Finally, the convenience that you have known in accounts receivable since version 2010 has been added to Peachtree 2012’s accounts payable.  The Vendor Management Center can show you a vendor’s contact information, transaction history, and even a summary aging all in one place.

To find the Vendor Management Center, click on the Vendors & Purchases tab that is on the left side of the main Peachtree window.  Then click on the Vendor Management tab at the top of that page.  Out of the box, it comes set to display purchase orders, payments, item purchase history, and totals.  But you can choose as many items as you want from the following list, you can even include the same module more than once if you want to compare different time frames side by side:

  • Aged Payables
  • Expense Tickets
  • Find a Report
  • Item Purchase History
  • Payments
  • Purchase Orders
  • Purchases/Inventory Received
  • Time Tickets
  • Top Vendors: Last Twelve Months
  • Totals
  • Vendor Credit Memos
  • Vendor Information
  • Vendors & Purchases Tasks
  • Write Checks

To select the modules you want to display, click the Customize The Page button that is above the Vendor Management tab.  Simply select what you want from the Available Sections list on the left and click the Add button.  Or if you want all of the modules, click the Remove All button to clear the list, then click Add All.  You can rearrange the list by selecting an item and clicking the Move Up or  Move Down buttons. And you can change the section title with the Rename button.  Click OK to apply your changes.

Once you are back to the management center, select a vendor ID from the drop down list, or use the Find Vendor With: box to search for a vendor based on:

  • Vendor name
  • Vendor type
  • Contact name
  • Telephone/fax
  • City
  • State
  • Zip Code
  • Purchase Rep
  • Any of your 5 vendor custom fields

Below the vendor ID is an envelope button that will start an email to that vendor.  Or you can click on their name to open the Maintain Vendors window.

in the top right corner of most sections, you will find 3 buttons, Print, Send To (can choose from Excel, email, or PDF), and Customize. in addition to adjusting the size of that section, the Customize button lets you add, remove, and rearrange to columns that are displayed.  Sections that display transactions also let you select a date range.  And you can double click on a line to open the original transaction.

I think you’ll find the Vendor Management Center can save a lot of time when you need to research almost anything related to a vendor.