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Job ads are being posted at the local Universities in Melbourne this week for our 2015 undergraduate intake. We are in need of an additional PHP programmer to join our growing team. This time we are on the lookout for somebody with UI or UX flair. You need not be an expert, but a keen interest in developing those skills …View full post
Very soon The Univex Group will be launching FlipBooker – an online service that will convert your PDF files in to HTML, a mini-website if you wish, to share with your customers. There are many flip book software programs out there. They require installation (typically Windows only), are complicated to use, and sometimes expensive to …View full post
Being posted around the University job boards in Melbourne next week is an invitation for Software Engineering students to apply for an internship, starting this summer (2014-15) or soon after. Some Universities require (or at least strongly encourage) engineering students to seek out a number of weeks of work experience. With a long and rich …View full post
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Job ads are being posted at the local Universities in Melbourne this week for our 2015 undergraduate intake. We are in need of an additional PHP programmer to join our growing team.
We are specifically targeting undergraduates again because that has always been the Univex way of giving back to the local software development community. There aren’t many businesses around town that will eagerly take on (relatively) inexperienced software developers, and that’s where Univex steps in. We give young, eager professionals an opportunity to learn from others and develop their career.
So what are you waiting for? Further details are on your local University job board until mid-March or as soon as we find a talented individual to fit the role. If you don’t have access to the careers department then you can apply here.
Very soon The Univex Group will be launching FlipBooker – an online service that will convert your PDF files in to HTML, a mini-website if you wish, to share with your customers. There are many flip book software programs out there. They require installation (typically Windows only), are complicated to use, and sometimes expensive to purchase. Most produce the same Adobe Flash output and some a low-quality mobile version that are just graphic files in disguise. We have tried them all, and they are terrible, so we are building our own to make online publishing painless.
FlipBooker will be producing flip books, e-books, sales catalogues and brochures that look great on all devices. You can zoom in and the text remains clear and legible, not pixelated and fuzzy. Producing a flipbook will be as easy as dragging a PDF file in to your browser – and FlipBooker will do the rest. Videos will also be supported with some intelligent analysis of links within your PDF. When the flipbook is created you will be able to view it, play with it, even re-convert as many times as you wish until you are 100% satisfied. The end result will be available as a zip file for you to download and store offline for safe keeping – it is yours forever.
So what is a business software company doing with flipbooks? Our retail customers such as Kings Plant Barn produce Growing Guides and host them on their web site. Others such as Rivers of Yarrambat upload many PDF files for their cafe and function centre. The Australia Times core product is online magazines. We have many other customers who upload sales catalogues to their web site and desire a content delivery system that is consistent and looks great across all platforms; desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile.
The FlipBooker service will soon be ready for beta testing. We will start converting all existing online content to this new format over the coming weeks and months.
Visit http://flipbooker.com/ and sign up to the newsletter. We will let you know when you can start playing!
Being posted around the University job boards in Melbourne next week is an invitation for Software Engineering students to apply for an internship, starting this summer (2014-15) or soon after.
Some Universities require (or at least strongly encourage) engineering students to seek out a number of weeks of work experience. With a long and rich history of springboarding students in to fantastic careers, Univex is keen to continue the tradition. Of course we encourage interns to stay on after their work experience and continue to play a part in our team!
If you are interested please look out for the advertisements. If you do not have access to them please drop Paul an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and he will send you a copy of the ad so you know what we are looking for. We can accept internship placements all year round.
Lately we have been evaluating our Research & Development (R&D) activity in the past year. A selection of the new products and services we have delivered include:
- A digital signage system
- A bulk email system
- Numerous in-store and online marketing programs
- A print signage system
- A cross-business gift voucher management system
- A framework for developing web applications faster, and suitable for mobile devices
- More e-commerce facilities, including better catalogues and checkouts, a social media module, new payment gateway, and a referral system
- Improved online catalogues and flipbooks
- A hosting platform that has automated monitoring and security
- The beginnings of a brilliant online reporting system
- (literally) Hundreds of speedups, automations, and feature improvements in our Point of Sale and backoffice appliactions
We run a lean ship here at Univex and are proud that we can and deliver more than many other software companies 10x our size. We are committed to continuous innovation and delivering useful products and services to our customers. Our staff are fully committed to producing fantastic outcomes for our customers. Do you fit the bill and want to explore opportunities to work with us? Apply now.
Today in our Point of Sale and Back Office software we have released our latest marketing weapon: Purchase Triggered Campaigns.
