Five positive management tips for small business retailers

Too many businesses treat customer service as secondary to the routine processes of the business. By investing in customer service and getting all your staff to think positively, you will improve your business. The following five suggestions give demonstrations of positive customer service from the point of view of the customer, including some specific examples you can try today:


A greeting doesn’t have to be verbal. An acceptable greeting in today’s workplace can be a head nod or a smile or just eye contact. It can also be a social approach or a merchandise approach. It just requires that the associate make a quick decision on how they will “plug in” to start the energy flowing. The social approach can be something as simple as, “What brings you in on such a gorgeous day?” The merchandise approach could be, “I see you have a roll of film that needs developing. Do you need that in one hour or would you like to save a little money and have it sent out?” Oh, I feel a little spark!


90% of unhappy customers leave a place of business because of inattentive, impolite employees. And almost all of them never tell anyone in management, they tell everyone else they know. The way to avoid that is to start the connection in a positive way. Make eye contact first before you start the conversation. Find out why I am there in the first place before you start to tell me how bad your day is. You see, the customer doesn’t really care about YOU; they want to know how YOU are going to solve their problem. That’s where the “plug” comes in!


Plug in to what I am saying and really listen to me. Be able to repeat back my needs, wants or even my problem so that I know you are really listening. Practice listening with both ears and both eyes. Good listening skills can outwardly show how much respect you have for the other person you are speaking to. I have many choices of where else I can go, so make me feel like you care and you want to help make the connection!


Share your knowledge of your product and services with me. Customers keep coming back based on the trust they have built with you. They know that they can expect prompt, efficient and knowledgeable service. When you have a new system or new products, it helps to inform the customer. When an employee shares valuable knowledge, an “I understand” light bulb goes on in the customer’s eyes!


If a customer likes the connection they have with a business they will come back. But if that energy is powerful, the customer will become that business’ cheerleader! It takes so little time to say, “Thank you for shopping with us today” but those words make a big positive connection in the customers’ mind. Imagine, thousands of happy customers, all cheering for your business and advertising your service through word of mouth.


Tower Systems hosts POS software user meetings around Australia

Tower Systems is thrilled to have launched via our website user meetings for most capital cities where we will preview the next release of our software plus share with you news of two new products. These sessions are for all customers, no one particular retail channel.  We will cover marketing your business, using MailChimp for email marketing and plenty more. More on these soon. Here are the dates you can book via our website now:

  • Oct 26: BNE
  • Oct 27: SYD
  • Oct 28: ADL
  • Oct 29: MEL
  • NOV 5: PER

We will add dates for regional centres and New Zealand at a later date and there will be online sessions.


Tower Systems launches website development for #smallbusiness retailers

Small business POS software company has launched a POS software integrated web developer service, bringing online and offline together in a common technology platform.

Built around leading e-commerce technologies, the Tower solution enables high street retailers to setup online stores populated with some or all inventory from the high street store.

Developed using best practice techniques, the Tower solution offers small business retailers a fast, easy and appealing route to market for an online store that is desktop, tablet and mobile friendly.

With several e-commerce sites already live, the online retail team at Tower Systems has personal experience they can point to to reference their capabilities as well as business learnings that will be useful to small business retailers.

The seamless and live link between the Tower POS software and the e-commerce site is a winner.


Loyalty software for #smallbusiness retailers offers flexibility

Flexibility is the key to success of the small business loyalty software for retailers from Tower Systems. refined over many years in close consultation with small business owners and managers, the loyalty facilities in the Tower software are proven from the traditional points based facility to the lucrative discount vouchers to the buy X get Y FREE tools. Flexibility is the key here.

In addition to the valuable suite of loyalty facilities for retailers, Tower Systems links to external services such as FlyBys and other loyalty solutions used by groups and others for connecting stores and making loyalty more valuable than only for one store.

But wait there’s more as they say. There is more quality thanks to the links in the Tower software for connecting small business retailers with their suppliers, often the businesses funding the loyalty offerings.

