Shopify connected POS software help small business retailers win new customers

More and more retailers and discovering the value of Shopify connects POS software thanks to the work by Tower Systems in this area.

With plenty of Shopify sites already under its belt, the web team at Tower systems has proven skills in delivering commercially valuable Shopify sites. The bonus is the seamless POS software connection that enables easy delivery of data in both directions, helloing retailers achieve beneficial gains.

All Tower Systems Shopify e-commerce development is done out of the company’s Melbourne office. This is uncommon as many Aussie web companies offshore their work.

By being developed in Melbourne Australia, our small business retail customers have easy, same time zone access to skilled developers who genuinely understand local retail commerce needs. The Tower Systems web development team, our Shopify experts, are readily available for direct customer contact. There is no barrier to this. We think this is important as there is no filtering of customer needs to serve language or socio-economic differences.

Tower Systems has deployed POS software connected Shopify e-commerce sites for many different small business retailers including those in high volume consumer sales through to those keen to serve a local and discrete geographic area. Our specialists can provide live examples as inspiration as well as drawing on overseas experience, where foreign currency handling and shipping are two factors of interest to retailers.

Our process for considering the development of a Shopify connected POS software solution is comprehensive, structured, transparent and fixed price. We think these focus pints tick the boxes for our customers. In fact, they tell us they do. We deliver each time and fine tune based on real world experience.

Being a partner of Shopify of many years standing places us well in terms of knowledge and experience. It also provides our customers with an easy to use and trusted platform for their e-commerce business. We have runs on the board, and we are proud of this.

Small business retailers can rely on their Shopify connected POS software solution to help them find new shoppers for online as well as for in-store purchases. Tower systems is committees to facilitating these outcomes.

Why specialty Point of Sale software matters to specialty retailers.

What is unique about your retail business? What sets you apart from your competitors? What makes you a specialty retailer rather than another shop with products similar to what you sell?

Tower Systems only develops, sells and supports software for specialty retailers in specific retail channels: garden centres, jewellers, bike shops, pet shops, fishing and outdoors shops, firearms businesses, produce and farm supply businesses, games shops, newsagents and adult shops. This is what is unique about us, and we are proud of it.

Now more than ever, specialisation matters.

Standing out from the crowd is what bets people through your door and back for repeat business. Embedded in our specialty retail POS software are opportunities that you can leverage to help you stand out, through which you can be your authentic self. Our POS software can help separate you from the crowd.

Does the software specialise?

Beyond safe, secure, fast and accurate selling, we help you trade efficiently with suppliers, be flexible with shoppers and, best of all, spot trends and opportunities for a brighter future. Our software does this in the context of your specific type of business. Whereas general POS software is general in function, our software is specialist, helping you be specialist at every touchpoint.

And beyond the software?

POS software should help you beyond the traditional, it should make your life easier and your decisions more confident. It should shine a light on opportunities. Through unlimited training, human support, real life retail knowledge and a commitment to your success, Tower Systems helps. We love helping indie retailers evolve their businesses.

What if I want to know more?

We could tell you to go to our website, to research us for yourself. What we prefer, however, is to talk with you. We want to know about your business, what you do, how you do it, what is unique, what matters to you. We always have many questions … because, our software is not always a good fit. We have retail experts who talk with you, listen and can, if you want, show you our software.

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

And my business website?

Online is a vital part of retail today, especially indie retail. This is where you can find new customers, some of whom will never set foot in your shop. Through our Shopify / Magento / WooCommerce POS software integrations, our web development team can provide you with a beautifully integrated solution for your shop and for online.

About us.

We are an Australian owned POS software company serving ex excess of 3,000 small business retailers. We are well established and debt free. Investing in our current and future products is important to us as is listening to our customers to develop software to their needs. Our CEO is Mark Fletcher. His direct mobile is 0418 321 338. We share this as a demonstration of transparency and accessibility.

