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News, tips and tricks relating to Aura and the POS industry.
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ADSL - The jargon explained

Aura requires a permanent ADSL line to work properly. This line is used to download menu's, send product sales information to your head office, keep yoour license active, download new program versions and of course for the Aura helpdesk to be able to support you.
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International internet traffic has been affected by the damaged Seacom cable.

The Seacom cable that carries your internet information between Africa and Europe has been damaged. This means that international internet access will be slow and unreliable until the cable has been repaired. We are experiencing constant disconnections when connected to clients remotely via logmein.

A ship has been dispatched to Mombasa to lift the cable and repair it. 

We ask for your patience as this issue is out of our control.

You can read the full article here

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Which stock costing model is best for my business? FIFO vs FIXED STOCK.

Aura supports two stock costing methods.

1) FIXED STOCK

2) FIFO (First In First Out)

The two methods above use slightly different formulas to determine the value of your stock on hand.

FIXED STOCK
  • Aura uses the most recently paid price of the stock item for all the stock on hand. 
FIFO
  • Aura uses various unit prices for a single stock item and applies them to the quantities that were purchased at those respective prices.
  • Aura assumes you use the oldest stock first.

For example:

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Driving sales by increasing frequency of customer purchases through email and sms.

Following on from the previous tutorial on the drive to increase sales, I said that there were three methods of driving sales in your type of business:

1) Increase the number of unique customers entering your business in a given time period.

This method will cost you money through the use of promotions and advertising. Good customer service will help, but it takes time for word of mouth to spread.

2) Increase the frequency.

If the same customers buy from you twice a month instead of once per month, you double your sales.
Again, this method will need advertising. This is the topic of todays tutorial.

3) Increase the amount of money that your customers spend when they walk into your business.

This tutorial will focus on increasing the frequency of customer purchases

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Improving your GP% by modifying your sales mix through the use of incentives.

You are looking for ways to increase your gross profit, but cash flow is tight and you want to find the most economical way without outlaying large amounts of cash.

You really have three options:

1) Increase the number of unique customers entering your business in a given time period.

This method will cost you money through the use of promotions and advertising. Good customer service will help, but it takes time for word of mouth to spread.

2) Increase the frequency.

If the same customers buy from you twice a month instead of once per month, you double your sales.
Again, this method will need advertising. We will look at what Aura can do to help here in the next tutorial.

3) Increase the amount of money that your customers spend when they walk into your business.

This is the method that we will be looking at in today’s tutorial. 

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Start implementing proper stock controls and improve your bottom line!

I was surprised when I first heard that world-wide, the number of restaurant operators that actually control and manage stock properly was fewer than 50%. The fact is that if you own or operate a restaurant, no matter how well you think you're doing if you are not monitoring your stock, you're not managing it properly - and if you're not managing your stock properly then your bottom line is suffering.

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In-house maintenance for your computers.

In order to prolong the life of your computers and keep them running nicely it is important to perform occasional maintenance on both the hardware and software...

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Wastage Percentages and the effect they have on your reports.

This short tutorial aims to explain what the wastage percentage is, how it is calculated and the effect it has in Aura reports.

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Understanding the Net Stock Movement Column in both the GP Report and the Stock Variance Report.

You have discarded some stock and it shows on the Stock Variance Report, but not the GP Report.

This short tutorial will explain the different ways the two reports handle discarded stock. Click 'Read More' below to read the rest of the tutorial.

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