Default Delivery Date and Sentiment
In our endless quest to make order entry more efficient, I have added a new feature to flowerSoft 2016 which may not prove to be very useful for this holiday since most of you do not have it yet.
From the Manager’s menu > System Information > Defaults, flowerSoft will now allow you to set a default delivery date for a holiday (or any day) and a sentiment associated with that date. For example, you could set the default delivery date for next Valentine’s Day as 02/13/2017 (or 02/14/2017 if you prefer) and a sentiment of “HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY”.
In the defaults settings (page 1) you will now see 3 new fields. If you leave the default delivery date blank, the feature will be disabled. If the default delivery date is earlier that today’s date, the feature will also be disabled.
In the “Default Delivery Date” field you will enter the date you want displayed for delivery and the sentiment code associated with that date.
For illustration purposes, I set up my default delivery date as 05/08/2016 and my default sentiment code as HMD for Happy Mother’s Day.
You may want to set your default delivery date to the day before the actual holiday which in this case would have been 05/07/2016 had you wanted to encourage early deliveries.
So now the default settings for the default delivery date are set.
Upon first entering the first line of the enclosure card, flowerSoft will take a look at the defaults record and see if you have defined a default delivery date. If you have, if will automatically supply the delivery date and the sentiment code associated with that date, if there is one.
The reason flowerSoft only supplies the code is in case if you do not need that sentiment for a specific order, it will be easier to erase or type another sentiment code. Once you hit <Enter> past the sentiment code, the sentiment wording and its associated occasion will be displayed.
When you enter the delivery date field, the “default” date will be already displayed. However, you can easily increase (+) or decrease (-) the delivery date by pressing the plus or minus keys.
All other features associated with the delivery date remain active, so you can still use the first 2 letters of the delivery day or bring up the calendar by pressing F9.
Once this new feature is implemented in your system, the delivery date will no longer be blank when you first enter it.
It will either have the default delivery date, if there is one defined for a date greater than today’s date or it will show today’s date if no default delivery date is defined.
You can increase or decrease the delivery day by pressing the plus or minus keys.
So if you find it easier to hit the plus key 4 times to get to next Tuesday instead of typing TU, you can now do that.
If you accidentally hit the plus key too many times and go past your desired delivery date, you can then hit the minus key to go back one day at a time.
Even though you may not have this new feature yet, you can still define a default sentiment code and then you may enter it by just typing a period from the first line of the card message.
The advantage of using sentiment codes is that they have an occasion associated with them so all your Valentine and Mother’s Day orders will have the HOLIDAY occasion and will be included when you do your occasion reminders next year.
As usual, if you can think of any improvements that can be made to this feature please let me know.