Consider choosing a mobile POS system, instead of a traditional system. Traditional POS systems take a long time to set up. It can also be extremely difficult to connect your inventory (especially if you have multiple locations).
Mobile systems, however, are more flexible and allow your employees to help the same customer throughout the sales process. Your team members can carry tablets or smartphones with the POS app, so they can check inventory right there with the customer. They won’t have to go check the back for inventory or wait for other staff members to be done with the register.
If you decide to use a mobile system, consider these six things to help narrow down your search further.
Time is money, so look for a mobile point-of-sale system that is easy to setup and easy to use. If it takes a lot of time to initially setup the system or train new employees, you’re eating into your profits. Instead, choose a system that’s easy enough to use that no one has to come set it up for you.
Your business will grow. You want to choose a POS system that will grow with you, so you don’t have to search for a new system every time your business grows.
Because mobile systems are easy to setup, it won’t cost a lot of time and money to connect if you open a new location.
Your system should alert you when items are running low, so you have time to restock. It should also be easy to add new items and handle returns or exchanges.
Look for a system that will give you real-time or near real-time inventory numbers. You’ll be able to track your inventory to see what’s moving and what’s just taking up shelf space. Having real-time numbers won’t replace taking physical inventory, but it will cut down on how often you have to do it – saving you time and money.
4. Sales Tracking
Thanks to mobile POS systems, you won’t have to track your sales on spreadsheets anymore. Your mobile system should not only track real-time inventory, but also real-time sales numbers. You’ll be able to see exactly where you stand at every moment in the day.
No matter how easy your POS system is, you’ll probably need help at some point. Choose a system with a friendly, knowledgeable customer support team so you can get your questions answered quickly and accurately.