Simple Shopping List using Tasks

Simple Shopping List using Tasks

For our shopping list we are going to need to go shopping for a few items from SambaPOS Endless Isles of Options Emporium

We are going to need:

  • 1 Entity Screen
  • 8 Widgets
  • 1 Automation Command
  • 1 Task Type
  • 7 Rules
  • 8 Actions
  • 2 Reports

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Step 1

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Task Type

Manage->Settings->Task Types->Add Task Type
Task Type 1 of 1

Name: Shopping List
Custom Fields: (blank)*

* We will be defining fields in Actions.

(Optional) Inventory Item Tag

Manage->Settings->Program Setting->General Settings:Inventory Item Tag Caption

If you define Inventory Item Tag, it will be available thru the Inventory section:
Manage->Inventory->Inventory Items (Individually)
or batch through:
Manage->Inventory->Inventory Item Tag Editor
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Entity Screen

Manage->Entities->Entity Screens->Add Entity Screen

General Settings Tab
Name: Inventory Shopping List
Button Header: (blank)
Ticket Type: <your default Ticket Type>
View Mode: Custom
Search Value Replacement Pattern: (blank)
Appearance Tab, Entity List, Details & Mappings Tab
All other fields: Leave as default

Reports

Inventory Report (1 of 2)

Manage->Reports->Reports->Add Report
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Name: Inventory List for Shopping List
Page Size: 580 (your size may vary)
Display in Report Explorer: unchecked
Visual Printing: unchecked
Template: (see below)

The first report we need is a list of inventory. In addition to a list of inventory we can also add additional fields to con-inside with inventory list (example cost, warehouse, groupcode, etc). It is a good idea to give some thought to what fields would best fit your needs. I will try to provide enough information to design the system that best fits your needs.

A Normal report that is used with this tutorial looks this:

[Inventory List:2,1,1,1,1,1]
>Item|Unit|In Stock|[C]Cost|Aisle|Id
{REPORT CONSUMPTION DETAILS:C.Name,C.Unit,C.InStock;#.##,C.Cost,IT.Aisle.asc,I.Id}

However, SambaPOS a feature that we can use to make this (or any report) a powerful tool. To access this tool we need all we need to do is add a # before the report table name:

[#Inventory List:2,1,1,1,1,1]
>Item|Unit|In Stock|[C]Cost|Aisle|Id
{REPORT CONSUMPTION DETAILS:C.Name,C.Unit,C.InStock;#.##,C.Cost,IT.Aisle.asc,I.Id}

! Cost numbers will only show up when an item has been sold. That is how the Consumption report works.

This will turn our simple report into a Table View report. This is like a spreadsheet type grid, that we can select rows, search within report, adjust column sizes, sort columns while viewing, hide column and many other features.

You will notice that the field C.InStock;#.## looks different than a normal field tag. The ;#.## will format the field to show whole numbers and only decimal number if they are present. (Makes it easier to read)

! Note: Table View reports need to be saved once in order to view the results. Any changes to the report, after the initial save, can be viewed with Preview.
The Cost header is written as [C]Cost. The [C] will denote the column as Currency.

Other useful fields for Report
I.GroupCode GroupCode of Item
`I.Barcode’ Barcode of inventory product
IT.<inventory item tag> User created Item Tag

! Inventory Item Tag fields could be used to save the location of the item of the store you are shopping at, such as aisle, department or section.
Define the Inventory Item Tag column header at:

Manage->Settings->Program Settings:Inventory Item Tag Caption

Setting each item store location can set at:
Manage->Inventory->Inventory Item Tag Editor
or at:
Manage->Inventory->Inventory Items->select each individual item

Shopping list Report (2 0f 2)

We will be using Tasks to create our shopping list. To view the list, we will need to use a Task report. (Normally this report will need to be created after the fields have been defined in Actions.)

Name: Shopping List
Page Size: (blank)
Display in Report Explorer: unchecked
Visual Printing: unchecked

[#Shopping List:1,1,1,1,1]
>Qty|Item|Cost|Aisle|Identifier
{REPORT OPEN TASK DETAILS:TSC.Quantity,T.Name,TSC.Cost,TSC.Aisle,T.Identifier:(TST=Shopping List) && T.State="On List"}

If you have a different inventory report from above, you may need to create this report later or adjust the fields after creating the fields in Actions.

