Whether you're a brand new store starting with brand new software or an existing store making the switch, getting started with ConsignCloud is straightforward. Most every store will want to complete the following steps to get the full benefit of ConsignCloud's features.
Order and install your hardware
ConsignCloud is very flexible when it comes to hardware choices, but we've had the most success with the following combination:
A computer or tablet with internet access and the most recent version of either Chrome or Firefox. ConsignCloud is built with modern web technologies and will work best with a device made within the last few years. Keep in mind that using a tablet may limit your other hardware options.
A Star TSP100 receipt printer. Any of the USB, Bluetooth, or Ethernet/LAN models will work with ConsignCloud, but we recommend the USB version (Star TSP100 TSP143U) because it's compatible with the most devices. In any case, you'll need to confirm that your choice is compatible with the computer you're using.
A DYMO LabelWriter 450 Turbo for item labels. When you order labels, you may use any label size you'd like. The two most popular options are 2.25" x 1.25" (DYM30334) and 3.5" x 2" (DYM30374). Smaller sizes (like 1" x 1") can work, but be aware that they may jam your printer more often and may not be large enough to print certain barcodes.
A barcode scanner. We recommend a Bluetooth-enabled device like this because it's compatible with the most devices.
Set up your Store
You can find your store policies and workflows them by navigating to Menu » Settings. For clarity, we have divided ConsignCloud's settings into a few different sections:
Store — fill out contact information for inclusion on receipts and emails, and update localization settings, including currency symbol, timezone, and date formatting.
Policy — fine-grained settings for item entry workflows, item and account defaults, as well as categories and surcharges.
Operations — manage your card processing integration, as well as multi-user, and multi-location settings. This includes some features that might be useful even in single-location stores, including Shelves for organizing inventory and Tills for tracking sales.
Printing — customize item labels, payout receipts, and checks. ConsignCloud also provides a cloud printing solution for streamlined printing.
Apps — select optional add-ons, including advanced point of sale, automatic emails, e-commerce, label and receipt printing, advanced reporting, consignor portal, inventory rules, gift cards, and more. You can find links to more details on that page.
Data — if you're coming from another software solution, or have a list of existing accounts and inventory, you can upload it here.
If you're using ConsignCloud Register as your point of sale, you'll want to enable that add-on and click through for more settings.