Stitchex lets you specify the raw materials components of your products and then calculate and export your total materials requirement to cover sales or production.

Before specifying components of products, you'll need to add some materials to your materials database.

Add a material

Navigate to the Raw Materials page.

Click the + button at the top-right to open the new material dialog:

From here you can specify the various attributes for your raw material including:

  • Material name
  • Color (if applicable)
  • The supplier (optional)
  • A per unit price (in supplier's currency)
  • An exchange rate to use for costing
  • A supplier reference code

While entering details for a new material, you can choose to enter details for a new supplier, select an existing supplier or choose not to associate the material with a supplier.

Supplier details are stored alongside customer and manufacturer details in your companies database. Click the companies tab to view or update supplier data as you would for customers or manufacturers.

After creating your material, you will be taken to the material details page. From here you can edit the material details and view the products or variations that make use of this material.

Deleting a material

To delete a material from your materials database:

  1. Navigate to the Raw Materials page.
  2. Search for the material by name of supplier reference code.
  3. Click the delete/trash icon to the far right.

Please note that you cannot delete a material that is in use as a product component. To hide such a material you should edit the material details and set its "retired" setting to true.

Retiring a material

When you have previously used a material but no longer want to see the material appear in Stitchex, you can "retire" the material to keep it hidden default. To do this:

  1. Navigate to the relevant material details page.
  2. Click the edit/pencil icon to edit the material's settings.
  3. Click and activate the "Retired" checkbox.
  4. Click the "Update Material" button to save your changes.

Updates to pricing and currencies

Updates made to your material database will filter through to your product total costings. For example, updating a material unit price will update the unit price for that material on all products and variations referring to that material.

Similarly, when you update a supplier currency, the currency on the materials referring to that supplier will update. You should note that the exchange rate set on the materials will not automatically update. For example, if you update a supplier currency from EUR to USD and your home currency is set to GBP, you will need to go through your active materials for that supplier and reset the exchange rates to the desired value(s).

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