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Need time to get items ready for an item to be picked up, or time to ship the item? Or do you need to check, clean, or inspect items after they go back before out? You can now set a "buffer" before an item can be reserved and after it comes back during which a user cannot reserve the item.
Reservation "Buffers" give you time to prep or ship items for customers. You have two options for reservation buffers that can be set on an Item Type basis using Settings -> Inventory -> Edit Default Values and setting the default either on "All Types" (in the upper right) or you can control buffers by type of item. The values you can set are:
Now Buffer Days: The number of days you need to prepare a reservation from now. 1 means reservations can start tomorrow. 2 means they can start two days from now
Between Buffer Days: The number of days after a loan is returned that it is unavailable to be reserved. A value of 1 means the item can't be reserved to start the day after it is back, 2 means it can't be reserved for at least two days after it is due back.
You can set these values using:
Settings -> Inventory -> Edit Item Default Values
and selecting the appropriate item type or setting them for "All Items" (upper right corner). For example, if you do not want to accept
For example, if the soonest you want someone to reserve items is tomorrow and you need 3 days after the due date to receive and prepare the item to go out again, you would set a Pre-Reservation Buffer or 1 day (just set it to "1") and a Post-Loan Buffer to 3.
Buffers will show up on individual Item pages on the item availability calendar in grey: