It is hard to pick one POS system when you know that making the wrong decision will cost you thousands of dollars to fix. Every retailer has to make that choice. Which one suits your store best? How do you decide?
What does Your Store Need?
In order to make a decision, you need to identify what your store needs. Do your customers need many transactions daily, or a few? What are you selling? Before you buy any POS system, make sure it fits you the best. Do you need mobile access? Does it process pharmacy prescriptions? Don’t forget to keep your store’s unique needs in mind!
It is also a good idea to talk to your customers to see what suits them best. Asking about whether they would join a rewards program will help you figure out which features you need.
Delve into the Research
It’s always a good idea to look into the reputation of a product before buying. Whether they have a good history or a bad one, you need to know. You should start with the companies who have a good reputation in their industry – a good, solid foundation.
Does the POS system come from a company who is known for their integrity? Do they have support available for their product? Researching the company as well as the POS system will help you decide which product is best for you.
Found One that Fits?
There are a few things that will help you make the final decision. The company you’re buying from will give you a good report on their product – which is expected. It is a good idea to request references. Talking with other retailers will give you feedback that relates to real-life situations.
Another tip: get a demo of the POS system. Trying out the system will help you make the decision on whether or not you’re ready to spend the money on the product. Will the POS program do the work for you, instead of making more? Does it protect you from risk?
It Still Fits
If you’ve found a POS system that truly fits your store, then it’s time to invest. When possible, it is a good idea to purchase all the software, hardware, and services from one place. This makes everything simple when something goes wrong. If there is a bug in the system or you’re having trouble with the hardware, having everything from the same company gives you one point of contact instead of three or more.
Once you’ve found a system that fits your store, you can relax. The right POS system compliments your business properly, the decision can be made, and money can be put in the right place.
You can relax! Your store is ready for a new wave of customers and improvement that is worth the investment.