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Touch screen point of sale (POS) software plays a key role in running an efficient retail operation. However, it can be difficult to sort through the many available programs to find the right touch POS software for your type and size of store. Luckily, we put in the hard work of researching these systems, so you don’t have to. Our expertise allows us to match retailers with the right software based on their type of store, size, and unique requirements. We are committed to saving retailers valuable time, and costly mistakes.
The goal of this buyer’s guide is to help retailers understand the market and begin the research process. Here’s what we’ll cover:
Retail software is designed to track sales, inventory, customer information, and more. The more advanced systems also support purchasing, manage employees and commissions, and control pricing for multiple stores from a central location.
There are many different types of POS systems, and of course touch screen is one of the primary deployment models. For these programs, the keyboard is an eliminated or secondary piece of hardware, as most or all of the use comes through an intuitive touch-sensitive interface. The software is customized to your store and products and is designed to be quick and easy to learn, since retailers have one the highest employee turnover rates of any industry.
Before digging into software, you will want to know what type of buyer you are. For touch screen POS systems, there’s basically two types of buyer:
|This type of buyer:||Should look at these systems...|
|Small POS buyer||TouchSuite, 2TouchPOS, Microsoft Dynamics RMS, Cougar Mountain Denali, Positive Retail Manager, Prophetline|
|Enterprise buyers||Counterpoint, Retail Anywhere, Retail STAR, GoldTech, Iridium, Retail Pro, The Assistant Manager, Cybex, VuePoint, Cegid, Epicor|
As you evaluate retail systems, keep these trends in mind. How your vendor fits within these trends could have a big impact on their viability.
The benefit of a touch screen POS is the intuitive design and high efficiency. New employees can learn the software extremely easily, since everything they need is just a couple of touches away, and once learned gets all purchases and/or orders registered very quickly and communicated to whoever else needs the information. In turn, this reduces checkout times, which increases sales and lowers costs of doing business.
Of course, training is a huge issue, and not all touch screen POS systems are created equal. So be sure to consider usability as you’re considering systems, to make sure the learning curve for new employees will be as low as possible.