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Why a Tablet is Better Used as a Toy than as a POS

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You may have a touch-screen tablet at home you can use to read ebooks, check your email, play games and listen to music. Tablets have become popular devices since Apple released the original iPad in 2010. Today, around half of Americans own a tablet. You may have also seen some merchants using tablets as their POS system. While a tablet is a fun toy and a great piece of technology for personal use, when it comes to POS systems, it falls short.

You’re far better off using a traditional POS system that includes a dedicated POS terminal. Note that these systems are only “traditional” in comparison to tablet options. Modern terminal POS systems use cutting-edge technology that far surpasses traditional cash registers, and they often have a sleek appearance similar to a tablet. We’re going to look at the pros and cons of each option so you can make an informed decision for your business.

Tablet vs Traditional POS Systems

Let’s start by explaining the basic differences between a traditional POS system and a tablet used as a POS system. A traditional terminal POS system includes the hardware and software needed to facilitate the point of sale. At the very least, this will include a POS terminal, but all-in-one systems can include everything from a barcode scanner to a credit card reader, receipt printer and more.

There are two main types of terminal POS systems — on-site and cloud-based. Both kinds include terminals on-site, but the difference lies in how you access the software. On-site systems have the POS software installed on the local server, whereas cloud-based systems use the internet to access POS software stored remotely on the cloud. A cloud-based system has some significant advantages over an on-site terminal system.

A tablet POS system is somewhat similar to a cloud-based terminal system since it also accesses POS software through an internet connection. The main difference comes in with the POS hardware. Whereas a traditional POS system, whether cloud-based or not, includes a dedicated POS terminal and accompanying hardware, a tablet POS system combines a general-purpose touch-screen tablet with software that allows it to function as a POS.

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This puts tablet POS systems in the category of online POS systems, meaning you need to find your own hardware, whether that’s a tablet, laptop or mobile device.

Pros and Cons of a Tablet POS System

Now that we’ve covered the basic differences between terminal POS systems and tablet systems, let’s talk about the pros and cons of each option, starting with tablets.

Why do some merchants choose to use tablets as part of an online POS system? Tablets do hold some appeal as an option for facilitating sales. Let’s take a look at the pros of using a tablet as your POS:

  • Sleek appearance: One reason some merchants are attracted to tablet POS systems is that they have a sleek look that suggests to customers that their business is up on the latest technology. This may be especially important if you want to appeal to younger consumers. Tablets do have a modern appearance, but so do many modern terminal POS systems.
  • User-friendliness: Another possible advantage of using a tablet as your POS is that many people are already familiar with the basic functions of some of the most popular tablets on the market. It’s helpful when your employees already know how to use the tablet, but they will still have to learn how to operate the app you use for facilitating sales.

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  • Mobility: One of the biggest possible advantages of a tablet POS system is that it is easy to move. That won’t matter much to brick-and-mortar establishments, but if you take your business on the go (I.e. Farmer’s Markets), then having a mobile POS is an important advantage. Keep in mind, however, that you may have other pieces of hardware you also need to carry around, such as a card reader.
  • Low cost: Another reason some small business owners may be attracted to the tablet option is that it can be more affordable. If you already have a tablet, then you only need to pay for access to the POS software and any other elements you need, such as a card reader. If you don’t already have a tablet, keep in mind that tablets can be quite expensive, so this isn’t always the most affordable option.

Now, let’s talk about the cons of using a tablet as your POS:

  • Fragility: One problem with tablets is that they’re not made to last. For one, tablet screens shatter easily if they’re dropped. You can purchase protective cases to help prevent this, but these cases tend to take away from the lightweight, sleek feel of the tablet. Even if you don’t break your tablet, its usable lifespan is typically only three or four years at best.
  • Prone to theft: Another issue with tablets is that, because a tablet is a multi-purpose device, it’s far more tempting for thieves. Consider the difference in a POS tablet that is a permanent fixture on your checkout counter and a tablet sitting on your counter. It can be all too easy for a criminal to swipe the tablet when employees aren’t looking.
  • Lack of customer support: When you purchase a software application to facilitate the point of sale, then you may have some customer support for the software itself. However, this support will not extend to your tablet device. So, if you have issues with the tablet itself, you’ll need to seek tech support elsewhere.
  • Clumsy use: Another issue with using a tablet at your sales counter is that, since it’s a handheld device and not a freestanding terminal, it requires employees and customers to pass the tablet back and forth. The employee will need to input necessary sales information and then pass the tablet to the customer so they can swipe their card or sign. This makes for a clumsy sales interaction.
  • Complicated integration: Perhaps one of the biggest disadvantages to using a tablet as your POS is that it won’t come with any of the other hardware you need to smoothly facilitate the sales process, such as a barcode scanner, scale, card reader or receipt printer. Not only do tablets require you to find these components elsewhere — you may have trouble finding hardware that is compatible with your tablet.

 

Pros and Cons of a Traditional POS System

Now let’s talk about the pros and cons of opting for a traditional, terminal POS system. These pros and cons depend in part on which type of POS system you choose. We’re going to use the National Retail Solutions POS+ as our model and talk about pros and cons of a cloud-based all-in-one system as compared to a tablet system.

Let’s start with the benefits you can enjoy with a traditional POS:

  • Sleek appearance: We mentioned that a tablet POS has a stylish, modern appearance, but so do many modern POS systems. If you’re after that sleek, glossy screen and touch-screen functionality, you don’t have to go with a tablet to get it. Terminal POS systems can deliver that same modern look.
  • User-friendliness: Another pro that some terminal POS systems share with tablets is that they can be very user-friendly. The software on the POS+ reflects the simplistic design you get with a tablet, complete with an easy-to-navigate menu screen of icons. Even employees who have never used a tablet or smartphone can quickly learn how to use a POS.
  • Integrated hardware: Now let’s talk about some important advantages that traditional POS systems have that tablets lack altogether, like integrated hardware. All-in-one POS systems, in particular, streamline the process of setting up your sales counter and facilitating sales since all the hardware is made to communicate and work together seamlessly.
  • Customer support: Another advantage you get when your POS company supplies you with your POS hardware and software is that you can depend on their company to offer support when you need it no matter what the issue is. If your company offers quality customer service, then you can count on their team to fix the problem so you can avoid downtime.
  • Enhanced security: We mentioned how a tablet is prone to damage and theft. Both of these issues make tablets relatively insecure. POS terminals, on the other hand, are very secure. Terminals are less prone to theft, and employees must log in to use them. Customers have a screen facing them that displays information about their purchase, but they aren’t allowed any access to your touch-screen terminal.

