sales > orders > top right, create new order link
this what you mean?
No, I don’t think so. That seems to be a Call Center type function - someone calls you and places an order. You ship them product.
What we need here a Purchasing /’ Receiving (and hopefully, drop shipping) piece.
Let’s say someone orders from my site 2 items: Thing1 and Thing2.
Now, Thing1 is sitting downstairs in my warehouse. Cool ship that.
But - oh oh - I’m out of stock on Thing2. I have to place an order with my vendor to buy more Thing2.
When Thing2 arrives from my vendor, I need to receive Thing2 into my inventory, indicate that the purchase order has been fulfilled. Then, when my vendor sends me an invoice, I match that invoice to the purchase order. Hopefully they match (almost never in real life, though LOL) and we pay him. Also, I need to know that I have customers waiting on Thing2 (that is, I have backorders in my system), so the receipt of Thing2 needs to trigger backorder fulfillment as well.
This is very much analgous to our customer ordering from us; in fact, I’m in the midst of finishing off a module to do all this in osCommerce (*sigh* it’s too late now, too much invested, and too much working well to hop onto magento), and all of the table structures
are pretty much exactly the same between customer orders and purchase orders.