You can automatically create a new SKU and a special order for an item not already present in your system (such as items ordered from a vendor catalogue, for example) by using the Special SKU function.
1. First, add a new sku (see: Adding a New SKU) with the word "SPECIALSKU" as the actual SKU of the item, instead of a number.
3. Now if a customer would like to make a special order for an item which is not in your system, just create a transaction and add SPECIALSKU to the sale. (Type "specialsku" (without the quotes) into the "Enter SKU / CODE" field in the transaction window and hit the Enter key.)
4. You will be prompted to enter a description and price for the special ordered object. Fill in the prompts and then complete the sale as normal.
The system will now create a new SKU using the description and price you have just entered, and put it under the department you have assigned to the special SKU. It will also have automatically created a special order for the new item, which can be added to a purchase order (see: Adding Special Orders to Purchase Orders)
*Note* You must refresh your SKU-list for the changes to appear