If you are a small business retailer and think retail is tough we have a question for you…

Yes, retail is tough.

What are you doing about it?

I’d love a dollar for every retailer who has told me how tough it is in the last few years.  Heck, I’d retire with the money I’d have.

The thing is, retail is tough, especially small business retail like a gift shop.  It’s always been tough for the little guy. I know because I own small retail businesses myself.

I really do think we need to stop saying retail is tough and start challenging ourselves. Hence the question: What are you doing about it?  Put another way…

  1. What are you doing to attract new shoppers?
  2. What are you doing to get your existing shoppers to spend more?
  3. What are you doing to drive down your costs?
  4. What are you doing to improve margin?

These are the four most important things for a retailer to act on. They sit at the core of every retail business failure and success.

Taking small steps in each of these areas can help you weather tough times. These same small steps can help you find success with less effort.

Tower Systems is a software company for small business retailers like you. We’re retailers too. We combine retail experience with tech smarts and a passion for small business to help our colleagues to grow their businesses. We’d like to help you.

Using our Point of Sale software for gift shops like yours we can help you

  1. Attract new shoppers.
  2. Get your existing shoppers to spend more.
  3. Drive down your costs.
  4. Improve margin.

Big claims yes … we have existing customers who will tell you that we do this.

Our system can cost as little as a few dollars a day. Besides great software, hardware you can trust, friendly training and software support, you have access to our business skills, acumen and passionWe have your back, helping where we can with advice and ideas to help you grow your retail business.

We’re not your average software company.  Tower Systems is a full-service passionate and engaged software company that wants you to succeed. We firmly believe…

In business, through our own actions we make our own success.

I’m the owner and founder of Tower and am proud to work with more than 2,000 small retailers like you. I’d be honoured to help you. So would one of our amazing, skilled and passionate account managers. Call one today…

See the software live. Contact us for an obligation free demonstration: Email: sales@towersystems.com.au. Call: toll free 1300 662 957. SA / WA / VIC: Tim Batt. 0401 833 917. QLD / NT: Justin Randall.  0434 365 789. NSW / ACT / TAS: Nathan Morrison. 0417 568 148. Check us out online: www.towersystems.com.au.

My name is Mark Fletcher. I am the founder of this company: 0418 321 338.

Introducing colour, size and style to small business POS software

Our Aussie developed and supported POS software is not a destination. Rather, it is an evolving solution, being enhanced to serve evolving needs.

For many years, we have resisted introducing support in the software for handling inventory items tracked and sold by colour, size and style. We resisted because this type of inventory was usually found in fashion retail, a retail segment outside the specialty retail channels in which we have been focussed.

Retail has changed. The lines between retail channels have become blurred. There are businesses in our specialty retail channels today selling inventory items they wish to manage by colour, size and style. To serve this changing need, we have developed support for handling colour, size and style within our Retailer software.

We refer to colour, size and style as variants as this is a better description for the facilities given that it can handle more than just colour, size and style.

Like any new functionality, how we handle this will evolve over time and based on user feedback.

Overview – This new function allows users to add Variants to new or existing stock items which identify variables of what are essentially the same stock item. For example – The product Sheridan Adkins 700TC Sheet Set comes in 5 different colours, with each of those colours coming in Queen, King & Super King sizes. All up, there is 15 variants of what is essentially the same item (15 barcodes, the main description, cost, sell, department and category etc are all the same, the only difference being the Colour and Size. This new feature will give users more flexibility and efficiency in areas such Arriving Stock, Creating Orders and checking Stock Levels.

Using the new variants facilities in our software now, small business retailers can track items by multiple variants, like colour, size and style, at the point of sale, returns and reordering.

You can report on inventory performance in a meaningful way to serve your business needs in this area.

The goal of the variants enhancements is to provide each user business with data necessary to better manage the inventory in the business and the business itself overall.

POS software WooCommerce link helps small business retailer sell online

Tower Systems offers a direct to WooCommerce link that enables selling from the POS software and a Woo Commerce website all from the one inventory database. Making ecommerce easy for small business retailers.

What Is WooCommerce?
WooCommerce is an open source e-commerce plugin for WordPress. It is designed for small to large-sized online merchants using WordPress. WooCommerce is one of the most popular ecommerce platforms because it’s free and open source. This means that there are a lot free or inexpensive extensions available to customise your site.

What Is The Retailer To WooCommerce Link?
The Retailer to WooCommerce Link uses the Tower Advantage Link platform to allow Retailer to connect directly to your WooCommerce webstore. The Tower Advantage Link platform is a subscription-based service that acts as an intermediary between Retailer and the WooCommerce API.

How Does The Link Work?
The link works by using the TALink platform to connect to the WooCommerce API and synchronise your data.

Retailer is your master stock database. You flag what stock items you want to appear on your WooCommerce store. Descriptions and extended descriptions are added as product names and descriptions in WooCommerce. Newly flagged products are automatically added and if you edit items in Retailer you have field level control over how these are handled in WooCommerce.

Department And Categories
Your Retailer Departments and Categories become categories and subcategories in WooCommerce. If you choose to synchronise departments and categories, your existing structure will be mirrored and managed in WooCommerce automatically. If, however, you decide not link your Department and Categories in WooCommerce, you can allocate categories manually to products once they are added.

Retailer’s Classifications are treated as Attributes in WooCommerce. If you choose to link these in WooCommerce your existing Classifications will be mirrored and managed in WooCommerce automatically. If, however, you do not want this to occur you can manually manage your own WooCommerce Attributes.

Prices And Quantity On Hand
You have control over your webstore pricing from within the Retailer Stock Screen. Bulk updates of the webstore prices can be performed in Stock Manager. Once new prices are set, your webstore is updated automatically. Quantity on hand is also managed automatically, when your sell or arrive an item into stock these adjustments are sent directly to WooCommerce. If the quantity on hand of an item drops to 0, the item is marked as out of stock in WooCommerce.

The images you set against stock items in Retailer are automatically uploaded to your website. If images change, the old one is removed and the new one is added. You can upload as many images as you like per stock item.

Customers that purchase off your webstore are added as customers in your Retailer database, allowing you to track what they buy and market to them. Existing customers with an email address will also be added to your web store to facilitate easy sales if you choose.

Sales are downloaded on a periodic basis and imported into Retailer. They are imported into our Customer Invoice Maintenance facility allowing you to place orders and print invoices if needed. Once sales are imported it reduces your quantity on hand so you maintain accurate stock control. Sales can be allocated to a specific location or merged to your main sales data, giving you excellent control over how you report on your webstore sales.

Events facilities in POS software help small business retailers in marketing

Our Tower Systems POS software is not a destination. Rather, it is an evolving solution, being enhanced to serve evolving needs.

Customer service is more vital than ever in retail. One way retailers can provide better service is through tracking customer related events. When we started to look at this, however, we found wide variation in what is tracked, how and when. In pet stores where pet details are recorded the needs are different to what we see in jewellery where more traditional anniversaries are tracked. These both different to what we see in produce where an event could relate to the timing requirement for crop support.

We have developed a broad-based set of functions and support for what we call Events in our software. We have sought to cover the above needs and considerably more, to serve the needs we have seen across multiple retail channels.

Our goal is to help high street retailers offer a deeper personal shopper experience, to support a stickiness between shopper and retailer as this stickiness helps encourage the shopper to return to the business over another one or over an online site.

In our world, how we see it, events can be anything related to a customer. There can be any number of events too. Each event has a date or at least an anniversary related to it. This is key since we know that an event is something a retailer wants to track and respond to.

Like any new functionality, how we handle this will evolve over time and based on user feedback.

This new function allows users to add Events to Identities that are connected to a Customer. The Events are based on either a specific date or the date a product or service was or was not purchased. Once this data is collated we can then easily report and market to these customers using methods such as email or SMS.

Using the new events facilities in our software track many occasions and date based customer contacts and activities. You can do this as a customer service or as a return visit generating opportunity.

