Latest Updates – September edition part 2 (product, supplier, deliveries, and purchase order improvements)

This month, we have focused on adding greater degrees of customisation and flexibility to your StoreFeeder service.

We understand and celebrate how all of your businesses operate uniquely, and our intent is to make our service suit your needs. If you have any requests or suggestions, or if you think there is a way our service could benefit your business even better, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at https://storefeeder.uservoice.com

Here are the improvements featured in our next update, scheduled for Wednesday 20th September.


Archived products

We have added two new options to improve the handling of archived products.

Firstly, should you wish for your product exports to display only your non-archived products, we have added the options to exclude any archived products from order exports. Product Overview and Product Import Export pages.

Secondly, should you wish to display both archived and non-archived products on the Manage Products grid, we have added the option to select ‘All’ when filtering for archived products.

For more information, see this knowledgebase: Archiving Products


Optional SKUs on DX courier integration labels

We have added an option to display your product SKUs on labels created for DX. To do so, a field has been added to ‘DX Integration Details’ pages.

If you wish for your SKUs to be displayed, type ‘true’ in this field:

Please note that there is a 60 character limit. Any SKUs longer than this will be truncated with an ellipsis.


Flexible Vat on Purchase Orders

We have improved the way tax rates are calculated when raising Purchase Orders. In the ‘Products added section,’ we have added an adjustable tax rate field.

By default, the value in the field is dependent on the particular supplier’s country for that product, and its associated tax rates.

There are however circumstances where the tax rate will differ, and now, you can adjust the tax rate and StoreFeeder will recalculate any values for you.

Individual tax codes can be set for each of your products, but in instances where no tax or country code is set, StoreFeeder will default the product tax rate on POs to 20%.

This functionality is now also available via API.

See here for all our API documentation.


Overstock warning when booking in deliveries

To improve your stock management, we have added a helpful warning icon to show when you have booked in more stock than is required.

You can find the icon on all Book Delivery pages:


Purchase Orders – Customisation of status for certain suppliers

We have added two new dropdown menus to the Purchase Order/ Drop Shipment Information section of the View Supplier page for each of your suppliers. These allow you to set the default status a purchase order or drop shipment will be in when it is sent to a particular supplier.

Purchase Order Change to Status: Change status of all purchase orders for that supplier.

Drop Shipment Change to Status: Change status of all drop shipments for that supplier.

If you leave these fields blank, StoreFeeder will use the status set against your email templates, as usual.


‘Hazardous’ and ‘Fragile’ product flags

To activate this feature, please contact our support team.

For when a product requires special care or attention, we have added hazardous and Fragile fields that can now be added added to the picking page and packing lists.

On the Products Overview pages under ‘Additional Information’, there are two check boxes you can use to denote the product as ‘Hazardous’ or ‘Fragile’.

When this option is enabled on your account, the flags will appear in two places in StoreFeeder.

In the ‘Outstanding Orders’ section of the Picking page, you can add ‘Hazardous’ and ‘Fragile’ as filterable columns.

This information will also appear as new columns on your Packing lists.


Should you require assistance with any of these features, please contact our support teams, or take a look at our extensive knowledgebases.

That’s all for this month’s updates. Keep your eye out for the next set of new features, and some upcoming special announcements.

From all of us here, happy selling.

The StoreFeeder team.

 

Published on: 18 Sep 2017 @ 16:17

Latest Updates – August Edition Part 2 (Magento V2 integration, archive shipping methods, improved admin permissions & more)

Our second set of updates this August will soon be released, and this time we have focused on improvements to existing features, along with the introduction of our newest webstore integration.

Each of our customer’s businesses are different, and we pride ourselves on the level of customisation and bespoke options we offer. Our updates are always developed to benefit our customers, often down to an individual level.

Here is a brief rundown of all of the updates due for release on August 23 – 2017.


New Integrations

Our webstore integration for Magento V2 is now live.

For details on how to integrate StoreFeeder with your Magento store, see:

Knowledgebase: How to Integrate with Magento V2.X


New Features

Archive old shipping methods

When you delete a Shipping method you no longer use, or have replaced, StoreFeeder will archive it now instead of deleting it.

