Continuing the discussion from Generating invoices from OFN:
After the first pilotes in France have started, and we start to gain visibility, several hub managers and producers have already asked us this functionnality:
Today, there is one invoice generated per order, with, on this invoice, all the products.
That is a problem legally in France, as most of the CSA type hubs, and also in The Food Assembly model, are not considered as “intemediate/middlemen”, but as “business providers”. The difference is that the producer sells his products directly to the end consumer, and the pay the platform (in TFA case for example) and the hub manager for their service.
That has a legal impact, and on tax as well.
So there legally needs to be one invoice PER PRODUCER in each order.
The best way to manage that would be to give the opportunity to the hub (in the hub set-up maybe?) to tell if he wants the invoice to be a compilation of producers’invoices or an invoice in the name of the hub.
If first option chosen, the invoice generated should be a compilation of one order per producer (that’s how TFA works).
I’m not sure yet about what are the implication of this… I guess then the hub cannot have fees that are not applied on products in the shopfront (like delivery options) or then the hub would be considered as the provider of this service and will invoice himself that on a seperate invoice (included in the compilation)