Consider inventory, for example. The company carries a broad range of flower essence products, imported from as far away as Australia, India and Brazil. It's essential that Don and his staff have the ability to carefully track just how well each product is selling — and to accurately predict future demand to ensure that a sufficient supply is always on hand. 'Using FileMaker Pro, it's easy to generate a sales track record for each item in the inventory,' explains Don and the inventory database is a valuable research tool for company clients.
Since advocates of flower–essence therapy believe that the properties of a given essence can be predicted from the appearance of the original flower, the International Flower Essence Repertoire inventory database includes a color photo of each flower as part of the product record — and FileMaker Pro's graphics capabilities handle these images with no trouble at all.
Other databases are complicated to configure and complicated to work with — but with FileMaker Pro, any new members of our staff who are computer literate can learn to use our system within twenty minutes to half an hour!
Dispatching the little bottles of flower essence to their final destination is also handled by FileMaker Pro. Don created a system with which his staff can instantly find the date and means of dispatch of any of the more than 7,500 packages sent out in the past year. It also tracks who in the shipping department actually handled the dispatch, the method of payment, and if that payment is outstanding. 'I created this file from scratch,' says Don, 'and it has proven itself invaluable to our company in ensuring we give the best possible service to our customers.'
That's not all — FileMaker Pro shines on the accounting side of the office as well. Using FileMaker, invoices can be generated on the spot, direct from the original customer database — in whatever format is most suitable for the individual order. The invoicing application is extremely flexible, notes Don. 'We handle a range of books as well as our flower essence products,' he explains, 'and books are taxed differently. An order that includes both books and essences can be complicated to invoice because of different tax requirements — but FileMaker Pro enables us to handle these orders quickly and efficiently, every time.'