If you subscribe to SoftTouch Solutions vendor pricing update service*, then you may automatically update your vendor pricing for moulding, matboard and fabric.
Understanding the Process
First, FrameReady finds the vendor, then proceeds to do a relookup. A relookup matches the item number in the Price Codes file with the same item number in the Update file. If it finds a match, then the Cost, Chop, and Join wholesale costs are updated to the new pricing.
Second, it updates the Validation Date field to the date listed in the Update file. This date may be:
- the vendor’s price effective date or
- the date STS received the file from the vendor.
The Description, Sizes, UPC, or Group fields are NOT updated.
Note: If you would like to update these fields, select the vendor to be updated, then press and hold down the Control key while clicking on the Proceed button. Once the Proceed/Cancel screen disappears, you can release the Control key. Not available in FrameReady 8 or lower.
The next thing the update procedure does is search for new item numbers in the Update file. These are items that the vendor has added to their product line. You are then asked if you would like to import these new items into the Price Codes file. The records are then added to the existing records and you select the preferred way for ordering these new items (Cost, Chop, or Join for moulding). The program will then apply your default formulas (as listed in “Pricing Options and Defaults”).
Not Verified Items
Finally, the update procedure compares the new Validation Date with any earlier dates for the vendor that is being updated. If no records are found, a list of the new items that were imported will be presented. If some records were found that were not in the update, then you will be asked if you would like to identify these records as ‘Not Verified’. Once the records have been verified as no longer current, they may be deleted from the program, if you wish.
The Update Vendor Pricing button is only available from the Main Menu, bottom right corner.
A red notification circle appears alerts you to the number of vendors requiring updates.
This option may be turned off (FrameReady 10 and higher) using the checkbox in the Price Codes Options screen on the Main Menu. The notification is triggered when FrameReady is first opened. This can cause a considerable delay in opening the program, particularly in communities with low internet bandwidth.
Click Update Vendor Pricing and this screen appears.
An X in the box indicates that the Validation Date and the Last Updated date are out of sync. This means that the vendor has updated their pricing data. If a heading, i.e. Vendor, Group, Validation Date, is underlined then you can sort by ascending order for that column.
New Updates tab: Only shows your vendors which need to be updated.
My Vendors tab: Lists all the vendors that are currently installed in the Price Codes file. Update all your specific vendors with the single click using Update All Vendors button. The list may be sorted alphabetically by clicking on Vendor. Or the list may be sorted by Group or Validation Date.
Options: You may chose options specifically for each vendor by clicking the Options button at the end of each line.
Vendor Update Options:This dialog box corresponds to the step-by-step dialog boxes which normally appear during the update procedure.
- Process unattended: this is a feature which lets you set the program to automatic processing, requiring no input or answering dialog boxes. If you chose Yes, then you can click Update All Vendors at the end of the business day and when you return in the morning the procedure will be finished.
- Order Type: click one of the radio buttons Length, Chop, Join.
- Import New Items: click Yes if you want the new products added.
- Print List of New Items: click Yes if you want a list. This is helpful in order to do print barcodes for your corner samples
- Flag Not Verified: click Yes if you want investigate if the item is discontinued.
Remove: click this button to delete an unwanted vendor. All the corresponding items for this vendor will be deleted from your Price Codes file. You may only wish to do this if you have no stock left of their products.
Add USA Vendor tab: Lists all of the USA vendors that have submitted a price list. The ones you have installed already in your program will have a date in the Last Updated field. If an X is in the check box that means a price update file is waiting to be downloaded.
Add CDN Vendor tab: Lists all of the Canadian vendors that have submitted a price list.
Other Vendors tab: Lists all other vendors that have submitted a price list (Australia, United Kingdom, etc)
Printer icon: Prints a list from this tab.
Vendor Codes tab: Lists all of the vendors who provide a MSRP matrix (manufacturer’s suggested retail price). The price is based on the UI. With FrameReady 10 these codes have been incorporated into the Codes table (in lower versions these were kept in separate database inaccessible to the framer.)
Update Canadian Vendor Codes: A pricing option only available to Canadians is to utilize a vendor pricing matrix. The matrix specifies a retail price based on a code which has been assigned to a moulding profile (E.g., LW4 refers to a Larson Juhl code 4 for wood moulding). The code relates to a matrix which specifies a retail price at given UI increments. These vendor supplied matrixes are updated periodically by SoftTouch Solutions Inc. and can be updated from the Update Vendor Pricing screen if your Annual Service Subscription/Membership is active.
Notes tab: When necessary, SoftTouch Solutions will post a note regarding one of the vendor updates. A notification symbol or icon on the tab will indicate that there is a new note. The most current note will be at the top. E.g. a vendor may have changed moulding numbers creating a conflict with existing numbers. The note will explain how to resolve the issue.
Update All Vendors button
See this article for the step-by-step procedure.
If you do not wish to perform any updates at this time and return to it later, click Done, top right.
See this video for instructions.
* Vendor pricing updates are available as part of the Annual Subscription which also includes technical support (by email, phone and knowledgeable articles) and web access for one year.