Simplify Your Cross-Company Sales

MYOB Advanced Tips and Tricks #14

Cross-Company sales record the important details from transactions between your entities. Specifically, a cross-company sale is when you fulfil a purchase order from one entity to another in the same organisation or group.

It is important to make sure that the transaction details, key dates, parties involved, transaction value, and relevant documentation are accounted for. There are many reasons why you should manage your cross-company transactions within MYOB Advanced Business:

  • Avoid any misrepresentation of your company’s financial position by creating accurate financial statements,
  • Gain access to clear, real-time data of your cross-company transactions and inventory movement,
  • Create consistent accounting policies and procedures to consolidate your financial reporting,
  • Reduce the potential disputes between your company and its entities as each transaction is accurately recorded,
  • Comply with tax norms and regulations, particularly if your companies operate across separate tax regions.

When done manually, this is a tedious process and can lead to errors due to so many independently moving parts. When processing a sale, you need balanced Accounts Receivable (AR) and Accounts Payable (AP) documents to ensure that your financial records are accurate.

With the release of MYOB Advanced Business version 2021.1, the system now allows sales and purchase orders to be processed between companies and branches under the same tenant. AP documents are automatically generated by exporting information from linked AR documents, simplifying the process and improving your efficiency. While there are many overlapping benefits when completing an Intercompany Sale in MYOB Advanced, this is a slightly different process. Our guide will show you how to complete a Cross-Company sale from the perspective of both the selling and purchasing company.

How to Enable Cross-Company Sales

Before actioning any cross-company sales with MYOB Advanced Business, you will need to enable Inter-Branch Transactions. This can be found on the Enable/Disable Features menu.  The Cross Company Sales feature creates one-to-one documents and is only available for Purchase Order type: Normal. For one Purchase Order, one Sales order will be generated; for one shipment, only one purchase receipt will be created. This process automatically balances your internal documents – so no entity is left without the necessary information.

Cross company sales dashboard 1

Creating a Normal Type Purchase Order

Below are the steps necessary to complete a cross-company sale in MYOB Advanced Business. In our demonstration, “Main” is used as the purchasing company, and “Sub1” is listed as the selling company. Therefore, “Main” is a customer of “Sub1” and is also the supplier of “Main”.

For the purchasing company, on the Purchase Orders screen, they will create a Purchase Order type: Normal against the selling company. By default, the system will place the order on hold.

Cross company sales dashboard 2

Upon clicking Remove Hold, the status of the purchase order will become open, and the system will enable the Generate Sales Order action within the Intercompany Actions menu on the screen.

Cross company sales dashboard 3

Just like an Intercompany sale, the action of generating intercompany sales orders en masse can be performed from the Generate Intercompany Sales Orders screen.

Cross company sales dashboard 4

Generating a Sales Order Document

The staff of the selling company will create sales orders from the Generate Intercompany Sales Orders screen, which will automatically set the status type to Open against the customer “Main”. The sales order will then copy over the purchase order details such as the Details tab and the purchase order number as the Customer Order number.

Cross company sales dashboard 5

On the Shipping tab of the sales order, the system will insert a linked purchase order number in the Related Number field. The staff can verify, update, and get the order ready for processing.

Cross company sales dashboard 6

Similarly, on the Purchase Orders screen for “Main”, the system will automatically insert the linked sales order number in the OTHER tab in the Intercompany Sale section.

As a result, both systems are accurately linked and kept up to date, without manual intervention that can lead to mistakes or errors.

Cross company sales dashboard 7

Creating & Confirming the Shipment from the Selling Company

A shipment can be generated from the Shipments screen or the Sales Order screen in the selling company – “Sub1”. Upon the confirmation of the shipment, the system enables the Intercompany action menu for Generate PO Receipt.

Cross company sales dashboard 8

Generation of the Purchase Receipt from the Purchasing Company

Purchasing company “Main” staff will now generate a purchase receipt. This can be done on the Shipments screen or mass-produced from the Generate Intercompany Purchase Receipts screen.

Cross company sales dashboard 9
Cross company sales dashboard 10

During this process, information is constantly updated behind the scenes to remove the need to make manual updates. The Purchase Receipt, Shipments and Purchase Order screens are given the latest, up-to-date information as you complete the purchase receipt. Shipment numbers, Purchase Receipt numbers, and Purchase Order (PO) History are linked across both systems to be automatically updated whenever new data is entered.

Cross company sales dashboard 11
Cross company sales dashboard 12
Cross company sales dashboard 13

With MYOB Advanced Business, you can display the inventory issued from the selling company that is still in transit or has not arrived at the purchasing company.

Sales Order Invoice Creation

From the Sales Order Invoice screen, an order will be added to generate an Accounts Receivable (AR) invoice. Upon releasing an invoice, the status will change to Open.

Cross company sales dashboard 14

Once released, the Generate AP Document will become available in the Invoices and Memos screen.

Cross company sales dashboard 15

Alternatively, the same documents can be processed or scheduled to be processed from the Generate Intercompany Documents screen.

Auto-Generation of an Accounts Payable Bill

Once the Accounts Payable (AP) Bill is generated, it is linked to the related purchase order and receipt. The AP bill details are also inserted into the Billing History tab of the Purchase Receipts. However, if PO Receipts are not set for auto-release, this will need to be performed prior to the release of the AP bill.

Cross company sales dashboard 16

The cross-company return process requires certain steps to be followed, which begins by creating a purchase return in the purchasing company. For more information regarding this, please speak to one of our consultants.

Whether you are the buyer or the seller, the cross-company transaction is significantly easier to manage in MYOB Advanced Business. You can accurately track your goods and services as well as keep precise and up-to-date financial records. The process in MYOB Advanced Business saves you time when completing a transaction from either side and reduces the need for manual intervention as well as the chances that any mistakes arise.

Within MYOB Advanced Business, the Intercompany Sales process is also available using a similar concept to Cross-Company Sales. The automatic generation of AP documents carries over to your Intercompany Sales AR invoices and AP bills to help streamline the process.

Interested in other ways to optimise MYOB Advanced?

Check out our handy MYOB Advanced Tips and Tricks blogs here:

  1. Generating On-Demand Statements in MYOB Advanced
  2. The New User Interface – MYOB Advanced
  3. Row-Level Security in MYOB Advanced
  4. Generic Inquiries in MYOB Advanced
  5. Fixed Assets in MYOB Advanced
  6. Business Events in MYOB Advanced
  7. Restricted use of Control Accounts in MYOB Advanced
  8. Corporate Cards in MYOB Advanced
  9. Matrix Items in MYOB Advanced
  10. Restricted Visibility of Customer and Supplier Records
  11. Important features of reporting dashboards
  12. The Global Search Function in MYOB Advanced
  13. Learn to Streamline your Intercompany Sales
  14. Simplify Your Cross-Company Sales
  15. Adding one-off public holidays to MYOB Advanced Payroll
  16. Deferral Schedules in MYOB Advanced
  17. Keyboard shortcuts to improve efficiency in MYOB Advanced

We hope these tips and tricks were helpful to you! If you have any questions about Cross Company Sales in MYOB Advanced, our friendly team is here to help. Call us on 1300 857 464 (AU) or 0800 436 774 (NZ), or send us an email.

MYOB Diamond Partner
MYOB ANZ Partner of the Year 2023 Badge
MYOB Consultant of the Year 2023 Badge
Velixo Award 2024
Velixo Award 2023
Prospend 2023 partner of the year
Consultant of the Year Award
Velixo Award 2019
Business awards logo
Excellence in Business Development 2015 AU
MYOB EXO Award 2015
Telstra Awards 2012