Wednesday, 13 October 2021

Invoice Header Translations

Previously, the invoice table header was not being translated to the local language of the invoices. This has been implemented with the new TrakIT update.

If a non-English template is being used for generating the invoice, TrakIT will also translate the table header of the invoice to the foreign language as per a new setting defined in the Form definitions.

The following fields are available in the Invoice Form templates:


Language

The language selection affects the Invoice Table that is displayed within the template. This includes the column headers, and elements like Sub-Total, Grand Total, amount in words, etc.

The language selection does not affect the rest of the template - which can be in any language or a mix of languages.

If Data fields are present in the Invoice table, the column headers are also translated. But the data values are not.

Table Display

This option allows you to select whether to display both English and foreign names together or one at a time. The default is "Both Names"

The option affects both the table header and the account names. Please note that account names are not translated. You must specify the local name for the account in the Admin > Finance Masters section.


Important: This change may affect the output of your current invoices that are not in English. Please double-check the invoice before sending them.


Adjusting Translations

TrakIT uses the Google Translation services to obtain translations. After getting the translation, TrakIT saves it in a Translation Cache table.

It may be possible that the translation does not match the correct term in the local language.

In order to fix incorrect translations, SysAdmins can go the Admin > SysAdmin Tools > Translations. TrakIT will display a list of translations saved in the cache. These can be updated with the correct translations.


For any issues or clarifications, please contact TrakIT Support.

Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Back-dating Invoices

In certain situations, it may be required to back-date an invoice that is generated by TrakIT. This is now possible with certain settings on the company and user permissions.

To allow a user to back-date an invoice, the following must be set up:


1) Company Settings

Under Admin > Companies, edit the company information and set these two fields:

Back-dating: Set how many days an invoice can be back-dated.

Back-date Month Closing: Set the day of the month after which an invoice cannot be back-dated to the previous month.





2) User Permissions

Go to Admin > Role Management > Role Customization. Select the relevant role, expand the Finance section and then the Invoice section.

Switch on the permission for 'Allow Back-dating'

Only users with this permission (and SysAdmins) will be able to back-date invoices.







Back-dating the Invoice

At the time of approval of the invoice, you will be able to change the date of the invoice up to the limits specified in the settings.

Please note that back-dating invoices may result in non-sequential or mismatched order of invoice numbers.







For any questions or concerns, please contact TrakIT Support.

Thursday, 26 August 2021

Tax Related Changes

With the ever increasing requirements of businesses, we have made some changes to the way taxes are handled in TrakIT. It is now possible to define multiple taxes with different codes under the same tax master in a specific country. Here is how to set up taxes in TrakIT so they work without any user intervention.


Country Taxes

Each country has its own set of taxes. TrakIT allows you to create these taxes along with rates and codes for each country. Go to Admin > Finance Masters > Country Taxes and select a country.


You can add multiple taxes here that are applicable for the country. The Finance Code must be unique for each tax added. If the Finance Code is not specified, it defaults to the Tax Code.


Default Taxes for Accounts

When adding Accounts to the workflow definition, you can specify the default taxes that will be applicable for the account. Multiple taxes can also be selected, provided they belong to different tax codes.


Once the default taxes have been added, they will be applied automatically to the specific account.


Adding Taxes Manually

If default taxes have not been set, it is possible to add a tax manually on any account, provided it is defined under the Country's taxes. Previously, it was possible to set the rate manually. This is not possible anymore and the tax rate will be automatically picked from the Country Tax definition.



Tax Exemptions

Customers and entities that are exempt from paying specific taxes can be defined in Entity Management. Select an Entity and select the tab 'Per Company'. Click the company for which you want to define the exemptions. Select the exempted taxes and click Save.





For any questions or clarifications, please contact TrakIT Support.


Saturday, 7 August 2021

Requesting Documents from Customers/Others

With the latest update of TrakIT, you can now send a document request email directly to concerned parties and also allow them to upload the documents into TrakIT without having to log in.

Requesting a Document

If the Document Checklist is defined in the Workflow, you will be able to select one or more checklist items and request the document for the selected items to be uploaded or emailed to you.

Select one or more checklist items and then click 'Request Documents'


In the pop-up, you can specify your own Subject and Message if you like. Select the recipient to whom the email should go.



Based on the option selected by the user an email will be sent with the link to upload the document or with the user's email address requesting the document(s). The email will look similar to the below example:



When the recipient clicks on the 'Upload Link', they will be redirected to a Document Upload page where they will be able to select and upload a file. The document upload link is only valid for 8 hours.





The document uploaded through the document link will be linked with the requested shipment as well as the checklist item and will be displayed in the “Documents Uploaded” tab.

The status of the checklist item is set to “Requires Validation” and an email is sent to the requestor.


For any questions, clarifications, or feedback, please contact TrakIT Support.

Monday, 2 August 2021

Link Documents to Document Checklist

With the latest update of TrakIT, you can now link and update the document checklist while uploading or updating documents. 


