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The Top 3 Things to Look for When Selecting a POS System Bundle

Retail small business owners looking to have more control over transactions or who want to simplify the checkout process for their customers might want to consider a POS system bundle.

At the heart of each POS system bundle is a standard-issue computer running specialized POS software. The total system bundle provides the technology to give small business owners an immediate and accurate picture of their inventory; recording changes on the system’s hard drive each time a purchase is made. They also come with accessory hardware, such as a cash drawer, receipt printer, barcode scanner and credit card reader.

What You Should Consider

Different POS system bundles work better in different types of stores — what’s best suited for a convenience store might not work for a gourmet market or apparel boutique. When you’re choosing a system, look for features that will add value and improve the experience for you or your customers. Here are three things to keep in mind before choosing a bundled system:

  1. Inventory tracking is an extremely valuable feature to look for in a POS system. It allows you to monitor your current inventory and even set alerts when it’s time to reorder, so you’re not caught short in any product categories. Your system should also let you add new items with ease and look at inventory activity for the day, week or even year — this will help you anticipate what you need to order in the short- and long-term.
  2. Ease of use is also a critical attribute to look for, as you will be using this system for every transaction every day. Remember, the more complex the POS system, the more difficult it can be for you and your employees to learn, update and troubleshoot. Try to strike a balance between a system that is easy to use yet offers the features most important to your business.
  3. Expansion is another factor to consider as you weigh your options. If you don’t have the funds to purchase a sophisticated POS system right now, you may want to look at a system that will allow you to start basic (software, cash drawer and receipt printer) and add on later (barcode scanner, credit card reader, inventory tag printer, pole display, PIN debit pad, etc.).

Choosing the right POS system bundle depends on the size, scope and nature of your retail operation, so do your research before choosing a solution. Once you determine the right bundle, the system can save you time and money. It will also help maximize the efficiency of each customer transaction, improving customer service and your bottom line.

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