14Nov

Shireburn’s Beverage Container Refund Scheme Modules

What is BCRS?

On November 14th, 2022, the Beverage Container Refund Scheme (BCRS) will be launched in Malta. The aim of BCRS is to incentivise the return of single-use beverage through a refundable deposit on single use beverage containers.

How does it work?

A deposit of €0.10 is added to the purchase price of relevant beverage at beverage producer or importer stage. The deposit is then charged to retailers at the wholesale stage which is then passed onto the consumer.

Consumers can recoup the deposit by returning the beverage container via a retailer or Reverse Vending Machine where they will receive a BCRS voucher.

Further information about BCRS can be found here.

How can Shireburn Help?

The Shireburn Team have been busy preparing for the implementation of the BCRS by developing a new BCRS module for both our inventory management system as well as our POS system. Once setup, the system will auto-allocate the BCRS charges to the applicable products within the scheme without any user intervention. This will protect the business to conform to the BCRS requirements, provide for more accurate reporting and at the same time account for the unit charge on the quantity sold with the applicable rates without the need of any user intervention. The POS also supports the validation of BCRS vouchers before redeeming the money and decommissioning of the vouchers once sale is confirmed.

Shireburn Inventory Management System

The new BCRS module implemented within Shireburn Inventory Management System (SIMS) include the following functionality:

  • Identify the products that will make part of the BCRS Scheme through the stock cards
  • A new unique non inventory stock code that will be used for the BCRS and is thus allocated to an Exempt VAT Code
  • A new field to identify the BCRS registration number
  • Creation of a new entry at the bottom of the sale to autofill the BCRS stock code, the € 0.10 selling price and the auto calculation of the total BCRS quantity (bottles and containers) included in the current sale. The item will be added on the sales posting screen immediately before the confirmation of the sale
  • Functions to assist in the sales products in packs
  • Reporting options will provide for the BCRS “sales” reporting which will be linked to the new stock code
  • Function to exclude the BCRS code from discount calculations

Shireburn Point of Sale

The new POS BCRS Module will include the following functionality:

  • Auto-creation of a new item at the bottom of the sale with the BCRS stock code
  • Auto-generation of the sum of the applicable quantity and add the resulting value to the sales total
  • Appending the BCRS code immediately before confirming the sale
  • Option to exclude the BCRS value from any discounts & product schemes given on the POS
  • Exclusion of BCRS item code from the POS Customer Loyalty Schemes
  • Chit modifications to conform to the new BCRS requirements
  • Where required, a new payment type needs to be created BCRS Ref. Dep. This will be linked to the BCRS RVM Server to validate each voucher to be redeemed
  • Support of unlimited number of vouchers to be redeemed
  • For each voucher, the system will validate the voucher
  • The voucher numbers are maintained on the system
  • On completion of the BCRS vouchers posting, the system will automatically allocate the redeemed value to be reduced from the amount due from the customer
  • Once the sale is confirmed, the POS will decommission the voucher(s) so that they cannot be used again
28Oct

Franco Galea celebrates 30 years at Shireburn

Shireburn Software this month celebrates the 30th anniversary of Franco Galea, a director and mainstay of the company’s success over the years.

Franco joined Shireburn as a developer in 1992 and has held various roles including leading the company’s development, heading the operations team before then moving into a business development and sales function.

Over these years Franco has dedicated himself tirelessly to providing value and support to Shireburn’s customers John de Giorgio, the founder of Shireburn in 1983 and now Chairman explains that “Franco has the most sought-after leadership style: he is a guiding force for all the team, passing on his knowledge and helping them to feel empowered and ready to take on leadership roles themselves. Franco has had a huge impact on the culture but his impact internally on the upcoming generation of leaders has been particularly significant.”

CEO Yasmin de Giorgio explained how “throughout his time at Shireburn, Franco has demonstrated unparalleled dedication and commitment, working tirelessly to help us achieve our goals. Having him mentoring the team with the redevelopment of our Shireburn Business Suite (Accounting, Inventory etc) is huge and we are blessed to have such extensive knowledge of the product and how we can best deliver value to our clients, at hand.”