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While the pros far outweigh the cons for traditional POS systems compared to tablets, there are a couple of potential disadvantages to consider:

  • Upfront cost: As we mentioned earlier, if you already have a tablet, then running point of sale software on your tablet can be a low-cost option for you. However, the additional hardware you need to facilitate sales can add up and end up costing you just as much as a terminal POS system would. And if you need to buy a tablet in addition to all of the other hardware components, then your upfront cost could be even higher than if you were to purchase in an All-in-one POS Terminal.
  • Lack of mobility: If your business attends street fairs, trade shows or other events where you need to facilitate sales in a temporary location, then you may need a mobile option. POS terminals are not made to be mobile. However, cloud-based systems allow you to access your software and data from any device. The ‘My NRS Store” mobile app for example allows you to monitor your store from anywhere. You could also use the app to scan new products into your system.

Why It’s Better to Use a Traditional POS System

Considering the pros and cons of each type of system, it’s clear that a traditional POS system is the better choice for most retail store owners. A terminal POS system offers some of the same advantages as tablets plus several advantages of their own. They can also help you avoid some of the pitfalls of using a tablet.

One of the most important distinctions between a tablet and a traditional POS system is in the way they integrate with other hardware. A tablet may seem like a great option for integrating modern technology without having to purchase a dedicated POS system. However, once you start setting up your sales counter, you’ll realize that you’re missing some important components. How will you scan in items? How will you accept credit card payments? How will you print receipts?

The hardware needed for these other functions may need to come from other vendors. Then, you’ll have to figure out how to integrate these components with your tablet. In some cases, you won’t be able to integrate them at all. You may end up spending more money than you had planned to purchase all these components, and you’ll have an inefficient checkout process that doesn’t deliver the modern convenience you were looking for.

Tablets are certainly neat tech toys, and they can be useful for a lot of things. As with many multi-purpose devices, though, they fit into the “jack of all trades, master of none” category. In other words, a tablet may be able to do a lot of things, but if you plan to use it to facilitate sales, it can not measure up to devices that are designed specifically for that purpose.

Everything about a traditional POS system, especially an all-in-one system, is intended to make your sales process as smooth and efficient as possible and to help you manage your business effectively. The same cannot be said for a tablet since it’s made to run a variety of applications rather than just POS software. When you’re serious about sales, a modern terminal POS system is the superior choice.

Features and Benefits of POS+ from NRS

If you want your employees to be able to play their favorite games or check social media while at work, then a tablet is a great choice. If you want a device that is designed specifically for sales, then you need a traditional POS system. It’s as simple as that. Choosing a POS system can be an involved process, so we offer resources on our blog to help you find the perfect option for you.

At National Retail Solutions (NRS), we’re confident that the best choice you can make for your business is to invest in the NRS POS+, a cloud-based, all-in-one POS system that integrates all the hardware and software you need to manage your sales and check out customers. Far from a toy, this piece of cutting-edge technology can revolutionize the way you do business. NRS knows what small businesses need in a POS, and POS+ offers all of these features and benefits. Here are just a few of the benefits you can enjoy with POS+:

  • Integrated hardware, including the touch-screen terminal, cash drawer, barcode scanner, receipt printer and customer-facing screen
  • Automatic software updates
  • Ongoing customer support
  • Low monthly cost
  • Remote access with a mobile app
  • Sales analytics reports
  • Inventory tracking
  • Automated customer rewards program

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These are just some of the benefits you can cash in on when you use POS+ as your POS system. Keep your tablet for watching videos or playing games and get POS+ for facilitating sales like a pro. To get started, get a free quote from NRS.

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How to Set Up Your NRS POS+ System

Follow these steps to set up the POS+ system:

1. Unpack Your Boxes

Your POS+ bundle will include several boxes. Unpack your POS+ boxes and make sure you have all of the necessary parts:

  • POS monitor w/ Reinstall USB attached
  • Cash drawer
  • Printer
  • Scanner
  • UPS battery backup
  • Starter Pack w/ 2 rolls of Printer Paper

2. Plug In the Power, UPS and Internet Cords

After unpacking the boxes, start with the UPS Battery Backup – remove the cover under the back up and remove the battery. Connect the red cable to the terminal, re-insert the battery, replace cover, and set aside – Do not plug in to an outlet!  Using provided USB cable – connect the NON USB side of the cable to the SIDE of the Battery.  USB Side of the cable will connect in the back of the POS.

CONNECTING POS TERMINAL – Connect POS Power Brick with Power Cable and connect to POS via “DC – IN” located in the back of the base of the POS.  Next connect ethernet cable from your Modem to POS via “LAN” Port (not included).

3. Set Up the Scanner

Connect Scanner cable to back of scanner – plug USB side into the back of the POS

4. Connect the Printer and Cash Drawer

PRINTER – Connect power cable to power supply brick – connect to back of printer.  Next – connect USB cable to the back of the printer and then into the back of the POS

CASH DRAWER – connect the attached cable into the back of the printer.

5. Attach the Remaining Plugs and Cover

Connect the power cables of both Printer and POS Power into BATTERY / SURGE side of the UPS Battery Backup (remove yellow tape). Connect Battery Back up to a Wall Outlet – and press power button on Battery – Green light will turn on.

6. Turn On the POS

Press the button on the bottom left side of the merchant screen to turn on POS+. You can check that you correctly assembled the POS through the system. Visit the “Tools” page to review the connections for your internet, printer, scanner and cash drawer.

POS Installation and Training Sessions From NRS

If you need help with installation, count on our experts. The POS+ bundle comes with a free 2 HOUR training session to get you started.  You can also find our Installation Videos at http://campnrs.com/selfinstall/

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Let us provide you with the installation support you need. The Camp NRS self-install guide includes videos in English and Spanish as well as a downloadable manual. Get even more help by watching other Camp NRS guides, by contacting our customer support team or by visiting our FAQ page.

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Advantages of a Cloud Based POS System

Advantages of Cloud-Based POS Systems

The idea for cloud computing first emerged in the 1960s. Since then, this idea has become a reality and, in more recent years, has taken the digital world by storm. From storing your photos to accessing social media accounts to using webmail, cloud services have become an increasingly common part of many people’s lives.

