SPECIALIST RETAILING & VERTICAL MARKETS
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Retail DirectorTM is first and foremost a ‘Standard Retail’ system, that is to say it was specifically designed to manage normal retail outlets where the owner purchases products from suppliers, stocks the items in the store and then sells the items to customers. For this, Retail DirectorTM has all the functionality required to control product purchasing, deliveries, stock takes and point-of-sale transactions to provide an effective stock control solution. You may also want to offer multi-buy sale promotions, run a customer database or customer loyalty scheme or provide pay-on-account services, all this is standard retail functionality perfectly implemented in the Retail DirectorTM package.
Retailing clothes and footwear requires a slightly different approach to purchasing and managing your stock. Fashion retailers regard each garment or shoe as having a specific style which may come in various sizes and colours. A particular style may have for example, 8 sizes and be available in 3 colours, in order to provide stock control for each individual size and colour you would need to create 24 item records in Retail DirectorTM. Managing hundreds of garment or shoe styles would be an enormous task when creatingyour stock file. To assist Fashion retailers Retail DirectorTM has simple-to-use Fashion Stock Ordering system where you can pre-define garment or shoe sizes in a list and then via a single screen, enter each style description, a colour if required and then select the size range you want to use. Retail DirectorTM then creates a grid into which you enter the quantity of each size you are ordering from your supplier. You repeat the process for all colours and other styles and when finished, with the click of a button,Retail DirectorTM automatically creates every stock item record for each style, size and colour combination and also creates purchase orders to send off to the suppliers. When your garments are delivered, you check off the delivery against the purchase order and Retail DirectorTM updates your stock levels and automatically prints barcode labels for each item received…
Cafes, Bars, Fast Food and Canteens
When retailing food and drink, much of the Retail DirectorTM Back Office stock control functionality is the same as for standard retailing with perhaps the exception of buying in bulk and selling in a smaller quantity. The real difference for food and drink retailing is at the point-of-sale where few if any products are barcoded. This is where the Retail DirectorTM touch-screen button designer really helps. The Retail DirectorTM Menu Designer is an extremely versatile facility that allows you to enter your products into a list (Menu) which automatically creates the touch buttons for your touch-screen Till. The product buttons can be individually coloured, font controlled and even have pictures assigned to make using the Retail DirectorTM Till super fast and simple-to-operate. Buttons can be defined as ‘Sub-Menus’ giving access to an unlimited range of products and functions.
Back Office Menu Layout Designer
Schools and Colleges - Cashless Catering
Retail DirectorTM has been installed in anumber of schools and colleges managing such things as course enrolments, finance department payments and cashless control. In collaboration with an on-line payment provider, Retail DirectorTM is able to interrogate an on-line ‘e-purse’ and take payments in real time, live over the internet. The ‘e-purse’ is a secure electronic account that belongs to individual students and staff. The ‘e-purse’ value can be added to on-line by logging into the account and students, staff or parents can add funds, view purchases and makepayments as required. The Retail DirectorTM Till software can be configured to automatically show the e-purse balance available and take an ‘e-purse’ payment directly from the on-line account, recording the items sold both in Retail DirectorTM and in the on-line account.
If you want to run a pre-payment account service without using an on-line ‘e-purse’ then Retail DirectorTM has all the functionality to set up individual student or staff accounts. Funds can be added to these accounts via the Back Office or at the Till. Customers at the Till are then identified using an ID card or Fingerprint Recognition and the account balance is displayed to the cashier.
Retail DirectorTM has some unique functionality designed specifically for schools and colleges to limit
student spend amounts on specific product typessuch as confectionery and drinks. Parents agree a
daily or weekly amount that is permitted on items such as sweets and chocolate and these limits are
entered against the students Retail DirectorTM account. The Retail DirectorTM Till system
automatically displays the available amount on their ‘Spend Control’ and prevents sales if this limit is
reached. Retail DirectorTM also has functionality for individual student or staff food allergy warnings
and ‘Pocket Money Issue’ and monitoring.
Mail Order, Tele-Sales and Commercial Sales
If you operate a mail order or tele-sales service or you run a commercial business where you to enter customer orders and produce quotations, invoices delivery notes etc, thenthe MiniPOS Sales Order Processing (SOP) module is your perfect partner. The MiniPOS SOP facility is fully integrated to the customer database and stock control modules and allows you enter customer orders via the Back Office software. SOP supports automatic individual customer discounting, multi-buy and special offer promotions and ‘live’ stock availability.
SOP orders can be printed as quotations, picking lists, dispatch notes,packing labels and full invoice printing. Invoices are fully integrated to the MiniPOS customer sales ledger to automatically monitor credit control and available balances. The SOP tracker records every order and its current ‘Status’ with powerful order search fields. Invoiced or paid SOP orders automatically update stock levels for a fully integrated solution.
Job Costing - MiniPOS JCO
A Job Costed Order (JCO) is used by businesses that manufacture, build or project manage what they sell, such as trade window or conservatory suppliers, electricians, builders, plumbers etc. A customers order is placed on the system, often with a deposit having been paid or payment in full. The order is made up of a number of costs which could include materials, labour, delivery charges, rentals etc. The Retail DirectorTM JCO facility allows you to enter the cost of each item as they occur until the entire job has been fully costed and then closed.The Retail DirectorTM JCO supports split invoicing and post sales cost updating of the sales history data.
JCO’s can be created from either at the Retail DirectorTM Till, Retail DirectorTM Sales Order Processing module or directly in the JCO screen. If you create a JCO at the Till or via SOP you will have all of the customer default discounting and product sale promotion facilities with the final job price being transferred to the JCO after all discounting as been applied.