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Newsletter: 13/12/2019

Office News

The Fastbase office will be closed from midday today, it's our office Christmas party with dinner later and mini-golf in the afternoon. We will certainly answer any urgent support calls, you can reach me on 021 636876. I hope the Year of the Pig has been good for you so far and that next year is too, and that you're able to get in some relaxation in-between. Our own relaxation won't be extensive, the Fastbase office will be open over the Christmas period every day except for the statutory holidays.

Russell Bell

Print out Enquiry Search lists

You can now easily print out a list of customers from the Customer Enquiry search screen. From the home screen click on the Customer Enquiry button or press F1.

Previously you could use the Fastbase print screen feature (Ctrl P) but this only printed what is visible on the screen. We have added a Print button to the right-hand side of the screen, it looks like a little printer icon. Enter your selection criteria, click Find Customer, then click the Print button; select the output device, then a report showing the selected customers will appear on ther screen or will be printed.

Note you can also get to the Customer Enquiry search screen by pressing Ctrl F1 from just about anywhere in Fastbase.

The print button only appears if the user has customer security level 3 or above, i.e. the same security as required to print a Customer Listing report.

A print button also appears on the Part Enquiry, Supplier Enquiry, GL Account Enquiry and Asset Enquiry search screens, if the user has the corresponding security level.

Keyword Search for serialised parts

Fastbase supports keyword searching for parts. The Part Enquiry search screen, the Part Maintenance screen, and the screen that appears when you press F1 to search for a part when entering a transaction (e.g customer invoice) all contain a Keyword Search field.

When you click Find Part, Fastbase matches the text entered in the Keyword Search field against certain fields of each part, including the part ID, description, additional info, sales message, and the supplier part number.

You can have serialised stock in Fastbase, meaning each individual stock item is assigned its own unique number that differentiates it from the rest of your inventory. You may for example use this for higher-value goods, covered by return or repair terms. The user enters part serial numbers upon an incoming stock transaction, such as a Goods Receipt, Stock Adjustment, or Part Assembly.

We have changed Fastbase so that the part keyword search feature now matches on part serial numbers. Give us a call if you have any questions.

Network and database performance

Fastbase performance is affected by the speed of your connection to the server, and by the speed of the server itself. For example using Fastbase in the office is typically faster than using it remotely. If your server that hosts the Fastbase database is particularly old or slow you may experience slower performance.

We have added a feature to the Help - About screen that gives an indication of your network and database performance. At the bottom of the Help - About screen you will now see numbers for "Mean Database Response Time" and "Max Database Response Time". Give us a call if you want to know more about interpreting these figures.

GST on overseas purchases

Normally GST on your purchases from overseas suppliers is paid to NZ Customs or to your freight-forwarder, not to the overseas supplier.

IRD have introduced a change affecting some overseas businesses that supply items to NZ customers. The change requires the affected overseas supplier to include GST in their invoices and in their shipping documentation, to collect the GST from the NZ customer, and to pay the collected GST to IRD NZ. IRD provide more detail on their website.

The change appears to be targeted primarily at overseas businesses that sell direct to NZ consumers. However one of our customers (who imports goods for re-sale) was contacted by their US supplier, who said they'd been contacted by IRD NZ, who told them they must now start collecting GST from all their NZ customers.

We don't know how many suppliers of trade goods (to NZ distributors/re-sellers) have been or will be affected by this change. So far we have only heard about this one instance.

We also don't know if IRD will ask overseas suppliers to collect GST from all their NZ customers (versus only some customers, e.g. consumers) or if suppliers will be expected to collect GST on all their NZ sales, or only on certain NZ sales depending on the item value.

In case this does affect you, we have made a software change allowing you to more easily change a GST-exempt supplier to make GST applicable. In Supplier Maintenance, on the Pricing & Ordering tab, you can now change Tax on Invoices from None/exempt to Exclusive or Inclusive. Any future invoices for that supplier will be treated accordingly.

Give us a call if you have any questions or if you have more information yourself, in particular we would like to know if any of your overseas suppliers start to collect GST. it's hard to know at this stage if this will amount to anything significant for businesses that import goods for re-sale.



Newsletters

Select from the following list of newsletters that have been sent out.

