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ShopMate Desktop Main Product Inventory Module Explanation
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ShopMate Desktop System - Main Product Inventory Module

Welcome to Softhard Solutions ShopMate Main Product Inventory Module Explanation page. Only two clicks from the Home Page will have a Product Inventory set up and ready to go ... in seconds.

The products created and handled in this Main Inventory Module manager form are products you have or want to have on your system for currently selected Branch. System products (there are 4) and all products for current Branch are accessible in this form for management of them and their prices. The reserved product IDs are ID 1 to ID 4 for four system products.

There are two methods available in ShopMate to speed up the invoice creation for your waiting customers:

Combination Products,
which you can create, help you create new products (combo products) out of the products you already have in stock, combine them into one named product and speed up the invoice creation when the combo is being pulled in, containing perhaps tens of products, as one only product. All the constituent products contained in the combo are correctly deducted from your stock when you close an invoice containing the combo product.

Invoice Service Templates,
which you can create, work the same way except you can use any products and when the template is pulled into an invoice, unlike combo, all the products contained in the template are copied into the invoice automatically and speed up the invoice creation.
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ShopMate System Products Usage

When you first establish your ShopMate System Operations, ShopMate comes with four System Replacement Products. This enables you to work immediately, without having to put in your own products. They are replacement products for products you would normally have in your stock.

A special system labour product (.Labour) is used in invoices for the users to be able to use a special invoice for those customers that want to see in their invoices the Labour Price and Parts Price separately.

Some of our users do not put in any products of their own into the system, they only use these system products in their invoicing and ordering. These four system products all have a dot at the beginning of their name with names as follows:

  • .Buy_in - ID 1
    is used as a replacement for physical products you buy-in constantly and sell immediately but may not keep in stock. Just use this system product in your invoices and rename its name to the name of product you buy on the customer's behalf and do not want to keep it in stock. You only change the name of the product in the invoice not the product itself so the reports will show .Buy_in product sale.

    Important Note
    A common mistake made by users is pulling this product into an invoice and re-naming and using it as a Labour product and expecting to get correct labour reports. This product is meant only for physical product not labour product. Any reports on labour will be then incorrect since these 'labour products' are not found by the system.

    It is probably the best practice to use the system .Buy_in product in the invoices and keep renaming it appropriately as a physical product not labour. That way your labour reports will never be incorrect.

  • .Sublet - ID 2
    similar to .Buy_in, it is used as a replacement for physical products for times when you get some customer work done outside your place of business but the customer pays you and you get some of that amount and the rest goes to the company that actually did the work. You may or may not have the product they named in their invoice to you, in your stock. Just use this product in your invoices and rename its name to the name they have used when invoicing you. You only change the name of the product in the invoice not the product itself so the reports will show .Sublet product sale.

  • .Payable - ID 3
    is used only in the ordering system not invoicing and is used as a replacement for physical product which enables you to have suppliers in your database that don't have actual products 'attached' to them yet. In the meantime you can at least use this system product in the orders and rename its name so the supplier understands, until such time as you do end up 'attaching' a real product(s) to them. As a minimum every supplier is associated with this system product. You only change the name of the product in the purchase order not the product itself so the reports will show .Payable product order.

  • .Labour - ID 4
    is a special system product used as a replacement for any type of service work you provide for customers and you get paid for. Just use this product in your invoices and rename its name to the name appropriate to the labour you have performed on the customer's behalf and do not want to create your own labour product. You only change the name of the product in the invoice not the product itself so the reports will show .Labour product sale. You can also create your own labour products (the category ID of these must be set to 2 - Labour).

    Important Note
    A common mistake made by users is creating their own labour products, naming them appropriate names but forgetting to assign the Category ID 2 - Labour to them. Any reports on labour will be then incorrect since these labour products are not found by the system.

    It is probably the best practice to use the system .Labour product in the invoices and keep renaming it appropriately. That way your labour reports will never be incorrect.

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Product Inventory information task Tab

Following table contains all the available elements for review.

Element Description
Field:
Product
bar code
or name

There are several sections in ShopMate for people to choose to scan in bar codes of products. This place is one of them. To search for a product and you have a scanning device, scan in product's unique bar code number. If not, type it in and press enter key on your keyboard while the field is in focus.

