Choosing a point of sale system doesn’t have to be as complicated as you might think. To help you find a POS system that is going to work in your best interest, check out the following steps.
Determine what your business needs are.
The first thing you have to do is think about what functions, features and services you use to keep your business up and running. Evaluate your inventory processes, checkout process and customer management. Even if you already have a point of sale system in place, you need to consider all of these things before you upgrade to something different. You also want to think about any issues you might have had in the past. This way you know what you should do to change things around for the future and make them better.
Consider what hardware you need.
Next, you want to determine what hardware you are going to need to make your point of sale system work. Some of the different systems out there require that you purchase separate hardware, while others allow you to use the equipment that you have in place already. Then, there are others that only need a laptop or iPad. Figure out what equipment you need for your store and how many of each item you need. If you have hardware in place already, document the brand names and model numbers to determine if your current equipment is compatible with the POS system you are looking at purchasing.
Determine what your budget is.
Retail POS systems are going to vary in cost. Because of this, you need to think about what it is that you really need. Think about the number of stores you have, what types of products you sell, how many registers you have in the stores, the number of customers coming in and out of the store and so on. All of these things can help you determine what system to look at. Single-user systems often run about $1,200-2,500. This is why it is so important to know what you need beforehand to determine how many licenses you need and such.
Compare the different POS systems.
Don’t just jump into one POS system over another. Spend ample time going through and looking at the different systems on the market. Compare what each one has with the others. Look for feedback to see what other people have to say about the item before making a final purchase decision. Call around to the different vendors and ask about the different services and products they have to offer, as well as a brief history about the company themselves.
See the system in action.
While you might know what a POS system is on paper, do you really know what it can do in person? You need to find out what retailers are using what systems in the area. This will allow you to visit those retailers and see just what the system is like in action. In doing so, you can see exactly how the system works and whether it is going to work for your business or not. If you aren’t able to get in touch with some of the local businesses, you could always ask about doing a free trial instead. Make sure to ask how they go about transferring all of your data into the new retail POS system.
Get your system set up properly.
Once you have chosen which vendor you are going to go with and you have the equipment and software in place, you need to schedule a time to get your new system installed. The process will vary from one vendor to the next, depending on which solution you chose to go with. Vendors often provide you with instructions on how to set everything up, but you can always contact them to go over any questions you might have. You could also go the route of hiring a consultant to come out and install everything for you.
Enjoy the features in your new system.
After your system is installed and operational, you want to go through and find out all of the little tips and tricks you can use to your advantage. Look into any add-ons, apps or additional hardware that you can purchase to help simplify things even more.