Release Notes

Updates will trigger the automatic update utility or you may manually update by navigating to Setup > Tools > Update. Registered users will also receive email notifications when updates become generally available.


8.4.5 (November 29, 2018)

Pro & Back Office

  • NEWAdded the ability to track Commissions for salespeople. See Commissions Feature in the knowledgebase for instructions on usage.
  • NEWAdded the ability to track Spiffs (Sales Performance Incentive Funding Formula). See Spiff Feature in the knowledgebase for instructions on usage.
  • NEWAdded a new Serial Number Tracking feature. See Serial Number Tracking in the knowledgebase for usage instructions.
  • NEW: Added a new Rental feature.You can now track and sell rented items. See Rentals Feature in the knowledgebase for usage instructions.
  • NEW: Check Endorsement feature added. Requires the use of a receipt printer capable of slip printing and using the “ESC/POS Mode w/Slip” or “Star Line Mode w/Slip” printer emulations in Receipt Printer Setup. See the Receipt Printer knowledgebase article for usage instructions.
  • NEWYou can now [VOID] a partial payment. For example, if a card is charged less than the total amount due and you want to reverse that charge, press [VOID] followed by touching the line on the cashier screen with that tender (i.e. DEBIT $1.09). This will refund the original amount charged to the card, requesting a card swipe/dip. You may then continue to collect payment via alternate methods. Typically used when a card is partially authorized for less than the amount due and the customer has no ability to pay the remainder. You could then VOID the payment and then either adjust or VOID the entire transaction.
  • NEWAt times a customer may pay for a sale with one card and realize they wanted to use a different card. Even though the transaction is complete you can accomplish this without having to refund the entire transaction. Just press [REFUND] followed by the $ amount and then the Card Tender or Payment Terminal/PIN Pad button. You will go through the card swipe/dip process. Now that the $ has been refunded you can then charge the amount to the correct card. Press the appropriate Tender button (no $ amount) and the reverse amount will be charged. The transaction will conclude once the new card is processed.
  • NEWAdded the Order barcode to be printed on Reprint. Useful when you need the barcode but don’t always print receipts on every transaction.
  • NEWA new function, [PRINT ON/OFF] has been added to the POS, allowing the printing of the very next transaction to be suppressed. Printing automatically resumes to the regular print preferences for the following transaction. This feature can be set up as a separate function in the Screen Designer or used as part of a Macro.
  • EnhancedWhen selling Fuel, the POS now records the number of gallons sold on Inventory Sales reports. Quantity data will begin recording once this version is installed.
  • EnhancedThe POS receipt now displays unique tax ID’s when multiple VAT Taxes are used (i.e. T1, T2). When no VAT tax applies (0.0% VAT), a star (*) symbol appears.
  • EnhancedCounter Tips can now be reversed/deleted via [VOID] or [ERROR] buttons. Also added new POS Functions for Inquiry Tips In [194], Inquiry Tips Out [195] and Eligible Tips Out [309] (the amount of Tips In less the amount of Tips Out), so you know how much you can distribute.
  • EnhancedSelf-Hosted users can now select a Backup folder and those settings will be remembered. However, if saving to any folder/drive other than the default, you may need to adjust your Windows Permissions setting for that folder. To do so, view this knowledgebase article.
  • EnhancedOn the Products screen the Case PLU field is now a lookup box instead of text input. This makes it easier to find the correct product.
