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How an EPOS System Will Keep Your Retail Business Running
An electronic point of sale or EPOS system has become the must-have upgrade for many retail businesses today. There are many ways in which an EPOS system will keep your business going while your rivals are down and out and help you better serve your customer base, no matter the circumstances. Let’s look at a few.
No More Worries about Unsupported Hardware or Software
It is terrifying how many small businesses have installed electronic point of sale systems on a server or single computer still running Windows XP. They cannot get support for the computer if it is infected with a virus or suffers a software error because of the upgrade of some other tool on the computer. A similar issue is the number of businesses still running EPOS on old hardware. Upgrade your point of sale system to one that runs on iPads, tablets, and personal computers to eliminate this problem altogether.
Your Checkout Works when the Power and Internet Are Out
If you upgrade your EPOS system to one that runs on mobile devices like iPads, you can still process transactions even if the power is out to your digital cash registers. You can process payments through Wi-Fi and the mobile network, even if the satellite dish often used for processing payment information isn’t functional.
If your store is flooded or vandalised, you could move inventory and continue selling using the EPOS on various mobile devices so your business is able to keep selling and generating cash flow, even though the retail outlet itself isn’t open for business. And you’re still collecting data on what is selling fast relative to your inventory.
An electronic point of sale system such as Vend HQ’s EPOS system accepts any type of payment, whether PayPal or mobile payments, so your customers can pay you with whatever they have, even if ATMs and other card readers are dead. Not all EPOS systems will come with the same features, so if multiple payment options and devices is something that you know you'll need, ensure you choose the right piece of software.
Go Where Your Customers Are
Another benefit of the electronic point of sale system is the ability to go where your customers are. If your business experiences any disruption, you can use an electronic point of sale system running on mobile devices to take products to where your customers are. Or you could simply take your business on the road and use the opportunity to sell your brick and mortar location.
Sell food out of a truck to people stuck in a traffic jam when no one can get to your restaurant. Take drinks from the corner market and sell them to people in line for supplies or concert tickets. Load up gowns and your iPad and travel to the convention centre where you could make a killing selling dresses to women unable to get into the bridal show. With a good piece of EPOS software that itself connects with quality accounting software, you could handle credit card and debit card payments and email customers a receipt, no matter where you are.
A modern EPOS system running on any mobile device or computer will streamline your business and keep it running, no matter what happens. If you want to stay ahead of the competition and always be up and running, you need a reliable system in place to support you. That's where EPOS proves to be a lifesaver.
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