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Working With Historic Sales

The Point of Sales keeps all sales forever at the head office level, unless specifically told to remove sales. However at the store or regional level sales data may be removed much sooner in order to keep systems small and fast.

A typical retail counter generating 500 sales per day, will generate 130,000 sales in a year, and 1.3 million sales over 10 years - which is a common legal requirement for which sales must be retained. Dealing with this historic volume means that everything pays the price of keeping this data. Even simple things like the time to perform a daily backup increase. For this reason, many store systems are configured to automatically archive old sales information, so they are no longer visible at the store level, only the head office level.

If you wish to see the sales at a counter you have several options

  • Go to your Head Office reporting system and find the sale in the reports. Head Office systems retain all salesNote 1
  • From any retail counter you can enter the quickcode "show all sales" and find the sale. This quickcode (which may be disabled in some environments) is designed to let store search for sales in the head office system. When found, the web page has simple links to download a copy of the sale to the lane or reprint it.
  • Note 1. Some Head Office systems are short term transactional systems, even though they contain data for all stores and regions. Often these also remove sales after a period, typically 3 to 5 years, and place them in a larger "Archive" database. If your head office database is using an archive database then a link will appear on the "stores" report page to take you to the archive database. Archive database information is not visible to stores via "show all sales" or any other means.

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Sales removed automatically. Typically somewhere in the 30 days to 3 years range. Controlled by Head Office Sales removed automatically. Typically somewhere in the 1 to 5 years range. Controlled by Head Office All Sales
(Except when an archive database is present)
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Archive databases are not commonly used, but when present they hold very old information