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PowerBase Updates For April 2024
LeAnn PieterseMay 1, 2024 10:00:00 AM5 min read

PowerBase Updates For April 2024: What’s Updated

April showers brought May flowers and a bouquet of fresh insights! As we step into May, we're thrilled to bring you a comprehensive overview of all the latest updates, articles, and materials from April 2024. Since our last edition, we have updated six articles based on recent software updates and a further three to improve the content and clarify any processes in each article.

Our vision for the DotActiv PowerBase is to increase knowledge and skills and bridge any gap for software clients and others interested in using our software. If you want to read past articles on what we added or updated on the DotActiv PowerBase, you can browse those PowerBase summaries. You can also read why we introduced the DotActiv PowerBase.

PowerBase Updated Articles For April 2024

Updated articles on the DotActiv PowerBase


How To Add A Range Plan To A Custom Report

When creating a custom report, you can choose from multiple ranging grids to report on. Amongst the possibilities are Ranging Grid, Ranging Summary, Impact Analysis, Transfer of Demand, Post Plano Analysis, KPI Comparison, ADDM Report, or Changes Report. 

We recently added a new grid type - KPI Comparison as part of the latest software updates. 

Learn more about how to link a range plan to your custom report.

How To Build And Save A Planogram

Building gondolas within the DoActiv software is easy with our step-by-step process. But how do create a planogram and save it?

We have you covered with this article. We also updated the article by adding the tag “Gondola Display’ to make sure you find this article.

Are you new to shelf planning? Then this article might be just what you need.

How To Open And Edit The Fixture And Product Report

Did you know you can edit and change multiple products simultaneously when accessing the Product report?

It is ideal if you need to make multiple updates quickly. 

As part of the latest software updates, we updated this article to explain how you can update product facings on the shelf of the gondola. You can do that by updating the Actual facings on the Product Report. The X facings of a product change after altering the Actual Facings column. 

Making bulk product updates has never been this easy. Read more about it in this article.

Creating Planogram Highlight Spectrums For Floor Plans

Highlighting a planogram can also be referred to as heat mapping. It is also applicable when using heat mapping on a floor plan.

This article will not only help you create highlights on your floor plans, but we also added the tags “Hot Spots”, “Cold Spots” and “Heat Mapping” to make it easier to find.

How To Set Up And Report On Floor Plans

Floor planning outlines the entire layout of your store as a visual representation or retail blueprint of where or how to position your categories in your store. You can also refer to Floor Planning as Macro Space Planning because it provides a broad overview of your store.

This article entails a high-level view of the different reporting options available in Floor Planning. 

If you are a DotActiv Enterprise software customer, you will find the different reporting options available in the Floor Plan section of your software. They are the Floor Report, Floor Performance Report, and Store Fixtures Report. Find out what Floor Plan Reporting options are available in this article

We also recently updated this article to include “Heat Mapping” as a tag.

Shortcuts For Working In DotActiv’s Software

Shortcuts can be your best friend when working on a tight deadline. Luckily, the DotActiv software offers shortcuts or Hotkeys while space or floor planning.

As part of our new software release, we added a shortcut allowing you to move products along shelves using “Shift” and the arrow keys. 

Learn more about the shortcuts available when working with the DotActiv software.  

How To Add A Planogram To A Report Template

The DotActiv software has various features that make analyzing data extremely easy. Amongst these are the Highlights and Planoguide functions. 

When adding a planogram to a custom report, you can configure any highlights and planoguide settings. 

To further your ability to analyze data when reporting on planograms, we have added the means for you to toggle between the configured highlights and planoguide settings when running a custom report. 

In this revamped article, learn how to add a planogram to your custom report. We also updated this article to include the same new functionality.

Unable To Open The DotActiv Software

Are you struggling to open the DotActiv software?

Don’t worry - we have you covered! We cover a few reasons why your DotActiv application may not be opening. We have also added “SQL Server” and “Connection Failed” as tags

How To Add A Table To A Report Template

This article offers a step-by-step process to add a table to a report template while working with the DotActiv software. We also unpack the latest table items added as part of the recent software release. 

The software now includes a list of predetermined Strategic Planning and Key Performance Indicators items to your table by simply choosing the relevant item from the pane on the right-hand side of the screen and dragging it to the respective field on the table.  

Learn how to report on strategic information and KPIs while working in custom reporting.

Articles With Missing Images

The team is working tirelessly to update all the articles that are currently missing images and software GIFs. Please continue to comment on any PowerBase articles that need images added.


The DotActiv PowerBase answers specific questions about making the most of DotActiv’s products and services. 

If you find an article that doesn’t answer a question to your satisfaction, please leave a comment. It’s entirely anonymous and will help us to help you get the answers you deserve.

Are you currently not a DotActiv client but want to learn more about how DotActiv software can help your business increase sales while pleasing your customers? You can book a software demo with a DotActiv expert or browse our various software and service options on our online store.




LeAnn Pieterse

LeAnn Pieterse joined in 2020. She has a Bachelor of Commerce in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Stellenbosch.