Tag - Inventory
It says a lot about the old Bento personal database app for OS X that people still refer to new, comparatively basic databases as being Bento-like or Bento-style. If only as many people used it as talked about, we might still have that software around, and there'd be little place for alternatives. However, Bento is gone, and for some users, Steward 1.0 is going to be a viable alternative.
As they used to say on Twin Peaks, "it is happening. Again." A new Mac product available in gold appears, and buyers go crazy. The solid-gold Apple Watch, despite its $10,000 opening price, appears to have had its limited inventory snatched up quickly, pushing availability now back into August for online pre-orders after just the first few hours. Apple has likewise seen a "gold rush" for its similarly-colored (but not actually made of gold) new 12-inch Retina MacBook.
On paper, the sales of the iPad in Apple's fiscal second quarter look bad: a 16 percent drop from the year-ago quarter, rumors of which already had pundits and business sites wondering if the iPad had peaked. Statistics, however, can sometimes be misleading -- and in an unusually proactive explanation, Apple CEO Tim Cook took time at the start of his conference call with analysts to explain that changes in channel inventory accounted for most of the "lower" sales.
While current iPad mini ship times are estimated to be no more than a week at the various worldwide online Apple Stores, industry sources indicate that shipments fell behind Apple's expectations, and that no more than eight million of the coveted mini-tablets actually shipped out, well below the 10-12 million Apple had wanted. The unconfirmed reports suggest that inventory management allowed countries that celebrate Christmas to have barely-sufficient quantity.
Minder Softworks has released an update to its inventory and warranty tracker, MYStuff 1.5. Already supporting inventories based on photos and PDFs, v1.5 adds audio and video support alongside spreadsheets and text files. The user interface is also upgraded to work better for users accessing the program on smaller screens.
Some placeholder SKUs in Canadian retailer Future Shop's computer system could be a clue to impending Mac revisions, according to a screenshot supplied by an anonymous employee to MacRumors. A total of twelve spots entitled "APPLE MAC PLACEHOLDER" exist in the system, six each for English and French, all numbered accordingly. Futureshop and Best Buy have typically been privy to past Apple releases, most likely due to the close nature of their relationship.
Effigent on Thursday unveiled PowerEasy Distribution for Mac, offering users a suite of modules for tracking, managing, and replenishing inventory levels, as well as overseeing the distribution cycle from purchasing and stocking, to sales. Users are able to process sales and purchase orders, manage inventory, and create visual charts for company progress, which can be shared across networks, or interface with spreadsheet, analysis or presentation software.
JAMF Software has announced that its Recon Suite, which was previously attached to its client management system, is now available in a solo release. The program is an inventory collection tool, and scans networks not only for all attached computers, but also everything from hardware and operating systems to installed apps, fonts and patches. System administrators can thus conduct audits automatically, without having to visit each machine. The standard inventory can take less than 45 seconds, and can track warranty and maintenance schedules.