You can also type in a fuzzy Name of a product instead. Type in fuzzy word to search for in ShopMate table ProductSuppliers in ProductName field. A fuzzy search means you can, in relation to the table field, type any combination of letters and/or numbers into this fuzzy search word field that may be contained in the table field, left, right or anywhere in between.

Then press the Enter key for results. Pressing enter key when this text box is empty does nothing. The search searches for any bar code first, if numeric, then for product name. If you have a product with bar code 123 and a product with name '123', the bar code will be returned.

Note that if your scan device does not issue a carriage return and line feed combination characters or else you had to type the bar code in, you must press the enter key on your keyboard while the field is in focus to affect the search.

Button:
Search for
any product

Click on this button to go into the Product Search Manager and search for any product.

Button:
Refresh
products
on order

The method of this button runs at every start up of ShopMate and at any time a product is edited. Click on this button to check all products in database for reorder level and make up any purchase orders automatically when needed.

Note
After this method ends its run, you can check if any new orders have been created or existing once were updated in the Main Purchases Module.

Button:
History
of products

Click on this button to see the HISTORY of any product. The Product History Manager appears with a graph showing the last seven days trend of sales of a selected product.

You can right-click on top of that graph for a menu to appear with a choice of graph styles, etc or click on the Graph drop-down button when the graph is in view.

More... Button:
Send E-mail
Click on this option to email messages to entities. You can use this button to email messages to anyone.

The emailing should work even if you do not have an SMTP protocol (simple mail transport protocol) installed on your machine.
More... Button:
Print
form face
Click on this option to Print or Preview form's currently showing face in various picture formats.
Buttons:
Click button
for action
to perform

Select and click the button for action you want to perform on products:

  • Review Base Products
    Select this option to go to the Base Product Manager form to update your base products.

  • Review Supplier Products
    Select this option to go to the Supplier Product Manager form to update your Supplier products.

  • Review Combination Products
    Select this option to go to the Combination Product Manager form to update your Combination products.

  • Product Stock Take
    Select this option to go to the Product Stock Take Manager form to update your products when taking in new stock.

  • Product Bulk Prices
    Select this option to go to the Product Bulk Prices Managerform to update your stock product prices in bulk.

  • Product Group Prices
    Select this option to go to the Product Group Prices Manager form to update your stock product prices for selected group of customers.

  • Product Custom Prices
    Select this option to go to the Product Custom Prices Manager form to update your stock product prices for selected customers.

  • Review Product Categories
    Select this option to go to the Product Categories Manager form to update your Categories of Products.

  • Review Product Subcategories
    Select this option to go to the Product Subcategories Manager form to update your Subcategories of Products.
Buttons:
Click button
to perform
Print

Select and click the button for print action you want to perform on products:

  • Print Base Products
    Select this option to Print - Preview base products.

  • Print Supplier Products
    Select this option to Print - Preview supplier products.

  • Print Combination Products
    Select this option to Print - Preview combination products.

  • Print Stock Change
    Select this option to Print - Preview product stock change for today.

  • Print Bulk Changed Prices
    Select this option to Print - Preview product prices change for today.

  • Print Group Changed Prices
    Select this option to Print - Preview group product prices change for today.

  • Print Custom Changed Prices
    Select this option to Print - Preview custom product prices change for today.

  • Print Product Categories
    Select this option to Print - Preview categories of products.

  • Print Product Subcategories
    Select this option to Print - Preview subcategories of products.
Informational
fields

These fields show the following information for currently selected Company Branch product totals:

  • Total stock products in database.
  • Total no stock products in database.
  • Total System products in database.
  • Total Combo products in database.
  • Total products in database.
  • Total value of stock products in database.
  • Total suppliers in database.
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Product Inventory sales monitor task Tab

Following table contains all the available elements for review.

Element Description
Informational
fields

These fields show the following information for selected time period and current Branch:

  • Total sales in selected graph period.
  • Total purchases in selected graph period.
Graph view

This graph may show the last 7 days trend by default, but you can select your own time trend (which is then remembered), regarding Sales and Purchases, up to and including the date currently shown on the graph. Calculations are done by Quantity and by Time (days, weeks, months etc).

Remember to right-click on top of the graph to see a context menu appear with different styles of graphs and time period trends to choose from.

Context menu:
Graph
selections
When you right-click on top of the graph, in this context menu you can select the type of graph you want to see, the date range, save and print the graph data.
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