Retail POS Software: How to Choose

retail-data-ipadWhen it comes to selecting retail software, there are more and more offerings from which to choose every year. You may be surprised, but there is actually quite a lot of variation in the different software packages, so you need to know that you’re choosing the right one for your business. The following are some useful things to consider if you’re thinking of buying retail software.  These suggestions are designed to help make sure that you find the right package for both you and your company.

 Do you Need Inventory Management?

 Many retail point of sale systems now come with the added bonus of inbuilt inventory management.  What this means is that the system will record how much stock you have remaining every time someone makes a purchase at your store. Inventory management systems are particularly useful to small businesses, as doing any kind of stock check manually takes a lot of effort and man-hours. If you run a small business or routinely find that your staff does have time to run stock checks, you will want to look for retail software that can offer you some form of inventory management system.

 Does it Run Daily Sales Reports?

 This is a feature that could be of use to businesses of almost any size or sector. It’s a good idea to look for retail software that has the capability to produce daily sales reports for you. You will want a system that can perform this kind of task for two reasons: first, it will give you a highly detailed report that you as the business owner will be able to analyze thoroughly to see which of the items you stock sell well and which don’t shift quite as many units. Secondly, it will provide you with data on how much your individual members of staff have sold, allowing you to calculate commission or single them out for praise.

 Is it User Friendly?

 This is an extremely important thing to think about when considering which retail software to purchase for your business. You need to know the software you’re buying will be both easy to use and quick to master. The last thing you want is to buy a system that is so complicated that your staff will take a long time to learn how it works or perhaps not even be able to grasp it at all. Make sure you know what you’re buying; take the time to find a point of sale package that is extremely user friendly, and your choice will pay off in the long run.

 Can it Link Multiple Stores Together?

 If your retail business has more than one branch, chances are you would prefer to purchase retail software that links your stores together. Some point of sale systems can analyze stock across your company.  This way, if you don’t have a particular item at one store, your employees may be able to direct a customer to another nearby outlet that has the item in stock. Even if your business only has one store, you might want to think about buying retail software with this capability as a way of planning for the future.

 

If you keep these four points in mind, it will go a long way to making sure you select a retail software system that is right for both you and your business.   Choose a system that is user friendly; can give you sales reports and inventory management; and can run over multiple store locations.  Doing so means you are likely to increase your staff’s performance and maximize your productivity.


Written by Alexander and Frederick Tsang 


 

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