The great news for small business owners is that cloud computing now has an important role in point-of-sale (POS) technology, and you don’t have to be tech-savvy to embrace this valuable technology. Cloud-based POS systems offer some significant advantages over legacy systems. We’re going to look at those advantages in this article so that you can choose the best POS system for your business.

How Does a Cloud-Based POS System Work?

Today, many business tools incorporate cloud technology, from phone services to email and much more. One of the most valuable tools you can enhance with cloud technology is your Point of Sale system. POS systems facilitate the checkout process, making it more efficient, and allowing you to collect valuable sales information that helps you manage your business.

If a POS system is cloud-based, the software associated with the system is stored in what is commonly referred to as “the cloud.” Though this is a common term, many people may be confused about what it means. Cloud-based systems use the internet to access software or data that is stored in remote data centers rather than on a hard drive or server located in your store.

Cloud-based software allows developers to offer software as a service (SaaS) rather than as a one-time product. Because the software is kept on the software provider’s servers rather than on individuals’ computers, the provider can update the software as they find ways to improve it, and theses updates will automatically apply to everyone using the cloud-based software. This way you cloud-based POS keeps getting better each time a new software update is released!

For merchants, using a cloud-based POS system means that the data the software collects, including sales analytics, inventory tracking and more, isn’t tied to the physical POS terminals. Through cloud computing, merchants can view and manage their data remotely from mobile devices. This remote access would not be possible with a traditional POS system where the software is installed on the merchant’s local server. Moreover, the data is backed up in the cloud so if your POS system goes down the data is still retrievable.

What Types of Cloud-Based POS Systems Are There?

There are three types of cloud-based POS models. The main factor that separates them is the hardware used to access the cloud-based POS software. Let’s take a brief look at all three:

  1. Mobile POS: Mobile POS systems (mPOS) rely on mobile devices, such as smartphones or tablets, for access to a POS app. These systems can be a useful option for merchants with pop-up shops rather than brick-and-mortar locations. With a mobile system, you’ll have to add more hardware for accepting credit card payments, printing receipts and more.
  2. Online POS: Online POS systems also require you to use your own hardware. In this case, that hardware may be a desktop or laptop computer on your checkout counter. These systems may cost less than terminal systems, but you’ll have to purchase other hardware like barcode scanners, credit card readers and more.
  3. Cloud-based terminal POS: Cloud-based terminal systems use POS terminals that access the internet to run POS software. Using a POS terminal instead of a regular computer or tablet is especially helpful when integrating other types of hardware with the POS terminal, such as a barcode scanner or credit card reader. All-in-one systems will come with all of this hardware already integrated.

What Are the Advantages of a Cloud-Based System?

We’ve already started to see how a cloud-based POS system offers some unique advantages compared to traditional systems. Let’s take a look at these benefits in more detail:

1. Remote Access and Integration

If you have a social media account or web-based email account, then you likely know that you can access it from anywhere by logging in on any internet-enabled device. The same is true for cloud-based POS systems. As with social media and webmail, you may be able to log in to view your data from any internet-enabled device. You may also be able to download an app that gives you easy access to your POS account.

Not only can you view your data, but you can also use the software to do things like reordering inventory, inputting promotional prices and more. This means you can access important information and manage your store from anywhere. It also means that, if you have multiple store locations, all your POS terminals will share data in real-time so that they remain seamlessly integrated.

2. Automatic Updates

Another benefit we alluded to already is that cloud-based software enables automatic updates. Whenever software developers improve the software, the update will automatically take effect for everyone who uses the software. You are probably used to this feature on your phone. Smartphone apps can automatically update as developers improve their usability and fix any bugs that they discover.

Software that is installed once on your device and cannot access the internet, as is the case for on-site terminal systems, cannot be automatically updated. That means that, after some time passes and technology continues to progress, your POS system may become outdated. With auto-updates, you stay ahead of the curve with the latest and greatest software available.

3. Superior Security

When your data is stored off-site and is accessible through the internet, you may be concerned about security. The reality is that cloud-based POS systems can be more secure than on-site systems. As a writer for the New York Times points out, your data may be safer in the cloud in the same way that money is safer in a bank vault than in your dresser drawer at home.

Banks use numerous layers of protection to keep your money safe. Cloud service providers also take special precautions that you wouldn’t typically take if you stored your software and data on your local server. If your local hard drive fails, you could lose all your data, but you don’t have to worry about this with a cloud service. Cloud services also have security measures in place to protect your data from hackers.

4. Lower Upfront Cost

One of the marks of SaaS is that because it’s an ongoing service, it tends to involve a recurring fee rather than a substantial upfront cost. For cloud-based POS systems, this monthly fee typically ranges from $50 to $100, but you can pay a small fraction of that cost if you partner with National Retail Solutions (NRS). Our recurring fee is among the lowest in the industry.

In addition to the ongoing monthly or annual fee, you’ll also have an upfront cost for the hardware you need to run the software. However, this cost tends to be lower for cloud-based systems since it’s offset by the ongoing fees. This is good news for small businesses who are concerned about whether they can afford a modern POS system. Mobile systems will typically cost the least, but these systems are only sufficient for certain types of retail stores and pop-up shops.

5. Customer Support

With software that’s sold as a one-off product rather than as a continuing service, the software company’s job is done as soon as you make your purchase. They may have an online resource like an FAQ section to help you figure out how to use your new software, but they won’t typically give you the level of attention that you’ll receive when you opt for Software as a Service (SaaS). Part of the ongoing service you receive is regular updates, as we’ve already mentioned.

But that’s not all. You also gain access to customer support from expert representatives. Whether you need help with installation, training, replacing parts or figuring out features, the support team for cloud-based POS systems is there to help. Many of the small businesses NRS partners with benefit from our bilingual tech support. We’re dedicated to making sure you know how to get the most out of your POS+.

