As I type this, I am sitting in a room at St. Mary Mercy hospital. My mom is here getting some help regaining her desire to eat. She has cancer and lately has hit a bump in the road. I was reminded tonight to trust in the Lord.
I wanted to give our sales people some notifications from customer offers. It seemed a bit more personal to set these as coming from the customer, with the information they sent, while tying it into a Magento 2 template for easy modification. This brought me to the transport builder part of Magento 2’s framework.
My wife and I are half way through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. It’s a great class for anyone interested in a better way to manage money. This week the class took a break for parents to spend time with their kids during their mid-winter break from school. Our Pastor preached a sermon on tithing and it filled the week with an important lesson. God will protect us from credit vultures if we give diligently.
We’re one of the unique shops in America that doesn’t have a POS system in place. 99% of our business comes from online orders through a sales channel. As we grew, we began to establish a presence and added some internal customer service and sales people. Our CEO is very money conscious. As a result, we never spent money on a stand-alone POS. We’ve instead turned to the Magento 2 back-end ordering system. This is where we found a lack of separation of internal sales and consumer sales reporting.
A few years ago I was listening to this guy on the radio. He was very passionate about not getting yourself into debt, or taking out a loan for a car. He had gone through some financial turmoil himself. After climbing out and building his business, Dave Ramsey launched Financial Peace University. Last black Friday I picked up his Complete Guide To Money. This is the handbook for the class and an incredible guide to financial peace and victory.
There is always anxiety when a new President of the United States takes office. Unknowns, excitement and fear seem to dominate the minds of most Americans. Today is one of those days. Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45 President. There seems to be all kinds of opinions ranging across the gamut. One thing we all need to remember is that God is in control.
We have a an Inventory and Order Management system that is tailored towards our business. It was written several years ago and has been evolving ever since. Magento has good order management built in, but we need more. Shipping, customer tracking, order sourcing and other key features don’t exist for us inside Magento. Exporting orders is a key function of the framework we rely on daily.
You’re always looking for ways to speed things up when you work with a catalog of 125,000 SKUs and growing. Management of the catalog is no different. Magento’s built-in import can’t handle the load and some of the other import modules might be out of budget. Fortunately there’s a way for you to tackle your inventory management issues at the database level.
Magento’s view is built by a collection of blocks. Some blocks are cached to boost performance. Some blocks are left out of cache because they’re unique to a session or dynamic. Magento 2 does a good job of sorting out most of that for you. Eventually there will come a time when customization interferes and you find yourself excluding blocks from cache.
In the first part of Proverbs 1, we learned about the beginning of knowledge and how important the fear of the Lord is. It is always important to keep your focus on God and stay away from bad advice. That fear will help prevent you from being lured by the wrong influences. Your parents are a key set of people to listen to on this earth, while studying and letting the Father (God) guide you through His word. Always avoid evil counsel and bad influences.