Flexibility, maturity and and commercial value sit at the heart of the loyalty facilities included in the Tower software. Small business retailers who want to purchase a POS software package and not have to rely on other partners to run loyalty facilities can achieve this by partnering with software company Tower Systems. They can rely on Tower to not only delivery excellent loyalty facilities today but to enhance them tomorrow, next year and beyond as the company maintains its software as a best practice solution for small business retailers in a range of specialist retail fields.

This is what Tower does – serving specialist retailers with exceptional software on which they can rely to grow their businesses thanks to loyalty facilities and more.


Loyalty software helps #smallbusiness retailers

The small business loyalty software in our POS software is helping more and more specialist retailers such as jewellers, bike retailers, garden centres, pet shops, newsagents, gift shops and homewares shops to compete with big business.

Indeed, smart loyalty facilities in small business software are crucial to helping independent and small retail businesses to win against ferocious national competitors.

The small business loyalty facilities in our software are flexible and powerful, offering:

  1. Points based loyalty.
  2. $$$ off the next purchase.
  3. Buy X, Get Y.
  4. Preferential pricing.
  5. And, a mixture of the above configurable to the needs of a business.

The flexibility and options embedded in our small business loyalty software win us ne customers and help existing customers derive better outcomes from their own customer relationships.


Being local matters to our #smallbusiness POS software company

Local small business retailers know this more than most.

Customers like supporting businesses that support their local community. Living and being local is a valuable point of difference for local small retail businesses.

The same is true for software companies serving small business retailers: being local matters.

Tower Systems is local. We develop POS software in Australia and New Zealand for specialist retailers:  jewellersbike shopsgarden centresnewsagentspet shops, toy shopsadult shopsgift shops and firearms retailers.

We support local suppliers, local marketing groups, local industry associations and make our management and software teams available for local business interaction.

Our local relationships help us make better software and back this with better service.


Australian #smallbusiness POS software on show at Sydney Gift Fair

Screen Shot 2015-09-09 at 6.43.35 amTower Systems is proud to have its #smallbusiness POS software on show at the Sydney Gift Fair at Glebe Island from this weekend. We are bringing new software and new facilities to the show to share with attendees. It appears from the roster of suppliers that ours is the only Australian designed and developed POS software product on show.

Serving well over 3,000 retail businesses in Australia and New Zealand, Tower Systems is well resourced to serve specialist retail businesses in a range of niche retail channels.

We are on stand P61 at the Sydney Gift Fair.


Repairs software helps improve customer service & workshop management

Here at Tower Systems we serve a number of specialist retail channels with repairs management software tuned to the needs of businesses in those channels. It is a core part of our smart small business POS software for these retail channels:

Workshop management software, or repairs software as we call it, can be used for managing other parts of business where services are provided including where you may outsource services outside the business. We provide tracking, billing and other tools in facilities developed with several different types of businesses offering these services.

Serving a number of specialist retail channels as we do helps us provide more comprehensive and flexible software.

Using our software for your type of business you can systemise the promotion and management of repairs services and through this drive more business for your workshop.

A good workshop is a valuable point of difference – hence the importance of promoting this and bringing consistency to the use of the services.


Helping small business retailers transact with structure and certainty

IMG_9366Small business retailers can offer shoppers clear communication and certainty of Lay-By and trading rules by using smart receipts in the smart POS software from Tower Systems.

It is easy to include transaction rules on receipts for all manner of transactions. This is a core facility from the Tower software and has been for years.

What separates Tower Systems in the POS software space is the flexibility of these and other receipt presentation and management tools.

Ensuing customers receive terms and conditions, care instructions, offers and other communications appropriate to their purchase provides the Tower Systems community of 3,000+ small business retailers with certainty. Retailers, their employees and their customers love this.

This is another way smart POS software helps small business retailers compete with big businesses.


Helping small business retailers cut theft in their shops

Small business POS software company Tower Systems is running training tomorrow for small business retailers on how to cut theft in a retail business. This specialist delivered training will cover strategies and tactics for cutting employee theft and shopper theft in any type of small retail business.

‘Drawing on considerable experience working with retailers and the police, this free training from Tower Systems will help retailers mitigate the cost of theft in their businesses.


How specialist garden centre software helps small business garden centres compete against national chains

Locally owned garden shops are specialist businesses with local community connections. They are staffed by people with good knowledge and owned by people with a local commitment beyond what any mass retailer could match.