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Small Businesses That Should Consider Using Cloud POS Software

Cloud-based POS systems can be helpful for just about any small business, from dollar stores to delis and more. Let’s look at four examples of types of small business that can benefit from adopting cloud POS systems:

1. Convenience Stores

Independent convenience stores have the challenge of competing with larger chain stores. To do this effectively, they must capitalize on their unique strengths. Why do people choose to stop into a c-store instead of a big box store? Because they’re looking for convenience. One way your store can deliver on this expectation and keep customers coming back is by adopting modern technology that keeps the checkout process running smoothly. In addition, getting an all-in-one POS system with scanner, barcode and cash drawer integrated will insure everything works together seamlessly. Your customers will be impressed by a high-tech system that’s easy to use.

Cloud POS software with inventory tracking can also help you determine when to reorder products. This feature ensures a customer is never disappointed to find an empty spot on the shelf where the item they came in to buy should be. Inventory tracking can also help you make informed decisions about which products to carry. Since c-stores tend to be small, this feature is critical for ensuring you make the most of your shelf space and maximize sales.

2. Supermarkets

When people come to the supermarket, they’re typically on a mission to find what they need and get home. Many shoppers are also concerned with finding the best deals and want to use coupons to help them save on their grocery bill. A cloud-based POS system makes it easy to keep up with sale pricing and to redeem coupons so you can offer discounts and automatically ring items up accurately without having to punch in discounts manually. If your POS includes loyalty software, that’s also a great way to offer promotions.

One reason you want to make sure you streamline the process of scanning items is to keep checkout lines moving so you never have a long line of impatient shoppers worried their ice cream will melt. One way to help keep checkout lines running smoothly is to make sure you schedule the right employees at the right times. Shift management is an essential task for supermarket owners, and a modern POS system can make this task easier.

3. Tobacco Stores and Vape Shops

Another type of business that should strongly consider upgrading to a cloud-based POS system is tobacco stores and vape shops. As with any type of specialty store, it’s crucial that you carry the products customers are looking for, even the more obscure ones. This is what sets you apart from larger stores that carry a limited selection of tobacco or vape products. Inventory software on a cloud-based POS can help you refine your product offerings based on sales data so you can maximize sales and please your customers.

An all-in-one cloud-based POS can also remind you to ID customers, equip you to weigh loose-leaf tobacco products and help you keep up with loyalty rewards and special sales pricing. Finally, if you have multiple store locations, a cloud-based system allows you to make changes and see these updates immediately reflected across all of your POS terminals in all stores.

4. Liquor Stores

Liquor stores can also benefit from having a modern cloud-based POS system. The features that tend to be most relevant to liquor stores are sales tracking, inventory management, customer loyalty programs, promotions and age verification. A cloud-based POS system can help liquor store owners with all of these aspects of their business.

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Take customer loyalty, for instance. A customer loyalty program is an excellent way to encourage people to shop for their favorite bottle of chardonnay or bourbon at your store instead of at a grocery store or big box store. In place of the old punch-card method, a modern POS system can automate the customer loyalty process. It can also help you determine which products to carry so your store is known for its on-point product offerings.

The Best Cloud-Based POS System From National Retail Solutions

No matter what type of small business you run, if it involves a checkout process, then you can benefit from a cloud-based POS system. Cloud-based systems offer a modernized checkout experience for customers and a suite of useful management tools for business owners and employees. For the best cloud-based POS system, choose the POS+ from National Retail Solutions.

Our POS+ is not only cloud-based — it’s also an all-in-one system, so you receive all the hardware and software you need to facilitate the point of sale, manage inventory, offer promotions and more. What’s more, the POS+ is exceptionally affordable, making it an unbeatable option for small businesses.

If you’re interested in embracing cloud technology to help your business succeed, consider a cloud-based POS system. It will revolutionize the way you do business. To get started, get a free quote from NRS. With remote access and integration, automatic updates, superior security, a lower upfront cost and ongoing customer support, a cloud-based POS system is an asset to any small business.

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Why You Should Advertise at the Point of Sale

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In today’s market, more businesses than ever before use technology to increase their sales. New advances give you more options for reaching your customers through every step of the sales process. Now, you can promote your products and special discounts as your customers complete their purchases at the checkout counter. This moment when the customer is checking out is called the point of sale.

Advertising on a point-of-sale (POS) system like NRS POS+ lets you market to customers while they are paying close attention to the customer facing screen. Learn how you can grow your business and earn more profits through point-of-sale marketing.

Why Should You Try Point-of-Sale Advertising?

Point-of-sale advertising gives you a final chance to encourage your customer to buy your products or services. As items appear on the POS system’s customer facing checkout screen, the screen will also display ads. When you advertise during the final transaction, you keep your products at the front of your customer’s mind. Customers can also leave your store motivated to come back for another purchase.

How Does Point-of-Sale Marketing Benefit Your Business?

Marketing your business at the point of sale gives you plenty of benefits. When you try point-of-sale advertising, you can enjoy:

  • Improved sales: Did you know that digital point of sale advertisements can increase your sales by up to 33%? Enhancing your sales raises your profits and helps your business grow.
  • Optimal marketing opportunities: When your customer comes to the point of sale to check out, they already want to buy. This means that they have a higher chance of considering purchasing other products or services featured in ads.
  • Customer retention: Advertising at the point of sale allows you to keep your business in your customers’ minds. Tactics like loyalty programs and screen ads give your customers a final reminder before they leave.
  • Data insights: A POS system can track sales and promotions statistics. These records help you discover which ads work better than others.

You’ll see these benefits and more for yourself when you try point-of-sale marketing for your business.

Examples of Point-of-Sale Advertising

What does marketing at the point of sale look like? Your promotion options depend on the POS system you choose. An all-in-one POS system like NRS POS+ has plenty of solutions that you can access as a small business. Some examples of POS advertising include:

  • Customer screen advertisements: Show your customers ads for your products or business as they watch their transaction add up.
  • Product sales and promotions: Raise awareness about your current sales through automatic prompts and banners.
  • Gift cards and loyalty programs: Create custom incentives through your POS system like loyalty programs and gift cards.

We bet that you can think of even more ways to entice customers to buy more while at your checkout counter. A comprehensive POS system like POS+ can also expand your options.

How Does POS+ Help You Achieve the Best Point-of-Sale Advertising?

POS+ from National Retail Solutions, Inc., has everything you need to grow your small business. With POS+, you can improve your point-of-sale marketing strategy at a price that’s affordable for neighborhood businesses. Our POS advertising features include:

  • Customer-facing screen: The POS+ customer-facing screen allows you to shows custom advertisements for your business. Your customer-facing screen also displays any promotions that your customer can apply to their purchase.
  • BR Club loyalty program: Every POS+ owner becomes an authorized BR Club store. As our valued customer, you receive the marketing materials and supplies to build your very own loyalty program. Your customers can become BR Club members to get discounts and deals at no extra cost to you.
  • Custom promotions: POS+ has a custom promotion feature where you can add special discounts to the products of your choice. When you ring up items, the discounts show on the customer-facing screen.

Our POS system has these features and more. Visit the POS+ overview page to learn more about what our comprehensive POS system has to offer.

Learn More About the World’s Greatest POS System

We dedicate ourselves to helping small businesses like yours succeed in today’s market by providing the technology to help you compete with the big chains. To learn more about POS+ or receive a custom system quote, contact one of our representatives today.

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Why You Should Upgrade Your Vape Store POS System

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Do you still use a traditional cash register at your vape store checkout counter? Consider upgrading your vape shop cash register to an all-in-one point-of-sale (POS) system. A POS system can include a cash register as part of its hardware and software that work together. National Retail Solutions’ POS system for vape shops and more has all the features you need to improve your customer experience. Discover how a POS system can enhance your vape business.

Why Upgrade to an All-in-One POS System for Your Vape Store?

Different POS systems have unique features, and every business has different goals in mind for their POS system. Since each vape store has its own strategy, your reasons for getting a POS system may vary. Businesses upgrade to POS systems for reasons such as:

  • Efficiency: A POS system makes checkouts faster, staff management easier and accounting simpler to understand. It streamlines many aspects of your business so you can spend more time growing your company.
  • Profit: You can also use a POS system to improve your earnings. Since it increases your efficiency, it also helps you get more business and enhance your revenue.
  • Technology: An all-in-one POS like NRS POS+ has advanced and easy-to-use technology. Features such as cloud technology — providing secure internet information storage — give you new ways to do business.

POS systems can improve businesses across industries. They also have benefits specific to vape shops that you should consider.

How Will Your Vape Shop Benefit From an Upgrade?

When you add a POS system to your vape store’s workflow, your shop benefits from:

  • Inventory organization: An all-in-one POS can read bar codes and SKUs to help you manage your inventory. You can keep track of your stock numbers and categorize your products into different departments.
  • Robust processing integration: POS systems can work with payment processing systems to make your business more efficient. Add a card reader to increase your customer traffic and speed up checkout.
  • Mobile access options: Some POS systems that use cloud technology also have mobile app options. These apps let you manage your store from anywhere that your smartphone has internet connection.
  • Staff management: Comprehensive POS systems have staff management options that help you handle shifts and employee permissions. These features let you improve your staff’s workflow.

The features available from a POS system give you the resources you need to compete with bigger market competitors.

What Can a POS System Do to Benefit Your Customers?

You can improve your customers’ experience at your vape shop with POS system perks such as:

  • Faster checkouts: A POS system includes everything you need for faster transactions and shorter check-out lines. Tools such as a barcode scanner, custom product catalog and integrated cash register let you ring up items faster.
  • Better marketing: Comprehensive POS systems can include loyalty programs, product discounts and other promotions that help your customers save. They can count on your store as a place for reliable deals.
  • More payment options: When you combine your POS system with a payment processor, your customers can use more payment options. An all in one POS can expand their selection to cards, mobile payments and more.

A POS system gives you plenty of opportunities to improve your service to your vape shop customers.

Why Choose POS+ From NRS as Your POS?

At National Retail Solutions, Inc., we empower small businesses by providing an affordable and powerful POS system. POS+ has all the features you need to compete in today’s vape market. The benefits of choosing POS+ for your vape shop include:

  • Thousands of pre-loaded barcodes: Your POS+ system comes set up with more than 400,000 barcodes for popular products including products specific to vape and tobacco stores. It also allows you to scan new barcodes to add them to your system quickly.
  • ID check reminders: POS+ can remind you to check a customer’s ID when they buy tobacco products. Add these items to a special department that prompts your cashier to check for ID before finishing the transaction.
  • Powerful inventory and staff features: You can use POS+ to organize your inventory and employees. The POS+ inventory features can track your stock numbers and categorize your products. POS+ also allows you to set user permissions and record when an employee logs in or out for their shift.
  • Tobacco sales rebate program: Get paid monthly for your tobacco sales. For some merchants you can make up to 15 cents per carton sold.

We designed POS+ to help small business owners like you increase your profits and stay competitive.

Learn More About POS+

For more information about how POS+ can help streamline your vape shop, contact one of our representatives today.

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How to Choose a Liquor Store POS System

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Over the past five years, the number of liquor store businesses in the U.S. has steadily grown by 0.9 percent. It’s no wonder that the market is thriving. Beer, wine and liquor stores offer customers a wider selection of alcoholic drinks than convenience stores, drug stores or big box stores do, and they typically do so in a conveniently-sized location.

Imagine having to navigate a vast big-box store only to find a limited selection of alcohol that doesn’t include your favorite drink. You don’t have to worry about that when you stop into your local liquor store. Whether you are gearing up for a celebration or a quiet night in, you can stop by your local liquor store and find the beer, wine or liquor to complete the experience.

If you’re one of the more than 156,000 Americans who works at a liquor store — especially if you are an owner or manager — you probably have a sense of how important your store is to your community. Like all small business owners, you should take pride in the work you do and constantly be on the lookout for ways to improve a customer’s experience in your store. You can do that with a point of sale (POS) system.

In this post, we’ll learn more about POS systems and how to choose the right one for your liquor store. The right POS system can help you make your store an even better place for people to shop for their favorite drinks.

Why Your Liquor Store Needs a Modern POS System

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If you’re just looking for a new bar code scanner or cash register for your liquor store, consider a complete POS system instead. Point of sale refers to the checkout process at your store. When a consumer makes a purchase, you need a way to facilitate the transaction. In the past, cashiers used manual cash registers and handwritten receipts, but today, consumers expect an efficient checkout experience that takes full advantage of modern technology.

A POS system uses integrated hardware and software to modernize and streamline the checkout experience for both consumers and employees, and gives managers and owners a suite of helpful tools. All-in-one POS systems come with all the components you need for checkout, including a register terminal screen, a customer-facing screen, cash register drawer, bar code scanner, card reader and receipt printer.

