So many facets of our lives these days are in the cloud, so why should a point of sale system be any different?
Think about it – Netflix and Hulu are now prominent entertainment outlets, and use of file sharing applications and online banking are changing the way businesses, customers and colleagues communicate with one another.
The same features you love about those cloud-based programs can apply to your business. No matter what type of goods or services you provide, you can benefit from a cloud-based POS. Moving your transactions to the cloud can meet your current needs and grow along with your business.
Epos Now offers a fully optimized cloud POS suitable for any business large or small. Here are a few reasons why you should consider making the move to the cloud in 2019:
A lack of security is one reason many business owners steer clear of cloud-based solutions. However, Epos Now's cloud POS is fully secure and guaranteed to keep your data safe. Data is backed up to the cloud, rather than stored on a physical server, which makes it more difficult for hackers and other cyber threats to infiltrate.
And don’t forget that physical systems can get stolen, damaged or corrupted, which results in losing all your product data and having to re-enter everything again (or more importantly, losing transaction and tax data that you’re unable to report to the IRS).
No system is foolproof, of course, but having the data available in the cloud also means it can be fully restored in the event that something does happen.
Beyond securing your data on a large scale, Epos Now also allows you to restrict access to sensitive information among your staff. You can restrict access to functions like offering refunds or voiding sales, and set different levels of access for each employee through a PIN number or swipe card.
This one is a no-brainer. Storing your data in the cloud means that you can access it any time and from anywhere. Your employees can also access the POS from any device to complete sales and transactions.
Gone are the days of fixed-location POS terminals. In their place are phones, tablets, watches, and just about any other mobile device you can think of.
Contactless payments are transforming retail as we speak. From a business owner's perspective, you want to make it as easy as possible for a customer to buy something from you. So, why let your point of sale software hold you back?
Moving to a cloud-based POS makes your business part of a vicious cycle in the best way possible. The easier it is to make sales, the more sales you make, and the more your business grows as a result. The beauty of using the cloud is that you point of sale system can grow right along with your profits.
For example, you can add a new location to your POS within seconds and copy all of your product and pricing data over in a single click. This makes the setup process of opening a new store painless and worry-free.
Bring another POS tablet or other device online with Epos Now in just minutes, or reach out to our award-winning support team for assistance 24/7.
For instance, if you are using a hospitality POS system and want to add another ipad to equip a server to take orders if you get busy, or in a retail POS environment, you may want to add a hand-held stock-taking device. You can connect a device that you already own or purchase or bundle one from our online store with a cloud-compatible cash drawer, printer, and more.
All devices run the full version of Epos Now, including the hundreds of integrations that are available in our app store.
Speaking of integrations, once you are in the cloud, the possibilities for connecting your POS software to other products are nearly endless.
Integrate your website through Shopify or Woocommerce, and handle your accounting through Xero, Sage or Quickbooks Online. Manage your employee scheduling with Deputy, manage your customer database with MailChimp, or organize bookings with Appointedd.
All of these integrations are housed in the cloud along with your POS data. Everything is kept in sync, so there are never any discrepancies across systems. You always have the most up-to-date information about your customers and your operations at your fingertips.
Automatic Software Updates
Have you ever been in the middle of a transaction only to have the system stop to install software updates?
Cloud-based POS systems automatically install software updates, so you never need to worry about doing it yourself. The updates run in the background while you and your team go about your normal operations.
This means that you always have better and more efficient software than your competitors, and you have peace of mind knowing you’re operating with the latest features.
Having the latest retail POS software is essential if you are running application integrations, or for keeping up with the latest mobile payment technology. The last thing you want is for a customer's contactless payment to fail because your point of sale system cannot accommodate the technology.
Increased Data Visibility
Say goodbye to long days and nights crunching numbers in your back office. Or to the bill you pay someone else to. Not only do cloud POS systems allow you to process transactions from any device, but they also allow you to view your sales and customer data any time and anywhere.
No matter where you are, you can always keep an eye on what's happening with your business and make adjustments on the fly as needed. Use the data to your advantage by launching last-minute promotions to boost sales or adjusting staffing based on customer demand.
Streamlined Information Across Multiple Platforms
Not only is your retail POS data available any time you want it, but it's also in one place. You won't need to go to one place for sales and other for inventory and another for payroll or employee hours.
A cloud-based POS allows you to work smarter, not harder, which means you have more time to focus on growing your business and providing the best products and services to your customers.
As you can see, moving your POS to the cloud is well worth the effort to make it happen. Contactless payments are already beginning to transform retail and will only grow as mobile technology becomes more and more ubiquitous.
Digitization represents a significant change for some businesses, but as you've seen, the positives of moving to the cloud far outweigh the negatives. The earlier you make the switch to a cloud-based POS, the bigger the advantage you'll have over your competitors.
Epos Now will work with you to ensure a smooth transition and help you get the most out of our POS software. Contact us for a free 15-minute demo to see how our cloud-based POS can position your business for short-term and long-term growth.