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What's New in Dec 06

Purchase Order & Distribution Build sheets
The Purchase Order & Distribution Build Sheet will be going to the first client for user-level testing early in the new year. We would like to take this opportunity to apologise to those clients who have contributed toward the facilities development; we are somewhat behind on our implementation schedule. The good news is that part of our ‘excuse’ is that we received so many good suggestions/requests that the specification of the product has grown; the delayed product will be a better product as consequence of the delay.

For readers who do not know what I am ‘on about’… These new facilities provide for the creation of purchase orders, and the handling of stock distributions, by means of a ‘By-store’ spreadsheet capability within MINDER. While this facility is primarily aimed at multi-store operations, there is also a single-store option that will serve single-store stores very effectively.

This is a Fee-for-use option but of course there is no charge to those clients who have contributed to its development.

Merchandise Movements Report
This is a new ‘transaction driven’ report and incorporates a date range option. It enables you to see the stock movement of specific Items/Styles with the option of requesting colour/size level of detail. The information required is selected at the time of requesting and can include Sales, Distributions, Purchases, etc. Supplier and Season-code filters are also offered.

This is a Licence-free enhancement, and it will become available after your next general update.

Best/Worst Performance Report
This reporting facility has been significantly upgraded by the addition of a ‘Segregation code’. This new code enables you to, for example, seek out the top performing Styles within a Department (rather than being restricted to the top performers across the entire merchandise range). Also, the facility now handles Zones, and provides additional selectable criteria in the form of Current Week’s Sales and Previous Week’s Sales.

This is a Licence-free enhancement, and it will become available after your next general update.

POS Bonus Voucher facility
This new facility provides for Bonus Vouchers to be automatically generated at the Point-of-sale, when a customer’s loyalty points reach the qualifying level. The points are automatically adjusted, and the created voucher is entered into the vouchers control file. A bonus voucher docket can be printed by the system if pre-printed vouchers are not used.

This is a Fee-for-use option and it will become available after your next general update.

Warehouse Reorder report enhancement
By means of the setting of an internal option (i.e. by Syscap), the historic data reporting can be altered from the default ‘last 6 weeks’ to be the ‘last 6 months’. Also, by Syscap option setting, the reorder can be changed to report and perform calculations based on total stock, i.e. stock at all locations.

This is a Licence-free enhancement, and it will become available after your next general update.

Loyalty system customer sales accumulations
By means of the setting of an internal option, MINDER can be set to accumulate ‘Life-to-date’ sales in the third set of accumulators, rather than dropping off the oldest year to make way for a new year.

This is a Licence-free enhancement, and it will become available after your next general update.

POS Loyalty customer pre-nomination
The option now exists for the POS system to prompt for the nomination of the (Loyalty) customer following the entry of the salesperson code. This will particularly suit clients who have issued VIP cards to their customers, and, for others, it has the advantage of reducing the number of occasions on which transactions are not updated to the customer’s loyalty record.

This is a Licence-free enhancement, and it will become available after your next general update.

General updates and enhancements
We take this opportunity to bring less significant upgrades and enhancements to your attention. They are all Licence-free enhancements, and they will become available after your next general update.

  • Laybys that are fully paid at the time of initial entry can now be finalised via the Layby enquiry screen. There is a new ‘Finalise’ push-button which is enabled if the layby is not finalised, but the balance is zero. The status of these laybys now shows as ‘Fully paid’, rather than ‘Open’.
  • An option now exists that allows Vouchers to be used as ‘Change’.
  • Head-office Loyalty customer maintenance has been enhanced such that to find a customer, you can enter alphas characters in the customer number field and click the ‘Key look-up’ icon for the system to display all names starting with the characters typed in.
  • Store Distribution Invoices can now be selectively printed when invoked from the reporting menu; a specific store or a specific batch. Also, reprints can now be done even if unprinted invoices exist.
  • The store replenishment report screen has been upgraded to offer an option to suppress lines if there is no warehouse stock available.
  • Purchase orders printed by the retail system now include the supplier, and the stores, email addresses.
  • The customer enquiry display at the Point-of-sale now shows the Location that the customer belongs to. (This field can only be changed at head-office).