Previously, any order still assigned to a deleted shipping method would display ‘Default Shipping Method’, but now the archived shipping method will be displayed. Furthermore, you will be able to select archived shipping methods when filtering your orders.

Improved admin permissions 

Depending on the size of your workforce, and the different roles within your company, sometimes it is necessary to refine StoreFeeder’s user Permissions. By request, we have added an additional level of user permissions so certain tasks can only be performed by admin users.

You can activate this feature by contacting our support team.

With the Improved Admin Permissions activated, the following processes will be limited to admin users:

  • Deleting Orders (single and bulk)
  • Exporting\Importing Order Information
  • Exporting\Importing Customer Information
  • Exporting\Importing Product Information (Bulk and On Screen)
  • Exporting\Importing Listing Information
  • All Reports

If a non-admin attempts to perform these tasks, a popup message will appear explaining the current user setting does not have sufficient permissions, and the user will need to speak to an admin.


Improvements

Channel shipping method column

By request, we have added a channel shipping method column to the Orders Overview page. This will allow you to group together and filter by each shipping method chosen by your customers in-store, for ease of service selection.

This column is hidden by default, but can be switched on by using the filter icon, and checking the option.

New email trigger status: Assigned

We are including more ways to communicate with your customer base through StoreFeeder, and the new ‘Assigned’ status in your Company Identity Email Setting will send an email to your customers as soon as their orders have been placed in a pickwave, so they know their order is being picked and packed, ready to be shipped.

To active this, go to your Settings > Email Configuration > then in the Company Identity section click > Edit/View Email Settings, and use the email notification toggle switches.

This change would also require a new email template type of “Processing” so they can send out a different email in this case

For more information see Knowledgebase: Email Settings.

Product upload setting on new channel integrations

StoreFeeder has always been designed with our customers’ options in mind. As such, we have changed the setting that allows your listings to be uploaded to channel by default. This way, you can create new integrations at your own pace, secure that nothing will be uploaded to your channels without your confirmation.

You will need to turn the ‘Upload listings’ toggle back to ‘On’ when you are ready to activate your new integrations. It can be found in the ‘Stock Management’ section of each ‘Integration details’ page.

We are changing the ‘upload products’ default setting when you create a new channel integration. The setting will now to switched to off by default.


Remember to make use of our UserVoice service to make any suggestions for improvements, or to vote on other suggestions that apply to you and your business.

Our support team are always happy to answer your queries.

from all of us here at StoreFeeder, enjoy the rest of the summer, and happy retailing!

Publichsed 21 Aug 2017 @ 11:19

Latest Updates: August Edition (DX Courier integration, eBay Best Offers, Amazon Prime order flag, plus more)

As part of our August updates, we are proud to announce a new integration, and several new additions and improvements to our service.

Further details can be found in our accompanying knowledgebases.


New Integration

We are pleased to announce our newest courier integration: DX.

We now fully support DX Business to Business services. To integrate your DX account to StoreFeeder, see this guide:

Knowledgebase: How to Integrate DX

 


New Features

eBay Best Offers

We now offer support for ‘Best Offers’ on your eBay listings. As part of your payments and default values, you can set your min and max prices

To enable best offers, go to the ‘Payments and handling’ tab of an eBay listing, and you will be able to toggle Best Offers, choosing the minimum best offer price to set on your listings. Only accepted offers will be downloaded into StoreFeeder.

You can also set a Best Offer Auto Accept Price, so when a customer makes a best offer of that price or higher, the order will be automatically accepted.

Don’t forget to check the values you have for your existing eBay listings.

Supplier due dates

We have added the option to set a lead time for each of your suppliers in order to calculate due dates for purchase orders.

You can find this option on the ‘Edit/View supplier’ page, enter a number of days, and this will automatically adjust the due date on any PO raised for this supplier by that number of days.

If no value is set, it will default to one day.

 


Additions and Improvements

Amazon Prime Orders

StoreFeeder now supports Amazon Prime orders across many of our features and pages.