Automation Commands

Manage->Automation->Automation Commands->Add Automation Command

General Settings Tab
Name: Inventory Shopping List
Category: (blank)
Button Header: Inventory<br/>Shopping List
Color: default
Font Size: default
Confirmation: default
Execute Once: unchecked
Clear Selection: checked
Toggle Values: unchecked
Values: (blank)
Navigation Settings Tab
Symbol: checkmark in square (or you choice)
Image: (blank)
Auto Refresh: (blank)
Title Cache: (blank)
Navigation Module: Entity
Navigation Module Parameters: Inventory Shopping List
Template: (blank)

Mappings Tab

Termial User Role Department Ticket Type Enabled State Visible State Visibility
* * * * * * Display on Navigation

You may need to make sure Custom Navigation is enabled.
Manage->Settings->Local Settings->Display->Allow Custom Navigation

Also, your Navigation may only show the newly created Inventory Shopping List screen button. If it does, right click anywhere on the screen, an orange menu will appear from the bottom. Select “Manage”.

Navigate to:
Manage->Settings->Program Settings->Maintenance->Create Default Navigation Buttons


You should now have all your buttons back.

Inventory Shopping List Screen

Main Menu->Inventory Shopping List

Report Viewer Widget (1 of 2)

You should be presented with a blank screen. Right click anywhere on the screen and select “Design Mode” from the pop up menu. You will notice a red line outlined the screen. This is an indication that you are in Design Mode. Right click again and choose “Add Widget”->“Custom Report Viewer”. A small square will appear in the upper left hand screen with the text “Report Viewer”.
Right click again, and select “Settings [Custom Report Viewer]”

Shopping List Screen 4 of

Settings Editor
Report Name Inventory List for Shopping List
Parameters (blank)
Border Color default
Zoom 58
Settings mappings ISL-InventoryItem=Inventory List.1
ISL-InventoryCost=Inventory List.4
ISL-InventorySection=Inventory List.5
ISL-InventoryItemId=Inventory List.6
Settings Mappings Configuration Explanation

The format for this field is: <local program setting name>=<report table name>.<column number>

  • <local program setting> can be any name you come up with. To access the setting, use {LOCAL SETTING:<local program setting name>}
  • <report table name> is the name of the report table, not the report name, found within the square brackets.
  • <column number> is the column number counting from 1. Columns in table view reports can be re-arranged and hidden, the column numbers will always refer to the original column numbering.
Properties Editor
Id {blank)
Name ISL_Report
X 0
Y 60
Height 340
Width 350
Zindex 0
Angle 0
Scale 1
Corner Radius 0,0,0,0
Auto Refresh checked
Auto Refresh Interval 0
Margin 0,0,0,0
Sort Order 0

Report Viewer Widget (2 of 2)

Shopping Report Widget 2 of 2

Create another Report Viewer Widget

Settings Editor
Report Name Shopping List
Parameters (blank)
Border Color default
Zooom 65
Settings mappings ISL-ShoppingQty=Shopping List.1
ISL-ShoppingIdentifier=Shopping List.5
Properties Editor
Id {blank)
Name ISL-ShoppingReport
X 365
Y 60
Height 340
Width 270
Zindex 0
Angle 0
Scale 1
Corner Radius 0,0,0,0
Auto Refresh checked
Auto Refresh Interval 0
Margin 0,0,0,0
Sort Order 0

Automation Command Buttons

Vendor Button (1 of 6)

Settings Editor
Command Name ISL Select Vendor
Value (blank)
Caption Vendor:<bold><size 14><br/>{LOCAL SETTING:ISL-Vendor}</size></bold>
Button color #FFBF8845 (access ‘More Colors’ from th dropdown)
Highlight color default
Font size 0
Image path (blank)
Validation (blank)
Keyboard map (blank)
Focusable unchecked
Async unchecked
Properties Editor
Id (blank)
Name ISL_Vendor
X 115
Y 5
Height 40
Width 150
Zindex 0
Scale 1
Corner Radius 3,3,3,3
Auto Refresh checked
Auto Refresh Interval 0
Margin 0,0,0,0
Sort Order 0

Remove All Items Button (2 of 6)

