Web-based applications have changed the IT landscape since they require little upfront investment, upgrade frequently, and companies typically can use the hardware they already have. This reasonably priced alternative to conventional, on-premises POS program keeps databases and data protected, with around-the-clock access from any location or mobile device with an online connection.
Though their applications apply to nearly all markets and businesses, Web-based applications have had a particularly large effect on retail point of sale (POS). Consider these five reasons: Can your POS system do this?
1. Effortless Scheduling. A Web-based application means that you can get back office functions from anywhere, anytime. This allows supervisors to update programs and view time off or holiday requests quickly and easily from any mobile device. Employees can see their work schedules and request time off via a easy-to-use interface, even if they are not in the shop.
2. Easy Inventory Access. Based on retail advisory firm IHL Group, stock mistakes cost merchants $1.75 million annually. The number one reason these errors occur is due to internal process failures, which can be avoided by a Web-based application. Inventory is monitored in real time, rather than upgrading hourly or daily. Employees can easily see which things are on-hand, in-transit or on-order. This is particularly important when you are managing stock at multiple shops since it allows managers to set an order for all of the stores from 1 location.
3. Order Online, Pick Up in Store. People are seeking an omnichannel buying experience so it’s not surprising that the”buy online, pick up in store” has become much more popular. It’s the best solution for men and women that want the instant gratification of receiving their item the same day, while saving on transport costs. Web-based application inventory management is updated in real time, so clients can see what is in stock while they’re shopping. Additionally, it allows them to pick a different place if their product is out of stock, and have it shopped into the closest store for pickup.
4. Offsite Access. Conventional POS systems may require you to be onsite to operate on back office functions or inspection reports, but a Web-based application lets business owners and managers access the system from anywhere with Internet access. Web-based applications store information in the cloud, so it is open 24/7 for managers to run reports, schedule staff, and manage inventory from home whilst on a companies excursion, or late at night.
5. Save a Webpage (such as an App) into a Mobile Device Home Screen. Business owners and managers can save a shortcut to their internet portal — like an app — directly to their smartphone or tablet computer so that they can log in with just a couple clicks. This technology, which brings their whole operation right to their fingertips, is compatible with iPhone® and Android™ OS platforms. Customers can also benefit from your shop’s Web-based application for simple, one-click ordering (if available). Getting your store’s webpage on a customer’s home screen will help make certain your shop will always be their first stop.
Increasingly, retailers are choosing Web-based applications because of their ease of use, the expanded capabilities they provide, and the improved customer experiences they could help supply. Web-based applications are an inexpensive alternative to legacy POS systems that can help move your company toward greater efficiency and competitiveness.