When an Amazon Prime order is imported into StoreFeeder, it will now be flagged as such. You can filter for your Amazon prime orders in the Orders Overview and Picking pages.

Additionally, you can now include Amazon Prime orders as a criterion for Shipping Rules.

Preserve Sales setting for eBay listings

We have added an option for your eBay listings, which will prevent any updates except for inventory levels being made to eBay listings that are currently part of an active sale.

The Save and Upload button on the Listing Details pages will be hidden while this setting is switched on, and the listing is part of an active sale.

You can find the toggle in your eBay integration settings:

CSV Order Import: New Company fields

We have added 2 new fields that can be mapped when uploading your orders, Billing Company and Shipping Company.

When you import an order with these fields mapped, the billing and shipping address company names will be visible in shipping and billing address details.

Change calculator for offline payments

When you create a new order with an offline payment, we have added a handy change calculator.

When an amount is typed into the Cash received field, the change to give to the customer will be automatically calculated.

Alternate PayPal Email Address for eBay Listings

For our customers who utilise different transaction rates offered on different PayPal accounts, we have added the option to override the email address associated with particular eBay listings in StoreFeeder.

We have added a PayPal Email Override options to:

  • The eBay Listing Import Export page
  • The ‘eBay Settings’ tab on any eBay listing
  • On the Payment Settings

By using any of these options, you can control the PayPal account you wish to use for each of your listings.

Create New Products in Mirakl Marketplace from StoreFeeder

Where previously you could only create Mirakl listings for existing product EANs, we have built in the functionality to create listings for wholly new products.

A new ‘Edit’ option has been added to Mirakl listings where you can input images, attributes, and product descriptions, before saving your listing and uploading it to channel ready for internal approval.

For information on this feature, and how to integrate your Mirakl store, see

Knowledgebase: Create a new Mirakl product from StoreFeeder

Knowledgebase: How to Integrate with Mirakl

 


If you have any further suggestions for improvements, or suggestions as to how we can sever your business even better, let us know by visiting our User Voice service.

From all of us here at StoreFeeder, we wish you an enjoyable and productive remaining few weeks of Summer. Look out for our next set of updates at the end of this month. Happy selling!

 

Published on: 8 Aug 2017 @ 11:34

StoreFeeder Workshop Event – Have your say

We would like to invite you all to share in an exciting opportunity with us. In the last few years, our business and yours have grown exponentially together, and to further develop the relationship we have with our clients, we are planning to hold one or two workshop events in the coming months.

The purpose of these would be:

  • To give you an opportunity to meet some of our team
  • To participate in Q&A sessions
  • To demo our new features and to provide additional training on existing ones
  • To introduce prospective new clients to StoreFeeder
  • For us to better understand the needs of your businesses, and tailor the future development of StoreFeeder accordingly
  • To detail the roadmap for our future development

If you are interested, please take a few moments to answer some questions, and email your response to events@storefeeder.com.

  1. How many people from your company would you like to attend?
  2. How far would you be willing to travel? StoreFeeder is based in the Midlands, so is a location in the Midlands convenient for you, or would two smaller events in both the north and south be more ideal?
  3. Is there any particular training you would like to receive, or any further assistance we can offer?
  4. Are there any special requirements we should be aware of?

Please include any additional information or suggestions.

We ask that you respond as quickly as possible, as the earlier you register your interest, the higher your chance of securing a place at the event. We will be sending out invites as soon as we can.

 

We look forward to meeting you.

 

The StoreFeeder team

Published on: 4 Jul 2017 @ 09:59

Latest Updates: June Edition (Feature trials, data filtering improvements)

StoreFeeder’s software is ever evolving to better accommodate the needs of our clients and their businesses.

We will be rolling out some exciting new features over the coming months, so please watch this space.

Below are the brief descriptions of the newest updates to StoreFeeder for June, due for release 14/06/17

 

New features

Feature Trial – Consolidated Picking

We are currently undergoing early access trials for our new Consolidated Picking Feature with a select group of clients before it is made available to all.