  • 13/12/2019 Office News, Print out Enquiry Search lists, Keyword Search for serialised parts, Network and database performance, GST on overseas purchases
  • 18/09/2019 Office news, Photos per serial number, Cash Payments report - invoice lines, Display and reporting of selected suppliers' product IDs
  • 30/11/2018 Office news, Disable old user accounts, Customer Credit: Option to write-off returned goods
  • 21/08/2018 Office News, Lost Sales, Transaction Batch Reports, Previous Supplier Pricing, Customer Aged Trial Balance grouped by invoice Due Date
  • 28/02/2018 Office News, Customer credit days, Sending emails from Fastbase
  • 01/12/2017 Office News, Emailing for remote Fastbase users, Customer Price Book for selected products, Import Stock Take count figures from a CSV file, Direct Credit Schedule for BNZ, New fields on Parts Price-List Import, Product Documentation, Satellite branch stock replenishment using Suggested Order Generation, Additional information about last receipt on Goods Receipt Costing Sheet
  • 02/12/2016 Office News, Stock Price List Report - Part Extra Description, Non-Stocks parts on Part Assembly, Quick key to scroll drop-down list on selection fields, Cash sale - receipt transaction type
  • 14/03/2016 Office News, Sorting Customer Invoice line items, Part Assembly Component List, Stock Purchase History
  • 04/12/2015 Office News, Orders and Quotes displayed on main Fastbase screen, Reporting on Superseded parts, Freight Detail Report options
  • 11/03/2015 Office news, New Zealand domain names, Customer Sales Order Display, Consolidate parts on Inwards Goods Report, Stock Ordering Report
  • 05/12/2014 Office News, Search for parts when making a Purchase Order, Quantities per Branch on Inwards Goods Report
  • 13/11/2014 Office news, Email a note to selected users, New fields on Parts Price-List Import, Selection of multiple call cycles, Back-order warning, Fastbase on Windows 8, Anti-virus software on Windows servers, Dual monitor support, Customer keyword search now includes Contacts and Delivery addresses
  • 24/12/2013 Office News, Search by Main Supplier when Selecting Parts
  • 28/11/2013 Office News, Quoting for items that aren't recorded as parts in Fastbase, Stream-lined entry of new part assembly transactions, Sorting of customer notes on the appointments screen, Maintaining a customer note - "Complete" button save and exit
  • 24/09/2013 Office News, Prospective customers, Delete multiple expired quotes, Customer Activity Report, Import quote lines from a CSV file, Customer Frequent Products - exclude returned goods
  • 19/02/2013 Office News, Changes to Contacts, Emailing and printing an invoice when creating an invoice from a sales order, Copy Customer, Selected Operator for Quote Summary and Quote Expiry Reports
  • 06/12/2012 Office News, Fastbase notes, Warning message when sell price is below cost, Non-stock parts - cost-price validation on customer orders, Receipt printing, Changes to quote summary and quote expiry reports, Report original operator & salesperson on invoice register, Print customer special pricing
  • 14/07/2012 Office news, Change to Suggested Purchase Order Generation, GL Transaction Listing report, Creating normal stock items from non-stock items when converting quote into order, Maintaining Goods Receipts, Display total cost and GP% for Build-Misc line items, Automatic Disabling of Overdue Customers, Future-dated transactions not included in Customer/Supplier Balances
  • 15/02/2012 Office News, Photo indicator in Part Enquiry, Drag-and-Drop line items, Warning message for customers with active quotes
  • 25/11/2011 Office News, Create a Quote from a Customers Discounts, Store Part information per Code, Store Image for each Customer
  • 12/09/2011 Office News, Maximum Days Credit on the Customer Listing Report, Typing ahead, Long running searches, Subject in notes, Customer Notes and Alerts - Search, Supplier Payment Batches
