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This is happening because we have so many integrations with suppliers. Our clients are now are often simply importing in the suppliers' files, great. 

But what is happening is that suppliers, when faced with 

-A product name that is too large for their systems
 -Products so like too many of their other products 
- Laziness

summarise the description. 

Look at the above real example. What does TAS mean? Looking at the book, our client could not find anything that made sense. We think it might be the supplier code "Trade At Settlement" since it is used by several items in their catalogue and the only thing common is made in Canadian. So it is was used to mark a product whose price is to be decided when payment is due because of currency fluctuations. For example, if you buy in Canadian dollars, you will not know the cost till the date of settlement. 

Now, what happens when your staff are looking for the item in your system and see the TAS? How does it help them?

If they cannot find it, they cannot sell it?

If you encounter this problem in your system, you need to change the description to something more meaningful.

A quick way of checking the most commonly handled products in your shop is to go to Register reports.

Now pick "Top N Stock Sales for a Given Period."

 

Now in the form put in the two months and ask in order of quantity and see what you get. If you cannot recognize some of the descriptions how can your staff?

Now it is up to you to do something!

 

 

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Recently one of my customers got fresh stock. They updated their prices to the new prices. Then they placed under the old shelf price the new stock. A customer appeared with the item and demanded that the shelf price be honoured. What my client did was observe the shelf price. It was a good customer, repeat business etc. Then they removed the shelf price. He did end the problem as the customer came back and wanted more at the old price.

This generated a discussion as happens when a retailer displays the same item at different prices.

This situation is common in retail. If you visit bargain sites, you will find many examples of pricing errors in stores. Often with comments that buyers need to grab the items before the retailer realises the mistake.

Now I am not a lawyer, but this is my understanding.

Most Australian consumer codes state that you must sell your product at a lower price or withdraw it from sale until the price can be corrected. Things will get murky if the product is advertised or you did not make a mistake.

If it is a mistake, you are not obligated to honour the lower price. This is because the sale is considered an offer. So before the deal is done, you must agree with the customer offer to buy. Thus you have the right to explain that you have made a pricing error and reject the customers' offer to buy the item.

What I have noticed is that some majors include in their terms lines like

We reserve the right to cancel an order that we have accepted at any time for any reason.

The best solution is to find the incorrect prices before the customer mentions them. In this, we can help. We have a quick and easy way to check stock prices for what you have on hand.
 

Go to reports. There is an option Quantity On Hand and Price check; click on that.

 

POS Software menu

For this exercise, we exclude those items that we do not have in stock. If you are out of stock, there is no problem here. If you do not have accurate stock control, use the line below, stock activity from a selected date.

POS Software On hand and preice options

 

Now it generates a report that lists the details of your article, including margins.

 

POS Software On hand and price report

See the margins are listed so you can now check your prices.


I'm sure you will find something. I know one of my clients who reviewed it told me that he found some bugs.

 

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We all have Trading Terms on which our businesses supply our products and services.

The problem is that many clients have their trading cycles. Often they place on us, these trading terms as a condition to trade. So we are confronted with a choice to accept this or decline their business. A typical example is a tradesman who does his books monthly, a large organisation that seems to pay whenever they want, or a government department that pays on its cycle. Nothing you can do. I have been in a government department, demanding overdue funds. I had two people look at me with much sympathy in their eyes but making it clear that they are unable to do anything.

Often we reluctantly accept it. We want the business, and there is no point in making a fuss about it.

The immediate dilemma is that your computer system is set up to put everyone in your business cycle.

Well, do not worry, as you have the right POS software.

> What you do is go to the customer maintenance screen and call them up.

> Now click on the "Other details" tab.

Now at the top here, you will see the above image. There you can put the appropriate trading terms for that account.

 

Now your POS Software will treat this account with their trading term.

Now trade!

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What happens is that someone follows a delivery vehicle, e.g. Australia Post, so they see when delivery is done. If the item is not collected immediately, they wait a few minutes. Then do a quick scan of the area to see if anyone is watching, grab the package and run.

What makes it easier is that with COVID, delivery drivers often no longer get signatures. They like to throw away the package. Then leave as soon as possible without contact with the people at the delivery point. As such, this is a simple endeavour. For whatever reason, a large percentage of these people are women, which is surprising.

This is called parcel theft.

Some common sense is required if you deliver. Let's face it, you are the one who has to prove that the item was delivered.

At the very least, try to avoid leaving items at the door. Put them in a secure spot, not in open view. Then take a photo of the item delivered.

You can then attach the photo to the invoice later in your POS software for your records.

 

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Sometimes what happens is that for a short time, your POS System stops and starts up again.