The events facilities have been developed with considerable flexibility, to ensure they serve the needs

A theft policy is vital to helping any retail business cut the cost of employee theft

Here at Tower Systems we often help small business retailers detect and stop employee theft. One piece of advice that we see as vital to this mission is for a business to have a THEFT POLICY.

Here is a policy we share with our customers. Feel free to use it, modify it and share it.


  1. Theft, any theft, is a crime against this business, its owners, employees and others who rely on us for their income.
  2. If you discover any evidence or have any suspicion of theft, please report it to the business owner or most senior manager possible immediately. Doing so could save a considerable cost to the business.
  3. We have a zero tolerance policy on theft. All claims will be reported to law enforcement authorities for their investigation.
  4. From time to time we have the business under surveillance in an effort to reduce theft. This may mean that you are photographed or recorded in some other way. By working here you accept this as a condition of employment.
  5. New employees may be asked to provide permission for a police check prior to commencement of employment. Undertaking the police check will be at our discretion.
  6. Cash is never to be left unattended outside the cash drawer or a safe within the business.
  7. Credit and banking card payments are not to be accepted unless the physical card is presented and all required processes are followed for processing these.
  8. Employees caught stealing with irrefutable evidence face immediate dismissal to the extent permitted by local labour laws.
  9. Employees are not permitted to remove inventory, including unsold, topped, magazines, unsold cards or damaged stock from the store without permission.
  10. Employees are not permitted to provide a refund to a customer without appropriate management permission.
  11. Employees are not permitted to complete sales to themselves, family members or friends.
  12. Every dollar stolen from the business by customers and or employees can cost us up to four dollars to recover. This is why vigilance on theft is mission critical for our retail store.


Yes, you can cut the cost of theft in any retail business. It starts with the right policies and processes.

Awesome POS software connected websites for small business retail

Australia POS software company Tower Systems is proud to offer POS software connected websites developed using Shopify, magento or Woo Commerce for specialty small business retailers in the retail channels in which we serve.

We have developed plenty of websites for different types of businesses in different situations.

we ovvero a one stop shop for POS software and web development.

Not offshore. Our websites are 100% developed in Australia. This is important. There is no middle person. You deal with us before, during and after.

The websites we develop are to your needs, covering the tech, aesthetic and other attributes that are important in your business. We sit with you to learn abut your needs, to ensure we get it right.

We also promise honesty through the process – this is better than promising something that may not be able to be delivered.

We welcome the opportunity to quote on stand-alone web development, where our sole service of your business is the development of a website.

Our POS software integrated websites serve a single inventory database between physical store and online store.

The Tower Systems web development team is skilled in WooCommerce, Magento and Shopify. The company has plenty of sites it can show in a live portfolio of successful e-commerce sites, serving shoppers in Australia and internationally.

Small business retailers can benefit from the retail management experience at Tower Systems experience that helps deliver a more retail focussed solution.

The Tower web team is also skilled at SEO and SEM services that help raise the website rankings in key search engines, ensuring the site is found ahead of others.

But best of all, Tower Systems provides professional advice and guidance to small business retailers keen to build their online presence. Our commitment is honest transparent advice on which any small business retailer can rely.

The Tower Systems web development team is Australian based, working out of the company’s head office in Hawthorn. This is important as many web development businesses are overseas. While you might have a locally based contact person development too often is done overseas, leading to challenges with delivery and usefulness.

Tower Systems is committed to local development for local businesses. Our developers understand retail in Australia and New Zealand. We leverage that to deliver practical and valuable business outcomes.

From simple websites to complex multi business solutions, the Tower Systems web development team for retailers is skilled and capable of delivering valuable solutions.

To find our more about our web development services, speak with a local Tower Systems sales person. They can point you to successful sites from us that are live and transacting today.

Here are some of the store linked websites we have developed:

  1. www.beanieboosaustralia.com
  2. www.popvinylsinaustralia.com
  3. www.willowbears.com.au
  4. www.willowbearsworldwide.com
  5. www.ittybittysinaustralia.com
  6. www.charliebearsinaustralia.com
  7. www.ezitask.com
  8. www.sendmytask.com

This is a selection of sites created by Tower Systems. Our web development skills are diverse. Our SEO and SEM skills are fine-tuned, to help you get the notice for your website.