  • 02/06/2011 Office News, Image upload feature, Database replication, Search for products or customers, Progress bar, Print transaction batch, Selected companies per user, GL Account balances and unposted transactions
  • 25/03/2011 Office news, Keyword Search, Report all accounts on GL Transaction listing, Additional Info on Suggested Purchase Order Report, Customer Credits on GST Report, Customer Sales Analysis by Gross Profit
  • 02/12/2010 Office news, Stock Sales Analysis by Gross Profit
  • 15/11/2010 Office news, GST rate change for NZ, New web server, websites and backup, Order Number in emailed invoices
  • 28/09/2010 GST rate change - final reminder, Duplicate Bin Location Warning
  • 20/08/2010 Office news, GST change on 1 October, Customer statements in CSV format, Single invoice per order, Order number on Customer Credits
  • 18/06/2010 Office news, Copy purchase order line items from another order, Customer credit reference, Customer statements in CSV format, Import customers, Salesperson field on customer transactions, Customer Transactions Listing, Printing Credit Notes, Scheduled Price Updates, Serial and batch number checking in Fastbase, Stock Audit Report for a branch, Website product search, Check order number on invoice entry, Customer Sales Analysis Report, Maintaining customer receipts
  • 18/12/2009 Office news, Minimum Gross Profit per Inventory type, Website search, Zero-value invoices, New CSV format for exporting Purchase Orders, Barcode scanning on goods receipts, Parts Price Import - importing of Product pack details, Web User Maintenance Security Levels, Cubic volume and weight on purchase orders, Highlight backorders supplied direct to the customer, Forward Dated Invoices, Plus key, Customer receipt reference, Ten price levels, Customer Credits - distinct return-branch per line item, Product Listing report, File - Printers, Consolidated Invoicing
  • 08/06/2009 Office news, Notes subject, Goods receipts and consignment branches, Website search, Barcode pack tab, Product listing report, Company logos
  • 16/03/2009 Office news, Suggested Order Generation Report, Customer Sales Analysis Report, Printing Credits, GL Transaction Listing
  • 17/02/2009 Office news, Invoicing Multiple Orders, Suggested Purchases Report, Supplier Rebates, Orders Taken Report, Web Display Maintenance
  • 24/12/2008 Office news, Part price import, Red alert notes, Map button
  • 04/12/2008 Office news, Customer Employee Count, Area search for customer search, Release Backorders, Supplied-only packing slips for release backorders, Financial reports
  • 06/11/2008 Office news, Improved Account Search, Contacts Tab, Cancel button, Discounts on website orders, Branch transfer, Barcodes on stationary items, Stock Sales Analysis report, Customer Special Pricing
  • 29/09/2008 Office news, Multiple companies with different balance currencies, Profit/Loss Report Structuring, Bank Reconciliation Batching, Financial Report Font, Delivery Method, Part Maintenance, Purchase Order
  • 31/08/2008 Office news, Sales found for customers, Supplier transactions, Return reminders
  • 13/08/2008 Office news, Invoice Register Report, Backorder release, Email to Fastbase, Print and Email Invoices, Security option, Maintain button, Website part display
  • 02/07/2008 Office news, Print Invoices & Credits, Customer Notes, Change Type Details, Maintain Goods Receipt
  • 11/06/2008 Office news, Maintenance and Enquiry, Notes - Expiry Date, Emailing Notes, Invoice Register Report, Print Invoices and Credits, GST Adjustments, Fastbase Main Window, Printers
  • 29/04/2008 Office news, Find product within a stock take, Product Enquiry - Delete, Hide Costs, Disabled Customers, Customer Order Status report, Print Customer Returns, Delete Customer Returns
  • 03/04/2008 Office news, Generate customer returns, Sort sales order lines by part number, Search for customers, Batch and transaction dates
