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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.

Tutorial Video – Purchase Ledger Auto Payments

A video to show how to use purchase ledger auto payments.

Google Maps Sort

The developers here at RBA have been working hard for the last few weeks integrating the LPGas delivery create option with Google Maps Sort (GMS). GMS allows you to sort multiple delivery drops into the ideal route with ease based on your start and end postcodes. When GMS sorts multiple destinations, it takes into consideration the current traffic (at time of creation), road closers, road works, congestion etc, ensuring the calculated path is as efficient as possible.

To enable GMS you are required to have a Google account in place.

GMS integration is available in the latest version of LPGas 10.86.00028, contact RBA for more information!

Making Tax Digital

HMRC have been working hard for the last year to change how businesses need to keep our VAT records and how we submit our VAT returns. This change is only mandatory for businesses that are VAT registered with a taxable turnover ** which is above the VAT threshold, which is currently £85,000. But don’t panic, this change does not take effect until periods starting on or after 1st April 2019.  By going digital, it makes submitting your VAT returns much quicker and simpler, all with the click of the button.

Our software connects to HMRC’s system via an API (Application Programming Interface) some of the functions that retailer will be able to perform will be;

1)      Keeping all your records digitally, as required by the regulations.

2)      Creating your VAT return from the digital records held within retailer and sending this information to HMRC electronically.

3)      Providing HMRC with VAT data on a voluntary basis.

4)      Receiving information from HMRC via the API platform

 

Further information can be found here https://www.rbauk.com/mtd/

 

** VAT Taxable turnover is the total value of everything you sell that is not exempt from VAT.