, the process called APPLY VOLUME DISCOUNTS (see SECTION 138U7) uses this value to apply a Loyalty Discount.
MONTHLY TARGET LT AND VALUE†††† This is an optional field used for checking that the Customer has reached their target. This is normally associated with offering a Customer a certain discount if they achieve a certain volume of perchases.
SEND PROMOTIONAL INFO††††††† This field states that the Customer should receive Promotional Material. If they have opted out, enter N here.
CONTRACT PRICING††††††† A client can either purchase at pump price or they can be placed on a contract. If you choose Y here, several more fields will open. Whenever any changes are made to this calculation, the following programs should be updated: IMP-4COM, IMP-IVR, IMP-OPT, IMP-PCE, IMP-U12, PUCD12 & PUCD19.
If you choose to enable CONTRACT PRICING, you will need to enter the following information.
HOME STATE†† This field is used to calculate the State Markup. This is the value added to the Gate price as part of the calculation of the Contract Price (see below). The State Markup is entered in MARKUP BY STATE (see SECTION 3.5.6U.2).
USE SETTELMENT DISC This is a special function, only available if Contract Pricing has been enabled. If you enter Y here, the Customerís discount will not be applied when the invoice is created. Instead, you will be given the option to apply the discount when the payment is received. Entering an N here, will cause the discount to be applied as the transaction is processed. It is more useful for Customers who pay electronically.
DISC (cpl)†† For each Fuel, ie PLUS, ULP, DIS, LPG, PULP, PRE100, E85, ADBLUE and PREDIS, you may enter a discount. This is used as part of the calculation of the Contract Price (see below).
NET MARKUP†† This is a quick reference table that shows what the Customerís markup is, by fuel type. It uses the HOME STATE markup and subtracts the Customerís discount. As the customer will also be on-charged the freight, it represents the gross profit of any sales.
If you choose not to enable CONTRACT PRICING, you will need to enter the following information.
DISC (cpl)†† For each Fuel, ie PLUS, ULP, DIS, LPG, PULP, PRE100, E85, ADBLUE and PREDIS, you may enter a discount.
START/END DATE For each Fuel, you must enter a START and END date. These are the dates when the discount is effective from and to, inclusive. The END date must be greater than the START date. If the discount is permanent, use the default values of zero for the START date and 31/12/9999 for the END date. Both entries must be valid dates, even if the discount is zero.
Two functions keys are also available in ENQUIRIES:
F6†††††††††††††††††††††† This will calculate the price that a customer will be charged on any specific day. You are asked for the PICKUP DATE and the SITE code. When you enter these, HiFinance will load the Terminal Gate Price (TGP) for the day and align the Site and thus the freight. Then each Contract Price will be calculated as TGP + freight Ė discount.
F9†††††††††††††††††††††† This option is only available if the Customer is set for Settlement Discount. HiFinance will scan through all the transactions for last-month (based on the date at the top of the screen) and calculate the available discount. This is the same calculation used for STATEMENTS and RECEIPTS.
CARDNUMBER†† Thus is actually OTHER KEY 1 but is named CARDNUMBER as this is what it represents. You can search for a record by CARDNUMBER in selected programs.
PIN†††††††††††††††††††† Thus is actually OTHER KEY 2 but is named PIN as this is what it represents. The PIN is exported to the various interfaces, eg IVR, and, if non-zero, becomes a required field when the customer makes a purchase.
DEPT.CODE††††† Thus is actually OTHER KEY 3 but it represents the Department in which the Card is associated. This has no baring on HiFinance, but it is used in certain reports, eg FUELTRAC, as is a requirement from some Government Departments and some other large clients.
ACTIVE?†††††††††† This is a renaming of the CREDIT STATUS field. An account can be overall enabled but the card can be ACTIVE or INACTIVE. You should not normally post to an account that is on STOP-CREDIT, but even if its credit is OK, the card itself may be stopped.
USED AT POSTEC?†††††††††† This field is used to trigger certain exports. When the card list is exported to POSTEC, it only exports those cards that have a Y in this field.