This time-saving feature allows your orders to be split across totes ready for quicker and more efficient picking and packing. With this feature, you can choose to consolidate your picking by pickwave or individual orders.

With this feature, you will be able to get a list of products you need, rather than a list of orders. When active, this feature will also produce newly designed picking and packing notes.

To familiarise yourself with the feature, see this knowledgebase: Consolidated Picking in StoreFeeder

Watch this space for an update on this feature and its availability.

 

Improvements

Confirmed by Supplier button on Purchase Order Page

A new button has been added to allow you to mark your purchase orders in ‘Awaiting Confirmation’ status as ‘Confirmed by Supplier’.

Please note that this button will not be available if the purchase order in is any status other than ‘Awaiting Confirmation’. 

Shopify Variant Products

We have improved the way variant product listings are displayed in Shopify. Listings will now be uploaded in order according to their ‘variant attributes’ that you set. This way, your customers will be able to view your listings in exactly the order you would like them to be seen.

You can view these values in (‘Products‘>’Product Attribute Manager‘)

New Supplier Postcode Validation

As a security measure and to prevent errors, Postcode validation is now used when adding a new supplier.

 

More columns for data filtering

By UserVoice request, we have added a variwety of additional optional columns. To add these columns, visit the page specified and select the columns you require from the filtering tool drop down boxes as shown:

Picker Productivity Report

Added the following columns: ‘Despatch Time’, ‘Total items’, ‘Time taken’, ‘Average time per order’, and ‘Average time per item’.

Picking Sheet

Added optional ‘Brand’ column.

Returns Report

Added two new optional columns, ‘Returned to inventory’ and ‘Returned by’.

Manage Orders Page

Added ‘Shipping company’ optional column.


If there is a way our software can better benefit your business, please voice your opinions and let us know at https://storefeeder.uservoice.com/

From all of us here at the StoreFeeder team, happy selling!

Published on: 13 Jun 2017 @ 15:50

Latest Updates: May Edition Part 3 (Parent Order Returns, Designated Pickers, Country Specific VAT Numbers, Pickwave Improvements, Bug Fixes)

We understand how integral StoreFeeder can be to the day-to-day operation of our clients’ businesses, so our most recent update has focussed on improvements and fixes based on your feedback.

We are continuing to develop the service we offer, shaping and tweaking StoreFeeder to be as user-friendly and intuitive as possible.

Here is the rundown of the last set of updates for May:

Functionality Improvements

 

Parent Order Returns

When returning an order on your ‘View Orders’ page, the return line used to replace the order line.

Now, a new ‘child’ line will be created underneath for each return, so you can view the original order, and any returns, in an easier and more intuitive manner.

This also means that multiple returns will be supported per order, with the details of numbers of stock returned clearly visible on each child line.

New Purchase order Status

For better control over your ordering process, we have added the option to mark Purchase Orders as ‘Confirmed by supplier’

Improved user status: Designated Pickers

In your General User Information page in your StoreFeeder settings, we have added a toggle to mark your users as Designated Pickers. This way, your designated pickers will appear in alphabetical order on the top of the list when assigning a picker to your pickwaves.

All users will be automatically marked designated pickers, so you will need to manually turn this option off for your other users. You will still be able to select non-designated pickers from the bottom of the list.

Note that this only apply to admins. For non admin users, the picker is automatically defaults to that person.

CC option for email notifications

We have added a field ‘Email CC’ on the customer information page, so copies of any email communication to the customer will be sent to any additional email addresses you specify.

Country Specific Vat Numbers

In your company identity settings, we have added the option to add Country Specific Vat Numbers which will automatically be applied to any orders you send to those countries.

Please note that when you sell your products to EU countries, there are specific monetary thresholds over which you must declare tax in that country.

Knowledgebase: Country Specific Vat Numbers

HMRC: VAT: how to report your EU sales

Improved Pickwave page

By request, we have added additional details to the pickwave page:

  • A ‘live’ status showing how many orders are despatched at the point of viewing
  • An extra field to display the despatched orders in the pickwave
  • Despatched orders / order totals are now displayed on the Picking page

Greater Rest API Functionality

You can now create orders, up to a maximum of 5 at a time, directly via the rest API.

