Why An Online Point of Sales (POS) Might Be Good For Your Retail Store

Brick-and-mortar retailers are always on the lookout for measures that save a few dollars. As tight as margins are, considering major changes to the way your point of sale (POS) system works could help streamline your sales. If you’re using a traditional, in-store POS, you might want to consider switching to an online version.

What does that mean? Since so many more businesses have online components, not just for sales but for marketing as well, having an online POS system can save you a significant amount of money versus a traditional POS system.

The thing about online POS systems is that there are so many of them out there. These vary greatly in price and quality, from free and simple to incredibly robust and expensive, and everything in between. Most will offer you a simple interface, reporting on sales, and inventory management all in one package. Some will even offer the ability to integrate with social networking and get your online profile up on top of Google’s lists.

Start with one system and conduct your research from there. For instance, ZingCheckout gives you a standard POS interface with smooth functionality and all the usual abilities – manual entry, bar code scans, cash/credit/split payment options, the works. But one thing your ‘standard’ POS system cannot do is generate easy-to-read on-the-spot reports for your products over a time frame you define. You can also generate digital receipts that can be e-mailed to your customer, a trend on the rise with larger retail outlets. ZingCheckout will run you $49 a month per location.

You can even look into a mobile POS if you’d like; these systems involve a barcode scanner/credit card swiper and a belt-hooked receipt printer. These can also be used to do inventory scans and customer service, to locate what’s in stock and where in the store it should be.

So what happens if your Internet connection goes down? On standard POS systems, your monitor could die, your computer could go down, and so on. Consider too that the reliability of the Internet is usually on the rise as services expand. If your area has reliable connectivity, and your Internet Service Provider has good customer service, this shouldn’t be much of a worry. Additionally, online POS systems usually offer some kind of back-up.

Also, unless you choose to go the mobile POS route or want extra hardware bells and whistles (such as bar code scanners if you don’t have them), with a system like ZingCheckout you only need a computer and Internet connection; you can usually download software within minutes and start using it immediately if it’s free.

Of course, the ‘free’ services don’t offer nearly the benefits that the paid ones do. Most will offer a free and a paid service, with the free service acting as sort of a ‘try before you buy’ system; ZingCheckout does this, so there’s not much risk involved with giving it a shot and seeing what it can do to help your bottom line.

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Michael Eckenfels

Michael is a writer and instructional designer, having worked in both fields for over a decade. He has had extensive corporate and freelance experience with a variety of business fields, including oil and gas, finance, health care, entertainment, and computer software. Michael is also an actor, having been in a wide variety of stage, series, and films over the last three years.

3 thoughts on “Why An Online Point of Sales (POS) Might Be Good For Your Retail Store

  1. jessica J

    Full Disclaimer :

    I work for LivePOS, we are a Cloud-based Point of Sale solution that provides
    hardware, software, service and support for the retail industry. 

      Online Point of Sales (POS) on retail store is really important it has
    multiple purposes including ringing up orders as well as generating the 
    receipt and finalizing the purchase.

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  2. Martin Webb

    I think that this article really misses the key concepts of what is happening in the point of sale industry.

    Every business owner should be planning to switch from legacy POS or ditching their cash register.

    Point of sale has evolved and modern apps have greatly simplified any transition that a business needs to make. Further more modern app design has made POS apps a breaze and pleasure to use.

    A number of factors are driving the move thats o many business owners are making

    1 Low price of entry

    Traditional Point of sale was very expensive. It meant buying a PC, A Screen or worse a touch screen, Barcode reader, Printer. If you needed more than one terminal the price tag would not double but would quadrupple. or worse

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