One of the biggest recent developments in PoS technology is the ability to now host your system on the cloud.
Here are some of the most compelling reasons to choose a cloud-based PoS system.
Do you actually know when and where your slow season falls? You’ve probably got a rough idea (early-spring, late-summer, for instance) but let your POS find the exact dates for you. Armed with past sales reports you’ll find two things happening: first, there will probably be more seasonal dips than you were expecting, and second, you will now be prepared for hitting those slow moments.
Your system will be accessible from any browser-based device, such as a tablet or smartphone. You can access it from home, from work or on the road and instantly be able to access the data that you need. This frees up management time and allows managers to carry out their role anywhere and at any time.
3. Secure back-up
Data is held and saved online, which improves the security of the system and makes it more robust against potential cyber-attacks. Businesses no longer need to hold large physical servers which take up space and require regular maintenance and servicing. Instead, data is saved efficiently, automatically and reliably, so you no longer have to worry about back-ups.
4. Real time data processing
Cloud-based systems operate in real-time, meaning that information about a sale is recorded and saved instantly. Reports, stock lists, sales reports are constantly being refreshed as new data flows into the system, allowing managers to run-off the latest accurate reports whenever they need them – and with total customisation of the data shown.
5. Lower cost
One of the most obvious benefits of a cloud-based PoS system is that it can be installed and accessed via existing digital devices such as tablets and smartphones, rather than requiring expensive upfront investment or new hardware. The software itself is cost-effective and will be scaled for the service that you need – with variables that include number of outlets and vendors, the size of your product range and the number of cash registers that you need to operate. An affordable monthly fee will take care of the licence and mean that all software upgrades are delivered remotely and instantly, without laborious on-site physical upgrades that result in system downtime.
Today’s cloud-deployed PoS systems offer wide capability for personalisation and feature sets that actually matter for your business. Accounting, marketing, communication and loyalty programmes can be tailored to your needs and management modules for employee management, rota control and so forth are also available as needed. Your system can actually help to run your business more effectively.
When you need to grow your business and the PoS solution that supports it, you can in an instant and with the affordable unit licence fee. Equally, at times when the business needs to scale back to meet lower seasonal demand, this can happen instantly too, without hassle.
Ultimately, a powerful PoS system can help you to run a business that performs better, enjoys greater efficiencies, delivers enhanced customer service and enjoys a healthier bottom line.