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PowerBase Updates For December 2022
Rina OosthuizenJan 19, 2023 5:26:07 PM3 min read

PowerBase Updates For December 2022: What’s New and Updated

It’s safe to say that the lull of December is still noticeable and one that everyone wishes will remain. Therefore, to keep the festive spirit alive for a little longer, the PowerBase team worked hard to gift you five updated articles.

With that said, we are also excited to say that we have released a new version of DotActiv, which includes new software features to be discussed in the section - New Software Updates.

If you would like to read past articles on what we’ve added or updated on the DotActiv PowerBase, you can browse those PowerBase summaries. You can also read about why we introduced the DotActiv PowerBase.

Software Release Updates On The PowerBase For December 2022

Software release updates on the DotActiv PowerBase


Adding Gondolas, Obstructions Or Island Fridges To Floor Plans

Within this article, you will find step-by-step instructions on how to add gondolas, obstructions or island fridges to your floor plan. This will equip you to navigate the floor planning software with expertise and ease. 

As part of the software development, a new feature includes a dockable pane when adding or updating planograms to the floor plan. After selecting the store code related to the floor plan, you can choose your planogram/s of choice from the database. 

You can also investigate this new feature in The Ultimate Guide To Floor Planning at DotActiv.

How To Add A Decision Tree To A Report Template

When working in the Custom Reporting function in DotActiv, you can add a Decision Tree.

This article was updated to explain that you can now specify the first level of the Decision Tree. 

Within the Decision Tree Properties, you can choose either Department or Category. To view a step-by-step guide on this function.

How To Use The Floor Plan Analysis Grid And Optimizer

This article unpacks the Floor Plan Analysis Grid, Floor Optimizer, and the ‘Update Floor Plan’ function.

The newest software function is related to the User-Define NOD ability. This allows you to add a NOD value based on your expertise that will override the Recommended NOD. Furthermore, the difference between the User-Defined NOD and the Recommended NOD will appear in the ‘Variance’ column of the Analysis Grid. 

The software automatically generates a highlight based on whether the User-Defined NOD is higher or lower than the Current NOD. Should the highlight be red, this will indicate that the User-Define NOD isn't available in the database. On the other hand, a green highlight will confirm that the User-Defined NOD is available.

Explore how to use the floor plan analysis grid and optimizer.

How To Create A New Range Plan in Range Optimizer

This article will assist you in setting up a new Range Plan in Range Optimizer.

As part of this process, you can configure and manage templates. 

A template is a set of grouped rules you can apply to a specific hierarchy level. It is set up to define the points given to a product based on the rules in the template.

The added section explains the Numeric Distribution (ND) and Weighted rule sets added for Sales and Units to evaluate products. You can configure these rules in the Template Configuration window and find each rule’s description under Rule Info.

You can also now select which Sales and Units rule templates to pull into your Results Grid. This will essentially also pull through to your planograms, Impact Analysis etc.

Learn more on creating new range plans in DotActiv's range optimizer.

Updated Articles On the PowerBase For December 2022

Updated articles on the DotActiv PowerBase

DotActiv Has Gone Into Offline Mode

If you've worked with the DotActiv software, you're likely familiar with this small notification that pops up from time to time. This article explains why the DotActiv Software might go into offline mode.

This could be due to the following reasons:

  • Connection loss;
  • Proxy settings error on your network;
  • You’ve run out of offline mode; or
  • Firewall blocking.

The only change made to this article is that we highlighted the meaning of Offline Mode. This will allow you to identify the reason behind your search. Explore why DotActiv shows the offline mode notification.


The DotActiv PowerBase provides quick answers to specific questions about how to make the most of DotActiv’s products and services. 

If you come across 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 also pleasing your customers? You can book a meeting with a DotActiv expert here or browse our various software and service options on our online store here.


Rina Oosthuizen

Rina Oosthuizen joined in 2018 and is the Training Manager. She has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from the NWU Business School.