USED AT OPT?††††† This field is used to trigger certain exports. When the card list is exported to Transequal and Tweb, it only exports those cards that have a Y in this field.
THIS CARD CAN BE USED TO PURCHASE† This is a collection of fields. Each one represents a fuel type. You must enter either a Y or N in each field. Most of the external import mechanisms (eg PC-EFTpos) use this information to filter which items may be purchased on this card.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††† The current list of fuels is:
5††††††††††† PREMIUM ULP
6††††††††††† PREMIUM 98
13††††††††† PREDIS (PREMIUM DIS)
††††††††††††††††††††††††††† This list is used, consistently, throughout the system. (Note that the numbers are out of sequence. This is historical and deliberate.)
MONTHLY LIMIT (VALUE)?†††† This field is zero, for no limit or you may specify a monthly dollar limit. This will only work with PCEFTpos, QuickFuel and UCT terminals. It will alert the system to only allow the specified limit on that card. This is independent of the limit on the account. This is used when a customer wishes to limit an individual card holder to a specific limit, which would otherwise be allowed to use up the total account limit. This value includes all transactions for the card, including Shop Sales, etc. For POS devices other than PCEFTpos, HiFinance simply puts a stop on the card until the end of the period.
DAILY LIMIT (VALUE)?††††††††† This field is zero, for no limit or you may specify a daily dollar limit. This is independent of the limit on the account. This is used when a customer wishes to limit an individual card holder to a specific day limit, which would otherwise be allowed to use up the total account limit. This value includes all transactions for the card, including Shop Sales, etc. Note that there is potentially a timing issue on this function. HiFinance can only stop the card once the limit has been hit. Thus, the first transaction for the day will go through, up to the account limit. Then HiFinance will set a stop on the card and no further transactions will be allowed until the card is released. Note also that some POS systems update on a 24 hour cycle or are erratic in their update schedules. This might cause a card, at say an OPT, to be not triggered at all, or held on stop for an extra day.
MONTHLY LIMIT (LT)? This field is zero, for no limit or you may specify a daily litre limit. The restraints on this function are the similar to the DAILY LIMIT (VALUE). The main difference is that only litres are added up (ie for fuel only).
SEND PROMOTIONAL INFO?†††† This field is documentary but it is used when deciding if a customer has opted into receiving promotional information. It is automatically set when the customer is created via VEDA. The options are Y for send and N for donít send.
FORCE ODOMETER ENTRY?††††††† This field relates to the entry of odometer readings when entering a purchase. It only relates to Quick Fuel sites. There are 3 options: Y means force an entry and make sure that it is greater than the last one. A means that the entry is optional, ie it can be zero. Entry is allowed but no specific tests are made for correctness. N means that the option does not appear at the POS.
EXCEPTION HANDING (RED-FLAG)† If a Y is entered into any of these, the flag will not be triggered for that card. This is used to control the end-of-day exceptions report.
IF > 2 PURCHASES PER DAY?††††††††† This will trigger an exception if the card is used more that 2 times in a day. For some cards, eg Taxi, this needs to be disabled.
IF NOT USED FOR 30 DAYS?††††††††††† This will be triggered if the card is not used for at least 30 days.
IF THE CARD IS USED IN > 1 SITE ON THE SAME DAY?††††††††††† If the card is used in multiple sites, on the same day, an exception will be triggered.
IF MORE THAN 30% FROM AV OF LAST 6 PURCHASES?††††††† HiFinance will add up and create a 6 purchase average. If the current transaction is too different to the average, an exception will be triggered.
IF MORE THAN $100 PER DAY IN SHOP SALES?††††††† If the card is used for SHOP-SALES (with or without GST) for more than a total of $100 in a single day, an exception will be triggered.
DUPLICATE PURCHASE WITHIN 1 MONTH?†††††††††† This flag looks for an exact match in the last 30 days. An exact match must be for the same fuel and dollar value.
LAST 3 FUEL PURCHASES NOT SAME AS CURRENT?†† This will flag a card that is suddenly used for a different fuel type.
SALES LOST REPORT?†† The sales-lost report looks for a sudden drop in usage. The report shows the percentage and litres lost when compared to the last month. This report is run monthly.