Latest Release Updates – 25th March 2019

Welcome to the latest Release Update blog post.

Crikey, another one! I’d barely finished typing the last update when I found out that there were going to be more updates and fixes within the week.

Also, a friendly reminder that Mother’s Day is coming up this weekend. If you’re not prepared, make sure you are after reading this post. You can thank me later!

As always, there has been a lot of work in the background but there have been some great updates and new features released this month, the highlights of which are below:

DX integration update

Previously our DX integration only provided support for business to business services. We’ve now added support for DX Secure so that you can use your B2C services and create labels with them, all within StoreFeeder.

DX Secure services are account specific so we do require a bit of work on our user’s end in order for the integration to work. You’ll notice there is a new option on your DX Integration Overview page under “Additional Actions”. You can use the button “Download Account Services” to import your account specific DX Secure courier services in to StoreFeeder.

Once imported, the DX Secure services should appear under your shipping methods!

For further information on setting up your DX integration, please see our helpful knowledge base here – 01. How to integrate with DX.

ParcelForce Sunday service code

Excellent news, you can now select the ParcelForce SCDP (Sunday Express 24 hour) service code for use on StoreFeeder.

You can find the code on the service code drop down box under “Shipping Method Details” on your selected shipping method for ParcelForce Sunday Service as shown in the picture below.

WooCommerce shipping class & product description fixes

A couple of useful fixes for our WooCommerce integration this week.

Firstly, a product’s Shipping Class will now be imported along with the rest of the listing/product details, this did not appear to be imported originally.

Also, there has been a slight change to the short description field. Originally on StoreFeeder we set a limit of signs/symbols that could be included in WooCommerce listing short descriptions. This has now been lifted as this limit does not exist on WooCommerce. If any of your listings were affected by this issue and only imported part of their short description, you can redownload them to import the missing portion if you so wish.

Stock Location column added to adjustment report

One for our Multi-Stock Location users.

Previously, our adjustments report had all the information about a stock adjustment made but was missing a significant detail – where the adjustment has been made.

To remedy this we have added a “Stock Location” column to the adjustments report that will allow you to easily see where the adjustment has been made (If you do not have Multi-Stock Locations enabled on your account, this column simply wont appear).

Finally….

There’s been some great new features and fixes implemented this release and we hope you find them useful in one way or another.

As always we’ll keep working hard to provide you with the best service we can.

From all of us here at StoreFeeder, happy selling.

The StoreFeeder Team

Latest Release Updates – 22nd March 2019

Welcome to the latest Release Update blog post.

I hope you all had a successful February and that you managed to spend some well earned time outdoors during the record breaking hottest February day we were treated to! Now as we march on, already nearly finished with March, we find ourselves with some new features and bug fixes for you all.

As always, there has been a lot of work in the background but there have been some great updates and new features released this month, the highlights of which are below:

StoreFeeder App: Blind Stock Takes

One for our app users – there’s been some excellent work done recently; app testers will now be able to carry out blind stock takes.

The Stock Take screen, accessed from the main menu, is a new feature allowing blind stock takes to be performed.

Start by selecting a warehouse and optional zone that you wish to check. A random product & location is displayed and you enter the quantity you have physically counted. Click Save to get the next random location and product. This will continue until all products in all locations for that warehouse/zone have been counted. When a location and product is displayed for a user, it is marked as such in the system, meaning this will not appear for other users.

You can leave the stock take at any time by clicking the back arrow in the toolbar.

Once a quantity has been submitted for a stock take, the inventory quantity WILL NOT be updated on StoreFeeder until the stock take has been approved via the new Stock Take Approvals page of the StoreFeeder website (under Warehouse -> Stock Locations -> Stock Take Approval). Initially we have given all admins access to this page but permissions can be managed in the usual way.

This displays a list of all the stock takes that have been submitted and they can be approved or rejected. Only stock takes that are approved will result in the inventory quantity being changed accordingly based on the submitted quantity.

Historical stock takes and the related approval choice can be viewed via Reports -> Products -> Stock Take Approvals Report.

You can now delete out of stock variants from eBay

Previously the only way to delete variants on your eBay channel was to delete the products within StoreFeeder. This is now no longer the case, there is now an option to remove out of stock variations through StoreFeeder without having to lose the product’s historical data.

The option to do this can be found on the eBay Listing Details page for the product you wish to carry this out on. You’ll notice there is now a switch titled “Remove out of stock variants”.

As you can see from the picture above the label states “Remove unchecked”. This is because you will have to uncheck the boxes to the left of the variants you want to be monitored. This gives you a bit more control over what gets deleted and what doesn’t.

When you click ‘Save & Upload’ if this switch is turned ‘on’ out of stock variants will be deleted from your eBay channel for that product.

You can now view listing prices across all channels in one simple, exportable view

Over on the Listings Overview page (via the Listings drop down menu) we have added the ability to see the price of each of your listings across multiple channels.

The information on this page can also be exported to an .XLS file as you can see in the top right of the picture above. This feature existed before but now it will also export the newly added Listing Prices overview as shown below:

Purchase Orders can now have a file attached to them

This is a useful addition to our purchase order feature as it allows you to send additional information to your suppliers (such as graphic designs).

Now when sending a purchase order on the Purchase Orders Overview page (via Products -> Purchase Orders) you will be presented with the option to attach a file (maximum size 2.8 MB).

Non-admin users can now assign pickwaves to other pickers

Previously only admins could assign pickwaves to applicable pickers. With this latest update, all users can now assign pickwaves to the other pickers.

This is done in the same way you would usually assign a picker to a pickwave, no changes have been made there.

Finally….

There’s been some great new features and fixes implemented this release and we hope you find them useful in one way or another.

As always we’ll keep working hard to provide you with the best service we can.

From all of us here at StoreFeeder, happy selling.

The StoreFeeder Team

Come and see us at IRX 2018

The 21st and 22nd March sees the UK’s largest Multi Channel Event, Internet Retailing Expo return the the NEC in Birmingham and StoreFeeder will be there!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We will be there speaking to people about StoreFeeder and giving demonstrations of our brand new PDA’s with the WMS functions!

Come along to Stand D51 and say hello as we also have some freebies to give away!!

We look forward to seeing you there

For more information on the event visit www.internetretailingexpo.com

The StoreFeeder Team

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