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Jacopo Cappellato commented on OFBIZ-9500:
I have voted for this issue! [~paul_foxworthy]'s description of the current situation and the proposed fix is perfect.
On a side note, there are other processes (alternative use cases/corner cases) that may introduce some errors in the accounting quantity values; but we will analyze and fix them after the above changes have been introduced as suggested by Paul.
> Maintain accountingQuantity for all COGS valuation methods
> Key: OFBIZ-9500
> URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/OFBIZ-9500
> Project: OFBiz
> Issue Type: Improvement
> Components: accounting, order, product
> Affects Versions: Trunk
> Reporter: Paul Foxworthy
> Assignee: Paul Foxworthy
> Labels: accounting, inventory, stock, valuation
> From http://ofbiz.135035.n4.nabble.com/AccountingQuantity-COGS-method-and-inventory-valuation-td4700867.html
> *Why accounting quantity?*
> When inventory is shipped, there's an accounting transaction that debits the inventory on hand value and credits Cost of Goods Sold (COGS).
> There's more than one way of deciding what value is added to COGS.
> First and most obvious is the actual cost of the inventory item. But companies may prefer other strategies. OFBiz has the option of three others: average cost, first-in-first-out or last-in-first-out. There's a nice survey of _why_ you might choose one of these at http://www.dummies.com/business/operations-management/choosing-an-accounting-method-for-the-cost-of-goods-sold-expense/, http://www.dummies.com/business/accounting/the-fifo-method-for-cost-of-goods-sold/, http://www.dummies.com/business/accounting/the-lifo-method-for-cost-of-goods-sold/
> Note that if you choose anything other than inventory item cost, the money amount transferred to the COGS account may be *different* to the cost price of the inventory items being shipped. When you choose FIFO or LIFO, the amount may have originated from a different inventory item, received at a different time.
> *Current situation in OFBiz*
> The cogsMethodId field in the PartyAcctgPreference entity is a enum with four possible values: COGS_INV_COST, COGS_AVG_COST, COGS_FIFO, COGS_LIFO..
> The accountingQuantity field in the InventoryItem entity and accountingQuantityDiff in the InventoryItemDetail entity track the quantity of an item still "live" for the purpose of inventory valuation and COGS.
> In the service createAcctgTransForShipmentReceipt implemented in /applications/accounting/minilang/ledger/GeneralLedgerServices.xml
> the accountingQuantity is always set to the same value as the quantity received (i.e. the same as the quantityOnHand) for a newly received inventory item regardless of the COGS method.
> When items are shipped, the service createAcctgTransForSalesShipmentIssuance will only reduce the accounting quantity if the COGS method is FIFO or LIFO (http://svn.apache.org/viewvc/ofbiz/ofbiz-framework/trunk/applications/accounting/minilang/ledger/GeneralLedgerServices.xml?view=markup#l1127). With FIFO, when an item is shipped, inventory items for the product with a non-zero accounting quantity are found sorted from earliest to latest received. The quantity of the item shipped must be decremented from the accounting quantities, starting with the earliest. Similarly, with LIFO, items are sorted from latest to earliest, and the latest item or items are
> In other words, if you have chosen a COGS method of COGS_INV_COST or COGS_AVG_COST, the accounting quantity is meaningless and in OFBiz as of
> now, should be ignored.
> And yet, the Inventory Valuation report uses accounting quantity, regardless of the the COGS method (http://svn.apache.org/viewvc/ofbiz/trunk/applications/accounting/widget/ReportFinancialSummaryForms.xml?view=markup#l535). In other words, the Inventory Valuation report is broken for COGS methods of COGS_INV_COST or COGS_AVG_COST.
> *What should happen*
> The Inventory Valuation report, and anybody else who cares, should always be able to trust the accounting quantity. For COGS_INV_COST and COGS_AVG_COST, maintaining the accounting quantity is simple - createAcctgTransForSalesShipmentIssuanceit should just adjust it to match the remaining quantity on hand.
> No matter what the COGS method, the total accounting quantity for a product across all inventory items should always be equal to the total QOH.
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