Several things can cause this, but a common cause is often a cable being loose or deteriorated.

Loose

Here it is not out as such but only slightly loose. When something knocks it, it goes out for an instant. This is because retail shops are busy places. People are in a hurry and often over time move cables often as they add more cables.

Check that your cables are firmly into your POS devices and electrical plugs if this is happening to you.

Deteriorated

Many factors can cause a cable to deteriorate. 

Age can do it, but it is more likely to be something like moisture, people moving the cable, heat or rats. I have seen them all. Over time, the insulator that protects the wire then the wire becomes damaged. Once this happens, problems show. Then this can be very dangerous.

I find a helpful check here is a visual inspection of the cable and area. Rats leave black spots. Also, check for an offensive odour. 

If you think something is wrong here, you should replace the cable immediately.

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Unfortunately, Windows updates are two steps forward and one step backwards. They do come with good features and improved security, but every now, they break things.

As we have seen in the latest Windows update, some of our clients reported that their printing has stopped working. It turned out that the newest window updated caused problems with the network. After research, we found the fix was uninstalling fix KB5006670. Once done, our client could now print.

Now, if you are like me, you prefer others to test the latest Windows updates. This gives time for the bugs to be squashed and tweaks set correctly, so what you do is delay those updates.

How to pause Windows Updates:

To do this, open the Windows Settings app and select

Update & Security > Windows Update.

There you will find a "Pause updates for 7 days" button. (See above the option highlighted with a green arrow.)

Activate that!!

Also, another tip, try to do Window updates only on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning. This means that if something goes wrong, you can contact your computer technicians.

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This scam is bothering many people now, so I thought I better warn you. 

A scammer knew an employee's email account details. He monitored the account. Then using this email account, a hefty invoice was sent out to a client. The scammer then sent the invoice out again with an altered bank account. 

In this case, $400,000 went missing.

There was also a failed attempt at $350,000 here. It was lucky that immediately before the transfer to a supplier nominated bank account, a staff member looked at their deleted email file. Then they saw the real client invoice with different bank account details and started to ask questions.

Currently, I have been told that in Australia, there is no case law on liability here. One of the big problems here is that neither side has benefited from the fraud. None has the money. Both sides are seen as negligent. The seller for not having enough security on their email account and the buyer for not checking the bank details. This means that the chances of returning the funds could be limited.

Yet, it does show that you need to track security on your email accounts and check bank details thoroughly before sending money.

If you want to know more, checkout scam watch here.

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This is one of the most critical reports in a business. As a rule, it should be run at least once every month. What it does is print an outstanding balance for all your debtors.

This determines how your business is handling its debt collection. This is why this report is commonly requested by banks and financial institutions.

Looking at the image above, I think you will find it great is that you can select any date (I chose four years ago) and display numbers for this date. This feature is handy.

This report is located in Registry Report> Client Trial Balance.

Among the other options, you also get the date range you want the breakup. In general, most people use months, but some prefer weeks. Others use a 4-week cycle because it gives an extra month in a year. It's up to you to decide. If you need more options, click the More Criteria tab.


In the standard report, you will get something like

 

The name is drawn here, but if you look at it, you'll initially see that almost everything is within 90 days. If it's real data, not four-year data, it would be a red flag.

What I find very useful is to look at it twice a month.

 

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One task that many of us find difficult is writing business messages for special occasions.

You do not want to give an unprofessional image to your business. 

If the occasion is uncommon, often we do not know what to say. The other issue is that most of us are not that good at laying it out professionally. 

Here is what I often use in these situations. I have an old copy of Microsoft office 2010. For my use, it is sufficient. I then go to Microsoft templates here. 

There is a lot to choose from there.

I look for something suitable and use that.

It is free, so why not!  

There is a bit of mucking around, but it is much better than starting with nothing.

I hope this helps you too to write more efficiently and productively. 

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Have a look at this advanced offer which you may want to consider in your shop if you have our POS Software.

We did this based on a study here

Mix or Match? Consumer Spending Decisions in Conditional Promotions - Sokolova - 2021 - Journal of Consumer Psychology - Wiley Online Library

As it shows that it works better than "Buy two, 10% off both".

You would think that they are the same, what is the difference to a customer of

1) Buy two and get 20% off the cheaper one.

2) Buy two, 10% off both".

But the answer is no.

The study showed that the sales number were about the same in both cases. Yet shoppers, when offered the "Buy 2 and get 20% off the cheaper one" offer, tended to choose a second item that is more expensive. This increased their return from the 20% discount.

So for the retailer, the sales total went up.

Try it out and let me know how it went.

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