What is a purchase order?
A purchase order (PO) is a document generated by the buyer that clearly details the products or services your company plans to purchase from a vendor. By providing this document, buyers and sellers both understand what is expected in the transaction.
What is a PO number?
This is a new and unique number generated solely for this document. This number is important because it will be used on shipping documents and invoices to show the transaction was pre-approved.
What information is on a PO?
Purchase orders protect both sides, the buyer and seller, if either makes a mistake. A PO provides legal clarity and concrete instructions for the seller.