Three companies have to be defined. One mother company (OpenERP) and two children (OpenERP Belgium and OpenERP France).
On the one hand, the two child companies will be used to support the flow of goods. On the other hand, the mother company will be used to aggregate the different information from OpenERP France and OpenERP Belgium.
To view the companies' structure, you have to add the group Useability/Multi Companies to your user.
Here are the different configurations for the mother and the child companies (for the child companies, do not forget to add a parent company):
Charts of Accounts¶
For each company, you have to define an accounting setting. To do this, go to the Accounting ‣ Configuration ‣ Financial Accounting ‣ New company Financial Setting.
Each of your companies can have its own specific chart of accounts.
Users, Suppliers & Customers¶
The users are used to log in to the system and to give the appropriate access rights to each person. This concept is different from the employee who is created through the Human Resources module.
Each company needs a user to manage the different operations to complete the flow. You can create one user for each company, but do not forget to select the appropriate company in the Contact section of the User form after have added the company in the Companies tab.
In addition to the user, the companies need suppliers and customers. For OpenERP France, you can define one customer who will order the product that will be defined later, and for OpenERP Belgium, you can define one supplier who will deliver the product to the company.
The customers and suppliers go in the same object called Partners which can be classified in three ways: customer, supplier and customer and supplier. This has the advantage that you have to update address data only once.
Customer: log in with the user of OpenERP France, then go to Sales ‣ Address Book ‣ Customers