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Peeps’ End-of-Year Maintenance for Consignment Stores

As I go through each of our clients’ systems and perform end-of-year checkups, maintenance, and backups, I wanted to document some of the things we do.

For clients utilizing Peeps’ Support & System Monitoring services, regardless of consignment software and in addition to our automatic end-of-year backups, I manually create a dedicated yearly\2017 folder on their external backup drive:

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We also include, at no additional charge, off-site backups via Backblaze:

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In addition to The Computer Peeps’ custom written suite of consignment software database backups + file-level backups…

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We also include Macrium Reflect at no additional charge.  This provides a complete system backup each night, keeping a minimum of 15 days’ worth of backups, so any file, or even the entire system can be recovered in one-click:

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And even though we have multiple, automatic disk health monitors with alerts in-place, we manually test our clients’ hard drives + alert them to any aging issues — i.e. if systems are over 3-4 years old:

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We also alert our clients to any battery backups that have been in service for over 3 years:

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Our goal being, to keep storeowners’ systems up and running 100% of the time and to be able to instantly recover any file, or the entire system itself.

We are the only service provider that guarantees your data is backed-up and guarantees your systems are secure and free from infection.

We’ve been managing and maintaining systems for consignment and resale stores for nearly a decade and working with consignment stores for nearly 15 years.  We do this not only because we are paid to do so, or because our reputation is at stake — we do this because we take great pride in knowing our clients — fellow business owners — are able to run their businesses successfully and free from worry @ backups, security, PCI compliance, and up-time.

ConsignPro End-of-Year Backup

ConsignPro Software Automatic Backup by The Computer Peeps

If you utilize ConsignPro software, you’ve probably been told to ‘do an end of year backup’.  Brian @ ConsignPro will email ConsignPro users and tell them they should do an end-of-year backup of the ConsignPro software’s database.

We wrote our own automatic backup software just for our customers that are using ConsignPro in their consignment store.

Peeps’ ConsignPro Automatic Backup automatically backs-up your database on the end-of-year date specified:

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ConsignPro Software Automatic Backup by The Computer Peeps

ConsignPro Software Automatic Backup by The Computer Peeps

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Backups are automatically encrypted, zipped, stored on your external backup drive and securely uploaded to The Computer Peeps.  Peeps’ ConsignPro Automatic Backup software also emails our customers so they know their nightly backup + end-of-year backup has completed successfully:

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If you’re on Peeps’ Support & System Monitoring services, we automatically install and configure our ConsignPro Automatic Backup software for you.  🙂

If you’re not utilizing Peeps’ Support & System Monitoring services, you can manually copy your consign.mdb file to your backup drive or to a USB flash drive.  We recommend renaming the file consign_END_OF_YEAR_2017.mdb (or the current year) so the file isn’t accidentally overwritten next year.

Peeps v2.07 Update!

Peeps' Consignment Software

The new v2.07 update is here!  We’ve added a lot of new features, fixed some outstanding bugs, and all-in-all, v2.07 is a great update.

Some notable highlights:

  • Stats reports!  View stats for Departments, Categories, Brands, POS Misc. Items, Coupons, and more!
  • Search eBay completed listings on the Add Inventory screen!  Automatically lookup prices based on the Department > Category > Brand you’ve selected.
  • Move items from one account to another — we’re also the only software that automatically adds a note to each consignor’s account, showing which items were moved, when, and by which employee.  🙂
  • Print multiple tags for a single item.
  • Auto-detect if the NumLock key is off when in point of sale, or Add Inventory — we’re the only consignment software that proactively checks to make sure you’re able to type on your number  keypad in the places you most frequently use the number keypad.  🙂
  • Issue Payout Advances.
  • Choose whether your Date-In will ‘stick’ if you are future-dating inventory.
  • We’ve officially re-branded the software as simply, Peeps.  🙂  Consignment Anywhere was the original name and reflected that we’re the only multi-location consignment software that doesn’t require you to ‘move to the cloud’.  Everyone knows us as Peeps though — stores utilize Peeps’ services, Peeps’ support, Peeps’ computers, and now…Peeps’ software.  So it’s all Peeps!  We felt this was easier and clearer — stores use Peeps!

The full list of what’s in v2.07 can be viewed here…

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Click To View Release Notes

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