Smart POS software helps Aussie newsagents create more successful businesses

The Tower Systems newsagency software today is very different to a few years ago,. Just as Aussie newsagency businesses have had to navigate change, so has our software. Indeed, our software has led changes in many ways.

Our software has helped newsagents stock new products and through thee find new customers. We have changed the conversation about loyalty. We have connected retail newsagents with completely new suppliers. We have helped them cut costs. we have helped them attract shoppers back more often. We have helped them lift the average purchase value.

These are just some of the benefits our new, fresh and ever evolving newsagency software have delivered to newsagents, helping them run more successful and enjoyable businesses that better serve their local shoppers.

With change all around, in the newsagency channel and in retail mikron broadly, Tower Systems has been the leader in the field of service of newsagents with newsagency software and with leadership advice to guide change, embrace it and leverage greater success.

Through working with newsagents like yours our software has been perfected to help you compete in a business environment increasingly dominated by national and international retailers, save you the most time and achieve your business goals sooner.

Our system integrates with suppliers, e-commerce, accounting and other solutions and is underpinned by the Tower Advantage, offering you 24/7 phone support, video training through the Tower Academy, software updates, the Knowledge Base directory and more.

Our newsagency software solution is whole of business. Comprehensive yet flexible to facilitate their engagement in new product categories. This matters given the amount of change they are going through in their channel and in many newsagency businesses. This is why newsagency software needs to be flexible … functional for today and flexible for tomorrow.

Serving in excess of 1,700 newsagents, Tower remains the largest software supplier to Aussie newsagencies. We carry this position in appreciation and with respect, serving newsagents thoughtfully and with consideration to the needs of the channel as well as the needs of each of our newsagency software customers.

While we continue to offer home delivery software services, it is in the newsagent retail space where there is considerable change. As we own newsagencies ourselves, we have intimate personal knowledge that we leverage for competitive advantage.

SHopify and Magento website development small business retailers can trust

Tower Systems partners with Magento and Shopping to offer POS software connected SHopify e-commerce sites and POS software connected Magento e-commerce sites that are finely tuned for the success of independent small business retailers.

We bring to our web development work years of expertise in retail management and POS software development and leverage with with our awesome web team to create beautiful and functional websites, to win business for local retailers.

We are grateful to have two software development teams in our business, one continually enhancing our awesome small business POS software and the other developing beautiful and valuable websites for small business retailers.

All our retail business websites are developed from scratch by us in Australia, using tools well respected around the world, tools such as Magento and Shopify. This is important because too often we see web developers use half-assed tools that cannot be maintained by an0one else.

Our small business website development starts with a comprehensive consultation process, to ensure we understand all of the needs of a retail business and agree these with our customers. Too often with offshore web development this is not done and fixing a site from afar is problematic.

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.

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.

Professional web development takes time. Time has a per hour cost. IT professionals are paid well. Going for the cheapest price for website development could mean that you have gone with a business that cuts corners or has most of the work done offshore.

Since your website is your business calling card to the world it is not something to cut corners with, it is not something to take offshore for a saving today. A good source of business for us is replacing offshore developed sites.

Advice for small business retailers on getting the most from their POS software

This is a million dollar question…

How do you get the most from your POS software?

Many POS software companies leave this up to you. They may offer training and support, but outcomes you achieve are left for you to gain for yourself.

Here at Tower Systems we offer to be as engaged as you would like. If you want guidance, support, encouragement, training, hand-holding to achieve the best from the Tower Systems POS software then all of those things, and more, are available to you.

We want 0ur customers to run successful retail businesses. We want them to enjoy using our software. We want their investment with us to deliver for them valuable rewards. We want them to enjoy their retail businesses.

As retailers ourselves and using our POS software in our retail businesses we know what can be achieved, we know first-hand the rewards available. So, when help retailers it is as a retailer first. This changes the conversation. Were think it helps our retail customers get more from the opportunity. It sets us apart from other POS software companies. We like it.