  • 07/03/2008 Alex Burge, Cash Receipts report, Web server
  • 27/01/2008 Ricky Li, Customer Quotes, Web server, Thumbnails
  • 21/12/2007 Christmas dates, Purchase Orders, GL account enquiries, On-screen information for options and selections
  • 24/10/2007 Office business, Spam, Company logo, Supplier contacts, EDI Orders & Delivery Confirmation
  • 13/09/2007 Emails, Stationary layouts, Deferred GST, Discounts by code
  • 12/08/2007 Whereabouts, New developments
  • 05/07/2007 Whereabouts, Australian Bank Account Numbers
  • 20/05/2007 Whereabouts, Part Listing Report - Print bin locations, Customer Sales Analysis Report - Customer type and area, Stock Taking - Bin locations, Appointments/Notes - Sending Emails
  • 25/04/2007 Contact details, Stock Take - Enter Count Figures, Purchase Order - Import, Stock Price List Report
  • 23/02/2007 Customer Receipts, Releasing Backordered Goods, Viewing Lists - Sorting Columns
  • 01/02/2007 Account Maintenance/Lookup, Maintaining Sales Orders, Printing Packing Slips, Bank Deposit Supplement, Searching by Keywords, FastBase - Startup Page, FastBase - Emailing Us
  • 15/12/2006 Supplier Post Code, Order Notes, Purchase Order Register Report, Order Reports, FastBase Main Screen, Supplier Invoice Entry
  • 05/12/2006 Fixed Assets, Cancelling Supplier Payments, Xtra e-Mail Not Delivered, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
  • 31/10/2006 Looking up Addresses, Selection Screens - Quick Find, Profit & Loss Report - Consolidated Accounts, Saving Report Selections, Merging Suppliers/Customers/Parts, Security Levels
  • 24/10/2006 Cancelling Orders & Transferring Stock, Non-Diminishing Parts, Automatic Price Updating, Credits - Surcharge %, GL Account Enquiry - Printing Transactions, Staff Changes @ FastBase
  • 13/10/2006 Order Enquiry, Releasing Backordered Goods, Freight Detail Report, Part Numbers, Invoicing Orders
  • 04/10/2006 Processing Menu, Order Entry - Non Stock Items, Quote Status Report, Order Entry - Supply Quantity..., Purchase Order Enquiry
  • 29/08/2006 Order Entry - Viewing Price History, Enquiry to Maintain Transactions, Barcodes on Products
  • 04/08/2006 Sales Order Entry - Price History, Sales Order Entry - Default Quantities, Part Enquiry - Quoting a Customer, Customer Enquiry / Notes
  • 25/07/2006 Import Parts Price File, Supplier Payment Details
  • 10/07/2006 Part Maintenance - Selling Prices, Part Enquiry - Customer Price, Transaction Quick Entry, Customer Maintenance
  • 29/06/2006 Exchange Rates, Stock Enquiry, Balance Sheet, Calendar / Appointments, Addresses - Zoomin
  • 08/06/2006 Goods Receipt Entry, Emailing Reports and Forms, Customer Discounts, Stock Valuation Report, Utilities - Types - Inventory
  • 19/05/2006 Payments - Bank Reconciliation, GL Journal Entry, 5 Cent Rounding, Customer/Supplier Lookup, Your Internet Connection!, Customer Credits
  • 03/05/2006 Goods Receipts, Purchasing Backordered Goods, Customer Listing, Stock Adjustments - Labels, Customer Sticky Labels - Mail Merge, Product Maintenance - Misc
  • 15/03/2006 Customer Status, Customer Receipts Summary Report, Supplier Payments Summary Report, Dispatching Orders, Order Logs, Product Maintenance, Users - Minimum Sales GP%
  • 03/03/2006 Dishonoured Cheques, Customer Enquiry - Sales History, Purchase Order Entry, Balance Sheet, Stock Price List
  • 08/02/2006 Profit and Loss Report, Maintenance Menu, Customer Frequent Products, Minimum Sales Margin - Minimum Sales GP%, Promotional/Give-away Items, Bank Accounts, Stock Listing, Customer Quotes, Suppliers - Payment Due Dates
  • 19/01/2006 Product Maintenance/Enquiry, Product Listing Report, Stock Valuation Report
  • 13/12/2005 Sorting Lists on Screen, Trading with other FastBase Companies, Supplier Invoices - Narration, Product Enquiry - Sales History, Purchase Order Entry
  • 30/11/2005 Order Entry - Drag and Drop, Forward Orders Report, Stock Adjustments, Customer Order Numbers, Screen Reports