Purchase Triggered Campaigns (PTCs) give your customers an enhanced, personalised experience when shopping at your store. When they purchase particular products the campaign starts with personalised messages on their receipt. Examples of usage include:
- For garden centres; planting instructions for the new peach tree they have purchased.
- For electrical stores; warranty and service information on appliances.
- For homewares stores; information about knife-sharpening services available.
- For all retailers; an encouragement of loyalty non-members to become members. If they are already a member a different message; a ‘thank you’ with an exclusive offer just for them next visit.
The receipt is just the start of the campaign. From then on your regular e-mail newsletters sent through Univex Mail can include content exclusive and custom tailored to the recipient. So for the customer who purchased a peach tree, over the coming months and years they will be updated on how to care for the tree, strategies and products to deter pests, and in the Spring of the 3rd year of purchase a recipe for Peach Melba when their tree is fruiting. All of this is is inserted automatically in to your regular e-mail newsletter. It presents seamlessly and you are not “spamming” your customers with unnecessary marketing material.
Did Spring arrive early or late this year? Do you need to adjust for the changing Easter Sale dates? No problem. You can easily adjust the mailings for all customers in just one setting. Is there a new pest in town and you need to get a message out to all customers who purchased a fruit tree? Very easily done.
There is a lot more to it and like everything in the Univex suite of software, this “fits together” with other marketing and promotional features, e-commerce, and customer relationship management. The more you use the more effective you can run promotions, and results have a multiplicative effect.
Oh, did we forget to mention this is packaged free with the software? No hidden costs. The software is all packaged in there and ready to use. With Univex you can compete with the big boys at a mom-and-pop price.
Contact us today if you would like to improve your business way beyond what any other POS company can and will do for you.
Recently we improved our Print Signage system – taking its potential further and making it faster and easier to use than any other system available. Some of the new additions include:
- Handling of best-before and use-by expiration dates.
- Handling different sized signs printing on different media and potentially different printers.
- Encoding promotional (special) pricing start and end dates.
- Filtering the signs to only show the templates that make sense at the time, whether that be a dollar-off promotion, a multibuy, a percent discount, or simply a standard product sign.
- Speeding up the previewing and printing of signs.
It’s another one of the small things that we do so well in our POS and back office accounting system. Before they had a Univex system we had customers who would spend hours each week producing signs, either by hand or by manually creating them in Microsoft Word or Publisher. Now they print the signs out as products arrive from the supplier, no fiddling, correct spelling and pricing, and consistent designs throughout the store. You don’t need to be a Coles or Woolworths to have great signage. Univex gives it away for free as part of its standard package!
This week I finished reading Head First Design Patterns – a book that covers classic ways of structuring software code to solve real-world problems. It’s a great book, so much so it has made it on to the Univex Software list of Required Reading, alongside others. Not surprisingly, like the other two books, HFDP teaches you things that they just don’t teach at programming school. Few Australian software engineering students would cover design patterns in lectures. Even less would consciously employ them in some way. Yet they make for easier to understand and maintain code. The world, especially Open Source projects, would be better off if more programmers learnt these patterns and shared them with peers.
The problem of course is we do not know, what we don’t know. How are you supposed to know about design patterns if you have never heard the term before?
That’s where self study comes in to play. It doesn’t matter if you are a software developer, a business director or a support technician. You need to actively engage in self-development, getting out there seeing new things and meeting people, participating in groups of various kinds or simply keeping up to date with developments in your industry via news feeds and blog posts. If you claim you have no time then you must make time. You never know what gems you might find!
Last week we officially released our latest product: an online gift voucher management system. This software activates cards, lets deposits be taken, redemptions taken, and report on activity. This software is designed for enterprises with a number of different Point of Sale systems, in which integrating a gift card solution across all software systems would be difficult (if not impossible).
There is no need for extra POS or EFTPOS terminals, or bringing in any expensive 3rd party infrastructure. The software runs through a web browser and is responsive to mobile devices, so it looks great whether running on a desktop, a tablet, or a phone.
User security can limit who can perform what activity with the cards. Management can run reports on gift card activity and how cards are used across various businesses within their organisation.
As with all of our products we integrated this in to other Univex products. You can sign people up to your email list as the gift voucher is activated. Their email address is sent straight to the bulk email system to receive the next mailout.
This new software is part of our bigger move towards web-based software systems. We are building smaller apps that integrate together, while helping us develop the underlying technologies needed to build larger and more complex software. We aren’t abandoning desktop software – rather we are enhancing it with modern, browser-based extensions and modules that give a lot more flexibility to our customers.