December 2018

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Sat, 01/12/2018 Cake Bake & Sweets Show

As we have many cafe and bakery point of sale systems, the organisers gave us free tickets to  Cake Bake & Sweets Show.

Which is great as it gives me a chance to both see our clients and enjoy what is stated as "Australia's original live event for baking, cake decorating, sweets and desserts—a true festival of deliciousness!"

 
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Tue, 04/12/2018 7 Tips for fairs and shows

Trade fairs

Watching the Cake and Bake Show this weekend and as over the years, I have done a lot of trade shows and fairs, and so I've put together 7 tips you should think through before going to a fair.

Is the fair right for you?

 
 
Wed, 05/12/2018 Fairfax commission rates for December 2018

This is a composite I created for the current margins.

 

Margin analysis Fairfax Dec2018
Margin analysis for Fairfax Dec 2018

For those people that do deliveries, they are up and so by extension are subagents.

 
 
Wed, 05/12/2018 HOW TO SAVE ON SHIPPING

Courier services

We have clients now that are doing the bulk of their business through delivery.  

The big problem is often that the public is demanding free delivery. You can work this to your advantage by setting a minimum order amount for free delivery. 

So I suggest that you take the time to figure out your delivery logistics so that it is both efficient and affordable to your business.

 
 
Wed, 05/12/2018 All I want for Christmas...

Currently, 2018 Christmas retails sales are expected to grow 2.9% this year. According to the well-known comparison site, finder.com.au Australians are expecting to spend $1325 each on average on Christmas. “people expect to spend on average $464 each on presents, $444 on travel, $131 on alcohol, $122 on food and $61 on decorations,”

Are you part of it?

 
 
Thu, 06/12/2018 Delivery schedules from Australia Post

Australia Post

If you intend to use Australia Post as a delivery agent if you require your goods to arrive by Christmas. These would be the latest you could send it.

 
 
Fri, 07/12/2018 Measure how your shop is doing?

To improve your business, you need measurable facts. You need to assess how you are going.

So in your point of sale software let us get some.

Go to reports and the click on sales

Point of sale menu selection for compare

What this report will allow you to do is check how each department in your shop is doing in comparison to previous periods.

 
 
Sat, 08/12/2018 Cashless retailers penalise the poor

Although this issue has not hit Australia yet, overseas with so many retailers going cashless that politicians are concerned that very poor people with problems of electronic banking are having problems shopping.

Some shops now in the US will accept cash but do not give change.

 
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Mon, 10/12/2018 Speed of cash registers

In modern retail, most of the time taken to process a transaction is independent of the point of sale software.

 
 
Tue, 11/12/2018 EFTPOS warning

One of my clients had the following happen to them.

 

They got a query from the credit card that one of their customers is claiming that a transaction was rung up twice and so they have charged the customer twice for the same thing.

When they investigated in their POS systems what they discovered was that they had done two purchases on the same day for different items but the value was the same as the amount claimed. 

 
 
Wed, 12/12/2018 Next lot of Automatic updates coming out

The following updates in relation to newspapers and publications are going out now.

[2018-12-21]: The Christmas edition of the Financial Review will be on sale from Saturday 22nd of December to Thursday 27th of December inclusive

[2018-12-27]: The Christmas edition of the Financial Review will be on sale from Friday 28th of December to Tuesday 1st of January inclusive

[2019-01-25]: The Christmas edition of the Financial Review will be on sale from Saturday 26th of January to Monday 28th of January inclusive

 
 
Thu, 13/12/2018 Clunky monitors on the front counter

 People go to a lot of trouble and expense to make their shop and front counter. Sometimes what you see on the front counter an old computer screen like this one.

Old monitor for the tip

 
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