Input Edit Window
This window is used to enter information about inputs. See Core Concepts for more information about inputs.
- Name. Enter the name of the input. It must be unique.
- Applied to individual animals (chuteside). If it makes sense to give this input to individual animals, usually during a chuteside job, make sure this option is turned on.
- Applied to groups of animals (lots, pens, etc.). If it makes sense to give this input to groups of animals, like bedding which is given to an entire pen, turn this option on.
- Distribution Unit. Inputs can be distributed using one unit and billed in another. For example, you could distribute straw bedding in bales but bill in tonnes. The correlation between the two units is created using the Equivalency input attribute. This field is where you enter the distribution unit which can be anything you like. If you can't think of anything, you might just enter units.
- Billing Unit. Enter the unit the input should be billed by. This can be the same as the Distribution Unit if the item is distributed and billed in the same way.
- Billing Method. When an input is given, it will normally be billed based on the the pricing you have set up for it which is the Lookup method. In some rare cases it may be that there is no set price for the input. In that case you can use the Direct option in this field, but you will be required to enter a dollar value when the input is given.
- Distribution Method. If an input is given to a pen of cattle with multiple lots in it, you can decide whether the bill will be divided between the lots based on head count (Head Count) or on weight (Proportionate Weight).
- Default Billing Category. If this input is used in a way where it isn't specifically assigned a billing category, the category you enter here will be used for that particular input event. Fusion encourages specifying a billing category when an input is used, but if you forget this is the catch all. See Core Concepts for more information about billing categories.
- Track Inventory For This Item. There are many kinds of inputs where it doesn't make sense to track inventory levels. For example, a "Chute Charge" input isn't a physical thing to track like a tag or bale would be. Fusion only tracks inventory levels for inputs that have this option turned on.
Location Specific Information
The information in this section defines information about the input on a per location basis. Select a location and then change the values for that location as desired.
- Threshold. This the quantity of the input at this location where, if the inventory level goes below it, you want to be warned. It is used by the Inventory Thresholds window.
- Maximum Capacity. Fusion can let you know how close you are to the maximum capacity of an input at a location in the Inventory Thresholds window. For inputs where this doesn't matter, leave it set to 0.
- Avg Usage Days. When the Inventory Thresholds window calculates how many days it will be until the inventory level will be below the threshold, it will do this based on previous activity for the number of days in this field. For example, if this field was 30 days for Tags, Fusion would look at the tags used in the last 30 days to decide how many were being used per day. It would then apply that calculation to figure out how many days, assuming the same usage pattern, until you hit the threshold. It usually makes sense for this to be a fairly low number (like 30 days) for inputs that are used regularly and a higher number (like 180 or 365 days) for inputs that are seldom used. (Obviously Fusion can't predict when you will hit the threshold for inputs that are used erratically.)
- Markup Type. Use this field to define the markup method that Fusion will use when calculating the Bill At price based on the Cost price. Fusion doesn't automatically do this on its own—pricing changes must always have human involvement. However, when using the Bulk Attribute Change window each month, you can ask Fusion to automatically apply a markup based on this setting. The possible values are None (no markup will automatically be applied), Percentage (the markup will be calculated as a percentage of the cost), or Dollar (the markup will be a certain amount of dollars).
- Markup Amount. If you have defined a markup for this input at this location, you can enter the percentage or dollar markup here
If you would like to enter a note about this input, you can do so in this field.
Click the Save button when you are finished making changes to an input. The new information will be available to other Fusion users within about ten seconds. Or you can click the Cancel button to have Fusion ignore any changes you just made.
You can open this window by creating or editing an input from the Inputs List window.