That every one of our POS software customers has access to unlimited training is an excellent and appreciated differentiator. That this training is personal, on–on-one is appreciated, is live is a bonus and is based on the data in the customer’s business is real gold. This is just one way we help our customers get more from their POS software, just one way we unlock potential that may not be unlocked if we left them to themselves without encouragement and nurturing.

Tower Systems is an actively engaged POS software company, delivering personal service, tuned encouragement and small business targeted education … to show what can be achieved, to help our customers reach their potential through good use of the software, to be more valuable beyond what they hoped for.

We take this seriously, delivering outcomes for our customers that are commercial as well as personal. We take it seriously because what our customers want for their businesses we want for them too. Our energy and focus are absolute and consistent.

This is another example of the Tower Advantage.

Why choose POS software from Tower Systems? … advice for small business retailers

This is an important question for local indie small business retailers, specialty retailers in niche retail channels.

Why choose the Tower systems POS software?

Why choose it over other software? What makes it special?

We think the question best put is What makes Tower Systems special?

here is a list. We love lists. So, here is a list of what we thin makes us special for small business retailers in niche retail channels:

  1. We specialise. We do not sell general POS software that seeks to work for everyone. Being specialist means that our bike shop software is for bike retailers, our jeweller software is for jewellers, our pet shop software is for pet shops. our toy shop software is for toy shops. yes, we specialise for the retailers, their suppliers and their customers, leveraging what is different about these specialist retail businesses.
  2. Our service is personal. It is based out of our Melbourne head office. You deal with humans, who get to know you. There is no computerised phone system. No mechanical processes. Each interaction is real, genuine and personal.
  3. We make what we sell. We are not agents for other software.
  4. There are no limits on support services.
  5. There is no limit on how much training you get.
  6. Our customers suggest and vote on software enhancements. This is a transparent customer-driven process.
  7. We are strong. Financially, operationally, organisationally, technically.
  8. We are fun.
  9. We are honest. If we think our software is not a good fit for you, we say so during the sales process.
  10. We communicate well. We have a weekly customer email, a print newsletter, a private user forum, face to face catch-up opportunities and more.
  11. We are accessible. Through to the leadership team and owner, our customers have easy access.

Choosing POS software is really about choosing your software company. Here are Tower Systems we are proud to be accessible to enable informed decisions to be made in that choice. We understand we are not for everyone. However, we believe in transparency and engagement, so that any decision made involving us is informed and thorough.

Choosing POS software is a long term business decision, which can turn a business around.

How the Tower Systems Toy Shop Software helps local toy shops compete

Local toy shops play an important role in their local community. beyond bringing terrific products in for local shopping, they are places of knowledge and fun, places where people can learn, connect and engage. Local toy shops are often more than shops, more than a place where there is a commercial transaction. Local toy shops are usually na appreciated part of the local community, adding value, nurturing creativity and, best of all, nurturing fun. Fun matters!

Tower Systems offers POS software for Toy shops. That is, software developed specifically for local Toy shops. This is not big business software as Tower only sells to local indie retailers. This sets us apart. We love serving 3,000+ local indie retailers rather than a few big and fat retailers. Our approach is more inclusive of all, fairer and less reliant on a couple of big loud voices.

Using our Toy shop software developed specifically for local Toy shops, you can bring new customers who shopped with you already back again and again.

Imagine easily reaching out to those who purchased Cards Against Humanity, Lego products, new Beanie Boos or Monopoly and inviting them to purchase a product extension?

This is easy with our Toy Shop software.

We know from our work in other retail marketplaces that recalling shoppers based on identified interests works.

You can enhance the success of such a campaign by using a smart and tailored discount voucher, with an expiry date, on receipts. The key is to time your reminder email, text message or flyer to arrive in time for customers to use the discount voucher they got with Christmas purchases.

Combining these two tools, which are embedded in our Toy Shop Software, is one way to drive success from major seasons.  

This is one example of how Tower Systems leverages its toy shop specific software for you – with training and assistance specific to your type of business, to ensure that you maximise the benefits for your business.

