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New Release – 23rd October 2021

23 Oct, 2021 | Release Notes

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FEATURES: Camera barcode scanner for POS, Manage Amazon FBA inbound shipments from DEAR, more consolidation options for transactions exported to Xero and more!

Feature 1: Scan barcode using mobile device camera in DEAR POS

Impact area:

POS application

Introduction:

While DEAR POS supports using scanners which can be connected via USB, customers would find it more convenient to use the mobile device camera to scan barcodes. With this release, DEAR has added this functionality to DEAR POS. 

Pre-conditions:

  • Only applicable to POS used on mobile devices which allow scanning via camera, e.g. tablet, phone. 
  • This feature does not work with POS web. 
  • Permission to use camera must be enabled when DEAR POS is installed on the device. 

Functionality:

  • Go to Setup from the DEAR POS application main menu. Enable Scanning via camera mode.
  • A Scan icon will be displayed next to the search field in the following areas in the DEAR POS mobile app:
    • Sales Register 
    • Sales View 
    • Stocktake in progress 
    • Stock Transfer

More information:

POS – Printer and Barcode Installation

Feature 2: Manage Amazon FBA inbound shipments from DEAR

Impact area:

FBA Integration

Introduction:

DEAR supports two types of Amazon integrations: Amazon eCommerce integration and Fulfillment By Amazon. This new functionality applies to FBA integration only. With this release, DEAR has implemented a user-friendly and interactive interface to make it easier to manage FBA inbound shipments and print shipping and box labels from a single management point. This feature will function using the stock transfer feature. 

Pre-conditions:

  • An active Amazon FBA Integration with Seller Pro account (required)
  • Products involved in Amazon inbound shipments are already listed at FBA

Functionality:

  • Go to Integrations → FBA → [select store]. From here, select the Inbound Shipments tab. 
  • Press + to create a new stock transfer order and arrange a new shipment form DEAR to FBA stock. 
  • Press Print Labels to open a popup window and enter information required for the carrier shipment label. 
  • See more information for detailed instructions. 

More information:

Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) – Inbound Shipments

Feature 3: eCommerce transaction consolidation improvements for Xero users

Impact area:

Xero integration, eCommerce channels

Introduction:

Currently, DEAR accounts integrated with Xero support consolidating transactions by available eCommerce sales channels instead of processing each invoice/credit note individually. 

All invoices/credit notes with the same date, currency, tax inclusive/exclusive indicator, shop name and sales channel will be consolidated into a single daily invoice/credit note to Xero. The period for consolidation was always one day. This function can be problematic for DEAR merchants who have 1000 of transactions from different sales channels on a daily basis.

With this release, new settings have been added to Xero to give the user more control over consolidation options. Sales can be consolidated daily or monthly, while payments, journals, and money tasks can be consolidated daily, monthly, or not at all. 

Pre-conditions:

  • Integration with Xero

Functionality:

  • Go to Integrations → Xero → [select store]. From here, scroll to Consolidate on Export
  • Enable Xero Summary Details to view and edit consolidation options.  
  • This update will not change the user’s current consolidation settings. Consolidation is not enabled for users connecting to Xero for the first time. 

More information:

Xero Integration Basics – Consolidate transactions on export

Feature 4: Set cost of production resource per unit of finished product

Impact area:

Production module

Introduction:

Previously to this release, the costing of production resources in the Production BOM was only calculated based on the cycle time of the Resource and how many cycles are in a Production Run. However, for some production processes, the cost of a resource is dependent on the quantity of finished product. With this release, it is possible to apply the resource cost per cycle time to a unit of finished product at the production BOM level. 

Pre-conditions:

None

Functionality:

  • Resource costs are set in the production settings (Production → Settings → Resources → [select resource]). Use the Costs tab to set costs per unit of time (cycle time), this cost can also be applied as cost per unit of finished product. 
    • We recommend making the cycle time for that resource as close as possible as the time to produce one unit for clarity when setting costs in this way.  
  • When creating or editing a production BOM, resources for production operation can be applied as Cost per unit of time or Cost per finished product
    • Resource costs cannot be edited from the production BOM, costs must be edited from the resource page in production settings. 

More information:

Managing Production Resources

Production BOM 

Setting resource cost per material output

Feature 5: POS – Optionally load client data to application

Impact area:

POS application

Introduction:

With this release, we have introduced new options for the loading of client data to the application to speed up loading processes. The following options will be available:

  • Online: In online mode customer data is not sent to the application. POS will retrieve customer information when a request is made, e.g. looking up a customer. 
  • Offline: In offline mode, all customers are loaded to the POS application local app storage. When online, POS will check periodically for new customers. 
  • Hybrid: This will use offline mode when there are less than 10 000 customers but online mode when the number of customers exceeds the threshold. 

Customer lookup will not work with online and hybrid modes when the device is offline. 

Functionality:

  • Go to Integrations → DEAR POS → [select store] → Setup.
  • In General Settings, you can select the Customer load option as Offline, Online, or Hybrid
  • Hybrid mode is applied by default to all new shops. Online mode will be applied to new stores with more than 10 000 customers once the customer number is checked for the first time. Offline mode is applied to all existing stores, no matter how many customers they have. 

More information:

Setting up DEAR POS – Basics – Integration Settings

Feature 6: Additional API endpoints

Impact area:

API, Sales module

Introduction:

DEAR development team has added new API endpoints due to a customer request. 

Functionality:

The following new endpoints have been added to the Apiary:

  • Customer:
    • IsOnCreditHold (get / post / put)
    • ProductPrices  (get)
  • Product:
    • added CustomPrices (only get)
    • added WarrantyName for get / post / put – possibly no need to test, it should be done in borders of ticket DDR-6135
  • Product Family:
    • added WarrantyName for get / post / put – possibly no need to test, it should be done in borders of ticket DDR-6135
  • CustomPrices (post, put, delete)
  • Deals (get, post, put)
  • DiscountRule (get, post, put)
  • ShipZones (get, post, put, delete)
  • ShipZonesEnabled (get, put)
  • New fields added to Me:
    • TaxCalculationMethod
    • DefaultSaleTaxRuleId
    • DefaultSaleTaxRuleName
    • MaximumDecimalPlacesInQuantity
    • ApplyCustomerDiscountsAfterOtherDiscounts
    • DiscountRule
    • AutomaticallyApplyDiscounts
    • RoundingTable

More information:

Apiary Documentation

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