Liquor stores need efficient and modern point of sale systems for many reasons, but mainly because a POS system:

  • Speeds up checkout time
  • Helps cashiers be accurate with pricing and taxes
  • Enables you to take a variety of payment types
  • Tracks data from every purchase
  • Helps you make more informed business decisions

What POS Features Are Important for Liquor Stores?

Now that we’ve taken a moment to look at what a POS system can offer a business generally, let’s look more specifically at which features liquor store owners should look for when shopping for a POS system. After all, there are many different systems on the market, so you want to choose the one that best fits your needs.

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When comparing POS systems, look for one that delivers these five features since they’re especially important for liquor stores:

1. Sales Tracking

Tracking your sales allows you to take the temperature of how your store is currently doing and reveals how your sales performance evolves over time. This can help you see what’s working and what’s not so you can successfully grow your business. For example, you may see that sales are too low during certain periods for it to be worth staying open while other hours during the day are busy and warrant more employees being on the schedule.

Without a POS system, tracking sales is a complicated and laborious process, but with a POS system, the software does the work for you. It stores the data and delivers it in an easy-to-understand format. Once you’ve had your POS long enough, you can compare sales from this April to sales from last April or this year’s total to last year’s total to get a wide-angle perspective of how your business is doing.

2. Inventory Management

Managing inventory is critical to the success of your business. The best modern POS systems offer inventory tracking so you don’t need another software program for it. Since POS systems are equipped with a database that recognizes all the items your store carries, they can note when a product is sold and can track how many you have left in stock. They can even let you know when it’s time to reorder a product when you’re running low.

Tracking your inventory is the only way to make informed decisions about which products you should carry. The inventory management tool on a POS can make it clear which products are selling well and which may need to be eliminated from your product line. Try replacing unpopular products with new products and use the inventory tracking tool to see how these new SKUs do. Did you know that traditional drinks like mead are experiencing a resurgence in popularity? With inventory management software, you can introduce trendy or more niche products like this and then evaluate their performance.

3. Customer Loyalty Program

Loyalty programs can help keep satisfied customers coming back to your store again and again. One report found that some consumers spend up to 99 percent more with brands where they have a loyalty account. Some small businesses have a loyalty program in place, but it involves stamping or punching holes into a loyalty card. This method is better than nothing, but it’s by no means ideal.

When you choose a POS system that has a loyalty program already built in, you can take advantage of the technology and enjoy a completely automated rewards experience. No dealing with lost cards, delays during checkout or confusion. When it comes to loyalty programs, customers who have engaged with loyalty technology note that it has made a drastic improvement in their member experience.

4. Store Promotions

It’s no secret that store promotions are a great way to encourage people to shop in general. In a liquor store, special discounts may encourage people to try something new and walk out with more than just their ordinary purchase. People tend to become more adventurous when they see a sale price on an item, so they just might pick up a bottle of that cookies and cream whiskey or dill pickle vodka if the price is right. Store promotions can also encourage them to stock up on their favorite products now if they’re on sale.

When choosing a POS system, make sure it allows you to program in any temporary promotions or discounts you choose to feature. Your POS should automatically reflect the discounted price when you scan an item that’s on sale. If you want a discount to apply only after a customer purchases a certain number of products, your POS should be able to do that too. The right POS can take all the guesswork out of applying promotions at checkout.

5. Age Verification Reminders

Your cashiers are legally obligated to check every customer’s ID to confirm that they are legal drinking age before selling them alcohol. Even though it’s a requirement, it can be easy for cashiers to forget to take the time to check, especially if a person appears to be well over the age of 21. New employees may be especially susceptible to forgetting to check ID, which could compromise your business’s security right away.

Your POS system can help. Look for a POS system that allows you to denote which product categories require age verification. When one of these items is scanned, the POS should pop up with a reminder to the cashier to verify the customer’s age. It’s a simple feature, but it can be an extremely helpful reminder to all employees.

How to Choose the Best POS System for Your Liquor Store

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Now you know what features to look for when you’re shopping for a POS system, but other considerations should also factor into your decision. When choosing a POS system, consider your business’s unique needs. With many different POS systems on the market, you want to identify the one that will help your business the most. A helpful way to think through some of the qualities you need from a POS is to ask yourself some questions about your business and your preferences. Here are five questions to get you started:

1. How Many Locations Do I Run?

Do you need a POS system that can connect your sales from multiple stores? If you currently operate multiple locations, or even if you think you might open up a second location in the future, make sure you choose a POS system now that can synchronize your data across locations. This will save you from having to manually combine data or somehow attempt to integrate different systems together.

2. Do I Want Remote Access?

Another question to ask yourself is whether you want to have access to your data when you’re not at the store. If so, opt for a cloud-based system. With a cloud-based terminal POS, your data is stored in the cloud instead of in a hard drive, allowing you to access it through a mobile app or website when you’re at home, out of town or in a different store location. You may even be able to input new information or make changes from the app.

3. What’s My Budget?

Another important question to ask yourself is how much you can afford to spend on your liquor store POS system. Perhaps the expense of a POS system is what has held you back from buying one sooner. When considering your budget, remember that a POS is an investment that is likely to help your business grow and succeed. It may cost a bit up front, but it will be well worth it. Still, budgetary limitations are a reality. Another advantage of the cloud-based terminal system is that it entails a lower upfront cost with an ongoing monthly or annual fee for support from the POS company.

4. How Do My Customers Pay?

You may remember the days when people either paid with cash or a check, but today, there are many more forms of payment going around, including credit and debit cards and, more recently, mobile wallet apps. Mobile methods of payment like Apple Pay and Android Pay are innovative methods of payment that aren’t just popular with young people. In fact, the typical user of mobile wallet apps is between 30 and 44 years old. If you want to be equipped to accept a variety of payment types, then look for a POS that can handle cash, cards, mobile payments and more.

5. Do I Want a Customer-Facing Screen?

While it’s standard for POS systems to include a register terminal for the cashier, they may not include a screen for the customer. If you want customers to be able to see their items and prices as they’re rung up along with their final total, then look for a POS with a customer-facing display screen. It’s a great bonus if you can display store promotions or news on the screen, as well, since this visual information can help keep customers engaged during checkout.

