One of the big complaints I have heard from stores regarding DC Comics' switch from Diamond Comic Distributors to UCS Comic Distributors and Lunar Distribution concerns POS-incompatibility. The lack of an ability to plug the DC numbers into the same system that manages numbers for retailers for all their orders from all the publishers through Diamond.
UCS has addressed that tonight, announcing compatibility with two of the leader Point-Of-Sale systems on the market for comic book stores, ComicHub and ComicsSuite. They state "We have worked out a solution for CSV download to get the information needed to those customers using ComicHub and ComicsSuite. ComicHub format download is available now from the invoice page on your account. ComicSuite format will be available tomorrow."
Confirming what we said earlier about a plan to deal with Canada and the UK better, UCS states "We are currently working on better solutions for international shipping."
There are other improvement plans, they say "We want to reassure you the discount structure you received on DC products from Diamond will be honored by UCS. Preliminary invoicing without shipping amounts (along with CSV file) will be available Wednesday mornings. We are working closely with DC to get the trade dress images for all upcoming items onto our website as soon as they are available. We are starting a new invoice ID format to better help determine if an invoice is a Weekly (FOC) Order or a Direct Ship Reorder. We are listening to every suggestion from retailers and implementing solutions as soon as possible. Please continue to give us feedback and requests!"
You heard them… get messaging. Let UCS know what's what. You can also catch up with what we have been dubbing the New Distributor Wars of 2020 with this handy link. Why not keep it bookmarked?