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How to Select a Point of Sale (POS) System

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POS systems can help you fine tune your business model by boosting profits, increasing efficiency and providing your management with a new level of operational control. This eventually translates to satisfied customers and shareholders which is the ultimate goal of a business.

Besides being way more efficient that the traditional cash registers, POS systems can create a comprehensive range of reports which in turns will help management take informed decisions. However, buyers need to evaluate their own needs and what products the market has to offer before choosing a POS system.

Types of POS systems
There are three types of POS systems and itâs important for businesses to choose a system that pertains to their business type. While there are mainly two types of POS systems,
  • Retail POS
  • Restaurant POS
  • Hotel POS

Choosing the right POS system
Choosing a POS system for your business can be overwhelming. A Retail point of sale (POS) system for instance, will be available in multiple price ranges and deciding on which one to buy can be difficult. Price is not an indicator of the better software which further adds to the difficulty of choosing one out of the many available.

Consider the following tips:
Best inventory management: Inventory should be the most important factor to consider when choosing a POS system. A good POS system will help you access your inventory thoroughly and easily. The software you choose should allow you to readily add new items as they come in, set alerts for items running low, generate purchase orders to be sent to different vendors and account for back-orders.

Weigh functionality against ease of use: While a POS loaded with more features can be helpful when your orders are complex in nature, it should not become a headache for your employees to adapt to. The best software will essentially strike a balance between both.

A system that can match pace with your businessâ growth: Choosing a POS software that allows the user to add more features to it will assist your business with more functionalities as it grows, while sticking to the same software. So for instance, you begin with a basic setup â a PC with POS software having a drawer and a receipt printer. As your business grows you could add more tools and functionalities such as a barcode scanner, credit card reader, inventory tag printer, PIN debit pad, a pole display, so on and so forth. However, avoid choosing a software that needs a professional to set up since that will add immensely to your overall POS investment.

Choosing the right retail point of sale system can enhance a businessâ ROI and make it well worth the investment of time, effort and money.

What factors did you consider when choosing a POS system for your business? Share your thoughts and experiences with us below.













How to Select a Point of Sale (POS) System - Image 1

POS systems can help you fine tune your business model by boosting profits, increasing efficiency and providing your management with a new level of operational control. This eventually translates to satisfied customers and shareholders which is the ultimate goal of a business.

Besides being way more efficient that the traditional cash registers, POS systems can create a comprehensive range of reports which in turns will help management take informed decisions. However, buyers need to evaluate their own needs and what products the market has to offer before choosing a POS system.

Types of POS systems

There are three types of POS systems and itâs important for businesses to choose a system that pertains to their business type. While there are mainly two types of POS systems,

  • Retail POS
  • Restaurant POS
  • Hotel POS


Choosing the right POS system

Choosing a POS system for your business can be overwhelming. A Retail point of sale (POS) system for instance, will be available in multiple price ranges and deciding on which one to buy can be difficult. Price is not an indicator of the better software which further adds to the difficulty of choosing one out of the many available.

Consider the following tips:

Best inventory management: Inventory should be the most important factor to consider when choosing a POS system. A good POS system will help you access your inventory thoroughly and easily. The software you choose should allow you to readily add new items as they come in, set alerts for items running low, generate purchase orders to be sent to different vendors and account for back-orders.

Weigh functionality against ease of use: While a POS loaded with more features can be helpful when your orders are complex in nature, it should not become a headache for your employees to adapt to. The best software will essentially strike a balance between both.

A system that can match pace with your businessâ growth: Choosing a POS software that allows the user to add more features to it will assist your business with more functionalities as it grows, while sticking to the same software. So for instance, you begin with a basic setup â a PC with POS software having a drawer and a receipt printer. As your business grows you could add more tools and functionalities such as a barcode scanner, credit card reader, inventory tag printer, PIN debit pad, a pole display, so on and so forth. However, avoid choosing a software that needs a professional to set up since that will add immensely to your overall POS investment.

Choosing the right retail point of sale system can enhance a businessâ ROI and make it well worth the investment of time, effort and money.

What factors did you consider when choosing a POS system for your business? Share your thoughts and experiences with us below.

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  1. 02 April 15
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    Thanks Olivia for your great article. Point of sale system is really important for retail business, because it helps in promoting business chains to ensure minimum errors in handling work. I also found one more informative blog that you can check - http://goo.gl/2iMqko

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