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 solutions 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 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 system will remove the worry and the technical nightmare of trying to make separate 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.
ShopTill-e is a cloud-based all-in-one retail platform. It’s an all-in-one retail solution that allows you to sell online, sell in-store and sell through internet marketplaces simultaneously, with confidence, and without needing to have huge amounts of storage capacity, or powerful computers, giving you access anytime, anywhere.
With its central hub that powers all your sales channels, everything ie your sales and stock is synchronised saving you time and effort when managing your products, sales and customers, allowing you to work smarter.
It also means that you can have a fully functioning store 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 currently available, order yours today and see what ShopTill-e can do for your retail business. If you have any questions, we would love to hear from you.