How to Ensure a Successful Implementation
We've collected together a few tips and a checklist for getting a live store up and running. Starting with a fresh account, follow these steps to get the most from your Bluestore Live subscription.
View the first part of this tutorial here: 'Setting Up Your Back Office Console'.
View the second part here: 'Install The POS Terminal Client'.
Tutorial 3 : Set Screen Size and Add Hardware
There are a number of settings that can be used to change the way the terminal behaves. These are in the Tools - Preferences section.
Set Screen Size
To change the screen size, scroll down to the 'system' section in preferences and click on 'display'. There you can set the resolution of your screen so that Bluestore Live can determine the best fit for the displayed buttons and windows.
Two native resolutions are currently supported, 800x600 and 1024x768. These work well with a 12" and 15" screen respectively (most popular sizes of POS touch screen). If the screen size you will use for your POS is different, choose the closest and select 'fill screen', this will force the display to expand automatically to fill the screen.
Add a Receipt Printer and Cash Drawer
Bluestore Live supports any printer that has a JavaPOS driver available for your operating system. We have created step by step instructions for installing some of the most popular printer models in the hardware section.
Follow the instructions to install the printer and test with the 'test printer' option in the tools menu.
The default receipt templates can be customised according to your own requirements. The template files are assigned in the preferences under 'receipts printing'.
A cash drawer can be attached to the printer (ensure you have the correct cable for your printer model) and Bluestore Live will open the drawer as required.
A separate label printer can also be attached to output sticky labels with the product barcode. The receipt printer can also be used if sticky labels are not required e.g. for shelf edge labelling.
Add a Barcode Scanner
A scanner can be added in the same way as a printer, by first installing a JavaPOS driver. Ensure that products have the correct barcode assigned so that, when scanning a barcode the system knows which product is associated with it.
Create a Sale
Scan a product that has a barcode assigned and a sale will be started by adding the item. Total the sale and pay. A 'change' window will be displayed and the cash drawer will be opened. Press 'receipt' to print out a receipt (these can be automatically printed for each sale by changing the preference setting) and close the drawer.
After a few minutes the sale should be visible in the transaction journal report on your enterprise console.
You are now ready to start putting real sales through your POS terminal.