In ConsignCloud, there's no single master control panel to set up your store's policy, since many policies involve relationships between different concepts in the system.
Instead, we follow the general rule of attaching Rules to Policy Objects. Right now, we support rules on Surcharges, Discounts, and Taxes. You can attach rules to any of these three policy objects by editing the object in Settings.
Rules come in a few different varieties, depending on the policy object you're working with:
- Constant rules are always applied, simple as that.
- Category rules are applied based on an item's matching category.
- Price Points are applied based on an item's price.
Sometimes certain types of rules can't be applied to certain policy objects. For example, because discounts change the price of an item, price points can't be applied to discounts. Similarly, fixed-rate discounts can't have rules applied to them.
In general, surcharges are automatically applied at Item Entry, while discounts and taxes are applied at Point of Sale.
Also note that if multiple rules are specified, only one rule has to match for the policy object to be applied.
Similar to rules, discount schedules can be set up using the discount form, and only on Percent discounts.
Each phase of a schedule defines a number of days, and a corresponding percentage value to attribute to the discount.
Once you have a discount schedule configured, a new field will show up on the item form, Schedule Start, which defaults to the date the item was created. If you'd like to reset an item's discount schedule, you can edit its schedule start date.
If you want to set up a schedule, but don't want to discount the inventory immediately, you can set the discount's Value to 0%.