It’s nearly here! Shopfront version two will be released to the first store on the 28th of October, 2019. It’s been a long time coming, but we promise it will be well worth the wait.
We started the redesign in January 2018, a year after the first version of Shopfront was released. With it comes a huge array of new features and changes that we can’t wait to show you.
We decided to redesign Shopfront as we had learnt a lot in the first year of our release, we had so many features and improvements we wanted to add and decided it was time to give Shopfront a facelift. Doing so also allowed us to redevelop how a few of our features worked to make it easier to work with.
Now that version two is nearly here, we plan to roll it out quickly to ensure that everyone gets the latest features, after the release to the first store on the 28th of October, we plan on releasing to 10 other beta stores within the next two weeks. After this we will hold the release to ensure there are no major issues we have to deal with. Once a little bit of time has passed (we’re aiming for late November, early December) we will make Shopfront generally available to all vendors. This doesn’t mean we will be forcing it upon all stores just before Christmas, but it does mean that if you want to be using the latest features, they will be available to you.
Once the Christmas period is over, we’ll be looking to move everyone across, with most vendors moving in January 2020. On January 31st 2020, we will be stopping support for version one and on the 24th of February 2020 we will be forcing everyone to move to version two.
If you want to get onto version two as soon as possible, please get in touch with us.
Shopfront version two comes with a huge amount of new features, here’s a sneak peak at five highly-requested features.
By far the most obvious change in Shopfront version two is the redesigned user interface.
It’s a lot flatter, quicker and just generally better to look at (if we do say so ourselves).
It also comes with a lot of new features just purely in the redesign, the entire POS system is now a single page application (SPA), which means that there is no loading between each page.
As can be seen on the right, we’ve added a couple of menu groups (utilities and marketing) and we’ve had to rearrange where a few items are in the menu.
Performing orders and receiving invoices is now in the menu as “Orders & Invoices”, promotions, shelf tickets and the media centre have been moved to the new Marketing menu and the Utilities menu has been added which contains the mail log, trashed items and future prices.
Shopfront version two also comes with new cash management functionality, we’ve split version one’s manage takings into two parts, a close register part and a manage cash part. This allowed us to create better permissions, display cash movement history and add a couple of other features.
The new manage cash screen displays the register open time, the recent cash movements (which you can reprint) and allows you to put cash into the drawer, remove cash from the drawer and swap cash denominations.
The way you deal with debtor payments and outstanding sales has been completely redeveloped to make it easier to use and provide more options for you to manage your customer accounts.
You can now perform customer payments while you’re offline, create a payment that is unallocated to an invoice, cancel and refund payments as well as being able to provide change for cash customer payments. We’ve also prevented outstanding customer payments from automatically being allocated to the next invoice.
One of the most powerful features coming to Shopfront is the creation wizard, these are available for when you’re creating a product, creating a customer and creating a promotion.
For example, people can use the customer creation wizard for creating a customer from the register and making sure your staff get the customer’s name, phone number and company or you could make sure your staff get the customer’s name, email address and their pet’s name.
Ever wanted to run a really customised report? Let’s say you wanted to run a report that allowed you to see any products that you’ve sold for less than $100 and are making more than 30% profit on – and show the current inventory as well as the user that sold the product.
In version one of Shopfront this would have involved looking at multiple reports and probably result in you having to take the data into Excel.
With Shopfront version two, you can now run your own complex reports using our custom built reporting query language. It’s similar to SQL, but provides an easier to use syntax that is designed around our data.
But don’t go thinking we’ve only changed these four things, here’s a sneak peak at 55 other changes that are available from day one:
These are just a few of the features we’ve been working on, but there are so many more that we can’t wait to show you.