New POS software training videos keep online training resources current

Our in-house studio has been busy this week with new training videos being shot to accompany our 2015 edition POS software. The training videos are necessary to ensure that our online and digital training resources are useful for the current release of the software.

Fifteen new videos are being filmed and produced.

With more than one hundreds training videos in our library, Tower Systems has a comprehensive suite of training that is best practice in each marketplace in which the company operates.

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Sunday retail management advice: Lay-by now for Christmas

Offering Lay-by services is essential if you want to grow sales of collectibles and higher priced items. It provides shoppers an opportunity to purchase today what they are unable to fully pay for today.

Essential to your success with Lay-bys is having a streamlined and consistent process for processing Lay-bys, storying lay-by product, collecting payment and tracking customers.

Once mistake with managing Lay-bys can be expensive.

Use software to track Lay-bys. Do not do it manually.

Use the software to capture the sale, record customer details, document your terms and conditions, record the deposit, track payments, chase late payments and finalise the sale. Again, to not attempt to do this manually.

Be complete in what you record. Only Lay-by stock for which you have records in your software, always enter full customer details such a full name, complete address and an ID number such as a driver’s licence number.

If you are not complete in your records keeping at some point this will cost you money.

In your software set your deposit requirements, payment requirements and other Lay-by terms. This provides a foundation of consistency for you and your employees.

Before you begin with Lay-bys check the website of your state Consumer Affairs office to familiarise yourself with local requirements. Information there will help you determine your own terms and conditions.

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Chinese language POS software support shows true customer service

Around eight years ago Tower Systems was the first software company in the newsagency marketplace to offer Chinese language support – help desk support for customers who prefer to speak in Mandarin or Cantonese. Tower still offers this service today and customers love it.

Just about every day we have one or more customer thrilled to have support provided in Cantonese or Mandarin. Indeed offering this service is one reason our newsagency software customer base continues to grow.

We get a buzz in the office hearing these calls as we know we are doing something unique in POS software help desk circles in Australia.

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New POS software training videos in production

studioWe are filming several videos to accompany the launch of our next major POS software update. These videos will help our customers learn more abut their new software and encourage them to engage with new facilities and opportunities embedded in the new software. Our video training suite is a resource our customers love and use as we can see from tracking data.

The photo is from our in-house studio.

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POS software advice helps small business retailers protect their data

backupcorrectlyPOS software company Tower Systems has revised and refreshed advice published at its Knowledge Base on taking backups for on site and off site storage to help them ensure that data is protected.

This latest advice is one of several items of assistance for retailers on data backups from Tower Systems. The company is providing advice in multiple forms and locations to help retailers get information when and where they need it.

Backups can br frustrating to small business retailers. Tower Systems makes them easy and supports flexibility.

The Tower Knowledge Base is a powerful resource for retailers.

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Terrific Launceston POS software user meeting

launcA group from our Tower Systems head office had a terrific morning Tuesday this week meeting with users of our POS software in Launceston, talking about the next software update, sharing training and covering some business management opportunities in the software.

We were fortunate to be located in the warm and beautifully-appointed boardroom of the Clarion Hotel, a luxury heritage hotel in downtown Launceston.

The meeting started with a fully catered breakfast of scrambled eggs, mushrooms, bacon and muffins plus fruit, juice, coffee and tea. The 7am start on a cold Tassie morning makes a hearty breakfast important.

Participation in the meeting was free to Tower Systems customers.

The Launceston meeting is the latest in a series by the company putting its leadership team in front of customers.

This is customer service.

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Old style POS software user meetings loved by small business retailers

sydmeetTower Systems has been hosting POS software user meetings around Australia over the last three weeks.

Years ago software companies used to run user meetings regularly. Today, few companies offer them. They are a point of difference for us.

We find the sessions are excellent for two-way discussion. We learn as much from our customers as they learn from what we share. It’s terrific.

This latest round of user meetings has offered training on the software, answered many questions and shared business building advice that will help our customers make more money in their businesses.

Access to the sessions has been free and it includes a tasty breakfast to keep them fuelled.

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POS software user meeting tour popular with retailers

usermeetThe national capital city newsagent user meeting tour commenced by Tower Systems this week is proving to be successful at attracting interest amend Tower retail partners thanks to the free training and business insights provided at the events.

While travelling on the national roadshow, Tower is making its leadership team available to other users for one on one discussions and assistance as the company demonstrates its commitment to meet with customers.

Access to the user meetings is open to any newsagent. It’s free, breakfast included.

Numbers are limited. Booking is essential.

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Promoting PayPal as a POS software payment option in-store

paypcomingPayPal is helps partner retailers to promote PayPal as a payment option in-store with collateral and other promotional material and help to drive shopper engagement. Their in-store commitment is another way of helping retail partners to drive business through using PayPal itself as a means of reaching out to new prospective customers.

Our integration with PayPal is at for forefront of integration technology. In our marketplaces we are first to market – driving good business outcomes.

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PayPal in-store payment through smart POS software at a simple swish

paypknxscreenPaying via PayPal for anything in a store using our smart POS software is easy. Via the app and our smart integration the retailer will already know about a customer with a PayPal enabled device just as the customer will know about retailers nearby offering the Paypal payment option.

When it comes to paying at the counter, it’s as fast as using a credit card. And certain too with excellent details provided for transparency to the customer.

Refunds are a breeze too.

The integration between the Tower Point of sale software and PayPal is leading edge for us, our software and our retail partners.

We are grateful to PayPal for their support and faith in us.

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POS software user meetings help small & indie retailers get more form POS software

usermeetTower Systems next week starts a national capital city newsagent user meeting tour to provide newsagents with wonderful learning opportunities, marketing insights, newsagency management advice and other content that will add value to the Tower relationship with newsagents.