Another way to use the software is through our Oxipay / ZipPay or AfterPay interfaces. These buy now pay later services settles immediately to you. It is integrated with the Tower software as a method of payment. This makes it easier for you.

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. Easy loading of electronic invoices from your suppliers.
  3. Linking to a website for online sales.
  4. Easily handling BOGO (buy 1 get 1 free) or other up-sell offers.
  5. Linking to Xero to cut bookkeeping and external accounting costs.
  6. Rewarding loyal shoppers with points, cash off their next purchase or a mixture – with you having complete control over the rules.
  7. Easy to use LayBy.

Farm supply business software and produce business software help rural businesses serve farmers

The latest release Farm Supply Business software from Tower Systems and the Produce Business software from Tower Systems provide these often rural b businesses with cities that serve farm based customers.

Using the specialty software, Tower Systems customers can rely on software designed for their specific niche business needs.

The produce / farm supply business specialty software we offer today is advanced on what we offered last year. Today’s software has new features, plenty created just for your type of business.

Produce / farm supply businesses need specialist software.

  1. Produce / farm supply store specialty POS software does more.
  2. Produce / farm supply store specialty POS software delivers more benefits.
  3. Produce / farm supply store specialty POS software saves more time.
  4. Produce / farm supply store specialty POS software cuts more mistakes.
  5. Produce / farm supply store specialty POS software supports what is differentin your business compared to everyday retail.

In the last few months we have updated out software to include: Pending Invoice Processing – allowing stock to be invoiced in prior to physical invoice being received from the supplier; Extensive Freight Processing– allowing Freight Invoices to be processed with much great clarity and control; Variants (Colour, Size & Style); Supplier Ordering Improvementsto better handle Order Numbers from suppliers and back order processing; Bulk Price Changesexpanded for more control and ease of use.

Next month, we release new Accounts Management tools, a complete reengineering of our customer accounts facilities – easier to use, more flexible, an accounting solution accountants and bookkeepers will love. These new tools go way beyond everyday POS software. They will be a real treat for produce businesses that run customer accounts.

These produce business specific enhancements have been delivered to customers as part of our structured, texted, software update process.

Plus, we actively work with suppliers to facilitate electronic invoicesto cut mistakes and save time.

Tower Systems developer what it sells. Our Farm Supply Business software from Tower Systems and the Produce Business software are our ow products, created by us, for our customers, by working with our customers and their suppliers. Our level of engagement in the farm supply and produce channels adds to the specialisation in our software and ensures that we deliver on a level of service that reinforces their local specialisation.

A specialty retailer POS software alternative to Neto POS

With the reports last week at Smart Company about Neto POS software, Tower Systems reminds small business indie retailers that it is a well-established, debt-free POS software company offering solutions in specific retail channels.

Software user frustration with Neto was expressed following a reported significant price increase for users of the software, imposed on them by Neto. In the same article, there is also information about the financial status of the company:

In an email sent to Neto clients on February 28, seen by SmartCompany, Neto chief executive Ryan Murtagh said the business needed the extra money.

“We have to balance our current costs while investing in our future,” he said.

Murtagh separately told Kofoed over social media that Neto, which is majority-owned by Telstra, could “no longer endure significant losses” associated with its legacy pricing model.

Three separate clients said they weren’t consulted about the change prior to the February 28 email informing them of the restructuring.

However, the company has been considering the move for several months.

Select clients were informed and asked for feedback on the prospective changes earlier this year, while clients informed last week have just a month to prepare for the hike if they are billed monthly.

Asked whether Telstra pressured Neto into changing its pricing structure, Murtagh said the telecommunications giant holds various board positions as the majority owner of the business and is “party to all decisions the company makes”.

Here at Tower Systems, our view on POS software companies that rely predominantly on a low-price subscription model is that the cashflow from such models will not be sufficient to fund the necessary and expensive software development and support infrastructure that retailers require in the proper and successful use of POS software.

The Tower Systems model is a mixture, where customers can choose what works best for them: purchase, lease or rent, or a mixture of all three if they wish.