Click here for our API Documentation

Postcode for eBay proximity Searches

In accordance with eBay’s listing specifications, your postcode is now used in addition to your city for your eBay listings. This is to improve eBay’s proximity searches, as customers are more likely to be shown listings from retailers closer to their location.

The potcode used is your integration postcode, and not that of the product warehouse. Please note that your postcode data is never made customer visible within eBay, and appears only as part of your return address labels.

 

Bug Fixes

 

Fixed a bug that caused some products in ‘awaiting return’ status to be incorrectly marked as ‘returned’.

Fixed a bug that allowed some users to create Purchase Orders when they did not have the correct user permissions.

Fixed a rare bug where the order status ‘awaiting return’ was incorrectly adding stock back into some inventories.

Fixed a bug where the ‘Stock take by pick bin’ report was displaying total stock as opposed to stock by location, and fixed some currency symbol formatting errors.


Your feedback is valuable to us, and allows us to tailor our service to better serve your business. Get in touch at https://storefeeder.uservoice.com/ to let us know what you think.

From all of us here at StoreFeeder, happy retailing.

 

Published on: 1 Jun 2017 @ 07:40

Feature Update: Delivery Confirmation and Courier File Exports

Continuing with our pledge to provide the best possible service for our clients, we are pleased to announce two new features to enhance the delivery process for your orders.

Delivery Confirmation

For our clients with Royal Mail OBA accounts, any parcels you send via Royal Mail are now eligible for Delivery Confirmation. You can find the Delivery Confirmation number along with the 2D barcodes on your printed labels.

Additionally, the number can also be found on your ‘Order Details’ page in the ‘Tracking Number’ field and the ‘Order Shipping’ tab as a link after your have updated your order tracking information.

This number can be entered into the Track and Trace webpage, and will inform you of when your parcel has been scanned upon delivery.

We also now support Type-3 Preadvice, meaning SMS and email delivery notifications are now supported for eligible Royal Mail tracked and signed services such as Tracked24 and 48.

If you have phone number and email addresses saved alongside your customers, they will receive these notifications automatically.

Royal Mail Track and Trace

 

Courier File Exports

For our clients who ship products with other couriers, we have made important changes to courier file exports.

From our next release date of May 17th and onwards, we will be changing the way we process Courier File Exports as requested in our User Voice forum.

Based on customer feedback, and to make the process more logical and user friendly, we have changed the process so the selectable date range is for pickwave creation date rather than order creation date.

This has been done to be more representative of what you are manifesting on that day, and to remove confusion. As a result of this change, you will now be unable to process unassigned orders in this way. All orders manifested in this way must now be processed in pickwaves.

For more information, and for instructions on how to use the new feature, please see our knowledgebase:

Knowledgebase: Courier File Exports


Look out for further updates coming soon, as we announce a new marketplace integration along with the second part of our usual monthly updates.

Happy retailing!

 

Published on: 11 May 2017 @ 14:37

Latest Updates: May Edition (UK Mail Predelivery Notifications, API & Purchase Order Improvements)

Here at StoreFeeder we know our clients’ seller ratings and reputations are paramount. We now have several more ways of ensuring the satisfaction of your customers by confirming your deliveries, and keeping your customers informed of when they should expect your products to arrive.

Here is a rundown of the new features and additions to your StoreFeeder service:

UK Mail Predelivery Notifications

For our customers who send their products via UK Mail, we have introduced a new predelivery notification setting.

You can now enter your preferred notification method, SMS or email, and your customers’ phone number or email address details will be automatically passed to UK Mail’s notification service each and every time you ship your products with them.

For a guide on how to activate this setting, see this knowledgebase:

Knowledgebase: Creating a UK Mail Integration

API Improvements

To assist our clients who ship internationally, improvements have been made to the API to include our new tax classes, and country specific tax rates.

Additionally, you can now get the statuses of your Purchase Orders through the API too.

For more information, view our API documentation.

