Events are used to modify the price or availability of your inventory items based on date. Without events, your inventory items are simple bookable items available 365 days a year at a fixed (base) price.
Events bring items to life by controlling how much you charge for them and when they are available. Events can be configured globally across all items in your inventory, or on a specific category/item only.
With Events You Can:
• Dynamically increase/decrease item price for a period of time (e.g. increase pricing by 20% in December).
• Set new fixed price points that appear in your inventory item setup (e.g. enable high, low seasonal pricing).
• Activate items in your inventory for a specific time period (see closed inventory).
• Closeout partial or entire parts of your inventory for a period of time (see open inventory).
• Enforce rule sets and booking policies for a specified time (e.g. set a minimum quantity of 2 on Fridays in May).
If you are looking to create discounts, voucher offers and specials see: Discount Events.
Closed Inventory vs Open InventoryBack to top
Checkfront allows you to operate an open or a closed inventory. In an open inventory, all of your items are available 365 days a year. When creating items you set the default status as available (default). You can use events to disable them for any dates. In a closed inventory, your items are configured as unavailable and only enabled through the dates you define in your events.
Creating An EventBack to top
Before creating events, make sure you have created some inventory items and have their base price-point set. Events can be accessed via Inventory > Item Events in your main menu bar.
To create a new event, use the + New Item Event button from the events home screen. Events can be configured differently, depending on the type, including the following:
Inventory StatusBack to top
You can apply a new status to your inventory based on this event. If the default status of an item (set in the inventory) is unavailable, creating a new event with the status of available will bring the specified inventory online for the date(s) specified in the event. Likewise, setting the event status to unavailable will remove items from your inventory (note this setting removes several of the following options from the event setup). See closed vs open inventories for more information.
TypeBack to top
• Seasonal: Generally used to set pricing or availability based on the time of year (e.g: peak, low, closed). Seasonal events should not overlap one another.
• Special: Float on top of seasonal events. These are typically used to override seasonal pricing, for example, to set a long weekend special or closure.
NameBack to top
This is the name of your event. When used to set pricing it will be displayed on the customer invoice, so give it a name that will make sense to your customers (e.g: Shoulder Season).
PriceBack to top
• Base price: Does not modify item prices.
• Create new price: Use if you would like to set a new fixed price for the event.
This will set a new price-point within your item, which can be edited in the item's Pricing tab.
• Dynamic price: A dynamic price allows you to adjust the pricing of your inventory by a varying amount. For example, you can increase the price by 25% for a specific date, or decrease the price by 25% instead. If you decrease the price, remember to include the minus (-) sign. You can make adjustments based on a percentage of the total, or a fixed amount. It is important to note that dynamic pricing will adjust the price based on your current event price, not necessarily the base rate. This means that if you have a seasonal price adjustment in effect, the dynamic price will use this, not your base price.
• Yield price: A yield price allows you to adjust the pricing of your inventory based on availability. For example, if you have 10 seats on a bus and they are all available, you may wish to charge the item base price as normal. However, as the seats start to sell, you may wish to either increase or decrease the price of the seats based on the availability left.
In the example above, the price is going to go down by 10% once there are only 5 spots left. At 2 spots left, the base price will be reduced by 15% and that increases to 20% once the inventory is down to one seat. To add more pricing thresholds, click on the blue Additional Threshold button.
To remove a threshold, click on the Trash Can button to its right.
One thing to bear in mind is that each price change is based off the base price and is not accumulative. So...
• If the base price is $10 with a threshold of 3 and a discount of -10%, then the price will be $9 ($10-10%)
• If the base price is $10 with a threshold of 2 and a discount of -20%, then the price will be $8 ($10-20%)
• If the base price is $10 with a threshold of 1 and a discount of -50% then the price will be $5 ($10-50%)
RecurrenceBack to top
Use the drop-down menu to make your selection.
• One Time Event: A one-off event that will only be active for the dates defined.
• Weekly: A recurring event based on the day of the week, active for the dates defined.
• Always: A permanent event that is not defined by date.
DatesBack to top
Start and end date of this event. You can remove the end date if not required. In the dates section, you will also see a checkbox labelled Force item length to the above start and end dates.. If selected, this means that all bookings on items attached to the event must begin and end on the dates you have chosen.
The Date fields will not be available for selection if you have chosen Always as your item event recurrence.
Applicable TimesBack to top
If any of the items included in the event are configured with timeslots, they will be posted here in the drop-down menu.
Click on the + Add Specific Timeslots button and check off all the timeslots for which you wish the event to be applied to.
You can select all timeslots, deselect all timeslots and remove times using the buttons provided.
RulesBack to top
Attach a rule set to this event. By combining rule sets with events, you can create powerful inventory adjustments, specials and enforce booking policies.
Apply ToBack to top
By default, events are applied globally to all items in your inventory. If you only need to apply the event to a certain category or item, select it here. To do so, uncheck All Items and Categories. This will open up a menu of all your available items. Simply check the items you wish to use.
You can quickly close off a specific date, or small series of dates, plus adjust inventory in your Inventory Calendar.
Sort By StatusBack to top
If you have a long list of events in your account and you'd like to filter them by status, you can do so by clicking on the Status button and selecting one from the drop-down menu. The three statuses that can be associated with a discount and Active, Expired and Disabled.
Sort By TypeBack to top
Another way to sort a longer list of discounts is by type. You may filter your list to display either Discount Codes or Vouchers. Click on the Type button and make your selection from the drop-down menu.
Sort By CategoryBack to top
Sort a longer list of events by the category to which they are applied. Click on the Category button and make your selection from the drop-down menu.
Search EventsBack to top
If you wish to find a specific event(s) rather than a particular status or type, you can use the search box to enter your search term. Any matches will be displayed in the list below.
ColumnsBack to top
The columns menu allows you to choose exactly which information is and isn't included in the report you are generating.
You can choose to display the standard system fields that come with Checkfront or remove them if they are not necessary in your view. Simply check a column to include it in the report or uncheck it to leave it out. To reorder the columns in your report, click and hold your mouse over the "dots" by each column title and drag it to where you'd like it to be. Click save when ready and your report should be updated with the changes you've made.
ExportBack to top
You can export a report from your customer directory using the link in the top right corner, next to the columns button.
Click on the button to open a pop-up window from where you can refine the details of your report. Provide a report name, export format and save destination.
You are able to enter a name for the report and choose the output format. Current formats include:
• MS Excel
The report can be saved to your computer, an email or Google Drive.