If you are not happy with your POS software you can switch

Switching POS software is easy. If it is not easy then the POS software company you are with is probably offering poor software or poor service – backed by a strategy that makes switching hard as a mechanism of protecting their business.

If switching from your POS software is hard then you have even more reason to switch.

Good POS software companies with good service and good software make it easy to switch, as part of their commitment to being the best at what they do.

Here at Tower Systems we want you to stay with us because you like our software and enjoy the customer service experience. We do not want you to stay because we have a technical lock on you. That is false economy in your view.

Customer service in small business matters, especially in business to business situations, such as we are in offering and supporting specialty retail POS software as we do here at Tower Systems.

For us, the best pressure we can apply to ourselves to provide a good customer service experience is to make it easy for you to switch software. This puts you at the hear of what we do. It keeps us 100% customer focussed as we don’t want you to switch. This is why we continually improve our software and professionally manage the customer service resources – to provide you the best outcome possible, to deliver on the promises we make in ur sales process to you.

We have seen POS software companies that lock people in, make it hard to extract data. The customers hate it and it costs them plenty. In the end it hurts the POS software company because small business retailers talk to each other about their experiences and how they feel blackmailed into sticking with software they do not like.

Tower Systems is an Australian POS software company serving specialty retailers in a range of market channels. We only sell to independent retailers, delivering beautiful software backed by awesome customer service. We serve more than 3,500 small business retailers with software that is regularly and professionally updated.

We are grateful to our user community for their support and guidance.

POS software help desk support starts with a conversation

When a small business retailer calls our POS software help desk the call is answered by a human in our Hawthorn Victoria help desk. What following is a conversation, an unscripted conversation, in plain English.

All this matters.

We know people have computerised phone systems that want you to push this button or that button. It’s frustrating. We don’t like it and that is why we do not have it here.

We know Aussie small business retailers don’t like calling a local business only to be pushed to an offshore call centre. We don’t like it. We prefer to hire locally for customer service.

We know small business retailers can be frustrated when a help desk staffer pushes them through a script that is rigid – this is what happens when you call your ISP. 100% frustrating! We don’t like and that is why we do not do it here.

Support calls start with a conversation. You get to describe your query in your own words. We work with you to understand the query and the provide an answer, explanation or resolution.

Customer service matters. We try hard, every day.

Australias POS software for tackle shops helps drive business value

As a side benefit for the work we have done for our software for fishing and outdoors shops is the learnings and insights gained that help us serve tackle specialists in Australia.

Tackle businesses are a level of specialisation beyond fishing and outdoor. In these businesses our facilities that manage repairs and well as manufacturing are particularly useful.

Using our repairs tools a business can track customer details, materials used, labour included and other factors. Customers are notified when items are ready for collection,.

Using our manufactured goods tools, customers can track the items that are combined to make a new item, a manufactured good. This can be built-up or broken-down at will.

These are just two of the areas of our specialist software that help tackle businesses to run more efficient and valuable businesses without getting too bogged down into the business side of the business.

Being creative businesses at heart, business efficiency is a key factor. We get that and support the creative process as much as possible.

Our focus on customer details and being able to market to customers based on a range of criteria helps specialty tackle businesses leverage their specialisation.

Being able to connect the tackle business POS software to a website for 24/7 online sales is easy and certain, helping the business find new shoppers without doubling up the data work involved. The accounting software is a further time saving for the business and those who run the business.

Each receipt produced by the software can include care instructions. This is important for tackle businesses given the nature off what they make and sell.

Since tackles are often purchased as gifts, the software can produce a gift receipt so the recipient does not know the price paid. This is a terrific benefit for online sales where someone in one location purchases online to have the tackle sent to someone in a completely different location.

