Our POS software is not a destination. Rather, it is an evolving solution, being enhanced to serve evolving needs.
For many years, we resisted introducing support in the software for handling inventory items tracked and sold by colour, size and style. We resisted because this type of inventory was usually found in fashion retail, a retail segment outside the specialty retail channels in which we have been focussed.
That all changed over a year ago, thanks to a major POS software update. We developed, in close consultation with customers, awesome new facilities.
Retail has changed. The lines between retail channels have become blurred. There are businesses in our specialty retail channels today selling inventory items they wish to manage by colour, size and style. To serve this changing need, we have developed support for handling colour, size and style within our Retailer software.
We refer to colour, size and style as variantsas this is a better description for the facilities given that it can handle more than just colour, size and style.
Like any new functionality, how we handle this will evolve over time and based on user feedback.
This new function allows our POS software customers to add Variants to new or existing stock items which identify variables of what are essentially the same stock item. For example – The product Sheridan Adkins 700TC Sheet Setcomes in 5 different colours, with each of those colours coming in Queen, King & Super King sizes. All up, there is 15 variants of what is essentially the same item (15 barcodes, the main description, cost, sell, department and category etc are all the same, the only difference being the Colour and Size. This new feature will give users more flexibility and efficiency in areas such Arriving Stock, Creating Orders and checking Stock Levels.
We see this serving needs in a range of specialty niches including Jewellers, Bike Shops, Gift Shops, Fishing businesses, Outdoors businesses and more.
We are grateful to our customers for their guidance and help as we have walked the path to releasing our colour, size and style facilities.
In summary, using the new variants facilities in our software you can track items by multiple variants, like colour, size and style, at the point of sale, returns and reordering.
You can report on inventory performance in a meaningful way to serve your business needs in this area.
The goal of the variants enhancements is to provide each user business with data necessary to better manage the inventory in the business and the business itself overall.