The team at Shireburn would like to take this opportunity to congratulate and thank Franco on this impressive milestone and look forward to seeing him continue to excel and to many more successful years at Shireburn.

14Oct

Shireburn Launches Indigo Insights

Insights is a new data dashboard embedded in the administrator’s portal of Shireburn’s payroll, HR and attendance management solution, Indigo. This new feature leverages Microsoft’s PowerBI, allowing Indigo users to analyse their employee data via powerful graphs and visuals, right from the Indigo portal.

Organisations and HR Teams that are able to leverage data effectively will be at a competitive advantage when it comes to attracting and retaining top talent. Such analysis of payroll data also allows you to gain an understanding of key operational metrics that affect overall company efficiency and profitability. The easy-to-use dashboard provides real-time insights into how your organisation is performing. It is an invaluable tool for companies who want to make more informed decisions about their workforce.

Current Indigo clients will now have access to a number of free dashboards such as a high-level summary dashboard as well as dashboards relating to age and gender. Clients can also upgrade their subscription to the newly launched Indigo Insights Premium which will allow users to have access to data dashboards such as headcount, employee turnover, leave and payroll costs.

Most organisations are sitting on a goldmine of data but are not leveraging it to its full potential. Fill in the form below to get in touch with the Shireburn team to start using Indigo Insights, allowing you to gain invaluable insights into your workforce and operation.
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30Sep

Autogenerating Clocking Data

This feature in Indigo Attendance may be used when a user needs to generate the correct allocations and assign automatic rewards and penalties based on the shifts found in the Scheduler. All this can be done automatically – without the need for the user to import or create clocking data and then spend time checking all of it manually before sending to Indigo Payroll!

There are multiple benefits associated with using the attendance auto generation feature in Indigo Attendance; since the whole process is automatic, users can benefit from minimised clicks within Indigo Attendance, reducing the effort and time spent on processing clocking data and human error significantly. This means that users can use the time saved on other tasks.

Start using autogenerated clocking data to save time and improve your workflow with Indigo!

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10Aug

Introducing Indigo’s NEW Timeline view!

Our Indigo team is proud to introduce a visual view in Indigo Attendance to help you process attendance exceptions more easily. The new Gantt chart visual, added to the Daily Attendance Exceptions Allocations modal under the ‘Timeline’ tab, aims to help provide a deeper, but simple understanding as to how an employee’s clocking and schedule information is calculated by Indigo Attendance.

This intuitive visual depicts an employee’s clockings against the schedule (or work profile) for a particular day; with attendance times, allocated break, any absence or excess, and leave utilised for that day too. Any tolerances allocated for late arrival or early departure can also be viewed easily in this chart.

This information will help you easily view how the system allocates an employee’s attendance data to understand why the record has been flagged as an exception.

 

 

02Aug

Introducing Indigo’s NEW Time Tracking Add-on!

Whether your company is in a service business, or simply works on different client assignments, it is sometimes required to keep track of the hours worked per project.

Time tracking can be a key element within an organisation as it sheds light on how much time is spent on client work, which can then be billed accordingly. Keeping track of time manually can be quite time-consuming to businesses so our team made this easier for you.

You can now keep track of how much time is worked on a project by using Indigo’s NEW time tracking add-on. Upon configuring the right settings, employees can select a project when clocking in for work using the employee portal. This makes it possible to automatically log and follow time worked on specific projects.

This add-on also integrates fully with our clocking devices. When importing clocking data into Indigo, administrators can set the default project for a device. This is useful when a device is tied to a specific project, and on which all employees’ punches would only apply to that project.

All project-related clocking data and the relevant employee hourly cost rate can be easily extracted into reports based on either the raw punches or the daily attendance. The latter allows you to identify any overtime which can be attributed to a project.

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