See the software live. Contact us for an obligation free demonstration:

  1. Email: sales@towersystems.com.au.
  2. Call: toll free 1300 662 957.
  3. SA / WA / VIC. Tim Batt. 0401 833 917.
  4. QLD / NT. Justin Randall. 0434 365 789.
  5. NSW / ACT / TAS. Nathan Morrison. 0417 568 148.
  6. Check us out online: www.towersystems.com.au

Australian POS software for bear shops helps businesses grow

Bear shops in Australia are unique. They have unique technology needs. Using the specialty retail POS software from Tower Systems, Australian bear and collectible shops can relynonx the software to help:

  1. Attract more shoppers. easily transact online.
  2. Offer fast approval buy now pay later with immediate settlement.
  3. Guide existing shoppers to spend more.
  4. Track stock.
  5. Ensure you do not over buy.
  6. Mitigate shopper theft.
  7. Mitigate employee theft.
  8. Market based on specialty interest.
  9. Pre-sell.
  10. Offer package deals.
  11. Track serial numbers.
  12. Recognise shopper birthdays.
  13. Offer product care instructions.

These are just some of the ways the specialty retail facilities in the Tower Systems software for bear shops is useful to a very niche and specialist business. The software does far more too, like integrate with accounting software and direct link to e-commerce platforms for easily managed online sales.

We don’t develop software only for bear shops but we do develop software for jewellers, specialist gift shops and other businesses with needs similar to bear shops.

Special orders, LayBys, gift cards, pre-orders – they are all easily handled in our software. Our software can send customers notification when their order arrives.

You can also record the number of the bear sold for limited editions from Steiff, Charlie Bears and others.

On the receipt you can include your personal care information that adds value to the sale, showing off why buying from you is important to collectors.

We also have a unique loyalty facility bear collectors love and that can turn people into collectors.

Right across the business, our retail management software can help you run a more successful and enjoyable bear shop. We’d love to show you how.

Call us now and we can arrange a personal and obligation-free demonstration of our software to help you determine if our software is a good fit for your business. We would sincerely appreciate the opportunity to do this.

See the software live. Contact us for an obligation free demonstration: Email: sales@towersystems.com.au. Call: toll free 1300 662 957. SA / WA / VIC: Tim Batt. 0401 833 917. QLD / NT: Justin Randall.  0434 365 789. NSW / ACT / TAS: Nathan Morrison. 0417 568 148. Check us out online: www.towersystems.com.au.

This software is affordable. You can purchase it outright, lease it or rent it.

Supported by humans, in Australia. Our help desk is in Hawthorn, Victoria.

Training is personal. We come to your business and train you in the software.

Australian developed and supported POS software for independent toy shops

Australian toy shops have unique needs when it comes to POS software. Their needs reach beyond what is usual for POS software and into specialty areas, specific to toy shop businesses.

Smart toy retailers and toy shop managers understand the unique needs, needs that most POS software packages do not serve.

Thanks to our work with groups of toy retailers, key market wholesalers and working with switched-on toy shop managers, we have crafted in our specialty toy shop software tools and facilities that serve the unique needs of Australian independent toy shops.

We are not going to list the specialist tools here because that would only give a competitor a development list. Suffice to say our specialisation is deep and evolving. In fact, every update takes us further and further into specialisation for toy retailers.

We are grateful to our toy shops customers for their advice and guidance. Without them our software would not be as specialist as it is.

We build our specialty software by embedding ourselves in businesses and seeing first-hand the needs, watching employee interaction and customer engagement. This embedding is enlightening as it exposes our development experts to the real world and the result is wonderful for the software, fo our customers and for us.

Our Toy Shop Software also offers:

  1. Catalogue management – where pricing for catalogue items runs for the duration of the promotion, under your control.
  2. Integrated instant approval buy now pay later tools.
  3. Easy loading of electronic invoices from your suppliers.
  4. Linking to a website for online sales.
  5. Easily handling BOGO (buy 1 get 1 free) or other up-sell offers.
  6. Linking to Xero to cut bookkeeping and external accounting costs.
  7. Rewarding loyal shoppers with points, cash off their next purchase or a mixture – with you having complete control over the rules.
  8. Easy to use LayBy.