Settings Editor
Command Name ISL Remove All Items - Step 1
Value (blank)
Caption <b>Remove<br/>All Items</b>
Button color #FFD9564A
Highlight color default
Font size 0
Image path (blank)
Validation (blank)
Keyboard map (blank)
Focusable unchecked
Async unchecked
Properties Editor
Id (blank)
Name (blank)
X 520
Y 5
Height 40
Width 100
Zindex 0
Scale 1
Corner Radius 3,3,3,3
Auto Refresh checked
Auto Refresh Interval 0
Margin 0,0,0,0
Sort Order 0

Add Non-Inventory Item (3 of 6)

Settings Editor
Command Name ISL Add Non-Inventory Item
Value (blank)
Caption <b>Add Non-<br/>Inventory Item</b>
Button color #FF052159
Highlight color default
Font size 0
Image path (blank)
Validation (blank)
Keyboard map (blank)
Focusable unchecked
Async unchecked
Properties Editor
Id (blank)
Name (blank)
X 10
Y 410
Height 40
Width 125
Zindex 0
Scale 1
Corner Radius 3,3,3,3
Auto Refresh checked
Auto Refresh Interval 0
Margin 0,0,0,0
Sort Order 0

Add Item to List (4 of 6)

Settings Editor
Command Name ISL Add Item to List
Value (blank)
Caption <b>Add Item to List</b>
Button color #FF052159
Highlight color default
Font size 0
Image path (blank)
Validation (blank)
Keyboard map (blank)
Focusable unchecked
Async unchecked
Properties Editor
Id (blank)
Name (blank)
X 215
Y 410
Height 40
Width 125
Zindex 0
Scale 1
Corner Radius 3,3,3,3
Auto Refresh checked
Auto Refresh Interval 0
Margin 0,0,0,0
Sort Order 0

Edit Quantity (5 of 6)

Settings Editor
Command Name ISL Edit Quantity
Value (blank)
Caption <b>Edit<br/>Quantity</b>
Button color #FF072B73
Highlight color default
Font size 0
Image path (blank)
Validation (blank)
Keyboard map (blank)
Focusable unchecked
Async unchecked
Properties Editor
Id (blank)
Name (blank)
X 385
Y 410
Height 40
Width 100
Zindex 0
Scale 1
Corner Radius 3,3,3,3
Auto Refresh checked
Auto Refresh Interval 0
Margin 0,0,0,0
Sort Order 0

Remove Item From List (6 of 6)

Settings Editor
Command Name ISL Remove Item From List
Value (blank)
Caption <b>Remove Item<br/>From List</b>
Button color #FF072B73
Highlight color default
Font size 0
Image path (blank)
Validation (blank)
Keyboard map (blank)
Focusable unchecked
Async unchecked
Properties Editor
Id (blank)
Name (blank)
X 525
Y 410
Height 40
Width 100
Zindex 0
Scale 1
Corner Radius 3,3,3,3
Auto Refresh checked
Auto Refresh Interval 0
Margin 0,0,0,0
Sort Order 0

Actions (8 total)

ISL - Create Shopping List Task Item (1 of 8)

Action Name: ISL - Create Shopping List Task Item
Action Type: Add Task
Task Type Name: Shopping List
Identifier [:identifier]
Name: [:inventory item]
Content: (blank)
State: On List
Custom Fields: Quantity=[:Quantity],Cost=[:Cost],Aisle=[:Aisle],Vendor=[:Vendor],Vendor Id=[:Vendor Id],Inventory Id=[:Inventory Id]
Start Date: (blank)
End Date: (blank)

ISL - Ask to Delete All Items (2 of 8)

Name: ISL - Ask to Delete Item(s)
Action Type: Ask Question
Question: [:Question]
Buttons: Yes=[:Yes Command Name]:Green;Green,No=[:No Command Name]:Red;Red
Description: (blank)
Automation Command Name: (blank)
Execute Command in Background: (blank)
Background Color: (blank)
Transparent Color: (blank)
Multi Select: (blank)
Inactivity Command Name: (blank)
Inactivity Timeout Seconds: (blank)
Execute Inactivity Command in Background: (blank)

ISL - Complete All Tasks (3 of 8)

Action - ISL - Complete All Tasks

Name: ISL - Complete All Tasks
Action Type: Complete All Tasks
Task Type Name: Shopping List
Task State: [:State of Task]

ISL - Update Shopping Report Widget (4 of 8)

Action - ISL - Update Shopping Report Widget

Name: ISL - Update Shopping Report Widget
Action Type: Refresh Custom Report Widget
Widget Name: ISL-ShoppingReport
Report Name: Shopping list
Report Parameters: (blank)
Date Filter: (blank)
Reset Cache: True

