Microsoft: Retailers We Want YOU

If you are a small retailer using a cash register in your business one thing you really wish you had was INTELLIGENCE about your customers connected to your cash register system. To get that you’ve got to have the right system. Not a bunch of dumb cash registers from the local office supply store that have no intelligence built in.
To that end Intuit, Microsoft and I’d guess others that help you get more from that simple cash register transaction.
Microsoft’s press release reads that it is announcing new relationships with three well-known hardware manufacturers to provide point-of-sale (POS) terminals pre-loaded with Microsoft Point of Sale software. The company today also debuted the latest version of Microsoft Retail Management System featuring multiple enhancements as well as improved integration with Microsoft Dynamics GP financial management software.
¬?To stay competitive with big-box chains, today¬?s smaller retailers need agile software that integrates point-of-sale information all the way through to their back-end financial systems, yet is also simple to implement and maintain,¬? said Mike Dickstein, director of point-of-sale solutions at Microsoft. ¬?Microsoft and its partners are dedicated to making it easier for single-store proprietors as well as fast-growing businesses with multiple locations to adopt retail technology, both hardware and software, that works the way they do business.¬?
Microsoft has teamed with retail POS hardware manufacturers Casio Inc., DigiPoS Systems Group and HP to introduce complete hardware and software solutions that deliver versatility and reliability for smaller retailers. These vendors¬? offerings feature Microsoft Point of Sale ¬? an easy-to-use, affordable application that enables small, independent retailers to track and manage sales, inventory and customer information ¬? packaged with hardware and peripherals to simplify the purchasing, deployment and implementation processes for retailers.
The release of Microsoft Retail Management System 1.3 brings improved overall performance to small and midsize businesses, including improved scalability to meet the needs of midsize retailers. Enhanced integration of the software¬?s Headquarters module with Microsoft Dynamics GP creates greater business agility and financial management reach, including better coordination and tracking of store and headquarters information between the two applications, the ability to better track inventory throughout the supply chain, improved visibility into sales transactions at the individual store level, and deeper insights into general ledger activities. Customers also can configure the Headquarters module to automatically delete completed worksheets, freeing up memory and improving system performance.

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