5 Benefits of a cloud ePOS System and Online Shop

What is cloud?

It sounds complicated but cloud technology is actually nothing more than normal computing, you’re just using the internet.

Just like you would use your laptop or pc, but rather than storing your data or running your programmes from your device or server, you run everything online.

An example would be like Facebook or Instagram - this is cloud technology - it's all run online.

Why is cloud (ePOS and ecommerce) a good choice for retailers?

So with that in mind there are many great benefits for retailers to use cloud to run their epos system and ecommerce platform and here we'll help to explain 5 reasons why....

1 - Access anywhere, anytime

Using cloud technology means that the information is accessible from anywhere, anytime, and that’s its great strength.

As long as you have an internet connection, you're able to log-on and access your store and data whenever you wish, you're not tied to a local desktop or server, a mobile device such as a tablet, iPad or laptop is all that’s needed to make updates, allowing changes to be made anytime. There’s no software to install or download onto your device, and storage space for data can be expanded as needed.

2 - Cloud is affordable and cost-effective

Using cloud technology for your retail business is probably the most cost-efficient method to use, maintain and upgrade. For example, a traditional POS system or having an ecommerce website created from scratch may incur set-up fees, hardware fees, upgrade and maintenance costs and can can range anywhere from about £2,000 upwards depending on the exact requirements.

However with a cloud-based epos system and ecommerce platform, it's generally more cost-effective with no setup fees, just a low monthly subscription which normally covers the software, hosting, support, backups, as well as future upgrades.

It can work from an iPad, tablet or laptop which minimises the cost of new hardware although some POS hardware  may be needed if you don't already have it, such as a receipt printer, cash drawer and barcode scanner, which can keep the upfront investment low.

3 - ePOS system and Online Shop Security

Another great advantage of cloud technology is its inherent, built-in resilience to disasters such as theft or damage. With data automatically backed up in the cloud, not on the device, retailers can be back in business just by using another piece of hardware - just log on and away you go.

This goes hand-in-hand with keeping your customers personal data safe too - unlike legacy POS systems, a cloud epos system and online shop means customer data and personal information is not stored on any local devices, it's stored in the cloud making it a higher chance of remaining secure.

4 - Cloud brings it all together

Having a centralised cloud area where your epos , online shop and inventory is held, will remove the worry and the technical nightmare of trying to make separate systems talk to each other giving you a complete view of all your sales.

For example, with ShopTill-e, retailers can view and monitor their epos, online shop and data in real-time, with sales and transaction history, stock levels, ability to view best-selling products, manage discounts and promotions, customer details and much more, all in one place.

This centralised information provides retailers with a much better understanding of which products are selling where and when, as well as what's not. As a sale is made inventory quantities are automatically adjusted in real time, whether you sell your products in-store or online, so your stock levels are always current, reliable and there's no manual reporting required.

Having this unified view of your in-store and online sales makes it easier to understand your bsuiness performance and empowers you to make more informed decisions.

5 - Staying ahead of the competition

With technology moving quickly it's often hard to keep up with the latest trends as well as being able to find the funds to do so all the time.

However another great bonus of having cloud technology is rather than having to pay for new updates or install the latest software versions, generally, cloud-based epos systems and cloud ecommerce are automatically, meaning that retailers are always on the newest version.

This also brings the ability to scale effortlessly up or down to meet your goals and the demands your business. Whether that means adding new users, till points, additional channels, new shops and dedicated ecommerce websites, can all be done with ease and without the need to overhaul your existing set-up.

So how can ShopTill-e cloud epos and cloud ecommerce help busy retailers?

Using multiple systems to manage your store and online shop can be extremely frustrating and disjointed and that's where ShopTill-e can help.

A key benefit of using ShopTill-e is that it streamlines and unifies everything into one easy to use system for retailers.

The all-in-one retail solution combines an epos system with ecommerce platform and inventory management, making it a breeze to sell anywhere, as well as saving time and reducing costs.

Fast and easy to market

It's easy to set up meaning you can be fast to market and it's intuitive making staff training easier.

The flexibility of having a system like ShopTill-e means it can grow with you at your pace, having a retail system that allows you to scale up at anytime without having to start over every time you want additional till points, open a new store or bring your products online can bring you peace of mind and be safe in the knowledge that we have you covered for future growth.

ShopTill-e the cloud epos system

Fast, accurate in-store and face-to-face sales with all the modern, epos system features included such as full cash register functionality, touch screen or mouse, inventory management and stock control, promotions, gift vouchers, multi till user and multi-outlet option for more than shop or location and much more.

ShopTill-e the cloud ecommerce platform

Fully featured, powerful ecommerce system for successful online selling with all the great online shop features automatically included like tiered pricing, loyalty programmes, promotions, bundles, shipping, inventory management, gift vouchers and so much more.

ShopTill-e cloud all-in-one retail system

The cloud epos system and cloud ecommerce can work independently or seamlessly together as an all-in-one retail system. The centralised back area means you only need to add your products once, manage inventory in one place and as each item is sold, stock is automatically updated everywhere.

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