Good to know: Import of bank transfers

One feature of the Customer Manager module should be highlighted: the possibility to import the CSV file from an accounting software into PCG.

To do so, a dialog is started in the Customer Manager module under “Import Transfers”, which defines the structure of the file in terms of headers, separators and masks. The CSV file can then be checked, linked semi-automatically and assigned to the corresponding customer and invoice numbers. Several filters such as “already paid” can also be applied, allowing a quick overview to be obtained.

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The steps can be found in the text “Import bank transfers” in the internal Wiki („Überweisungen importieren“ in German).

News about the online shop

These are the most relevant new features:

Search

Search results have been displayed sorting the product categories and results score. What is new is the possibility to present the results also according to article number or article sorting.

Also we are working on the functionality of the shop with helpful links, e.g. to the Delivery Pauses window.

The search algorithm has been modified to better find compound terms and product names with hyphens.

If a filter is set, e.g. according to the origin of the article, the search also considers this.

Locked orders, shop consultation

It was long-planned to improve the presentation of locked orders (e.g. for school fruit) and to allow consultation access in the online shop.

It is also possible to define other settings, such as restricting changes in the subscriptions. This can be set globally for the shop – but this function is rather intended for individual customers (in the PCG customer settings).

(These are new features for the Shop2016 model)

The Tasks Module in the PC Garden

Privacy – (Unexpected) staff changes – Optimize processes

Once again we would like to point out a feature that is often missed. For reasons that apply to all companies:

  • Since 2018, the GDPR has required us to document processes and tasks to make data protection aspects checkable.
  • This also has the advantage that these processes and tasks for the training of new employees do not have to be documented first, but are already stored in the system, making it easier to preserve fundamental know-how.
  • The employees are informed automatically and regularly on the PC that a task is pending.

Aufgabenliste

For example, the individual steps in sending serial mails.

The employee’s interaction with the “computer” also becomes easier if, for example, rare process steps that cannot be carried out automatically end up as appointments or todos in the list.

The tasks module can be found under Utilities in the PC Garden start menu.

Shopping list for farm employees

The Farm shop module also provides the Shopping list App, which is especially designed for farm staff.

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Paper notes that would otherwise hang around in the shop near the cash desk and would have to be typed in separately are now obsolete.
Members of the farm and employees are normally listed in the customer database and marked with a check mark “Farm shop customer”. In addition, a PIN is required under the employee master data.

In the app, you can then search for specific articles or for the articles you have purchased previously. Of course, the barcode scanner can also be used, so nothing important for dinner is forgotten.

If there is no connection, it is still possible to continue shopping temporarily offline, when the connection is re-established purchases will be saved.

Stock-App

We remind you of this application so useful for inventories at the end of the year, for example. It has been operational for a few months now.

It works independently of Windows network and WLAN, so you can use it freely in the cold store. Decimal numbers in the inventory can be entered.

Windows tablets and Android-based devices can generally be used for this purpose.

PCG user friendly

On January 2020, about 60 PC Garden users and over 20 members of the PCG team (picture in text below) attended the user meeting. The topics were the completed and planned new developments in the PCG world, new hardware (here in the picture) as well as information about the shop and marketing aspects.

The breaks and the evenings in the Kilians Bar were used creatively for exchange. The program was supplemented by an alternative film program in the evening and a yoga class in the morning. We are looking forward to welcoming you again in Schmerlenbach in 2021 (03-05/02/21).

PCG Team

Meet the team: Erhard

It’s Erhard’s turn:

The origins of PC Garden as you know it today have been set as early as 1990 and the actual and large project began with the cultivation planning within organic agriculture. In addition to my work in IT and software development and the management of the employees of PCG, I am a horticulturist who works with heart and soul.

My family and I are based in the Hallertau where enjoy the offspring and the fresh wind that seven grandchildren bring with them. This also makes us aware of how important local political commitment is so that the region continues to be worth living in. For example, I am actively involved in the local energy revolution. Furthermore, we do not only offer vegetables in the farm shop and by delivery service, but also workplaces to support people with disabilities as well as a kindergarten.

I’m celebrating a special birthday soon. This is a great opportunity to take a retrospective view, happy with what has grown both professionally and privately. I am aware of challenges and they occupy me. Looking ahead, I’d like to express the wish and the intention to keep on working with fun and energy for the region and the further development of our common project. Yes, and great-grandchildren would also be nice 🙂

Cookies again!

After a verdict of the European Court of Justice, fear related to cookies is once again present on the web, but particularly in our environment one should keep calm.

Do you show advertisements of other companies? Do you use cookies to do something unexpected with your data? If not, there is no reason to ask the visitor visitor’s permission and annoy them with a banner when shopping.

Most of them need some cookies to run the website, for example an identifier so that the shopping cart can be assigned to a visitor. These cookies do not have to be specified, even according to the GDPR it can be assumed that a visitor knows or accepts them.

Also the use of cookies to optimize the website should be possible (as well as logfiles) without any notification, but of course the data must always be in your hand and take good care that unauthorized persons have no access to it.

When visiting the website of an organic farm, if I have to accept cookies I assume that my data is being transferred from the farm – this would not leave a good impression on an informed visitor. And for the less informed ones, this fact can be highlighted again in the privacy policy.

But if data should flow out of your site – due to a wrong tools’ configuration, failure to execute GDPR-AV contracts or “conscious ignorance” – e.g. via an analytics tool – then you have to keep the nice notification.

By the way, the medial concentration on cookies is quite misleading – good ad trackers meanwhile get along very well without cookies to recognize a visitor. Unfortunately, the public focus on the term “cookie” hides the real problem and allows delinquents to continue to operate almost undisturbed.

PS: As usual it is not legal advice, but a strong opinion 😉

What’s new in the Model 2016 shop?

Calendar dates

This new presentation is available for the different options of the Shop 2016: either individually designed, in the Neos CMS or in the standard template.
In the calendar customers can select the date of their current order, in addition, the different orders for the same day are shown, if any, as well as the next available delivery dates.
The delivery breaks registered appear with the days crossed out.

Article comments

Now also available in the shopping cart a space where the customer can write comments on a particular item.

This option can be activated in the shop settings.

Cancellations and priorities

Customers may also be able to cancel items from their subscriptions and manage their preferences themselves. First the PCG information was displayed, then editing of cancellations and preferences was added.

New features for the content components

These components were freely arranged in the design and could display any text stored in the system. The new feature is that traditional “placeholders” can also be referenced in these blocks. Even more %variable% texts are now supported, so it’s possible to customize them for the registered customer or for the daily offer.

A new menu module allows the system to be used as a simple CMS.
Small changes are constantly being added – all those who use Shop 2016 as standard or individually can check the Trello board (in German).