While travelling on the national roadshow, Tower will make its leadership team available to other users for one on one discussions and assistance as the company demonstrates its commitment to meet with customers.

Access to the user meetings is open to any newsagent. It’s free, breakfast included.

Numbers are limited. Booking is essential.

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Tower Systems announces national user meeting tour

usermeetTower Systems earlier this week announced details of a national capital city newsagent user meeting tour to provide newsagents with wonderful learning opportunities, marketing insights, newsagency management advice and other content that will add value to the Tower relationship with newsagents.

While travelling on the national roadshow, Tower will make its leadership team available to other users for one on one discussions and assistance as the company demonstrates its commitment to meet with customers.

Access to the user meetings is open to any newsagent. It’s free, breakfast included.

Numbers are limited. Booking is essential.

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The easy way to learn how to use POS software – for retailers & retail employees

towertrainingTower Systems makes it easy for retailers and retail business employees to learn its smart POS software when and where they want through a comprehensive cloud based POS software Training Academy.

Through this exclusive to Tower academy users are able to learn the whole software or just the part of the software they are interested in at that time.

Customers tell us they love this resource and appreciate the investment we make in maintaining it as useful for all retail niches we serve.

The Training Academy is exclusive to Tower and serves as a valuable point of difference – winning new business for us.

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Break-in at our POS software head office

twr-breakin-jul14-aThe head office of our software company was hit with another break-in. The third here in just over two years. This time, nothing was taken, making the break-in all the more curious.

Thankfully, police detectives are on the case, considering all angles in their enquiries. Today was all about crime scene investigation and other work looking for clues – and then the clean up of the damage and securing the building.

One option being considered is that we were specifically targeted. While we are not jumping to conclusions we are, naturally, concerned that it is even a consideration.

Our infrastructure is unaffected. It’s business as usual for our customers.

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Smart POS software helps retailers balance end of shift

knoweosThe end of a shift in retail is an important time as it brings together data, cash and other informations and insights about the business. It can feed seamlessly into xero and other accounting packages and it can provide guidance comparisons on trading. In the Tower systems Point of Sale software retailers are able to achieve plenty through end of shift (EOS) processes.

Tower Systems helps its retailers get more from the end of shift processes through wonderful live training opportunities as well as through a deep well of knowledge in our knowledge base. A search this week shows there to be 83 articles. This includes professional training videos.

Our customers love our knowledge base resource as it is interactive. They can comment on knowledge and give us a thumbs up – that’s what the green thumbs indicate.

Our knowledge base is the envy of some competitors. It’s a reason some retailers switch to tower – once they see the help available 24/7 and compare it to what they have had access to they love the professional approach we have taken.

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Terrific End of Year for POS software users

We have recorded our most engaged and prepared end of financial year ever with more retailers engaging with our EOFY tough points. Our live online training, one on one help desk support, training videos, knowledge base advice sheets and other contact points have been used by more customers than ever to gain more benefit from our software.

We are grateful to our customers for turning to us for help with making the most from the end of the financial year.

Now let’s have a great 2014/15!

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Busy end of financial year

The day is not even half over and our Help Desk has already racked up a busy day of calls – answering many end of financial year related calls for retailers using our Point of Sale software. We’re all hands on desk so that we can get through then increased call volume and end the day in good shape.

We also have senior management helping to triage calls and offer smooth access to advice.

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Extra POS software EOFY training fills

trainingbusyWe are thrilled that the additional POS Software end of financial year training we scheduled has filled up. So we added more. They filled too. We have scheduled even more.

Our customers are loving the training.

While our software does not have specific tasks to be completed at the end of the year, it is a good time to do some housekeeping and business performance reporting. This is part of what we cover in this training.

We are grateful to our customers for embracing these free training opportunities.

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Understanding the impact of a natural disaster on small business retailers

christchurchSome of the Tower team who were in Christchurch recently for the Gift Fair took time out to look at how the city is faring some years on from the massive earthquake that razed chunks of the city centre and surrounds.

In the quake Tower lost several client businesses. It was sobering to see the extent of the damage that is still evident. Indeed, what we saw was a reminder of the frailty of businesses and how success can disappear in an instant through a natural disaster.

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POS software knowledge base expanded

Tower Systems has expanded the content published on its POS software support knowledge base this week, adding the following new articles:

  • Bulk Price changes
  • Invoice Discounts
  • Xero Integration Setup
  • Exporting Accounting Data to Xero
  • Restoring Data From a Backup
  • Manually Backing Up Data
  • Creating Subagent Orders

These join hundreds of other articles packed with terrific advice to help retailers earn more form their software.

We often publish multiple articles on the same function – looking at the function from different perspectives. We do this as we have found different customers approach functions in different ways.

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Free QR code platform helps small & independent retailers harvest shopper details

qrkiQRki, the free cloud-based QR code generation and content hosting platform developed by Tower Systems helps small and independent retailers to collect shopper details in the form of competition entries and loyal shopper information.

QRki is free for everyone to offer small and independent retailers with a tool they can use to effectively compete with major retailers who use QR codes in-store to provide enhanced customer experiences.

Any retailer or any business can access and use QRki, you do not need to be an existing Tower Systems customer.

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Retailers loving free POS software EOFY training

Retailers using our POS software are loving the current series of free EOFY training. Covering a range of areas including business requirements as well as how our software can help our training related to the end of the financial year is so popular that we have had to schedule additional sessions. Additional (bonus) sessions are:

  • 24th June at 11.00AM for Doing a Stock take
  • 26th June at 11.00AM for End of Financial Year Procedures
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