Feedback for New Inventory Calendar Experience
I already sent some feedback using the "feedback" button on the new Inventory Calendar page, but since this is now a public announcement, it is useful to have a common place to share everyone's opinion.
The new, improved experience provides the following benefits...
- A fresh modern look. As with other recent improvements, the new look and feel provides ease of use and a consistent experience throughout the app.
—> indeed, the look is in par with the latest series of updates.
- Improved performance. Spend less time waiting for pages to load.
—> yes and no.
Yes the page initially loads faster, because no items' availability is loaded/displayed.
No, because it requires to click on every category and/or item you want to see its availability. (the "Expand Row" button is helpful, but this is still a tedious task if you want to check many items/categories)
—> could we have a "Expand All" button as well ?
—> could we have a "Expand All Parents" button too ? (see my comment below about serialised items)
—> also, when scrolling quickly through the list, the refreshing of the display is pretty slow, which wasn't the case with the previous version (and I have a pretty descent computer…)
- More information upfront including smarter default settings. Calendar view now defaults to six weeks instead of two.
—> luckily for me, the 6 weeks is what I use.
But maybe it is not the most suitable for every users ?
Could this "option" be included in the "Profile / Remember last-used filters" setting ?
- A more complete picture of availability. See how much inventory is left per date and time, the base availability prior to any bookings, and the number of bookings consuming that inventory.
—> this is where it hurts the most for me: while the color code (grey/blue/yellow/red) is a great idea, its implementation is not the most useful:
using font colour changes on a single digit number makes it very to distinguish!
—> at least it should be background colour changes. or even the entire cell background colour.
—> Since CheckFront does allow for serialised items, the only work around (to my knowledge) is to have 1 item for each serialised product, and make them children of the standard product (being the parent). In this case, all items then have a quantity of 1….
But in the new version, the number of available items is not shown for the parent anymore!
—> also, it now takes 2 lines to show the availability of an item; meaning there is half of the items displayed on the screen!
Taking into consideration my Parent-Children structure, I can only 5 to 8 items at the time (on a non zoom-out page).
As you can see on the 2 attached pictures, while not perfect, it was a lot easier to have a global view of availability with the old version vs the new version (zoomed-out on this pic):
Thanks for listening.