Tower Systems invests heavily in its future. This is evident already in 2019 with a major software update already released, delivering access to new facilities along with the announcement of the imminent release of Retailer Roam, a new product for pop-up, outpost, mobile and queues-busting retail. Retailer Roam is already in preview and feedback has been terrific.

The result of long-term investment, Retailer Roam will be a valuable opportunity step for indie retailers who want to themselves evolve what retail means in their businesses.

Magento POS software connection helps indie retailers sell in-store and online

Tower Systems has partnered with Magento e-commerce for years, delivering seamless connectivity between Magento and the Tower Systems Point of Sale software for independent specialty retailers.

Our Magento skills are broad and mature, having started with the product back in the days of Magento 1. Today, we with with the latest release, developing stand alone websites for retailers as well as Point of Sale connected websites for retailers, primarily small business retailers.

We have websites that connect to a single shop as well as sites that connect to many shops, representing online as a single face for these multi location businesses. The solutions are varied, strong and commercially focussed, delivering strong solutions in the e-commerce area, helping small business retailers attract and serve shoppers who otherwise may never set foot inside these businesses.

Connecting small business POS software to magento delivers to the businesses useful and robust solutions, solutions that serve them well, enabling business worth and focus as the find new customers and explore new online approaches to retail.

The Tower Systems Magento development is done 100% within Australia. This matters as it ensures that a more locally focussed and appropriate solution is provided to local retailers.

We think local Australian development of POS connected Magento websites matters to local Australian small business retailers.

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 small selection of websites 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.

To find out more about our POS software connected websites, please reach out to us.

POS software connected Shopify e-commerce for small business retail

Tower Systems offers Shopify e-commerce solutions for small business retailers, connected to its specialty retail Point of Sale software.

Developed in-house using Shopify developer experts, Tower Systems is able to deliver a seamless Shopify POS software integration, serving the needs of the physical retail shop as well as serving the online shopper opportunity.

Our Shopify website solutions for retailers include those pitching services, selling online, answering shopper queries, making appointments and more.

Developed 100% in Australia, our website solutions are fit for purpose for Aussie retailers. There is no translation issue. No wait for overnight offshore development. No language barrier. No design aesthetic challenge. Being Australian designed and developed matters for small business retailers who want to connect with Australian retail shoppers through Australian retail businesses.

In terms of online shopping, local really does matter.

This is the Tower Systems difference: locally developed POS software and locally developed Shopify websites, to help local retailers, leveraging our own retail business management experience along with our comprehensive tech skills including web development skills.

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.

Suggested mental health plan to help small business retailers and their team members

As employers, as retailers and as small business owners, mental health issues are often not far away from any small business retailer. The challenges confronting retail businesses today add to the challenges already there.

Sometimes, we don’t know we are experiencing a mental health challenge while other times it’s obvious and on show for all to see.

How we confront mental health challenges is important for us, our business and those presenting with issues.

While we are not trained professionals in the area, our years of working with small business owners confronted by challenges to their mental health have helped us develop some guiding principles.

  1. Mental health is not easily measured or understood. One’s health is not outwardly obvious.
  2. Judgement cannot be part of how mental health is viewed or dealt with.
  3. Action is essential to improve your situation for doing nothing will achieve nothing.
  4. While taking the first step to confront mental health challenges can be difficult, it is relieving and rewarding.

Your GP is an excellent person to speak with. Explain to them how you feel and how this impacts on your life. Ask them to prepare a Mental Health Treatment Plan. This is a government recognised plan. It can usually be prepared in a single double visit to the GP. This plan is the trigger to you gaining Medicare supported access to a psychologist for an initial number of visits, which can be extended depending on your situation.

Some people can feel a visit to a GP or psychologist is not warranted in their situation. While the medical professionals are the best to determine this, there are other resources you could explore:

Beyond Blue has published Business In Mind, a useful resource for small businesses on issues relating to mental health in the workplace. This is a good starting point for learning more. In the resource there are links to other resources that can help.