  • 15/11/2005 Cash Movements Report, Customer Listing Report, Purchase Orders - Authorisation, Supplier Invoice Entry - Take 2
  • 27/10/2005 Purchase Orders, Supplier Invoice Entry, Freight on Stock Transfers, Part Enquiry - Alternate Parts, Product Selections
  • 10/10/2005 Stock Adjustments, Supplier Payments, Part Enquiry - Photos
  • 12/09/2005 Quotes, Order Entry, Product Enquiry, Customers/Suppliers, FastBase - Screenshots, Ecommerce: Web Users
  • 23/08/2005 Order Entry, Supplier Invoices, Customer Enquiry - Frequent Products, Emailing Documents, FastBase Startup, FastBase Installation
  • 15/08/2005 Emailing Invoices/Statements etc. from FastBase, Printing / Emailing, Product Maintenance - Weight, Order Entry - Cash Customers
  • 04/08/2005 Deleting Accounts, Quote Status Report, Quote Summary Report, Bank Deposit Supplement, Printing Invoices for Selected Customers, Stock Price List - for Customers, Emailing Invoices/Statements etc.
  • 18/07/2005 Customer Listing, Backup, Customer Credits, Product Enquiry
  • 28/06/2005 Product Availability Report, Supplier Invoices (Tax)
  • 13/06/2005 Invoicing Orders, Transaction Maintenance
  • 08/06/2005 Cash Payments and Receipts, Supplier Invoices - Payments, Supplier Invoices/Credits
  • 10/05/2005 Miscellaneous Menu, Narrations, Stock Writedowns, Customer Enquiry, Stock Price List
  • 29/04/2005 FastBase - New Address, Date Entry
  • 24/03/2005 Stock Enquiry, Customer Freight Charges, Balance Sheet Report, Calendar & Calculator
  • 02/03/2005 GL Enquiries, Emailing Reports, Stock Transfers, Stock Taking
  • 22/02/2005 Product Enquiry, Line Notes, Backup - Verification
  • 07/02/2005 Stock Adjustments, Inwards Goods Report, Estimated Prices
  • 22/11/2004 Transaction Entry - Duplicate Products, Item Quantities, Web Sites
  • 15/11/2004 New Sales Report, Keyword Search, Stock Valuation Report
  • 08/11/2004 Stationery Layouts (Forms), Customer Receipts
  • 04/11/2004 General Ledger, FastBase Functionality
  • 27/10/2004 Backup
  • 11/10/2004 Emailing Reports, Stock Taking, Stock Transfers, Email - SPAM
  • 10/09/2004 Transaction Enquiry, Goods Receipts/Credits, Invoicing Goods Receipts, Serial Numbers, Credit Notes, Mouse Wheel
  • 06/09/2004 Calendar and Calculator, Barcode Printing/Scanning, OpenOffice
  • 25/08/2004 Stock Adjustments, Security, Bank Reconciliation, FastBase
  • 10/08/2004 Customer Aged Trial Balance, Period End, Goods Receipts, Stock Transfers
  • 26/07/2004 Notes and Alerts, Notes and Alerts - More Changes, GL Journal Batches, Customer Discounts, Product Maintenance
  • 14/07/2004 Notes & Alerts, Printing Reports from Screen, Saving Report Selections, Printing Statements, Bank Reconciliation, Customer Sales Analysis Report
  • 28/06/2004 Period End, Goods Receipts/Credits, Batch Printing, Screen Reports
  • 02/06/2004 Stock Price List, Customer - Credit Control, Invoice Maintenance, Customer Receipts, Customer Enquiry - Transactions, Users - Preferences, Miscellaneous
  • 27/05/2004 Finding Transactions, Notes & Alerts
  • 18/05/2004 Standing Transactions, Supplier Purchase History, Backorder Email Notifications, Zip Drive??
  • 06/05/2004 Stock Sales Analysis Report, Notes and Alerts, Order Entry
  • 19/04/2004 Newsletters, Stock Valuation - Aging, Other Changes
  • 07/04/2004 Customer Parent Companies, Notes and Alerts (sales messages)
  • 18/03/2004 Order Entry, Date Entry, Free Advertising
  • 05/03/2004 Entering New Parts, Stock Sales Analysis Report, Date Entry, Account Maintenance
  • 27/02/2004 Sales Orders, GL Accounts, Inwards Goods Report, Finding Invoices
  • 19/02/2004 Stock Enquiry, Suggested Order Generation, Purchase Orders, Selecting Suppliers, Orders - Notes
  • 05/02/2004 Saved Reports, Part Enquiry - Orders
  • 27/01/2004 Transaction Entry, Miscellaneous, Reporting - New Feature
  • 06/01/2004 Order Enquiry, Customer Receipt Entry, Goods Credits, GL Trial Balance
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