End Your Search With the POS+ From National Retail Solutions

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If you’re searching for the best POS system on the market, your search should end with the POS+, an all-in-one POS system from National Retail Solutions (NRS). Our POS system is comprised of high-quality hardware and cutting-edge software, making it the perfect solution for small businesses all over the U.S. Liquor store owners will especially appreciate that the POS+ offers all of the helpful features we’ve discussed in this post.

One thing you and your employees are sure to notice right away is that the POS+ is exceptionally user-friendly, as liquor store point of sale software — or any POS software — should be. The touchscreen terminal is easy to navigate, with clear images and text.

Even though the system appears simplistic, there is so much you can do with the POS+. Create and manage your inventory, track sales performance, enter in promotions and more. When you purchase a POS+, you also get access to the BR Club, a customer loyalty program that independent retailers all over the country use to encourage repeat business.

The POS+ from NRS is the best value on the market, so you can make your investment in a POS system with confidence. In addition to getting you set up with all the components in the beginning, NRS continues to offer ongoing support. Just like a fine wine, your software will get better with age because NRS will automatically update it periodically. We’re always looking for ways to innovate and improve as technology progresses.

You can learn more about our liquor store POS system on our website. If you’re interested in equipping your liquor store with a POS system, contact us today for a free quote. Cheers to a better checkout experience and more strategic management!

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Cash Register vs. POS System: Why You Need to Upgrade

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Did you find this page while looking for a cash register online? A cash register provides a simple option for sales management, but you can also choose a point-of-sale (POS) system. In fact, you might have a POS system in mind without realizing it. Many people confuse the two devices when they each have different strengths.

This guide will explain the differences between a cash register and POS system and explore which will benefit your business.

About Traditional Cash Registers

The traditional cash register has over 100 years of use in American stores. We now use electronic models, but they achieve the same goals as the original version — storing money and calculating sales. Electronic cash registers can get their power from a battery or electrical outlet. Their simple functions and ease of use make them a popular choice for small businesses. However, cash registers make up a single part of the point of sale in your store.

What Does an All-in-One POS System Include?

A point-of-sale (POS) system manages all aspects of your customer checkout experience and tracks important business metrics such as daily sales statistics and inventory. It includes the hardware and software you need to run your checkout counter. POS systems can include a cash register as part of their hardware, but they have more functions than a cash register alone.

They can also have hardware such as:

  • Customer display screens
  • Touchscreens
  • Barcode scanners
  • Built-in scales
  • Receipt printers
  • Credit card processing machine

Your POS system may include some or all of these pieces of equipment. In addition to hardware, a POS system includes software that can:

  • Processes transactions
  • Records sales
  • Manages inventory levels
  • Track customer and vendor relationships
  • Log employee shifts

Just like with POS system hardware, POS system software can have various features, so your software may include some or all of these features. It can also have additional functions not mentioned here.

When you look for a POS system, you can benefit most from an all-in-one POS system. An all-in-one POS like POS+ from National Retail Solutions, Inc., includes all the hardware and software you need to manage sales. POS systems that don’t have all the required components require you to buy more parts, resulting in a higher cost and technical issues.

Cost of Cash Registers vs. POS Systems

While cash registers have a lower upfront cost than POS systems, there are substantial other costs to your business when you use a basic cash register as opposed to a modern POS system. A POS system will make your business more efficient and will make you more money long term. Since a POS system makes the checkout experience faster, your cashiers can checkout more customers per hour, and you will have more time to focus on managing your business. The POS also makes it easier for you to analyze your business’ performance and make smart business decisions. When deciding between a POS system and cash register, consider the long-term net profit in addition to the upfront price.

If you decide to get a point-of-sale system, you could also have the choice to pay in installments. Some POS companies offer this option to help smaller businesses start with their product. They may also have a base package that you can buy and add accessories to as you earn more money.

Keeping Records With a Cash Register vs. a POS

When you get a standalone cash register, you need to find a way to keep track of your sales. Cash registers cannot keep a sales record for you, so you have to create your own system. You can try keeping receipts from every sale and doing your bookkeeping by hand. If you understand how to use computer spreadsheets or bookkeeping software, you can enter your sales into one of these programs. However, all these options take time and put you at risk of making mistakes.

An all-in-one POS has a built-in system that keeps track of your sales. When you choose a high-quality system, you can also benefit from statistics and analytics that show your sales performance. In addition to tracking profits, you can use a POS system to manage many of the important records involved in running a business.

Marketing Tools From a Cash Register vs. POS Marketing Resources

All-in-one POS systems come with helpful marketing features that you can’t find in a cash register. Most standalone cash registers come without marketing tools that help your business grow. You must create marketing techniques from the start without the extra support that comes with built-in resources.

A comprehensive POS can include loyalty programs, gift card acceptance and customer relationship management. Some POS systems also enable you to advertise on a customer-facing screen.

Growth Opportunities Available With Cash Registers and POS Systems

A cash register serves as an important part of growing your business, but upgrading to a POS gives you more capabilities. When you choose an all-in-one POS system, you get the ability to:

  • Build relationships with your customers
  • Manage your employees and keep track of shifts
  • Start a loyalty program to encourage people to buy
  • Create in-store discounts that help you get items off the shelves
  • Record your purchases from vendors
  • Analyze your business’ performance to improve your growth

Your comprehensive POS system handles some of the complicated aspects of doing business so you can focus on growth initiatives. It streamlines your business practices to give you a more professional appearance and saves you time.

Upgrade Your Cash Register Today With POS+

To get the most out of upgrading from a cash register to a POS, you need to choose a system that fits your business. At National Retail Solutions, Inc., we pride ourselves on offering an all-in-one POS for small businesses. POS+ has an affordable price and powerful features that help community businesses like yours succeed in a competitive market.

Our POS+ system includes everything you need to grow your company, including a cash register that works with our POS software. We offer payment plan options and additional equipment to accommodate a wide range of customers. You can contact our sales team today to learn more about your options.

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How to Manage Your Retail Business Remotely With POS Technology

When you run a community business, you need to manage your operations anywhere. A point of sale (POS) system like POS+ from National Retail Solutions, Inc., helps you keep track of your sales. Storing your data on the Internet-based cloud lets you access business information from your phone or tablet. Our new POS app, My NRS Store, gives you the tools you need to run a successful business wherever you want.

Track Sales on the Go

If you work outside your store during operating hours, transactions happen even when you don’t work on-site. Understanding your sales in real time helps you make vital business decisions. My NRS Store records your transactions as they happen. It uploads your information to secure Internet storage that you can access with your device. You can see how many customers visit your store and what they buy.

Create Store Reports Whenever You Need Them

Our POS+ system manages your sales statistics so you can look at them whenever you need. The My NRS Store app keeps track of every sale that happens in your store and calculates your profits, average sales amounts and more. Your custom sales reports let you see how different departments sell during the time range you specify. They also show you the total number of sales and items sold to help you understand your business’ activity.

Manage Employee Permissions Anywhere

Sometimes, you need to change an employee’s access to your POS+ features outside your store. They may need temporary control over an aspect of your business when you can’t go on-site to help. In other cases, you could have a staff member who should have access to fewer features. My NRS Store gives you the power to change your employees’ permissions at any time. You can give or take away access as needed.

Maintain Vendor Relationships

When you use POS+ to manage vendor payments and shipments, you might need to see this information on the go. My NRS app gives you control over your vendor contact information and payment tracking from your device. You can even view and change your records when you visit a vendor, so you have accurate information in real time.

View and Edit Your Inventory and Pricebook

During re-supply trips, you want the latest information about your inventory and prices. My NRS Store can track the inventory numbers for items you choose and show you prices for every product in your store. When you need to change a price off-site, you can edit your pricebook from any place with an internet connection.

Do Business Anywhere With POS+ and the My NRS Store App

POS+ from National Retail Solutions, Inc. features powerful software you can access from your device. You can manage your employees, inventory, sales records and more in just a few taps. The POS+ bundle comes with all the hardware and software you need to keep up with the leaders in your industry. For more information about our point of sale system, contact our sales team today. Existing POS+ owners can download My NRS Store from the Apple App Store and Google Play for Android.

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How Many POS Terminals Should I Have?

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When you want to add a point of sale (POS) system to your business, you may need to consider how many terminals to buy. You might feel that you need more than one checkout counter, but how do you know for sure? These indicators can help you figure out the number of POS stations you need in your store.

1. Consider Peak Customer Volume

The number of customers you have can decide how many checkout stations you offer. Instead of basing this decision on your average volume of customers, we recommend using your peak customer numbers as your baseline. When you have more business than usual, you want to provide the best service possible. Peak business times give you an opportunity to make a lot of money, very quickly. Having an adequate number of stations during these periods lets you checkout customers quickly and insure they have a good experience at your store.

2. Remember the Average Customer’s Preferred Wait Time

Another way to tell if you need more POS terminals is by looking at your customers’ average wait time. Long checkout lines discourage customers from completing their purchases and returning in the future. According to an extensive survey, customers feel satisfied when they wait less than four minutes, and their satisfaction drops when the wait lasts longer than four minutes. If you see that many of your customers have to stay in line for more than four minutes, you may need more stations.

3. Think About Your Employees’ Workload

Remember to check how your number of terminals affects your employees’ ability to do their jobs. If they seem overwhelmed during checkout and have little time for other tasks, you may need more terminals. On the other hand, if you never use one or more of your stations, it might be time to remove them. Ask your staff for their opinions about the checkout process. Do they consider the checkout process manageable, or do they need more resources?

4. Give Your Customers Enough Space

If you think you need more checkout stations, see if you have the room to add them. Crowding your checkout area with POS systems and cashiers can have the opposite of the effect you want. Balancing your capacity to serve customers with available space will ensure that they feel satisfied during every step of the process. Consider moving your checkout area if you need more space and checkout stations.

5. Leave Enough Counter Space

A POS terminal takes up counter space in addition to floor space. Make sure you can add more systems while giving your staff and customers the room to do business. Check the product measurements and use a measuring tape to plan your future checkout counter layout before buying.

A POS for Independent Businesses

At National Retail Solutions, Inc., we partner with small businesses to help them succeed. POS+, our comprehensive POS solution, gives you everything you need to make checkout simple. Our POS+ customers receive free BR Club loyalty program materials and can access resources like our Cash Advance service. For more information about our products and services, contact our sales team today.

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Buy a Complete POS Solution for the Best Sales Experience

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When looking for a point of sale (POS) system for your business, you might consider buying used devices from a variety of sources. You can find separate pieces of equipment from vendors all over the Internet. While this option may save you money at first, it could hurt your long-term profits. Learn why getting a complete POS bundle will provide more benefits than getting separate parts.

What Can Happen If I Buy Separate Parts?

Putting together different POS parts provides fewer benefits than buying a full set of equipment. If you don’t have the technical knowledge, you could purchase parts that don’t work with each other. Even when you have the expertise to combine devices, you miss out on the software and support provided by a POS service. We recommend buying an all-in-one solution for the reasons listed below.

Buying an All-In-One Solution for Guaranteed Compatibility

When you purchase an all-in-one POS system, the company designs each device to work with one another. Their equipment engineers test every component to make sure they communicate. Your scanner, payment processor and other hardware all have designs based on specific software. Equipment that runs on the same software will offer a faster checkout experience than different devices pieced together.

Comprehensive POS Systems and Customer Support

Signing up for a POS service gives you access to customer support. If an issue arises or you have a question about your hardware, you can ask someone with the training to help you. Meanwhile, you have to figure out the answer yourself when you put the parts together. Most device instructions assume you have compatible parts, so you could have extra problems to face if you don’t buy a full equipment set.

Additional Services From Your POS Company

Did you know that the best POS companies offer more than software and hardware? These providers give you a comprehensive service package that can include sales support and additional programs. For example, at National Retail Solutions, Inc., we offer the BR Club loyalty program to every business that buys our POS+ system. This loyalty program gives small companies the ad materials and software they need to offer monthly discounts to their customers.

Giving Your Business a Professional Appearance

Having compatible equipment helps your business look professional to your customers. This benefit applies to appearance and efficiency. Equipment you use as part of a set has a similar look to other parts of the system. Thanks to the increased efficiency provided by compatible devices, your checkout experience will appear more put-together. This way, you and your employees can offer convenient and accurate service.

Your All-In-One POS Solution From National Retail Solutions, Inc.

At National Retail Solutions, Inc., we believe in offering quality products and services at an affordable price. The equipment in our POS+ system works with our unique Elmer software to make sales simple. POS+ has an affordable price and financing plans to help every business get started. Ready to learn more about our equipment and software? Talk to our POS experts today!