RBA Announcement

RBA has some exciting news for you!

In February, this year, we announced we were testing our new Near St integration.  We have now completed our testing and are happy to announce that our official launch date is 3rd June 2019.

Near St’s aim is to bring the customers back to high street shops instead of solely using the online retailers. By integrating with Near St your shop’s products will appear at the top of their Google search results, listing the prices, product information and stocked status.

Not only does Google give customers all this information, they are also able to see how far away your shop is from their current location!

You do not have to do this all yourselves, thanks to the integration with RBA this is all taken care of automatically and the information is kept up to date with regular stock updates.

If you would like a bit of background, take a look at this BBC article on Near St.

If you would like to know more or to get started with an RBA Retailer to Near St product feed, please contact RBA or drop an email.







Home Hardware Autumn Trade Show

Steve and Jon will be attending the Home Hardware Trade Show being held on 17th September 2019. We would like to highlight that the venue for the Trade Show has changed, this year the Home Hardware Autumn Trade show will be held at the National Agricultural and Exhibition Center in Stoneleigh .
As per usual, Steve and Jon will be happy to answer any questions or queries that you may have and look forward to seeing you all there!
We will let you know more details closer to the date!


KCPOS and Pegasus data migration

We have recently completed two installs for new customers that have been using Pegasus opera accounting systems and KCPOS till systems. We successfully preserved and moved all their product data, purchase and sales ledger data etc. from their existing Pegasus opera and KCPOS till systems to our RBA EPOS system, Retailer.

If you currently looking to move away from your existing accounting or EPOS system, contact Paul or Jon to arrange a time to chat to them about moving to our RBA EPOS systems.

MTD Release

Its official, our MTD dialog has now been released in Retailer version 10.86.0036 and we are on HMRC’s MTD compliant register. Once you update to this version you will be able to start using our new MTD feature.
We will be releasing a help guide on this feature very soon but we have made this dialog very straightforward to make your lives easier when completing your VAT returns.
Please contact us to find out more!

Windows 7 and Windows 7 Embedded End-Of-Life

Windows 7’s end of life is on the 14th January 2020. After this date, Microsoft will not offer any technical assistance and windows updates will not be available. You will need to move to a new machine with Windows 10 instead BEFORE January 2020. If you continue to use a machine with Windows 7 after the date given above for when support has ended, your PC will become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses, which can potentially cause major issues.

The same goes for Windows 7 embedded POS ready machines but the date for end of life for these machines is 12th October 2021.

Near St

RBA are pleased to announce that we have recently tested a new integration with Near St. Near St’s aim is to get people back into shopping on the high street.

Nearst is an online platform which, once integrated with Retailer, allows your customers to view the stock quantities online in real time. Near St  connects with your inventory through Retailer and lists your products online with Google automatically. When someone Googles your business, they will be able to see and use the ‘see what’s in store’ feature.

Near St MD, Nick Brackenbury will be attending the RBA User Group Meeting in Tiverton at the best Western. Nick Brackenbury will be giving a short presentation on the soon to be released solution.


Home Hardware Show Westpoint 5th March 2019

RBA will be exhibiting at the Westpoint Exeter Home Hardware Trade show. The trade show is being held on the 5th March 2019. Steve, Jon and Claire will be happy to answer any attendees questions as well as providing you with a demonstration of Retailer and RBA mobile. we hope to see you all there.

During the trade show, we will be auctioning an ex-demo Aures Yuno, with one year warranty and a crazy reserve of £250!! Come along and place a bid.


Home Hardware -Tiverton User Group Meeting 4th March

Steve and Jon will be holding a user group meeting on the 4th March which will be held at the Best Western Tiverton.

The user group meeting will start at 2pm and will be focusing on the new features of Retailer, Making Tax Digital and Retail Fraud. This will be followed by break out sessions.

Attendance is free of charge please contact Jon Dixon or Lisa Heeley to reserve a space and a break out session slot.







New premium integration with Wilsons of Colchester

RBA are pleased to announce that we have been working closely with Wilsons to fully automate the stock price feed they offer via their website and that this is now available.

Wilsons joins a list of elite integrators along with Stax, Home Hardware, Decco, Home Hardware Scotland and Toolbank that offer the ability to keep your prices and their stock positions updated automatically overnight.

Let us introduce you to Wilsons: Wilsons imports, distributes & wholesales branded household, hardware & DIY products to the retail trade throughout the UK. Coming from a background in household textiles over 20 years ago, we have progressively developed further ranges making us a key player in the housewares and hardware industry.

Why buy from us?

  1. Wide range of products from a single source
  2. Fast delivery all over the UK
  3. Free delivery on orders over £150 + VAT (mainland UK only)
  4. Reliable and consistent supply of popular fast moving brands.
  5. 100% guarantee.
  6. Monthly special offers.
  7. High stock fulfilment.
  8. Highly rated B2B website with:
  • Fast & easy access to full product range 24/7.
  • Intelligent SEARCH-GENIETM to find exactly what you are looking for in no time.
  • Current up-to-date stock positions.
  • Order history including those not submitted online with re-ordering option.
  • Downloadable up-to-date price and full stock list including barcodes
  • Connect to an API feed for live pricing and stock information.
  • Different ways to place orders tailored to your needs:
      • Simply add items to your cart.
      • Upload your CSV file created by your RBA system.
      • Create a shopping list of the most frequently bought items.

                                     To setup this integration follow the instructions here

New PLU Buttons

We have been working to create a new PLU button layout. In the new layout option you don’t have to include images for each PLU button giving you more space in the PLU button section on the checkout screen. Having more space enables you to add more products & levels on a screen at one time relative to the previous PLU setup. Also, you don’t have to worry about resizing your buttons anymore as Retailer takes care of this for you. Dynamically the buttons resize themselves based on the amount of buttons per level.

The levels are easy to identify using a colour code system. The products PLU buttons are a light green and the level PLU buttons are a light blue, this allows you to clearly and quickly identify the role of the PLU button in question. Clicking a product PLU button immediately populates the checkout basket with that product and keeps you on the PLU screen for adding more products.

When you open the checkout screen you can see one large button called ‘Product lookup buttons’. Once clicked, this then generates a new screen containing all the PLU buttons which you had previously setup. We haven’t made any changes to the setup of the PLU buttons so as to keep them simple to setup and consistent. We will be publishing a new help guide soon to aid you in setting up your new PLU buttons.

The new PLU buttons are available from Retailer version 10.86.0029.