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Enable the upcoming Purchase Order module to link to outside applications

My company has an app that services a very large niche market- all of those clients (tens of thousands) also need accounting. Our current app has rudimentary accounting in it but we are seeking to set up a sync with a dedicated cloud-app for all the accounting. Purchase Orders are crucial to this niche market and if we could sync them with Xero via api it would make a huge difference.

(Provide GET/PUT/POST PurchaseOrders endpoint)

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    KevinKevin shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    planned  ·  xeroAdminxero (Admin, Xero) responded  · 

    We’re certainly looking to offer Purchase Order functionality via the Xero API. It is amongst a list of top priority feature requests that we are working through as quickly as we can. There are a few items ahead of this so I’ll change the status on this item when we are actively working on this.


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      • AndyAndy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi, Kevin, could you please give us any ETA when the purchase order might be available through Xero API. We got a project demand this feature right now. Thanks

      • FredFred commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi, can you please provide some indication as to whether or not you will be planning on releasing API for Purchase Orders in the near future and if so any estimated timescale. I believe there is lot more interest than what is expressed via this forum if only everyone knew the real reason why there is a lack of 3rd party integration with Xero Purchase Orders.

      • MohanMohan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It would be really great if you let us access the PurchaseOrders via the Xero API with the facility to create new purchase orders via the API.

        Thank You.

      • DanielDaniel commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please add this ASAP. PO's via the api is the number 1 request of all my clients and right now we have to hack the process with draft invoices as do many others... It sucks because we also use the draft invoices for... well draft invoices, which means when processing we have to be more cautious and it introduces human error into the system. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE open this up via the API.

      • RyanRyan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Absolutely necessary to our business, If this could have all 10 of my votes it would.

      • Paul BrownPaul Brown commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I am working on a number of projects which would benefit from an API for purchase orders. Please add this in asap with documentation, can't express enough how much I need this.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I run three separate businesses with Xero on three accounts. A purchase order API is my one number priority/request. This will streamline the process and increase efficiency. Must have!

      • AccountsAccounts commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please develop an API for Purchase Oorders, this is essential for us to develop 3rd party integrations and until such time we can't even use the PO functionality unfortunately.

      • FilipeFilipe commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I would be delighted to see this working guys, we really have a business need to get PO information from the API.

      • EtienneEtienne commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please create API access! Unleashed manages PO and it would be great if they could be transferred to xero through the API.

      • PetePete commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Like many businesses we need to submit PO's consisting of many line items, as many as 60 per PO sometimes and with our existing PO system we have the ability to easily import from CSV. If Xero API is not possible yet for PO's then how difficult can it be to provide the same CSV import function for PO's that is currently available for Xero invoices? CSV import at least is crucial I feel for many businesses. API would is next most useful feature that is needed.

      • Eion RobbEion Robb commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It is always so frustrating when a new feature comes out and there isn't any supporting API. It makes us look bad in front of our customers when we have to tell them repeatedly that we can't do anything until we're allowed to.

      • Jason HallJason Hall commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Very keen to have purchase orders in our system link though the Xero API to keep customers who use Xero from having to manually enter purchase order details.

      • Vanguard BookkeepingVanguard Bookkeeping commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        From 10 Nov 2013 you can create and send Purchase Orders from Xero! Having Purchase Orders in Xero means you can manage your ordering through to invoicing and payment all in the one place.
        Thank you Xero

      • Chris RutherfurdChris Rutherfurd commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I would like to see purchase orders supported as well...

        Usage Case:
        We currently create a draft bill for each purchase order we need to make which work's okay for us, but then we are running into problems where a purchase order is generated on the last day of our quarterly reporting cycle and is not being invoiced until the second or third day of the following quarterly reporting cycle. At the moment it is meaning that we need to set the date of the purchase order forward by up to one month in some instances but it then makes the purchase order inaccurate in our eyes as we can't easily see the actual date we made the purchase order on. What would be good to have is a separate purchase order system within Xero which would allow us to create a purchase order against an existing supplier contact and provide them with a purchase order number, then when the purchase order is invoiced by our suppliers and sent through to us we are able to convert the purchase order into a bill through a button which we can click on the screen which will then mark the purchase order as billed and create a new bill in Xero with all of the details from the purchase order.

      • Tim DigginsTim Diggins commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'm integrating with Xero a piece of custom scheduling software (we will look at releasing it as an add-on) which manages supplier custom orders / qc as part of the scheduling. It's absolutely critical that we have a way of pushing POs into xero programmiatically.

        Until there's an API for creating and modifying POs programmatically we will be using draft Bills (ACCPAY Invoices) as a means of indicating upcoming Bills (not unlike a PO). obviously this is a bit of an accountancy hack, and we'd prefer to be creating and managing POS

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