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As a shop manager, you will have to deal with heaps of orders and their accompanying invoices and customer support requests – at least, that's what we wish for you. The daily task of handling numerous orders can be daunting. Luckily PrestaShop does its best to help you wade through them all and successfully handle your customers’ purchases, along with credit slips and the unavoidable merchandise returns.
The "Orders" tab enables you to see all of the information about all the purchases from your store. All of your store's transactions are available there, organized by date (by default, it is set to sort from newest to oldest).
You can filter the results and easily find the orders you're looking for by using the fields above. For instance, to identify Mr. Doe's orders, type Doe into the "Customer" field and then click "Filter".
Viewing Order Details
In order to process the orders you receive, you have to view the information they contain.
Click on the line containing the order, or click on the button to the right of the order.
The order detail sheet fills a full page.
This summary of the order gives you access to:
- The status and history of the order.
- The carrier information, total weight of order and carrier chosen by the customer.
- The method of payment that was used, the cost of the products, and the shipping costs.
- Various details on the ordered products.
In the "Shipping address" of the page, you can see a "G" icon: the enables you to use Google Maps to locate the address on a map.
Sending a message to your customer
In the "New Message" section, at the bottom of the page, you can send a message to your customer to give him information concerning the order, a delay, a surprise, or keep him informed on offers and specials. This is key to good business.
- You can send a message by writing it in the message box.
- Pre-written message can be saved and used multiple times, saving you the hassle of writing them over and over again. If you would like to send one of these messages, select it from the drop-down menu. You can add further details to the pre-written message if needed
In both of these cases, once your message is ready, click "Send". Your customer will receive your message in their inbox (the one indicated in their account).
Each time an order from your store is validated, an invoice is sent out to the customer. If there are no problems, the order status will read "OK" or "Payment accepted." You can download it directly from the order summary by clicking the "Invoice" section in the top right-hand corner of the page.
The customer will be able to access the invoice by going to his account.
If you want to print several invoices at the same time, head to the sub-tab "Invoices" under the "Orders" tab. The invoice interface will appear.
In order to print several invoices, fill in the date range in the "From" and "To" fields in the "Print PDF invoices" section and create PDFs by clicking on "Generate PDF file."
In the second section "Invoice Options", you can choose whether or not invoices should be printed as soon as the order is made, as well as the Invoice Prefix and the invoice number you want listed on the printed version of the invoice. This feature can help you simplify the management of your account. Finally, you can add a text that will appear at the bottom of all your invoices.
When your customers ask for their invoices, you can redirect them to the Order History section of their user accounts, which keeps all of their invoices available for them.
Having different order statuses lets you easily manage your customers. These different statuses are visible and editable in the "Order Statuses" tab.
You can of course create a new status with the "Add New" button. Fill out the form, and save it.
The color will be used to underline order statuses and will be written, like the previously seen color attributes, in HTML code.
When you have to send a message to your customers using the PrestaShop administrative interface, you can choose to save this message in order to send it out again to other customers with similar questions, comments, or concerns.
To do this, go to the "Order Messages" sub-tab under the "Orders" tab. One default message is already saved: "Delay". To add others, click on the "Add New" button. You can also edit the default message.
- In the "Name" field, give your message a descriptive name so that you can easily find it again later.
- In the "Message" field, write out the content that you wish to send to your customers.
Once done, click on "Save".
You can create as many messages as you want.
You can send these messages by going directly into a customer's order:
- Select the pre-written message.
- Edit it if needed.
- Click "Send."
Your customer will receive the message on the email address associated with this account.
Printing a delivery slip is exactly like printing an invoice. Select the dates, as well as the options you would like, and then confirm them to create your documents.
You can also set the delivery prefix, as well number of the next slip in your series.
Under the "Merchandise Returns" tab, you have the possibility of allowing customers to send products back to you.
Click on the tab and a form will appear. Select your choice, the time of validity, and save.
Once you have activated this option in your Back Office, the customer can choose to return an item. In order to do this, he must do the following:
- Access the Orders History section of his account.
- Select the order from which he wants to return an item.
- Select the product(s) that he wishes to return by checking the box next to its name(s).
- (optional) Add an explanation, in order for the store to understand why the item is being returned.
Once the form is complete, the customer clicks on "Make an RMA slip", and the request is sent to you.
A list of returns will appear in your Back Office.
- Click on the name of the return to see more details.
- Change the status to continue with the return process.
Once a package has been returned, you must create a credit slip.
To display more details, go to your list of orders and click on the order for which the customer is returning the item.
Below the "Products" table, do the following:
- Check the item(s) returned.
- Check the box "Re-stock Products" if you wish to put the product back in your stock.
- Check the box "Generate a Credit Slip."
- To make a customer happy after committing an error in their order, consider giving him a voucher by checking the box next to "Generate a Voucher."
- You can also reimburse his shipping costs by clicking next to "Include Shipping."
Once you have selected all the options you want, confirm by clicking on "Refund Products."
The credit slip is now created and will be available in the Order Details well as in the "Credit Slips" tab.
You can click the link to download the PDF.
Your customer will see the slip in his "My Account" section.
If you have created a voucher, they will see it in the "My vouchers" section of their account. If they click on it, it should look something like this:
The amount of the returned item(s) is added to the voucher. The customer can use the discount code (listed in the far left of the column) next time he places an order.
Your PrestaShop online store gives you the ability to interact with your customers thanks to an integrated messaging system.
Basically, your customers can send you messages about their orders through the "My Orders" section of their user accounts. They select the order they want to write about, and then fill out the following.
Once the message has been sent by the customer, it will appear directly under the "Customer Messages" sub-tab, in the "Orders" tab.
Clicking on the message's row takes you to the order that it concerns. You can see the message from this point in the bottom left of the page: it is highlighted in yellow.
Click on the green checkmark to signal that you have read and understood the message.
Take a moment to send a message back to your customer! You can do this by clicking on the "New message" section, which can be found right above, and which has already been discussed.
The last sub-tab of the "Orders" tab gives you access to the basic settings of the PDF files that PrestaShop will generated. Two settings are available: encoding and font. Only change these if your PDF files are not generated properly.