New features, changes, improvements, updates and bugfixes to BMS will be described in the release notes. Effectmakers is aiming at doing 3 major release notes per year.
Release notes - BMS 17.4
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The support for managing your promotion settlement process (bill-backs) has been renewed completely and is now much more intuitive to use. It supports a closed loop with any ERP system to ease the workload for the accounting department. With the use of BMS settlement process your ERP bookings will be on the correct SKU’s. Further, you will always have a reliable track on your expenses. The process supports several settlements for each promotion.
BMS 17.4 introduces a new module for managing your provisions for your promotional allowances. The module supports your accounting processes for month-endings and can easily transfer the data for your ERP system.
The provisions are fully integrated with the settlement modules to keep track on which promotions has been settled or partly settled.
The module contains built-in reports to analyze the current provisions (like finding un-settled past promotions) and tracking changes from last month.
You can now plan expected sell-out for both promotions and baseline. For the baseline you can plan by customer on aggregated level and let BMS distribute the units down to SKU’s.
There is a new tool for tracking the use of allocation overrides.
Input in units or packages (displays). In this release there are an option to get two input column for forecast for typing either ”units” or ”packages” – the system automatically calculates based on the units in the product. We have enabled it for you to try it out.
PLEASE NOTE: the forecast of number of displays will then have to be done in the ”packages” column.
Provision %. Now it’s possible to adjust the variable allowances for individual products on a promotion. This input can be done in units or in % to make your allowance match the expected pay-by performance in case this is different from the forecast. If you expect your client to use the promotion to reduce his stock-level this can be useful.
Unlimited delivery profiles. You can right click a product then click ”create specific delivery profile”. This copies the product’s current delivery profile into a specific one you can adjust. Please note:when you copy a promotion the delivery profile will be reset to the default of the customer.
Editing delivery profiles. Each profile is now defined by a row header instead of separate columns as in the past version.
Two new options in the promotion P&L
Right click and see the P&L for 1 unit
See the client P&L with or without VAT
New allocation option for fixed allowance. Use Gross value as allocation key instead of units.
Now it’s possible to control the time-allocation of variable allowance separately... Default follows the forecasted sales (units) – but now it can be set to automatic 100% on first instore date – or first delivery date.
There is a new option for easily type in you intended mechanics for retail-price, multi-buy and promotion timing in a structured way. This can be used for promotional analysis.
There is a new option exporting the promotion list based on the template-technology for promotion letters. This way you can generate field sales lists etc. in nice looking layout.
Selections can now be filtered by the size property of the products. This way you can add a wide brand selection but limit it to only specific product sizes.
The promotion list now has a column in the field chooser for number for displays planned.
New discounts under system options/P&L. Fixed Promotion Allowance.
Banner listings can now be managed from the toplevel customer.
The logics among top-level customers and underlying banners have been updated. From now on deleting on the top-level customer allows for flexible deleting for the underlying banners. Listing states and dates have acquired “from bottom to the top” logics. This means that the changes in listing states and dates on banner levels automatically update the equivalent fields on top-level.
Listed products Price tab. You can now see all the trade terms P&L lines calculated as amount pr. unit.
Performance has been improved and the RAM memory usage has been significantly reduced with 75%. This will help to keep performance on the same level in peak times when many users are on a centrally hosted Citrix environment or in the BMS Cloud.
BMS now supports direct download of Excel files and easier upload. When you import files, you will no longer need to browse for the file – it will show the always secured personal folder on the server.
New forecast stream which can be custom named to suit a specific need. The input by the user is handled the same way as baseline input but without the cannibalization. The new stream can be used for a “season forecast” or adjustment of baseline for clients who feed in baseline from their demand planning systems.
There is a new option for sharing all lists layouts. With this setting on, a super user can manage the layout of promotion list, product list etc. centrally for all users. This can greatly improve the usage of untrained users and ease the introduction for new employees.
VARIOUS STUFF AND BUGS
All known bugs have been fixed.
A lot of small improvements has been implemented all over BMS.
Release notes - BMS 15.5
Allow input of displays in baseline window
Get Actual sell-out data imported to your promotion for post-evaluation - requires CatMan Solution®
Users can now switch planning mode between week and month in the planning windows
Block promotion changes after forecast closing date
Baseline can now be planned in consumer units, sales units or a custom unit type (e.g. kilogram)
If you leave banner level listings empty, top level listing will be used on your promotion
Option for overriding application name
Selection, forecast and EAN columns added to promotion evaluation registration
Week days and F4 mass update added to promotion list
Input of settlement in amount for the variable allowance (by sku or brand)
Added field on product for minimum selling price
Added option to valorize displays on header
Multiple keyboard support
Option for exporting event log to Excel
Average net price added to promotion P&N
Issue causing baseline/planning windows to freeze is resolved
Fixed issues with product chooser box (adding products to promotion), including all options
Fixed issue in customer product list for prices not showing correct when “apply to” functionality used in trade terms
Create PO field is now configurable
Promotion header: tabulation order fixed
Fixed allowance allocations – problem solved
Various fixed in UI (scrollbars, texts, views etc.)