It sounds complicated but The Cloud and cloud computing is actually nothing more than normal computing, you’re just using the internet.
Out there, somewhere, your information or data is sitting on a physical computer, however instead of running a program from a computer sat in front of you, or having to look after data stored on a server in the same building, you do it all online.
It’s like Facebook when you post an update, or a photo, you’re actually using cloud computing.
The Cloud means that the information is accessible from anywhere, anytime, and that’s its great strength.
Retailers are able to access their store and data whenever they wish, they aren't 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 and storage space for data can be expanded as needed.
Access to the latest technology is another great bonus of The Cloud. Rather than having to pay for new updates or install the latest software versions, generally, cloud-based pos systems are automatically updated, meaning that retailers are always on the newest version.
For retailers, this flexibility of not just access to their data anywhere, anytime but also unlimited data storage space and access to the latest pos software is what modern retailers like and want.
Using The Cloud is probably the most cost-efficient method to use, maintain and upgrade. For example, a traditional POS system may incur set-up fees, hardware fees, upgrade and maintenance costs which can range anywhere from about £2,000 upwards depending on the exact requirements.
With a cloud-based ePOS system, it is generally more cost-effective with no setup fees, just a low monthly cost and this normally covers software, hosting, support, backups, as well as future upgrades. It works from an iPad, tablet or laptop and some hardware may be needed such as a receipt printer and maybe a cash drawer which can keep the upfront investment low.
Another great advantage of cloud computing is its inherent, built-in resilience to disasters. With data automatically backed up, and information held in a distant location, retailers can be back in business almost immediately following a natural disaster, terrorist attack, or other catastrophic event.
Having just one POS system will remove the worry and the technical nightmare of trying to make separate pos systems talk to each other. It can integrate all of your data, giving you access to consolidated information.
Retailers can view and monitor their store and data in real-time, with sales and transaction history, ability to view best-selling products, manage discounts and promotions, customer details and much more, enabling you to run your retail business as efficiently as possible.
How can ShopTill-e cloud pos system help retailers?
ShopTill-e gives retailers everything needed, for fast, accurate in-store and face-to-face sales.
All the modern, point of sale features are included such as full cash register functionality, touch screen or mouse, full inventory management and stock control, promotions, gift vouchers, loyalty programmes, multi till user and multi-outlet option for more than shop or location.
There's no need for large amounts of storage capacity, or powerful computers, ShopTill-e gives you everything as well as access anytime, anywhere (as long as you have an internet connection) to stay knowledgeable about what's selling and what's not.
And with its combined e-commerce platform it also means that you can have a fully functioning online shop in a matter of minutes, giving you the advantage of being quick to market should you wish.
With a free for 14 day trial of ShopTill-e see what ShopTill-e can do for your retail business or book a demo . If you have any questions, we would love to hear from you.
Sell online, sell in-store and sell where your customers are simultaneously and with confidence with ShopTill-e.