Why it's time to upgrade your legacy point of sale to a cloud POS system

Traditionally, businesses would store all of their prices and transactional records on a spreadsheet or a pc system that can only be accessed from a single device or exclusively on the premises of the business.

As technology has advanced and consumers shopping habits have changed, many retailers are upgrading to cloud point of sale (POS) systems, to make selling fast and stock control easy.

Let's take a look at why it's time to leave your legacy point of sale POS behind and invest in a modern, cloud-based point of sale POS system.

What is a cloud point of sale system?

You will most likely have heard the term 'cloud' before, but may not be sure of what it means. Put simply, the 'cloud' is simply the internet. Any 'cloud-based system' is just a platform that stores and processes all of the required information online, rather than saved on a physical device.

Why use a cloud POS system?

There's no denying that consumer shopping habits have changed and that this change will continue in a post-pandemic world and keeping your business up to date with modern ways of working is crucial to maintaining growth.

Here are just some of the benefits of updating your old till system to a modern POS system:-

1 - A POS system will save you time and money

Using an efficient POS system in your retail shop will make you more efficient in multiple areas of your shop.

For example it will track all your inventory, automatically. First it's quick to add your inventory, there's no additional logging or maintaining a separate spreadsheet or using an old till with no tracking capability, just scan or upload a CSV of your products into your POS system, easy.

Then each time a sale is made it automatically adjusts and tracks your stock levels, no manual logging needs to be made and you always know what's selling, where and when at the click of a button.

Imagine how you could improve your productivity and save your precious time.

2 - A cloud POS system supports fast, quick payments

A cloud POS system can support contactless integrated payments and that means safe, accurate, fast card transactions for you and your customers.

There's no need for manual input or extra record-keeping into a separate system, each time you make a sale your POS system automatically talks to your card terminal, so there's no mis-keying of figures and the whole transaction is not only accurate but fast too.

And receipts can be emailed to your customers for a quick, seamless experience that they have now come to expect.

3 - Easy POS set up and automatic updates

Rather than dealing with the hassle of a lengthy set-up process that involves engineers coming out and lots of set-up fees, cloud pos systems are ready to go relatively easily. 

There's usually a quick call or online form to get started, what's more, cloud pos systems often have a free trial period, which allows you to see how it can work for your business before deciding to go ahead with that system.

You can enter all the information yourself, making it super easy to update prices and data at the beginning and going forward.

After that, any updates to the core system are usually automatically taken care of for you, freeing up time for either yourself or your IT manager and giving you peace of mind that the pos system you are using is uptodate. 

These modern point of sale systems are built for growth, making it super easy to not only keep them future-proofed with the latest technologies, but they can easily expand and grow with your retail needs.

4 - A cloud POS system can support a seamless shopping experience

While traditional till systems are fixed to your retail location, a cloud pos system can be accessed anywhere, on any device and are compatible with contactless card readers.

What does that mean? It means you can take your sales off the shop floor and wherever your clients are. From pop-up shops and markets to industry events and collaborations with other businesses, you're no longer tethered to your main location, allowing you to get out there and introduce your products to new customers, whilst all using a clever point of sale that tracks your sales and inventory.

5 - Become a multichannel retailer

Embracing multichannel retailing is the best bet for surviving the new era of shopping. As cloud pos systems are hosted online and use up to date technology, they allow you to tailor them to suit the needs of your business.

For example, by having a cloud POS system that automatically works with your online shop means you can easily process and manage sales from all your sales channels, as well as creating a seamless experience for shoppers so they can shop however they like.

And importantly, by using a multi-channel retail system your inventory is in sync in real-time across all your sales channels; as you sell in-store stock levels are automatically adjusted in your online shop so you never oversell and you always know what's selling, where and when.

6 - Store all your data in an ultra-secure way

When you rely on a computer or hard drive to store all of that precious POS data, you run the risk of a big loss if something were to happen to that device. On the other hand, as a cloud POS system is stored online, if your device breaks, all you need to do is log on via another device and no data will have been lost. 

Is it time to upgrade your legacy till to a modern, cloud POS system?

Cloud POS systems are designed to help high street businesses thrive by giving them more flexibility in how they trade, freeing up time by taking on some of those regular admin tasks, and makes sales fast, easy and accurate.

If you're still struggling with an outdated point of sale system, till or cash register, it might be time to look into the world of cloud POS.

ShopTill-e ePOS is a modern, intuitive cloud POS system that is perfect for small and medium-sized retailers who have multiple users in 1 or more locations.

Try FREE for 14 days no credit card is needed or book your personalised demo and discuss your exact needs with one of our experts.

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