Finding mental health resources for small business owners dealing with mental health issues is not as easy as it is finding resources for managing the workplace for better mental health. It’s tough running any business and sometimes things can feel overwhelming. This is where networking can help as a first step, talking with others.

Small business owners feeling challenges within themselves need to treat themselves as employees and use the resources available such as:

We will help and support in any way possible. We would be glad to talk confidentially about individual situations.

Public holiday today

Our head office is on minimal staff today as it is Labour Day in Victoria. We are open 8:30 through 5pm AEST and our after hours phone network is live for urgent calls.

Labour Day is an annual public holiday that celebrates the eight-hour working day, a victory for workers achieved in the mid-late 19th century. The argument for the eight-hour day was based on the need for each person to have eight hours labour, eight hours recreation and eight hours rest.

Specialty POS software for small business specialty retailers

Tower Systems is a specialty retail business POS software company. We are not generalists. We are not one size fits all. No, we offer specialty POS software for a range of retail channels.

We have been doing this for years, evolving or offering into new specialty retail channels as we develop expertise and software to leverage that expertise.

We do this thanks to the generosity of spirit of customers who coach and guide us as well evolve our specialty POS software. Their help and support is awesome and appreciated.

Why we write about this today is to focus on authenticity. When we claim to be specialist in a specific channel, we deliver through functionality, supplier integrations, knowledgeable support and regular updates specifically for that retail channel. Our embrace of a channel is not merely marketing.

Anyone can promote specialisation. It takes commitment engagement and knowledge to deliver. And that is what we do.

  1. Our bike shop software is specific to the needs of local bike retailers and their suppliers and customers.
  2. Our jeweller software is specific to the needs of local jeweller retailers and their suppliers and customers.
  3. Our gift shop software is specific to the needs of local gift retailers and their suppliers and customers.
  4. Our produce store shop software is specific to the needs of local produce retailers and their suppliers and customers.
  5. Our toy shop software is specific to the needs of local toy retailers and their suppliers and customers.
  6. Our pet store software is specific to the needs of local pet retailers and their suppliers and customers.
  7. Our garden centre software is specific to the needs of local garden retailers and their suppliers and customers.
  8. Our newsagent software is specific to the needs of local newsagent retailers and their suppliers and customers.
  9. Our fishing and outdoors business software is specific to the needs of local fishing and outdoors retailers and their suppliers and customers.
  10. Our adult shop software is specific to the needs of local adult shop retailers and their suppliers and customers.

This is what specialisation looks and feels like – being committed to the retail business, customer and supplier needs of the channel to create wins for all who engage with and in the channel and those who rely on them.

Tower Systems can help Neto POS software customers deal with the price rise

Neto POS software was in the news this week with customers complaining about unexpected price hikes.

Daniel Kofoed, owner of Golfers HQ, says his monthly bill will increase by 218% from $88 a month to US$199 ($280), not including currency conversion costs.

“As a small business owner, it’s just not something I can absorb,” Kofoed, who has been a Neto client for six years, tells SmartCompany.

“An increase in costs in an ever-competitive market where customers are demanding lower pricing is discouraging your average small-business owner from going into business,” he says.

“It’s price gouging their loyal Aussie clients.”

Kofoed, as well as two other business owners SmartCompany has spoken to, say they intend to write letters to make price gouging complaints to the ACCC over the price hike.

While the best outcome here would be for Neto to reconsider their pricing situation, to provide its Neto POS software customer price certainty in the context of that whey had already budgeted.

Tower Systems has offered price consistency to its customers for many years. Retailers choosing the Tower POS software can rent, purchase outright or lease the software. Annual software support coverage is optional. Customers can pause software support coverage and restart at a later date. These cash flow management options are appreciated by customers.

Tower is able to help small business retailers who have decided to leave Neto POS to switch to its POS software. The company has a structured process it follows to achieve this. The process is consistent across various POS software packages that Tower can help small business retailers shift from.

