E-Store is NOT an online shopping system; instead it is a business management system. Similar Off-The-Shelf products include: Microsoft Dynamics GP ([url removed, login to view]) and SAGE ([url removed, login to view]). Both of them may give you an overview taste and the reasons why a bespoke system is preferable.
E-Store aims to have a suite of store management functionalities such as price control, inventory control, delivery charge, approval of financial support, and performance analysis.
&acirc;€¢ Price Control: E-Store allows the store manager to set the price of the products and to select products on a variety of sale offers, which include 3 for 2, buy one get one free, free delivery charges.
&acirc;€¢ Inventory Control: stock is monitored all the time by uploading data from the warehouse database. Items out of stock will be ordered from the central inventory system at the headquarters. E-Store generates warning messages for items in low stock automatically and also sends them to the PDA message box of the store manager.
&acirc;€¢ Loyalty Card: the store can make further special offers to customers who regularly use their branches.
&acirc;€¢ Reports and Analysis: E-Store tracks the purchase activities of customers from the accounting database and generates reports on how the store is performing.
E-store is expected to be an expandable and adaptive system to accommodate changing business requirements in the future.