This article is relevant if you need a way to produce NetSuite customer deposits using payment methods.
In my article Solved: NetSuite Customer Deposits and Advance Payment Accounting, I discussed two methods to automatically produce customer deposits to assist in business flows that need better accounting when asking customers for monies in advance of fulfillment. ¬†Those flows take care of significant challenges for invoicing customers to request monies and subsequently properly recognize liabilities for holding funds before fulfillment. ¬† Note, we offer this as a free software bundle to our customers.
In our practice, my firm regularly produces custom integrations between eCommerce systems, such as Shopify or Magento, as well as many other lesser known systems. ¬†When we lead the design for an eCommerce to NetSuite integration, one key discussion is the payment model. ¬†Most companies want to accept credit cards¬†(old school) as well as PayPal. ¬†I also see Amazon used more often as a payment platform. ¬†For readers that follow my articles, they also know that I advocate the use of the Bitcoin payment model (see my previous articles on NetSuite and Bitcoin here) due to it superior capacity to eliminate fraud, extend reach globally, eliminate chargebacks and¬†dramatically¬†lower transaction processing fees (thus, new school).
Since the world is still learning about Bitcoin, most companies seek credit card acceptance. ¬†In this old school method of accepting payments on an eCommerce site, there are generally two approaches:
- Authorize AND Capture: money is accepted at the time of purchase or sale.
- Authorize THEN Capture: money is accepted at the time of delivery.
The old school payment systems use centralized payment processors (e.g, VISA, MasterCard, PayPal) which have a number of rules that govern the fee structure and ongoing merchant account relationships. ¬†The rules favor companies that are trustworthy. ¬†When I see my clients have no trouble producing the delivery of their goods and services from the time an order is placed, I advocate the use of the Authorize AND Capture payment model.
Why Choose the Authorize AND Capture Payment Model?
Under this model, you are electing to receive monies before you actually deliver on your promise. ¬†I suggest that most customers think that the money has moved when paying with a credit card on an eCommerce site. ¬†They believe they are at risk and they naturally expect delivery within the promised timeframe. ¬†Customers also know they have a dispute mechanism to pull back funds (the chargeback) should they not be satisfied with the eCommerce company’s performance.
Under the Authorize AND Capture payment model, most merchants enjoy that there is no concern for an¬†Authorization¬†to expire (usually this is a concern if you authorize a card and five or more days pass between the time you deliver the good). ¬†However, receiving monies in advance does not mean it has been earned. ¬†It is important to recognize a liability when the money is received. ¬†Thus, this is the power of the NetSuite Customer Deposit. ¬†It has the proper accounting to collect cash (or other money substitutes) and record the liability. ¬†Furthermore, if the Customer Deposit is linked to a Sales Order, once that Sales Order is invoiced, NetSuite will automatically “pay” the invoice using Customer Deposit’s available funds.
This capacity is especially valuable if you partially ship and thus produce a back order. ¬†When designing accounting flows, I generally advocate that each shipment be linked to a respective invoice so that revenue is earned and matched with the respective cost of goods sold generated during item fulfillment. ¬†In a partial shipment situation, the invoice will automatically be paid with Customer Deposit funds. ¬†On a subsequent shipment of the back ordered good, that too will be invoiced and the rest of the Customer Deposit is consumed. ¬†There is no need to worry about getting another credit card authorization because the entire funds are in hand. ¬†Bottom line, this method lowers the cost of the business operation by keeping labor out of payment concerns.
NetSuite Built-In Payment Method Customer Deposit
NetSuite finally offers a way to setup credit card processing profiles to support the Payment Method Customer Deposit. ¬†Here, you need to modify two switches. ¬†One is available in Setup, Accounting, Accounting Preferences, Items/Transactions, Payment Processing and then activate the “Enable ‘sale’ payment operations on a sales order by automatically creating a customer deposit.” ¬†See image. ¬†Finally, you then need to turn off the “Authorization” switch on the Credit Card Payment Profile ¬†See image.
A Custom Payment Method Customer Deposit
Now back to our eCommerce example. ¬†Suppose that the eCommerce system is the one charging the credit card, not NetSuite. ¬†Here, NetSuite does not have a built-in offer. ¬† However, we have enhanced our Customer Deposit bundle ¬†(#100126)¬†¬†to effectively support this operation. ¬†All you need to do is create a Sales Order, select a configurable payment method, ¬†and upon Sales Order save, the application will automatically generate a Customer Deposit linked to the respective Sales Order. ¬†Thus, in our eCommerce example, during the integration design, we focus on the specifics of the eCommerce order to NetSuite Sales Order and simply supply the payment method because our app will do the handiwork to generate the linked Customer Deposit.
Finally, this application is not limited to use only in eCommerce integrations. ¬†There may be cases where another payment processor is used and you may need a way to quickly generate a linked Customer Deposit to the Sales Order during order entry. ¬†No problem.
Optimize Your NetSuite Business Processing
My hope is that this article offered new thinking as it relates to receiving monies in advance in a NetSuite managed world. ¬†Furthermore, the ability to drive NetSuite using the SuiteScript platform affords the opportunity to smooth operations while producing the right accounting. ¬†My firm specializes in helping NetSuite driven companies get more out of the platform. ¬†If you are interested in obtaining this Payment Method driven Customer Deposit bundle, we are happy to help configure it for your use case. ¬†Drop me a message and let’s have a conversation.