As retailers settle into their point-of-sales systems, developer Two Tongue Technology (TTT) has launched the first in a series of add-on products designed for MYOB's RetailManager software.
Cooking is an accessory program designed to help retailers get the most out of their RetailManager system by including tools which make it easier to do business.
The program is the brainchild of the same team that developed Digi~Till, which MYOB bought and transformed into its RetailManager point-of-sale (POS) program.
Cooking bundles specific features such as customer e-mail that allows the retailer to send information out to customers.
"It is a great marketing tool - as long as retailers are careful not to spam their customers," said TTT managing director, Tom Quealy. "And with the advent of digital cameras, you can take a picture of a new product and add it as an attachment."
Filters in the software can sort customers by their buying habits, shopping frequency or spending, allowing retailers to specifically target certain customer types. Cooking also includes a price-rounding function and data editor which can edit stock prices or customer information across the database.
"MYOB will round to the nearest cent, but the GST really messed up everybody's price list," Quealy said.
The team is currently working on a version which can be used across a wide area network for both small and large chain stores.
"There are several thousands of businesses using MYOB RetailManager and many have two or three stores or are looking to open more. Potentially it can be bad because you can start losing inventory control," he said.
The new software will allow stores to talk to each other without the need for 100 per cent uptime. Data is transferred via the Internet so it can also be used by global businesses where permanent data lines are not economically feasible.
Cooking also features database repair and cloning, but perhaps the most attractive innovation of the software is it gives the retailer the ability to edit transactions.
"We specifically designed Digi~Till so you cannot edit a sale and staff cannot "rort" the system. But Cooking uses a separate password to RetailManager, so the manager can fix history if a mistake is made via the Docket Editor," Quealy said.
Thus, a sale which is overcharged can be easily fixed at any time.
At this stage, the company is handling its own distribution and is looking for resellers and retailers. The software will retail for $399, with a dealer price of $290 before tax. Retailers must unlock the product by registering over the phone to prevent software piracy.