  • Enhanced:  In the Counting Task, the default setting now places the quantity on file as the quantity counted. This is useful if you accidentally execute the task, preventing you from wiping out all inventory counts in the process.
  • Enhanced: Offline Media Totals have been added to the email version of the Sales Summary Report.
  • Enhanced: A new UPDATE AVAILABLE button now appears on the desktop when an update is ready. To prevent employees from updating you can edit your Permissions (Setup > Permissions) and restrict access to Setup > Tools > Update. Employees with a security level that blocks these updates will not be able to execute the button click.
  • Enhanced: The Savings Recap on the receipt has been updated and now prints for Products that are “on Sale”.
  • EnhancedRefunds now take into account any Price Formula that is attached to the Product at the time of the Refund. Added per end-user requests.
  • EnhancedNew Reports added for Employee Commissions (Reports > Employee > Commissions). This was achieved by moving the 2nd Journals button found under Reports > Journals. Now the Commission, Journal and Time Card reports are found under Reports > Employee. Journals are also still available under the Data heading. You should check your Permissions settings for this new addition.
  • Enhanced: We’ve enhanced the barcode scanner lookup functionality. If a 12-digit barcode is scanned and not found we then search for the same code minus the check digit. The same applies to 6, 7 and 8 digit barcode scans. Conversely, an 11-digit scan, if not not found, attempts to find the product with the check digit added. UPC-E codes are also expanded to 12-digtits, then 11-digits. This is useful if you’ve imported data but your scanner is set to scan a different number of digits than the data imported.
  • Enhanced: When a Price Override is initiated the far left receipt text will read “ADJ”, making it easy to find in the Journal viewer. Added 12/07/18. If you updated before this date you will need to uninstall and reinstall StoreTender Pro using the setup file dated 12/07/18 from the Client Area.
  • Fix: Lookup boxes were not disposed of, causing Index Out of Range errors.
  • Fix: When adding a new Product, if the PLU number was an Alias for another Product the creation was allowed. This was incorrect and will now be blocked.
  • Fix: Occasional blank transaction files being uploaded cause the system to enter Offline Mode. This was typically caused by rebooting the POS while the application is running. Blank files are now deleted and no longer cause the system to enter Offline Mode.
  • Fix: If an EMV (chip card) partial tender was accepted and the cashier pressed the [ERROR] key, the entire transaction disappeared.
  • Fix: VAT taxes were being incorrectly printed as Sales Taxes when a transaction was placed on Order and the Print Check function was used.
  • Fix: For Scan Data users, the Philip Morris Loyalty Program was giving the Loyalty Discount even if the customer account number was entered incorrectly. Now requires correct account number.
  • Fix: The POS Receipt Header/Footer would not allow you to save or change settings if an apostrophe appeared in the text.
  • Fix: If an Order was recalled and then saved again, the Order barcode wasn’t printing on the new Order receipt.
  • Fix: Clients set for Register Accounting were not able to filter the Media Report by Register.
  • Fix: Searching for a Vendor in Ordering and Receiving tasks caused an error.
  • FixVoid (Preserve) was not correctly deleting an associated discount if the item had a Price Formula associated.
  • Fix: Addressed an issue with Scan Data failing to set proper multi-pack data if a product is voided.
  • Fix: When in the Products screen, when pressing the green + button for Pricing Formulas the next screen did not format correctly and wasn’t usable.
  • FixThe Products Grid was not saving the Min On Hand as a decimal.
  • Fix: Some Orders, when recalled, were not being deleted.