 

Purchase Orders Improvements

By popular request, and to assist with visibility of your ordering and supplies, we have added a new ‘Raised by’ column which will display the name of the person who raised each of your Purchase orders.


If you have any further queries, comments, or suggestions for improvement, please use our User Voice page. You can also vote on the suggestions made by others. The top suggestions become our newest features.

From all of us here at StoreFeeder, we hope you enjoy the Spring days. Happy selling!

 

Published on: 4 May 2017 @ 14:03

New Feature: Priority Orders

We have introduced a new feature into StoreFeeder: Priority Orders

There are orders from some services, such as Amazon Seller Fulfilled Prime, which require your immediate attention. These orders need to go out the door as quickly as possible, usually via next day delivery shipping, and it is important that these orders do not go unnoticed. From today, these orders will be labelled as ‘Priority Orders’ in StoreFeeder.

 

A box has been added to your dashboard to display the Priority Orders that are awaiting your attention.

On your Order Management page, Priority Orders will be instantly visible by their sunburst yellow background, and a new filter column has been added for orders of this type.

Your Shipping Rules will also incorporate Priority Orders. A new selection box has been added to include Priority Orders as a criteria to new or existing rules.

A filter tab has been added to your Picking page, so you can filter your Outstanding Orders, and create pickwaves of Priority Orders, speeding up your order processing.

 

This feature is currently only for use with Amazon orders, but we plan to roll this feature out to other channels in future updates.

We are also planning to include a feature that will allow you to specify Channel Shipping Methods as Priority, so any orders StoreFeeder imports with that Channel Shipping Method will automatically be marked as a Priority Orders.

We’ll keep you updated on when these features become available.

 


For more information of how to access these features with StoreFeeder, see our knowledgebase article.

Remember to include your suggestions for further developments on our User Voice page, and from all of us here, enjoy the Spring days, and happy selling!

 

Published on: 24 Feb 2017 @ 10:16

Lastest Updates – January Edition

Our developers here at StoreFeeder have been busy as usual, and our newest update is now live. Aside from the next big planned integrations, here are the latest changes integrated into StoreFeeder:

Improvements

As promised, we have made improvements to the processing speed of several key pages and features of our website:

  • iText report generation
  • HTML report generation
  • Warehouse and Channel Permissions pages
  • Orders Overview page
  • Listing Overview page

Keep an eye out for future updates, as we are continuing to improve the efficiency of our service.

Additions

Here at StoreFeeder, we think it is very important to reduce accidents when cloning. Now, if you are use the clone product feature, and you have multiple products selected, a confirmation check box will appear, to prevent unwanted products being created by accident.

We have added additional units of measure to your product information pages where necessary, to improve consistency across all of your pages.

We have added extra product information on order lines for your recognised products. When you are adding products to an order, a small ‘i’ symbol will be visible next to the product SKU. Hover over the icon to display:

  • Weight
  • MPN
  • Packaging Size
  • Packaging Quantity

We have added more functionality to the REST API. You can now include stock locations in your queries. For a full list of queries, go to http://api.storefeeder.com/V2/Help for more information.

Because we know there can be a wide variety of reasons why an order may be returned, we have added 2 new return options to the ‘Order Override’ feature:

  • To be re-sent
  • Not Received

Fixes

We noticed that some of your phone order channels were not appearing on your dashboard when filtering by company identity. We have fixed this so that all order channels now appear on your dashboard and can be filtered for appropriately.

We fixed a bug that allowed the saving and importing of products with a Packaging Quantity of 0.

Lastly, we removed the ability to order the same product twice when only 1 is in stock, as having multiple tabs open could let you order the product twice in some circumstances.


If you have any suggestions for improvements you would like to see, or any ideas for how we can improve our service and your experience, you can get in touch with us at: https://storefeeder.uservoice.com/

Your feedback is not only important to us, but it shapes the StoreFeeder software. Your top suggestions will become our newest updates.

 

From all of us here, Happy retailing!

 

The StoreFeeder Team

 

Published on: 25 Jan 2017 @ 14:44