With the upcoming release of 23.2.1, we’ve taken a focus on reengineering some screens for improved performance. In particular, there has been a focus on purchase orders, vendor returns, item searching, and customer searching. While cloud users are likely to gain the most from this, all users will see benefits.
For purchase orders, you should particularly see improvements when loading or saving the order, especially if not doing a receive all. You may also see some improvements when moving items between orders or when performing searches. If you run the standard text report, this has also been sped up in this release.
Vendor returns, similar to purchase orders, should see particular improvements ar0und loading and saving, with smaller gains in speed to be found around reporting and searching.
Item and customer searching will now display on-screen the search criteria that were used. Additionally, searches should be substantially faster in some network setups, and in particular when going between different pages of the same search.
We hope that these changes will be helpful for our customers moving forward!
ThunderPOS users typically run their shift closeout procedures outside of the software, using the sales totals report data for balancing. If you want to continue to do that, you can. If you are looking for a way to do this within ThunderPOS, our new Shift Closeout feature will allow you to do that. Now, you can log shift closeout information and any discrepancies for cash, checks and credit, view shift closeout reports, and edit/delete shift closeout information (if you’re an administrator).
ThunderPOS currently gives you the ability to generate custom labels using your printers command line interface. However, these require a level of technical skill that many users don’t have, and it can be challenging to get the exact layout you want. To resolve this, we have introduced our graphical label designer feature. Now, you can use a simple, visual, intuitive interface to accurately and efficiently customize your label designs for your store. The designs can be tailored to the label size of your choice, both for items and customers.
Support has been added for consignment items in the latest release of ThunderPOS! This suite of features allows any store doing consignment, from a single shelf of artwork from local artists all the way up to a store doing nothing else but, to easily track their items and their consignors, make the payouts that are needed, or anything else you might need for working with consignment product.
In order to allow for customers who have had existing WooCommerce or Shopify stores to get up and going with the software quickly, we’ve added import tools that will automatically create items in your inventory from the items on your ecommerce store. This is supported both through Windows and ThunderPOS.net.
The importer is designed to work for the majority of customers in as simple a manner as possible; if you’re needing to do something more complex, such as importing custom fields from WooCommerce or tags from Shopify, you may need to use the spreadsheet method of importing to the software.
Please also note that after you’ve used the importer, the syncing will flow as normal – changes to price or description on the WooCommerce or Shopify ends won’t flow into ThunderPOS, for example. This is simply a tool to allow a new user with an existing site to quickly hit the ground running with ThunderPOS.
There are a few options you’ll need to select for the importer. For WooCommerce, you’ll need to pick if you’re importing just new or just used items, or if you have an attribute on variations to indicate whether it’s new or used.
For both WooCommerce and Shopify, there are a few fields that you have to decide how to import. For WooCommerce, the default suggestion is to import description into the notes field, and the short description into the description field.
For Shopify, the default is to import the Body to notes, the Type to category, and the Vendor to manufacturer.
For either, you’ll need to select whether you want to import items that have blank SKUs on the ecommerce side. Importing these items will assign a randomly generated UPC as the SKU, and this will include setting that on the ecommerce site. Item IDs are a required field for ThunderPOS, so if you don’t let it assign SKUs and haven’t assigned one yourself, the item will be skipped.
Many people we speak with are established stores using point of sale systems that aren’t a great fit, but they’re worried about the work of moving over. One tool that can make this easier is the spreadsheet importer, which can be used to quickly bring in information about your customers or inventory. If you want to carry data over from your old point of sale, this is the best way to do that. This can also be used if you are getting in a large initial order for a new store and want to bring it in from a spreadsheet.
We’re adding another credit card integration, utilizing PAX terminals. These devices are android-based, and support chip, swipe, and contactless payment. They’re also connected to your network, instead of directly connecting to your PC.