These highly specialised and locally connected garden centres need software that can help them leverage their local commitment and service focus. This is one reason they need specialist garden centre software and it is one reason garden centre owners love the Tower Systems software.

The specialisation in our garden centre is extraordinary. In our specialist garden centre software offer access to facilities and tools that are unique to garden centres. This is what sets us apart. We are able to do this thanks to the wonderful support and assistance from our garden centre colleagues who guide our software development and take us deep into their businesses to understand needs that would otherwise not be evidence to software developers.

This is what being a vertical market software company is all about – going deep into the requirements for a retail niche and deeply understanding these so that the solution you ultimately develop is useful and valuable to the needs of the business.

Take repotting. This is a task that is important to many garden centres and nurseries. In the Tower Systems software there are facilities to help manage this and the commercial implications of this. What we do is unique and useful in many garden centre situations. It helps them accrue greater value from growing plants.

Packed with time saving facilities that guide efficiency, provide valuable business insights and help garden centre owners and managers transact sales accuracy, this software is made for you.

Developed with garden centre owners and managers, our software is regularly enhanced – to keep it current and relevant to your evolving needs.

Garden centre owners love our shopper rewards and customer loyalty facilities. These tools help bring back shoppers sooner.

In businesses affected by seasons, our easy to use rewards tools could be the competitive edge you need to compete.

The latest release of the Tower Systems garden centre software is on show this week at an NGIA event. We are thrilled to be showing offer a new outdoor labelling tool that boosts the professional representation of plants outdoors in a weatherproof way.


Garden centre software on show at NGIA garden trade day

11953031_10155957155505142_5730827592559010478_nTower Systems is grateful for the opportunityn to present its garden centre software to garden centre owners and employees at the NGIA industry trade day today in Sydney. It was a terrific event with plenty of attendees including prospects and existing customers.

Being out at industry events like this event today to present our software and engage is vital to the development and support of specialist software for specialist retailers.

We are a software company that appreciates being close to customers and suppliers to our customers. Days like today help us create better software.


POS software knowledge base enhancements

Tower Systems updates articles and resources on its Knowledge Base regularly. We advise customer by email, proving links to enhanced and new content. Recent enhancement of the knowledge base included:


Kudos for Tower Systems POS software – Xero interface

Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 5.01.22 pmRetail businesses connecting with the Xero cloud based accounting software through our POS software are growing in number as word spreads about the time saved as a result of the seamless link.

As users of Xero and our software in retail ourselves we are able to speak to the difference and share practical insights into the time saved and the mistakes eliminated through the elimination of what would otherwise be manual processes.

Being approved by Xero is not a simple process – as it should hot be. Their approval process is one reason some POS software companies don’t get to the point of partnership.

The Tower Systems POS software – Xero link has featured in a Xero approved promotion this month to retailers in the specialist retail channels in which we serve.


New free small business POS software training opportunities launched by Tower Systems

Screen Shot 2015-08-26 at 11.14.43 amSmall business POS software company Tower Systems is proud to have launched a new series of free online POS software training for retailers using its specialist POS software.

The latest training continues our commitment free weekly training opportunities for small business retailers. It is actions speaking loader than words.

We launched the training early this week. We are writing about it here after the launch to our customers.

Anyone can announce training. It takes commitment to deliver it week in week out.

We are grateful to our customers for their support.


Buy X get Y facility sets Tower POS software apart

The smart POS software from Tower Systems offers small business retailers choice when it comes to loyalty options. Our customers can choose from:

  1. Points accrual based on purchases.
  2. Linking to one of several external loyalty programs.
  3. Linking to FlyBys.
  4. Discount vouchers offering $$$ off next purchase Buy X get Y free.

Our customers can choose the loyalty options that best serve their needs. We do not presume to dictate which of the loyalty options is best as they all have a place.

That Tower Systems offers these options is of itself a point of difference for us.

We are grateful to our customers who have helped us finesse these loyalty facilities making them best practice and through this helping us win more business.


Sunday retail management advice: track staff sales

Have your staff members record sales by using their staff card barcode or some other unique code and report weekly on the sales achieved. Sharing this simple data point will encourage competition and this is good for all involved in the business including customers.