Uploading Documents

If a Document Checklist is defined in the Workflow, you will be able to select a checklist item and also set the status of the item when you are uploading a document. If you select a checklist item, then only one document can be uploaded at a time.



Linking a Document to the Checklist

If a document has already been uploaded, it can be linked to a checklist by selecting the modify option on the document.



Upon selecting the checklist item and status, the previous status will be over-written.

The checklist item linked with the document is displayed with the document.




For any questions or clarifications, please contact TrakIT Support.





Thursday, 29 July 2021

Update On Event Calendar

With the latest update of TrakIT, the calendar popup for populating events has been changed to allow faster one-click entries of the event with a 'Quick Select' section.




It is very important that events in TrakIT are updated as soon as possible after the real event happening. This will reduce the event update delay and also trigger corresponding actions in a timely manner.


The correct way to use this calendar is as follows:


Immediate Event Update

If you are updating an event immediately after it happens (which is the preferred way), you can simply click "Current Date/Time" to populate the current time into the event box. In almost all cases, this is the default selection that should be used.


Delayed Event Update

If the event is being updated after a significant delay (for example, the event happened yesterday), then you must first set the time of the event on the right side and then click the date on which it happened. If the time is not set, the default time of 12:00 will be used.


Future Time/Date

For Info-Only events like ETA, ETD, etc., simply click the future date on the calendar. It will be entered with the default time of 12:00. If a different time is required, it can be set prior to the selection of the date. Future dates are enabled only for Info-Only events.


Not Applicable / To Be Advised

If an event is not applicable for the work order, simply select "Not Applicable". If the event time is not yet known, simply select "To Be Advised".


Clearing the field

Use the 'Clear' link to clear any existing data in the text box.



For any questions or clarifications, please contact TrakIT Support.

Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Separation of Accounts by Company

With the latest update of TrakIT, all workflows now have multi-company finance capability - without having the set the 'Multi-Company' option in the workflow definition.

However, this also means that users can now access accounts only of their own assigned companies. The selected company is displayed at the top left of the finance page. If the users has access to only one company, the drop-down will be disabled for the user.




If you are unable to see or access accounts on the finance page, please check the company you are assigned to and correct the selection.

Users can also be assigned to multiple companies via the User Management page > Access Roles tab.



Please contact TrakIT Support for any assistance.


Thursday, 1 July 2021

Menu Redesign

The main menu is the portal through which you can quickly access different modules and area of TrakIT.

In the latest update of TrakIT, the main menu has been redesigned to support dynamic menus which will be introduced soon.

Old Menu


New Menu


The new menu is lighter and faster to respond. A few items on the Admin menu have been re-organized. 

We have been working on re-designing the main menu to make it dynamically controlled. This means that, in the future, we will be able to control visibility of the menu items based on the user's role, company or location.

If you notice any issues with the new menu, please let us know immediately.

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Changes to Advanced Report Filters

Advanced Reports are powerful reports that can be used to set up any number of reports based on any requirements. These reports can be scheduled to be sent out automatically as and when needed.

A single advanced report consists of the report definition, a list of fields or columns contained in the report and a list of subscriptions for that report. The subscriptions in turn, have a selection of filters that apply to the subscription only.

Over the years, we've found that most subscriptions within a report largely use the same set of filters - with just one or two filters that are actually specific to the subscriptions. Adding a new filter for a report required the filter to be added to all subscriptions one by one.

With the latest update, we've create a new section for filters that will be applicable to all subscriptions. These filters will be available in a new tab called 'Filters' present on the advanced report detail page.



Filters added on this tab will be applied on all subscriptions. These filters are also shown when subscription filters are being modified, but they cannot be modified from within a subscription.



Filters defined on subscriptions can also be transferred to report level filters. TrakIT will remove all matching filters on all subscriptions so that a common filter can be used.


For any questions or concerns, please contact TrakIT Support.


Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Changes in Entity Management

The Entity Management section is the master data for all entities that are involved in the shipment. TrakIT has several types of entities available. Some of these are linked to the work orders, but some not.

Based on business requirements, the following changes have been implemented in Entity Management:


Multi-Type Entities

Previously, an entity could only be one type. A customer could only be a customer and not a transporter. This lead to the creation of some duplicate entities where the same entity was acting in multiple capacities.

Now, a new tab 'Multi-Type' has been added that can allow you to assign multiple types to any entity. The entity will still have it's primary original type. But it can now have additional types as well.




Customer, Shipper & Receiver

Previously, the Shipper & Receiver fields in the shipment would pick directly from the Customer entities. Now, the Shipper and Receiver have been created as independent entity types that can be separate from customers. 'Contractual Customer' has been renamed to simply 'Customer'.

The original Customers have been assigned the additional types of Shipper & Receiver so as not to make any breaking changes.



You can now create entities that are Shippers or Receivers or both - as and when required.


Local Name

A new field called 'Local Name' has been added. This field can be use to populate the name of the entity in the country's local language or script. The local name can then be used for Invoices and other forms where it may be legally required.





For any clarifications or questions, please contact TrakIT Support.