Anyone interested is considering the Tower Systems solutions can see the software in-store. Tower has retail professionals who will come to the shop and demonstrate the software, comparing it function for function. If we do not think our software is a good fit for you, we will say so.

We don’t know if our software is better than Neto as we have not used it. What we do know is our approach to pricing, customer service and customer communication. We are proud to be accessible when our customers need us and transparent on any pricing change. For example, when we last increased our support fees, a less than CPI increase and our first in two years, we provided several months notice and the opportunity for customers to lock in support coverage for the next year and the pre-increase price.

Talk to one of our experts about an obligation free personal demonstration of our POS software to see if we could be a fit for your business.

  • VIC / SA / WA:Tim Batt 0401 833 917 tim@towersystems.com.au;
  • NSW / ACT / TAS:Nathan Morrison 0417 568 148 nathan@towersystems.com.au;
  • QLD / NT:  Justin Randall 0434 365 789 justin@towersystems.com.au.

POS software connected website advice from Tower Systems

We have many users of our POS software who have connected these to magento, Shopify, WooCommerce and other e-commerce platforms. We have sound experience with all and use some ourselves with online retail businesses that we run.

In our customer accessible Knowledge Base, we have articles on connecting your Tower Retailer software to Shopify, Magento and WooCommerce. A quick search will soon find these.

We urge our customers to read the article for the type of e-commerce platform they plan to connect with. Give the article to the people developing your site. Most questions we get from external web developers are answered in the articles.

We’d love to develop a website for any small business retailer. We have a separate web team in our business who do this work. They are based out of our Melbourne Australia office. They have developed plenty of Retailerconnected websites already.

Connecting our Retailer POS software to a website is technically easy. However, you are creating a hungry beast that needs to be fed. Here are some of our tips for getting started and managing the website efficiently:

  1. Get your inventory data right with product names, departments, categories, pricing and images. Retailer is in control of the data, always.
  2. Start with a small range of stock in the website first. Get that right and your prices right before you go further.
  3. Make decisions yourself on website look and feel and design. Expecting someone else to do all this usually leads to disappointment. Attention invested now will result in a website you like and that reflects you.
  4. Use real photos. Stock photos stand out. They look awful.
  5. Know that any website you launch today will need investment to refresh it within eighteen months. Web is a rapidly evolving environment. Not investing to keep up will see you fall behind.
  6. Whoever develops your website – make sure they are local. Offshore development is cheaper today but more expensive in the long run.
  7. Choose a platform that is appropriate. We are yet to see a retail business not satisfied with a Shopify or Magento site. Shopify is ideal for simpler needs and Magento works a treat for more complex and multi-store requirements.

We have more advice available for Tower Systems customers.

Small business retail advice: how to see your business differently in a moment of tension or stress

It is tough work running a small retail business, working 70, 80 and more hours a week covering many tasks from business manager to cleaner to customer service to creating retail displays.

You can feel overwhelmed, snowed under and with your back against a wall … all at once, unable to make a decision, unable to move almost. It is not uncommon. Such are the challenges for small business retailers.

There is always something to do. Some days, often in fact, it can feel like no matter what you do you have more to do at the end of the day than when you started.

Here is our advice if you feel that overwhelmed that you don’t know what to do. Because doing nothing is not an option. Here is what we suggest…

Regardless of how busy you are in your retail business, we urge you to take time out every day for a brisk 20 to 30 minute walk outside, in the sun (or the rain), alone.

Leave your phone behind – the shop won’t burn down.

Walk alone.

Listen to music or enjoy the sounds of the outdoors.

This is your time. 100% focussed on you. Your recharge. Your opportunity to think of nothing … and probably find that you have thought of everything once you return.

The best time to take the walk is when you feel most overwhelmed.

Walking, as a brisk pace can break the cycle of feeling overwhelmed, the negative feeling about what is confronting you in the business.

Getting your heart rate up will be good for your physical and mental health.

A good energetic walk is an excellent opportunity to reset.

Being away from the business, other people and the phone will give your body and mind time to process – even if you are not actively thinking about the business.

If you are like me, stepping back into the business after a brisk 20 or 30 minute walk, you see things differently, decisions are easier, progress is real.

Days with a walk are far better than days without.

Footnote: this advice for business owners and managers to go for a walk when feeling overwhelmed is consistent with advice from mental health experts around the world. Better still, following the advice costs nothing.

Small business retail advice: you are your most important and most valuable competitor

In our work with a range of retail businesses across multiple channels, too often we see retailers get fixated on a competitor, often a big business competitor, not realising that they are their own most important competitor.

In our experience, the most important competitor a business has is themselves.

Comparing how you are currently trading against the same time a year ago is the best measure of the impact you are having on your business.

Comparing revenue, transaction count, average sale value, average items per sale – these are all good overall business measurements to compare.

Comparing unit sales by department and by category within department are good measures.

Comparing unit sales and revenue by suppliers within each department are also good measures.

The Monthly Sales Comparison Report in the smart Tower Systems small business POS software offers all of these comparisons in the one report. This is the best everyday business analysis report we think. Indeed, it is the primary report we go to for the retail businesses we own ourselves.

However, let’s first up dispel some myths:

  1. The report does not have to be monthly. It c an be for any period.
  2. The report can focus on revenue, GP or unit sales.
  3. The report can focus on product categories or supported or both.
  4. The report can cover any periods you want.
  5. This report is rated the most valuable by almost everyone who uses it and speaks with us.
  6. We rely on this repot in the retail businesses we have owned for decades.

We urge you to use this report to compete with yourself. Look at the last three months of this year compared to the same period last year. See how you are tacking. Look at the parts of the business where you have concentrated most and see if you are having a positive impact.

We urge you to not be fixated on competitors outside your shop. Rather, look inside, see how you are doing now compared to a year ago or how you are doing this quarter compared to last. The Monthly Sales Comparison Report measures data points anyone in the business can understand. It shows you where work is needed and it shows you where there is good news on which to build.

We can help you with this report.

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POS software Xero link cuts mistakes in small business retail

The Tower Systems POS software link to Xero cloud based accounting software proves time and again to help small business retailers in myriad ways. From saving time to improving business planning to cutting expensive mistakes, the seamless integration delivers to small business retailers a whole of business benefit.

Tower Systems was an early partner of Xero, delivering access years ago, to its specialty retail customers using its POS software.

Without human intervention, sales data, incoming invoices and more is available from within Xero thanks to the integration between Xero and then Tower POS software. This lack of human intervention is key in that it delivers data to the accounting software without rekeying. When you consider that every keystroke is a potential mistake, eliminating these makes a huge difference.

In not going through a third party product, Tower is able to deliver seamless, better supported and more business suited solutions to its customers. The result is easy access to good and accurate data, the basis for better business decisions.

This is important in retail where there is pressure to be more competitive, leaner and more nimble. The POS software Xero integration facilitates these benefits and more for any retailer using the Tower Systems software.

Linking directly to Xero, as we do through our POS software, enhances the time-saving gained through the software as well as facilitating the accuracy of data managed by the software.

Our Xero link provides for a data feed of sales as well as purchases. This facilitates better management over creditors, which is crucial in and retail business.

With a CPA working full time in our business we are configured to provide a technical solution that has been overseen by our own Accountant, to ensure it is a viable solution for the small business retailers we serve.

INTEGRATIONS

Our Xero integration is one of many approved integrations provided by the software to serve the needs of retailers. Other integrations include:

  1. Tyro broadband EFTPOS.
  2. Links to all major banks through PC-EFTPOS.
  3. Magento e-commerce. Magento is an excellent platform for website sales for small to medium businesses.
  4. Shopify e-commerce. Shopify is an excellent entry-level solution for small to medium businesses.
  5. FlyBys in New Zealand.
  6. Transactor loyalty in New Zealand.
  7. Scale integration for selling by weight.
  8. Touch networks for vending event tickets, phone recharge, fishing licences and more.