auction management



manager tour

The manager is responsible for entering items into inventory, assigning unit costs, creating selling strategies, releasing products to the Describer so they can be prepared for auction, and coordinating the successful sale of individual items. The manager must also coordinate the activities of the other job groups and assure they are completing their assigned duties. This is accomplished by monitoring the performance of the organization using the powerful reporting options available. The manager fulfills these duties by logging in using the assigned password and ID, and then accessing the Manger's home page which appears as follows:

Some menu items on this page are relatively straightforward and it is easy to see the task they accomplish. For instance, "Last 100 Items" presents a list of the last 100 items the manager entered, and from this lists, allows reviewing or editing any of them. Some are a little more unclear, so let's look at some of these. The "Item Search" presents a list of items that match information entered in a search field. The list, or report, also allows the manager to edit the item from there, or view its status in the system. After entering the search criteria the following screen shows the search results returned, as well as an explanation of the status icons.

The reports option provides access to the internal management, consignment, and financial reports that will generate. These are the subject of a separate tour. Now let's look at how a manager can generate a report, and then immediately use the results to take additional action on the items that make up the report. Here is a recreation of a Non Performing Item Report.

Here are some important elements that uses to navigate around the system. First, notice that the first ten column headings are bolded. When you see bolded column heading, this means that by clicking these headings you can re-sort the report. Imagine how useful it may be to see a sorted list of items according to price. Click the price heading and the list sorts and appears in ascending order. Click the price heading again, and the lists re-sorts into descending prices. This feature is available throughout the program wherever you see bolded column headings.

Now, look at the first row in the list. See the items presented as links. Clicking any of these links takes you to another screen where additional actions can be performed. For instance, clicking the eBay ID link will take you to the eBay auction listing. Clicking the Item ID link presents a Sales History report for this item. This procedure is commonly referred to as drilling down, and the ability to drill down throughout increases the power of the program while making it very simple to use.

The final menu option here is Account Info. This presents a managerial screen that reviews the status and usage of an account and allows for the purchase of more auctions. This concludes our brief overview of the manger function. You may obtain more information by following the links listed below.

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