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What are the factors that influence both the Actual Food Cost and the Theoretical Food Cost?

To answer this question, one needs to first understand the difference between actual food costs and theoretical food costs.

The actual food cost is calculated as the opening stock value plus the purchases value plus movement of stock into or out of the location less the closing food cost value.

The theoretical food cost is calulated by taking the sales of each menu item and multiplying it's recipe by the unit cost of each recipe item.

Factors Influencing Actual Food Cost:

Aura 6.3.15 Beta Release Notes

 Aura version 6.3.15 is a beta version release that mainly consist of bug fixes from previous betas, however, there are a few new features and reports that have been included with this release. Three new reports have been added in, and there are several improvements to the Report Viewer and Scheduler programs.

Aura 6.3.12 Beta Release Notes

This version introduces several changes to cater for international stores, particularly Automatic Charges and several new VAT settings for areas that have flexible VAT rates, as well as a number of under-the-hood improvements to the Report viewer. A few new reports have been added.

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Top 10 Reasons for Stock Variances

Below you can find a list of reasons for stock variances. By checking each item on this list - you should be able to solve the mystery. The list has been created in order of likelihood with the most likely reasons at the top. Click read more to see the list below.

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Cashier Access Permissions

We receive many calls in our helpdesk from business owners wanting to know what access permissions we recommend for cashiers. When you start to block your cashiers from performing certain activities, you increase security and at the same time you can decrease efficiency. You need to find an optimum balance that does not inadvertently affect customer service.

We recommend starting with a very secure configuration and if you find that it is too restrictive, then you can allow any extra features as you see fit. So here is a list of the bare minimum of allowed permissions for cashiers in a maximum security environment.

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Juicy Lucy Promo for September 2012

Hi all,

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Milky Lane National Promo 27th of August 2012


Good day all,

Milky Lane is running a promo called “Rolo Whizzer” @ R22.90.

And a “Rolo Waffle” @R29.90.

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On-site Support Expands Into 4 New Provinces.

In a drive to improve our on-site support and service levels in provinces where we do not currently have offices, we recently held a 3rd Party Technicians Certification Program at our Midrand branch.

The following people are now certified to install and support Aura as well as supply Cosoft approved hardware locally.

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The difference between 'Synchronising' and 'Downloading Menus'

There is some terminology that can be useful to understand when you are dealing with our helpdesk or trying to explain a problem or understand a solution.

AEC - Aura Enterprise Client

This is the application that runs on your server and keeps your menu up to date and synchronises data.

AES - Aura Enterprise Server

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What 'Calculate Missing Stock Levels' means on the Gp and Stock Variance reports

When you run either the stock variance report or the gp report, one of the optional settings is 'Calculate Missing Stock Levels.' This short tutorial aims to explain what this setting does.

Aura POS Calculate Missing Stock Levels

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