For years, those ICB members who needed a POS system because of the size and nature of their business had limited choices with large price tags. The smaller ICB who did not have an absolute need of a POS system but could have benefited from one had to stick with a simple cash register system because they could not justify the complex nature or the cost of the systems. Today, because of Cloud Computing and Mobile POS, a POS system is now available to all ICB owners.
The great benefit of today’s Mobile POS is they are no longer a closed system that is hard to install, difficult to operate or tough to get data out of them. Instead, the mobile systems are easy to install, and you can get them up and running within minutes. The systems are simple to use and provide smarter operating procedures as well as better availability to current information and stored data. Best of all they are now at a cost that any ICB that wishes to use a POS system can do so.
However, that’s not all, there are many other key benefits all ICB accounts can profit from in using the new Mobile POS. They have become a considerably more useful business tool than traditional POS systems. For that matter, don’t be surprised when the industry starts to call them something other than Point of Sale (POS) systems because in actual practice, they are providing much more services and opportunities than just ringing up a sales transaction and that is why it is time for all ICB operations to have a Mobile POS. So for now we will continue to call them POS systems, but it is important to realize it is now only a name for a total business-operating tool and not a system that just rings up sales.
One of the best changes is that the Mobile POS system can handle any type of transaction using a combination of a traditional front-end cash register, telephone orders, fax and mail orders, orders placed on a mobile device as well as e-commerce orders, and this can all be handled with a tablet. In fact, using your tablet you could place an order on your Mobile POS from any place that you happen to be, your home office, out at a customer’s home, at a flea market even without a live Internet connection.
The system gives you the ability to maintain a full customer database with all pertinent information such as address, telephone number, email address and just about any other information you think has value for your business. You now have a complete history of all the purchases made by your customers, and you can have an active file of all pending orders to ensure nothing gets missed. You can add a loyalty program, special coupons or pricing for your most active customers. On the business side, the system can actually place orders to your vendors to ensure that you inventory is always at the level you want to keep them at.
You can use the system with the available information to do all your Internet marketing and handle all the email campaigns you wish to do. It will even allow for social media marketing.
The Mobile POS can keep track of your employee scheduling, do the related payroll, prepare your quarterly payroll reports and then tie everything to your bookkeeping system or just sent it along to your accountant if you prefer.
The bottom line is a new Mobile POS tool can handle most of the business side of your business and giving you needed time to get back to the selling side of your business.
Now is the time you really need to determine just how much you want to keep doing your back office functions yourself or to let technology help. The systems are available to do these tasks at a very reasonable price. Take a look, the investments in time as well as in new technology well give you a great return for that effort. Technology can truly be made simply sophisticated.