In today’s marketplace, you have dozens of options for almost anything you need to buy – more so if you are shopping for your business. In some cases, it almost helps more to know what you don’t want or what you need to avoid so that you can whittle down the field. After all, many products will have the same features and benefits. Therefore, it helps a bit to know what they don’t have and to go from there.
If you are shopping for a new point-of-sale system for your business, here are a few POS systems that you should probably avoid:
Large, Clunky Machines
Traditionally, the only option for a POS system was a large, boxy cash register with a lot of bells and whistles (literal bells and whistles). Even as POS systems have gotten smaller and more mobile, these outdated clunkers are still being made.
Avoid buying one of these systems as they will chain your employees to one spot at a counter, limiting their ability to check out customers quickly and efficiently. A sleeker system, such as an iPad POS, will allow them to meet customers wherever they are in the store or the community.
A POS system need not be complex to provide you all the features you need. A complex system will be hard for employees to learn how to use, which will cost you unnecessary payroll hours and reduce efficiency in serving customers.
Choose a system that is easy to learn, such as an iPad POS. Many employees are already familiar with the iPad, and the interface is very user-friendly. Employees will be able to learn the system in no time, and you won’t have to sacrifice features in the process.
Traditional POS systems can cost upwards of $15,000 or $20,000. That’s a huge investment for any size business. In contrast, an iPad POS system can cost you around $1,000 (a bit more or less depending on the brand and the features you choose). With the lower cost, you can even afford to pick up several units to increase your efficiency in serving customers.
Forget about older POS systems that no longer meet the needs of today’s businesses. Don’t buy clunky, complex or expensive systems. Consider newer, lighter and less expensive technology like the iPad POS for your business instead.