31 May 2006

Real World Access (14)

One of a series of articles about where Microsoft Office Access applications have found a real-world niche.

Steve Schapel's auctions

Dunbar Sloane Ltd is New Zealand's leading auctioneer of art, antiques, artefacts, toys & dolls, wine and colonial collectables.  I have developed an Access application, right at the hub of their operations, to manage their auction sales.  They typically conduct 2 or 3 major sales per week, sometimes involving thousands of "lots".

Prior to the sale, the application is used to prepare goods descriptions, which are output to printed and online catalogues, and printed to the “running sheets” that are used by the auctioneers.  During the auction, the database caters for live recording of sales results, and processing of payments received and goods collection, including the printing of invoices for buyers.  After the sale, the application is used to produce statements for vendors, and financial summary reporting for accounting purposes.

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