There are many options when it comes to cloud based point of sale (POS) programs. But understanding what these are is key to determine if a cloud based POS is right for you and your business.
Everyone understand the term “in the cloud” – where your files, photos, music etc are stored on the internet rather than on your hard drive or on a server. So a POS system that says it’s ‘cloud based’ works on the same principles. All data, including inventory and sales is held on the internet.
So, how does having a cloud based POS system benefit you and your business?
- You don’t have to worry about having to install a program on every computer you have in your stores. Traditional POS programs all had to be manually installed on each computer – requiring man power and downtime while this was happening.
- You have access to real-time data, instantly. With traditional POS systems, you might have had to ‘sync’ at the end of the day or at any point across all stores to be able to see where stock levels were at and how much sales were taken that day. With a cloud based POS system, you can see ALL of this information and more at anytime, from any store.
- Customer Loyalty management – most cloud based POS systems have customer programs pre-installed in them, allowing you to manage your customer relationships all in the one place. You can easily email customers, create vouchers and customer loyalty cards, all from the one place.
- Reporting – you can create business specific reports or utilise the ones provided. The reports can be depicted as pie graphs or charts for easy deciphering and can be extracted out to PDFs or emailed to senior staff for closer inspection.
There are many more benefits but you get the gist of what a cloud based POS system can offer.
Couple this with a mobile solution such as tablets and smartphones, and you are well on your way to minimising overheads and equipment outlay.
Contact us today to discuss the different POS systems we can implement into your business today!