ISL - Refresh Widget(s) (5 of 8)

Action - ISL - Refresh Widget(s)

Name: ISL - Refresh Widget(s)
Action Type: Refresh Widgets
Widget Name: [:Widget Name(s)]

ISL-Vendor - Program Setting-Update (6 of 8)

Action - ISL-Vendor - Program Setting-Update

Action Name: ISL-Vendor - Program Setting-Update
Action Type: Update Program Setting
Setting Name: ISL-Vendor
Setting Value: [:Vendor]
Update Type: Update
Is Local: True

ISL - Mark Item as Removed from List (7 of 8)

Action - ISL - Mark Item as Removed from List

Name: ISL - Mark Item as Removed from List
Action Type: Update Task
Task Type Name: Shopping List
Identifier: [:Identifier]
Name: (blank)
New Task Type Name: (blank)
Date: (blank)
End Date: (blank)
Content: (blank)
State: Removed
Custom Fields: (blank)
Completed: True

ISL - Update Quantity (8 of 8)

Action - ISL - Update Quantity

Name: ISL - Update Quantity
Action Type: Update Task
Identifier: [:Identifier]
Name: (blank)
New Task Type Name: (blank)
Date: (blank)
End Date: (blank)
Content: (blank)
State: (blank)
Custom Fields: Quantity=[:Quantity]
Completed: (blank)

Rules (8 Total)

ISL Select Vendor (1 of 8)

Rule Name: ISL Select Vendor
Event Name: Automation Command Executed

Custom Constraint List

Execute Rule If: Matches
Automation Command Name Equals ISL Select Vendor

---- Actions ----

Action (1 of 2): ISL-Vendor - Program Setting-Update
Constraint: (blank)
Vendor:1 [?Enter/Select Vendor;;None|{REPORT ENTITY DETAILS:E.Name:(ET=Vendors)::|};;]
Action (2 of 2): ISL - Refresh Widget(s)
Constraint (blank)
Widget Name(s) ISL_Vendor

1 We are using a report in this prompt to give us a list of current entity Vendors. If you do not use entity Vendors, you can keep the report tag in the prompt. It will not cause any issues. Vendors can also be typed in the pop-up/prompt.
We will use None to fill in our program setting. In the next rule, we have a constraint to ask for a vendor if one is not present in the program settings.

ISL Add Item to List (2 of 8)

Rule Name: ISL Add Item to List
Event Name: Automation Command Executed

Custom Constraint List

Execute Rule If: Matches
Automation Command Name Equals ISL Add Item to List

---- Actions ----

Action (1 of 4): ISL-Vendor - Program Setting-Update
Constraint: '{LOCAL SETTING:ISL-Vendor}' == ''
Vendor: [?Enter/Select Vendor;;None|{REPORT ENTITY DETAILS:E.Name:(ET=Vendors)::|};;]
Action (2 of 4): ISL - Refresh Widget(s)
Constraint '{LOCAL SETTING:ISL-Vendor}' == ''
Widget Name(s) ISL_Vendor
Action (3 of 4): ISL - Create Shopping List Task Item
Constraint:
Identifier: {RANDOM}
inventory item {LOCAL SETTING:ISL-InventoryItem}
Quantity [?Quantity;;;OCN;]
Cost {LOCAL SETTING:ISL-InventoryCost}
Aisle {LOCAL SETTING:ISL-InventorySection}
Vendor {LOCAL SETTING:ISL-Vendor}
Vendor Id2 {REPORT ENTITY DETAILS:E.Id:(EN={LOCAL SETTING:ISL-Vendor})}
Inventory Id2 {LOCAL SETTING:ISL-InventoryId}
Action (4 of 4): ISL - Update Shopping Report Widget
Constraint (blank)

2 These fields are not necessary. I put this fields in to do a little foward-thinking. If, in the future, a report wants to be written of items or vendors that were put on the shopping list, these fields will be available. In the event a Vendor name or Item name needs to be corrected or changed, the report will not include the previous name. Vendor Id and Item Id overcome this limitation. The Id’s do not change, these fields should be used to create reports.

ISL Add Non-Inventory Item (3 of 8)

Rule Name: ISL Add Non-Inventory Item
Event Name: Automation Command Executed

Custom Constraint List

Execute Rule If: Matches
Automation Command Name Equals ISL Add Non-Inventory Item

---- Actions ----

Action (1 of 2): ISL - Create Shopping List Task Item
Constraint:
Identifier: {RANDOM}
inventory item [?Item to add to list;;;;]
Quantity [?Quantity;;;;]
Cost (blank)
Aisle (blank)
Vendor {LOCAL SETTING:ISL-Vendor}
Vendor Id {REPORT ENTITY DETAILS:E.Id:(EN={LOCAL SETTING:ISL-Vendor})}
Inventory Id (blank)
Action (2 of 2): ISL - Update Shopping Report Widget
Constraint (blank)

ISL Remove Item From List - Step 1 (4 of 8)

Rule Name: ISL Remove Item From List - Step 1
Event Name: Automation Command Executed

Custom Constraint List

Execute Rule If: Matches
Automation Command Name Equals ISL Remove Item From List - Step 1

---- Actions ----

Action (1 of 1): ISL - Ask to Delete Item(s)
Constraint: (blank)
Question Confirm deletion of:<br/><b>{REPORT OPEN TASK DETAILS:T.Name:T.Identifier="{LOCAL SETTING:ISL-ShoppingIdentifier}"}</b> (Qty: {LOCAL SETTING:ISL-ShoppingQty})
Yes Command Name ISL Remove Item From List - Step 2
No Command Name (blank)

ISL Remove Item From List - Step 2 (5 of 8)

Rule Name: ISL Remove Item From List - Step 2
Event Name: Automation Command Executed

Custom Constraint List

Execute Rule If: Matches
Automation Command Name Equals ISL Remove Item From List - Step 2t

---- Actions ----

Action (1 of 2): ISL - Mark Item as Removed from List
Constraint: (blank)
Identifier: {LOCAL SETTING:ISL-ShoppingIdentifier}
Action (2 of 2): ISL - Update Shopping Report Widget
Constraint (blank)

ISL Edit Quantity (6 of 8)

Rule Name: ISL Edit Quantity
Event Name: Automation Command Executed

Custom Constraint List

Execute Rule If: Matches
Automation Command Name Equals ISL Edit Quantity

---- Actions ----

Action (1 of 2): ISL - Update Quantity
Constraint: (blank)
Identifier: {LOCAL SETTING:ISL-ShoppingIdentifier}
Quantity [?Update Quantity;;{LOCAL SETTING:ISL-ShoppingQty};OCN;]
Action (2 of 2): ISL - Update Shopping Report Widget
Constraint (blank)

ISL Remove All Items - Step 1 (7 of 8)

Rule Name: ISL Remove All Items - Step 1
Event Name: Automation Command Executed

Custom Constraint List

Execute Rule If: Matches
Automation Command Name Equals ISL Remove All Items - Step 1

---- Actions ----

Action (1 of 1): ISL - Ask to Delete All Items
Constraint: (blank)
Question Confirm deletion of all items off the Shopping List?
Yes Command Name ISL Remove All Items - Step 2
No Command Name (blank)

ISL Remove All Items - Step 2 (8 of 8)

Rule Name: ISL Remove All Items - Step 2
Event Name: Automation Command Executed

Custom Constraint List

Execute Rule If: Matches
Automation Command Name Equals ISL Remove All Items - Step 2

---- Actions ----

Action (1 of 2): ISL - Complete All Tasks
Constraint: (blank)
State of Task On List
Action (2 of 2): ISL - Update Shopping Report Widget
Constraint (blank)

Cleaning up the Shopping List Screen

Head back to the Shopping List screen.

Test to make sure everything works.

Hiding columns

Column Chooser
Right click on any column header.
In the pop-up choose “Show Column Chooser”
Uncheck any column you do not want to see.
Resize column widths by dragging the width.

  • You may have to adjust the Report (under manage) Page size. 4
  • Or adjust the Zoom (in Design Mode under Settings). 4

4 Before entering into Design Mode or exiting the screen you may want to Save Changes by right clicking on the grid area and choosing “Save Changes”. The Shopping List widget will need at least one item on the list to access the pop-up menu.

  • If you need to start over from scratch, you can right click in the grid area and select “Reset Layout”. Exit out of the Shopping List screen and re-enter the screen.

Show Search Panel

Right click on any column header.
Choose “Show Search Panel”

  • Search will only work on visible columns.

Print Shopping List

When you have all the items added to your list, right click on the Shopping List report and select “Print Preview”.

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