Proposal for Kudler Fine Foods
Our team was charged with the task of selecting a small business for which to implement database forms and reports requirements. We selected an upscale specialty food store located in the San Diego metropolitan area, named Kudler Fine Foods, as our business model. As do many organizations, Kudler utilizes a database system to improve their operational environment. However, they were still manually creating their forms and reports. Each store location uses standardized paper forms, which are then mailed or faxed to the main office to be entered into the database. The inventory system and forecasting for future purchases are done via extrapolations and working knowledge of the company, rather than queried data from their database system. Once we researched the company and gathered all of the necessary data, we were able to determine what type of forms and reports were needed. Kudler Fine Foods has locations in La Jolla, Del Mar and Encinitas. The stores carry the very best in imported and domestic products, including bakery products, meat and seafood, produce, cheese and dairy, and wine. The departments in each store include: Fresh Bakery & Pastries, Fresh Produce, Fresh Meat & Seafood, Condiments & Packaged Foods, and Cheese's & Specialty Dairy Products. We learned that the company uses their database to catalog data about their customers, inventory, items, orders, order line, stores, suppliers, tax and tender. Demographic data is collected for each customer and used to access the name and address of customers for order processing and for special mailings for anniversaries and/or birthdays, etc. Further, the database contains information on each position available in the organization, as well as specific data on each employee. Without the use of the forms and reports features, Kudler's database did not have much functionality. Databases are made to be used to add and review data, quickly and effectively. "You can enhance the value and performance of your database by adding forms created and customized for entering and viewing data." (Microsoft). Most database applications provide the tools to make working with forms quick and easy. Forms allow people to view data in a more visually pleasing way and enter or retrieve data in a design that fits their situation. Forms help people find the data they need fast. They are convenient and adaptable. We will use these forms to track Kudler's inventory, add new customer data and update employee information. Our team was concerned with keeping the design simple and consistent to help users focus on what they need when entering or viewing data. When creating the forms, we wanted to limit the data viewed by each user. For instance, a cashier only needs basic information about the products to get their job done. However, the manager may need more detailed information. We standardized all data entered into the database by using features such as constraints. "A form is nothing more than a graphical representation of a table." (Microsoft). By adding forms to their database, Kudler's staff are able to view multiple fields easier than scrolling through tables of data. One of the main areas of concern with Kudler Fine Foods was entering data into the database. Entering and updating the employee and customer data is facilitated by the use of forms. These forms have constraints on each field to ensure that the data being entered follows set guidelines and is uniform. For employee data entry, there is one form for both the entering of new employees, as well as for record maintenance. The Employee Form renders the following fields: First_Name', Last_Name', SSN', Address1', Address2', City', State', Zip', dependants', DOB', Phone_Number', and Cell_Number'. The form used for customer data entry is one form for both entering first time customers, as well as updating their information. This form is accessible through both a stand alone link and on the...
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