HQ

  • NEWAdded the ability to track Commissions for salespeople. See Commissions Feature in the knowledgebase for instructions on usage.
  • NEWAdded the ability to track Spiffs (Sales Performance Incentive Funding Formula). See Spiff Feature in the knowledgebase for instructions on usage.
  • EnhancedOn the Products screen the Case PLU field is now a lookup box instead of text input. This makes it easier to find the correct product.
  • EnhancedHQ Screen Designer enhanced to include all POS Screen Designer Functions recently added.
  • Fix: Everyday Price Task error manifested when selecting a Price Formula. If you selected the Price Zone first, no error occurred.

 

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8.4.4 (June 29, 2018)

Pro & Back Office (8.4.4)

  • FIX FOR MULTI-STORE: Version 8.4.2/8.4.3 introduced a startup routine that did not load all the tables required for multi-store installations with multiple Price or Tax Zones. This version fixes that issue and should be installed if multiple Price or Tax Zones exist in your setup. (This issue did not affect the HQ program)
  • NEW: Added a Percentage (aka Surcharge) calculation function to the POS, which calculates a percentage of either the Subtotal, Total or Balance due. (See Adding Surcharges)
  • NEW: Counter Tips support added via two new POS functions: Tips (IN) and Tips (OUT).
  • NEW: Philip Morris Loyalty Fund Program (LFP) added to the PM Scan Data Addon module. (See PM Loyalty Fund Program)
  • IMPROVED: When encountering a connection issue while uploading transactions to our servers, we now force the system into “offline” mode after a short attempt timeout (30 seconds or less). This dramatically improves subsequent transaction speeds, which is important in busy locations. The next transaction will give you the opportunity to reconnect and upload. If that remains unsuccessful, you will continue in “offline” mode. Every 25 transactions thereafter you’ll be given another opportunity to reconnect and upload your transactions. During this period your integrated card transactions will continue to function unless your internet connection has failed completely. This improvement also fixes the instance where you may find yourself stuck at the “Processing” screen, due to a failed connection. You can always attempt to reconnect manually by exiting the POS (Close) or by touching the word “Offline” at the lower left edge of the status bar.
  • Enhanced: The software startup routine no longer loads tables from the server, speeding up load times. This also prevents unwanted updates to POS data (i.e. price changes applied too soon). Whenever the POS needs to have current data you should either press the green SYNC button (Main Menu) or use the “Update Register” function button on the POS Screen.
  • Enhanced: The green SYNC button (Main Menu) or the “Update Register” function button on the POS Screen no longer send the cashier/user to the Login screen, speeding up these functions.
  • EnhancedBoth Philip Morris and RJ Reynolds Scan Data Addon modules updated to latest specifications. (See Scan Data Addon Modules)
  • Enhanced: The Scan Data Addon module reports can now be automatically sent to the designated FTP server, once credentials are provided. (See Scan Data Addon Modules).
  • EnhancedThe Lowest Denomination setting (Setup > Store > Media) enhanced to work for our Canadian customers.
  • EnhancedChanged the weight abbreviation of “Lbs” to “Lb”, to better conform with U.S. and international standards.
  • Enhanced: Added ability to print both the PLU Number and Vendor Item Number on a shelf label (standard sheet-fed printer).
  • Fix: Addressed issue with the shift number not incrementing, if the Company is set to Cashier Accounting.
  • Fix: Receiving a Product in a multi-store environment with more that one Price Zone was not validating the correct Pack Size for the Price Zone used.
  • Fix: Clarified the receipt when a Refund performed with an EMV card, so that the change due reflected correctly.
  • FixIf a Scan Data participant started the POS while offline (no internet), transactions were not being saved to the Scan Data report.
  • Fix: The Licensing and Numbering files were written in a data format that was prone to corruption. Addressed by rewriting and renaming the files.
  • Fix: Shift Reports were not being sent to the electronic journal immediately, instead waited for the next transaction to do so.
  • Fix: If a discounted item was voided by scanning the barcode instead of touching the screen, the discount amount was not voided.

HQ (8.4.4)

  • NEW: Philip Morris Loyalty Fund Program (LFP) added to the PM Scan Data Addon module. (See PM Loyalty Fund Program)
  • EnhancedBoth Philip Morris and RJ Reynolds Scan Data Addon modules updated to latest specifications. (See Scan Data Addon Modules)
  • Enhanced: The Scan Data Addon module reports can now be automatically sent to the designated FTP server, once credentials are provided. (See Scan Data Addon Modules)
  • Fix: HQ was attempting to update tables even if there was a higher version already installed (ex. Pro). This caused slowdowns on very large databases.
  • Fix: Receiving a Product in a multi-store environment with more that one Price Zone was not validating the correct Pack Size for the Price Zone used.
  • Fix: If Taxes were not numbered sequentially you would receive an error trying to view a Product with a tax number higher than the actual tax count.

