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Managing Availability For Online Bookings

December 27, 2019 Judd Lillestrand
Happy Holidays! 

Check Cherry now has more advanced features around the concept of managing your company's "Availability," so you can be sure you have everything you need before taking that next self-service booking. 📷📦💻✔️

Over the years, we've learned firsthand how service providers like you run unique businesses, and the standard inventory/equipment management concepts just would not have cut it for our online booking software. A big thank you to everyone who shared their feedback/thoughts with us and also for the patience while we devised a solution that is modern, easy-to-use and crazy powerful.

We packed a lot of stuff into this release and also created a video:



Below is a rundown to help give you an idea of what's new:

Company/Package Availability
  • You can now set the max number of bookings company-wide. A great/easy option for small operations, which are limited more by staff availability than they are hardware availability.
  • You can set availability based on specific hours of any given day of the week. The most common use case would be someone wanting to take self-service bookings for Friday evening, but not Friday mid-day (because they are working their day job).
  • Multiple bookings per day for the same packages/hardware. You can now offer self-service bookings and remain open for multiple bookings on the same day. Great for those who operate in a market with substantial corporate business, such as the Bay Area, where there can be many daytime bookings.
  • If you allow for multiple bookings of the same package on the same day, you can add a buffer between gigs to ensure you have enough time to tear down, travel, and set up for the next one.
  • You can now set booking limits at the Service, Package Group, and Package level. This is great for those who offer packages catered to specific customer profiles (wedding, corporate, etc.) but have limited hardware.

Add-on/Backdrop Availability
  • You can now manage the "availability" of your add-ons. This will be great for those who offer equipment rentals or add-ons where a physical item is tied with stints, such as an uplighting add-on or a giant Jenga set.
  • You can also manage the availability of your backdrops, including double-sided backdrops with our new "bundles" feature.

Booking Bundles
  • Great for managing the more complicated situation such as a double-sided backdrop, Booking Bundles allow you to create a new "Item" and then limit it's available.
  • Similarly, you can create a new hardware "Item" and bundle it with multiple packages. Great for adding something like two iPad booths and then tying them to 6 different packages.

Check/Test Availability
  • We snuck in a feature allowing you to check and test the availability of the various items listed above. This is great for testing while you are setting things up and also helpful for quickly determining if something is available.

Blackout Dates
  • You can now apply blackout dates to specific packages.

As usual, this is the first iteration and lays the groundwork for some related features and enhancements to come. Please keep the feedback coming: we love to hear the challenges you face and learn how you run your business.

Thanks for all the support and encouragement as we continue making Check Cherry better with each iteration. ✅🍒🚀

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