In one business where we guided this implementation revenue growth can be tracked back to the implementation.

We’d love to help any retailer do this.


Certification for POS software training achievement

Screen Shot 2015-08-14 at 8.00.46 amTower Systems is thrilled to issue certificates to retail business employees who complete the structured curriculum based training in the use of our POS software.

Across several curricula developed y retail channel and retail business task areas, the training offers an opportunity to develop valuable knowledge not only in the practical use of our software but also in the business application of the software.

POS software training achievement certificates give retail employees a marker of their learning achievement, something of which they can be proud.

The image is of a certificate issued last week to another successful candidate in a business using our pet shop software.


Sunday retail management advice: leverage shop local

IMG_9093The shop local movement has a good profile. Locals do tend to prefer to shop local. Retailers need to actively and consistently leverage this through a regular reminder but such a reminder is hollow unless you offer local benefits such as community engagement, hiring locally and sourcing locally made products. Actively engaging in the business through locally focussed decisions helps any retailer bring power and strength to their calls for people to shop local.

This is our advice today – if you pitch shop local, live in in your shop every day and show you yourselves believe in it.

Tower Systems helps retailers actively pitch and live the shop local mantra through its POS software and through the business support the company provides in its training and on its website.


POS Software Xero link saves time and money for small business retailers

Screen Shot 2015-08-06 at 7.46.57 amAs an authorised software partner of Xero cloud based accounting, Tower Systems is delivering time and money saving benefits to retailers using its POS software.

We link to Xero ourselves in our own retail businesses using our POS software. This provides us with accountant level experience, experience we are happy to share as part of the support services we provide to help retailers get more value from our software.

Jewellers, bike retailers, gift shop owners, pet shop owners, newsagents, firearms retailers, discount variety store owners and garden centre owners cal all benefit from the Tower Systems POS software / Xero link facility as it is available in channel specific software.

While we do link to MYOB and Quicken, the Xero link is our favourite because of the way Xero operates and how the company itself serves partnerships like ours.

Being able to draw on personal experiences makes a difference in POS software company support.


Sunday retail management advice: live and be local

IMG_8799Thanks to smart tools in the Tower Systems POS software, our small business retail partners are able to connect with, promote and support local engagement in a variety of valuable and sustainable ways.

We are grateful for the opportunities to help small business retailers engage locally in this way.

From actively supporting local community groups to promoting local events to supporting local suppliers, the Tower Systems POS software is ideal for small and independent retailers who want to pitch a genuine local message.

A successful local connection requires strategic planning and consistent execution. This is where the various facilities in our software can help retailers – we offer multiple touch points and the certainty of consistency. It is a valuable offering on which our retail partners can count.

As part of the Tower AdvantageTM our local credential


POS software helps small business retailers grow sales

Our sales are up by 15% year on year and I put much of that down to your loyalty software.

This is a real retailer sharing their results for the 2014/15 financial year.

We started using discount vouchers a year and a half ago and in the last twelve months we have seen the biggest sales surge in our history.

A deep analysis of sales and other data shows the valuable extent to which Discount Vouchers are changing shopper behaviour and attracting new shoppers.

We have a point of difference nearby competitors don’t have. We love it.

In this business they call the Discount Voucher a Thank You Voucher. This is one of many benefits in our POS software – retailers can call the vouchers what they want. They also set how the voucher is calculated and the products it can be redeemed for.

Retailers from many channels are growing their businesses thanks to our unique Discount Voucher facilities. retailers implementing them following our advice can do so at no cost to the business. They can bank on a commercial result that will deliver excellent bottom line results.

The Discount Voucher facilities live up to our promise: we’re here to help.


Supplier relationships strengthened at the Gift Fair

Tower Systems has been using its time at the Melbourne Gift Fairs, at the Showgrounds and the MCEC to strengthen supplier relationships. Over the last three days we have visited with many suppliers discussing even stronger links between them and the retail businesses we serve. The result will time saves for suppliers and retailers, improved business data accuracy and greater mutual support.

Trade shows provide a valuable platform for exploring supplier relationships through which we can better serve our customers. While we are happy to be the leader here, we are surprised other software companies are not participating.