See the software live. Contact us for an obligation free demonstration:

  1. Email: sales@towersystems.com.au.
  2. Call: toll free 1300 662 957.
  3. SA / WA / VIC. Tim Batt. 0401 833 917.
  4. QLD / NT. Justin Randall. 0434 365 789.
  5. NSW / ACT / TAS. Nathan Morrison. 0417 568 148.
  6. Check us out online: www.towersystems.com.au

Here at Tower Systems we love working with independent small business retailers like toy retailers. We deliver beautiful software and support this with small business passion.

The best newsagency software in Australia

It is easy to claim that you offer the best newsagency software in Australia. The challenge is to prove it.

For Tower Systems, the proof is in the numbers. More newsagents have chosen the Tower software than any other. Around three times more.

With close to 1,800 newsagent customers and around 3,200 newsagency businesses in the channel and six other newsagency software companies and the knowledge of the Tower newsagency customer base at close to 1,800, the numbers are compelling.

We are grateful to Australian newsagents for their support.

Free small business POS software e-commerce workshops start today

How to win new customers and increase revenue with a POS software connected website for your type of business

At this practical, jargon-free, workshop we will show through, several live case-studies, the value of a POS software connected website. We will:·

  1. Show how a good website / POS solution can land more shoppers in your physical shop, more than you think, and help you sell 24/7.·
  2. Explain how to get to the top Google results, and stay there
  3. Share how a website we launched a year ago did more than $500,000 in sales. We will unpack for you everything we did to drive success.
  4. Compare Shopify / WooCommerce and Magento and explain why each is good in their own right.
  5. Share practical experience on order fulfilment using Australia Post and others and how to handle freight costs.
  6. Explain payment options and how to leverage them for more sales.
  7. Demonstrate the commercial value of the right POS software / website connection.·
  8. Explain photos, descriptions and other things, day to day things, which web developers often miss.·
  9. Answer all your questions.

The knowledge we will share will enable you to compete better online and in-store. Click on your preferred city location to book now.

  1. MELBOURNE: Feb. 28, 10am @ Pullman Hotel East Melbourne
  2. HOBART: Mar. 1, 10am @ Rydges Hobart.
  3. BRISBANE: Mar. 2, 9am @ RiverView Hotel, Kingsford Smith Drive.
  4. ADELAIDE: Mar. 7, 10am @ Rydges South Park
  5. PERTH: Mar. 8, 10am @ Crown Towers.
  6. SYDNEY: Mar. 9. 10am Sydney Hilton, George Street. Level 1.

We are inviting any retailer in the channels in which we serve with POS software for that channel: giftsjewellersbikestoysfishing/outdoorsgarden centrespet shopsproducefirearms, adult shops and newsagents.

If you are actively in the market for new POS software and / or a website for your business, we would consider flying you in for one of these workshops at no cost to you.

To qualify for a free flight, drop us a line at sales@towersystems.com.au and one of our expert account managers will have a chat with you. Alternatively, call the account manager for your state / territory:

  1. WA / SA/ VIC: Tim Batt. 0401 833 917.
  2. NSW / ACT / TAS: Nathan Morrison. 0417 568 148.
  3. QLD / NT: Justin Randall. 0434 365 789.

In addition to owning Tower Systems, we also own and operate retail businesses and through these seven different public-facing websites.

This practical session leverages our personal web connected retailer experience to help you navigate in-store and online opportunities. I promise, it will not be death by PowerPoint. Rather, the focus will be on real examples, live examples, as they will be more valuable to providing understanding.

I will be at each session. I hope to see you there. Book now, online.

Mark Fletcher
Managing Director
Tower Systems International (Aust.) Pty Ltd
M | 0418 321 338.
E | mark@towersystems.com.au.

Here’s our stand at the Sydney Gift Fair

We are loving the location we have at the Sydney Gift Fair, the space, the openness. It allows a professional pitch to small business retailers. Plenty of people have been stopping by to talk and check out our software and discuss retail business websites.

With two days to go we are excited for the opportunity ties and the people we will meet.

This is a valuable event for us for reasons beyond connecting with prospective customers. We get to say g’day to existing customers and talk with suppliers. The trade show works on a range of levels.

We love it and are grateful for the opportunity.