RF Server (8.4.2)

  • Enhanced: Updated local file storage methods so they do not conflict with other StoreTender software. You must update RF Server first if it resides on a computer with StoreTender Pro, Back Office or HQ.

 

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8.4.1 (May 7, 2018)

Pro & Back Office

This update brings an end to support for legacy Windows operating systems. We are updating our Microsoft .NET Framework to version 4.6.1 which adds support for TLS 1.2 encryption. This is the encryption standard required by the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). Systems with integrated merchant processing are required to use TLS 1.2 encryption by June 30, 2018 or they will not be able to process card payments. As such, we are updating our framework to use TLS 1.2 encryption. In order to receive this update you must be running one of the following Microsoft operating systems:

Windows Embedded POSReady 7
Windows 7 SP1
Windows 8
Windows 8.1
Windows 10
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows Server 2016

The following operating systems will not be supported on StoreTender version 8.4 and above:

Windows XP
Windows Embedded POSReady 2009
Windows Vista
Windows Server 2008 (or earlier)

 

StoreTender versions earlier than 8.4 will become End of Life on June 30, 2018.

We’ve also added some new enhancements and fixes with this new version:

  • Enhanced: Only the first application to update to a new version and connect to the database (Online or Self-Hosted) will trigger table and column updates. Subsequent applications that update on the same version will simply load the tables, saving time and server resources during the update process.
  • Enhanced: We’ve sped up the table update process considerably. On subsequent updates this process will be a magnitude faster.
  • Fix: Addressed Suspend/Resume across two dates that would cause the transaction upload to fail, sending the system into Offline mode.
  • Fix: Fixed double transaction lines that appeared on receipts when using integrated merchant processing.
  • Fix: Addressed issue with Receipt Printer not printing enhanced text or cutting receipt after upgrade to 8.4.0.
  • Fix: Fixed POS lookup boxes freezing after upgrade to 8.4.0.

 

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8.3.44 (April 24, 2018)

Pro & Back Office

  • Enhanced: We’ve optimized some of the new code added in 8.3.43, to reduce failed transaction uploads.
  • Fix: Updated the Scan Data reporting code so that PM Scan Data receives all Cigarette sales, not only PM.
  • Fix: Fixed the inclusion of non-tobacco products into the Scan Data files, if sold within same transaction.

 

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8.3.43 (April 19, 2018)

Pro & Back Office

  • Enhanced: We’ve rewritten the code so that a loss of connectivity reliably puts your POS in offline mode, storing transactions as individual files instead of a single file that can get corrupted or duplicated. When back online the transactions are sent to the server, one-at-a-time. Also added visual notifications so you know what’s happening when the files are being processed. If you’ve been offline for a while and can’t wait for your files to upload before ringing up your next customer, click the red “Postpone Processing” button to stop uploading until the end of the next transaction.

 

  • Enhanced: Our cloud hosted (online) version can now manually force offline mode, while still maintaining network connectivity for credit card processing. Just click the yellow Connectivity Settings button on the home screen, and force your system into offline mode. This is useful if you want to take your POS away from your network – a sidewalk sale comes to mind. If your network (or ours) is behaving erratic or slow, you can force your system offline until the issue has been corrected. (See Connectivity Settings)
  • Enhanced: We’ve optimized the initial table loads and transaction processing. In testing this has resulted in speed improvements of up to 2x faster.
  • Enhanced: Our Self-Hosted users can now update and your server configuration settings will be retained (once this update is applied and settings entered one last time). After entering your connectivity settings you may have to exit and restart StoreTender to accept the changes.
  • Fix: Self-Hosted versions will now prompt when an update is available online.
  • Fix: If the Brand name or Subdepartment name was too long for the Philip Morris Scan Data, files were not being sent or deleted. Compensated for this and the unsent files will automatically upload during first transaction after update installation.

 

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