The June EPICS newsletter is now available. This newsletter contains the 2017-2018 Wishlist results, a request for feedback on the forthcoming Die Maintenance Module, future EUC information, and EPICS training opportunities.
Major update 9.6 is now available. It includes the new Notifications feature and many important fixes. Read all about it in the May EPICS Newsletter.
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Prices for sales orders may be typed into EPICS during Order Entry. However, EPICS has an optional Pricing Module that can generate the prices automatically based upon pricing rules that you establish.
The Pricing Module is designed to be very flexible in order to allow you to price extrusions in a variety of ways. You can set a plant-wide base price, which would be typically a price for 6063 Solid Shapes. Then for each customer, you can set a variance from that price; for example, two cents under the plant-wide base price. Then on a customer-by-customer basis, you can specify alloy, die type, finish, packing, and die cavity code adders or deducts. In this way, EPICS can build a price for any customer's business. You can also set specific prices on a part number basis for each customer. If you do set part prices, then those prices override the generalized pricing structure for that customer.
Prices are automatically entered during order entry. If a part number has been entered, EPICS will locate that part and determine if there is a special price for that part. If so, it will insert those prices onto the Order Entry screen. If there is not a special price for that part, then EPICS will build a price using the generalized pricing information for that customer.
For each customer, you can set up a base price representing a variance from the plant-wide price. If a customer has no variance from the plant-wide price, then it is not necessary to set this special part for that customer. But if a customer receives, for example, a two-cent discount from your base price, then you would set up a base price for that customer of -.02 cents.
You can also set price adjustments for alloys, die type codes, finishes, packing codes, and die cavities. The Pricing Module properly handles quantity discounts and adders.
In summary, for each customer you can establish prices for the following categories: