auction management


consignment tour

The consignor module can be used by someone running a consignment shop, a liquidator selling items for others on consignment, or a seller who has the need to sell on consignment. Those using the consignment menu option can enter a new consignor, add items for a consignor, monitor the status of consigned items, and in general, completely manage the consignment selling function. The consignor fulfills these duties by logging in using the assigned password and ID, and then accessing the Consignor's Home Page which appears as follows.

In, the duties and tasks of anyone selling on consignment have some similarities to those of the manger. Those who are familiar with the Manger menu options may recognize some of the features presented in this module. This occurs because tries to make our system as versatile as possible for all users. We believe that two people sharing some common duties should be able to perform them regardless of what portion of the program they use. Our focus remains on increasing your efficiency not imposing unnecessary restrictions.

The first menu option available is to add consignments, or a new item for sale. Before an item can be added however, the consignment store operator must identify the consignor. Consignors can be either existing or new clients, and often the person serving them may not know their status. Therefore, the first screen under the Add Consignments menu option is to identify the status of the customer. This screen appears as follows.

Here it is possible to identify existing consignors by searching any of the fields in the left hand column. If no match is found, then clicking the Add New button allows you to create a new consignor. Once you have identified the consignor, it is time to accept new consignment items, and add them into the system. If your client is an existing consignor, a search results table will be shown presenting the add item option. If you are adding new clients to they system, then upon completion of that task, you are given the option to add items. No matter which event occurs, you will use the following screen to add consignment items.

When you finish filling in this screen and press the add item button, the consignment store manager is done, and the item is ready for the describer to complete and post the listing to the auction site. Notice that if you complete the custom commission rate for this particular item, the new commission rates entered will override both the default company and the commission schedule defined for this client. If these fields are left blank, then the default company commission or the specified commission defined for this client will apply.

The next menu option available is Consignment History. A search screen allowing you to lookup consignors, and search their activity for a specified date range appears. The search results are presented in a table appearing as follows.

This report allows a consignment shop owner complete access to a consignor's history. From the Item ID column, a sales history of the item is available. The status shows where the product is in the auction process, and the owner can review or print the contract from the links in the Contract Date column.

The final menu option available is the support option. This takes us to the learning center on our web site where there are additional resources to help you use the system. This concludes our brief overview of the consignment function. You may continue to tour the system or obtain more detailed information by following the links listed below.

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