Using POS software to track sales by category

homewaresIn the retail homewares space many products are one-off. That is, once they sell a retailer does not replace exactly them otherwise their shop can feel more like mass when being unique reply matters. This is where smart POS software is useful in tracking sales at the product category level.

Knowing that, for example, two $75 value homewares objets d’art sold is more useful to the buyer for the business than the specific items as these items will not be exactly replaced.

Using the Tower software, homewares, gift and garden centre retailers are bale to track product sales in a range of useful ways that can make inventory replenishment easier. Being able to slice the data for alternative performance reviews can help guide business decisions in a more meaningful way.

Tower Systems works with many retailers on the best approach to tracking stock performance.

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POS software helps retailers sell packs, hampers, singles and bulks

nxjewellThe smart POS software from tower Systems is helping more and more retailers to sell bulk items broken into singles, single items scaled up into bulk, hampers, packs, gift packs and many mixtures within these opportunities.

Jewellers use our pack facilities to sell two or three items in a set as well as singles – with ease.

Confectionery shops and chocolate shops use our software to sell bulk packs and singles easily with complete and easily managed inventory control.

Gift shops use these facilities to sell Christmas hampers.

Garden centres use these facilities to sell plants as singles and more packaged together.

It’s fast and easy to handle.

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POS software on show at Spring Gift Fair in Auckland

springgiftTower Systems is thrilled to be showing off its latest POS software for gift shops at the Spring Gift Fair in Auckland starting from tomorrow.

As the only POS software company at the fair we will embrace helping gift and homewares retailers to make the most of smart Point of Sale software in their business.

We will be showing new POS software for gift and homewares retailers, software is is being released in the next couple of weeks, software that delivers new facilities based on the latest international retail trends for small and independent retailers.

If you are at this terrific Auckland gift fair event, be sure to stop by our stand and say hi.

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POS software benefits from gift fair exposure to gift shop wholesalers

giftfairAt the recent Gift Fair in Christchurch POS software company Tower Systems was able to help wholesalers address the need for electronic invoices and electronic stock files.

Being the only POS software company present at the three-day event in Christchurch, the company had an excellent opportunity to educate and network with gift wholesalers – further demonstrating its commitment to gift retailers, their businesses and their suppliers.

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Pitching our POS software @ the Christchurch Gift Fair

chcgiftWe are having a terrific time pitching our POS software at the Winter Gift Fair in Christchurch this week. Gift and homewares retailers we have met with have been upbeat and keen to explore ways they can improve business efficiency and sales – and we can help in both areas.

This trade show has also been an excellent opportunity to further connect with suppliers serving gift and home retailers in Australia and New Zealand. Supplier relationships are important to us as they help us help retailers to better connect with their suppliers.

Being a smaller gift fair we have enjoying having more time for networking and relationship building. The knowledge we have gained will prove to be invaluable.

Thanks Christchurch for wonderful hospitality.

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New POS software supported gift card platform for franchise groups from Tower Systems

Tower Systems has developed an interface between its Point of Sale software and a gift card platform used by many national and international franchise groups that enabled purchase and redemption across the franchise members.

Users of the facility will have access to leading-edge gift cared tools and opportunities from a proven partner and from within the Tower software.

  • in-store sale of cards
  • out of store sale of cards
  • in-store or online redemption
  • reload or recharge capability
  • combine with vouchers, coupons and other promotions
  • full integration with your POS
  • with card or cardless
  • mobile ready complete gift solution
  • complete management of card printing
  • settlement of payment accounts
  • perfect for franchise or corporate store environment
  • increased security and fraud reduction
  • online customer portal to check balances and redemptions

part of a fully integrated loyalty and CRM program

This new interface has been developed by Tower for a regional department store using our software. It is also being made available to other customers, especially our franchise partners.

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Personalised gift gards help retailers retain sales

donna-hay-giftcardThe Donna hay gift cards we created for use with our software in the Donna Hay retail business are an excellent example of how a smart retailer can offer a service through our software that helps retail revenue for the business. each card has a unique barcode and our software tracks the balance held on the card by the customer.

While many years old, this gift card facility helps retailers retain revenue – it’s good for business and another good reflection of a valuable opportunity we offer our retail partners.

Besides offering excellent gift card support in our POS software, we also offer a gift card design and production service.

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Sunday small business retailer management advice: keep revenue in-store

Smart retailers offer gift cards for use in their business. While anyone can sell gift cards and gift EFTPOS cards for use in other businesses, only you can sell gift cards for redemption in your business. This provides the best commercial outcome for any retailer from a gift cards.

Whereas you might mage a coupe of dollars selling a gift card or a gift EFTPOS card for use in another store, you keep 100% of the gift card value for a gift card sold by your for redemption in your business.

We are having success with gift cards in a range of specialist retail businesses including jewellers, bike retailers, gift shops, newsagencies, garden centres, adult shops, pet shops to name a few. We can share experiences from these businesses to illustrate the value the drive for those businesses and the benefits of not leaking cash out of the business in the form of cards to be used elsewhere.

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Classic Moves dance shop offers retail shopper loyalty program

classic-movesTower Systems is thrilled to have been helping Classic Moves dance shop in Wollongong NSW to establish their customer loyalty program with this professional card. Classic Moves has been established in Wollogong for 18 years. They are considered to be the largest retailer of dancewear and accessories in the Illawarra and have a reputation for quality stock and professional, friendly service. Their loyal customers are respected with this very special card.

Our in-house marketing and graphic design team has worked with Classic Moves on designing the cards and having them manufactured specifically for the business to give to customers.

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A fresh approach to the shopper loyalty program

underthegableUnder The Gable takes a fresh approach to the shopper loyalty program with this card we designed and created for them and their use of our gift shop software. We love what they have called this: VIP HOME LOVERS CLUB. It’s smart and compelling, different to the usual approach taken for loyalty program offers. It’s a point of difference only a small business could offer, one leveraged well by the Under The Gable team. Kudos to them for their creativity.

The Tower Systems marketing and design team designed the card and arranged its manufacture as an extension of the services we offer our customers.

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Pet Shop software users drive sales with gift vouchers

elitefishPet shop businesses using our pet shop software are loving the opportunity of driving sales using gift vouchers. The photo shows a voucher / card we designed for Elite Fish in Mount Barker. This is one of the many new pet shops we have installed with our software recently. Using the git voucher, Elite Fish can sell to a customer who wants to be able to give a gift from the shop but who is unsure what to actually give.

The flexibility in the Tower software when it comes to gift cards and gift vouchers is considerable.

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Gift gards help nextra increase sales

nextra-newsagencyOur in-house design and marketing team in our Melbourne head office created this gift card for nextra Mildura for their use in better promoting the nextra business. On the back of the card is a unique barcode as well as the terms and conditions they required – making for a professional representation of the business so that it can better compete in the gift card space.

Gift cards like this have been supported by our software for many many years. They are an excellent way for retailers to drive sales today and lock in sales in the future. In addition to designing the cards, we offer a professional production service plus training on in-buisness implementation.

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Preparing for Reed Gift Fair Melbourne

reedgiftmelbThe Tower Systems gift shop software will be on show at the Reed Melbourne Gift Fair is a few weeks. This will be our first trade show for the year – our new gift shop software will be on show.

Promoted in the program for the fair published late in 2013 by Reed, Tower Systems is making a prominent statement about smart technology for gift shop management.

Helping gift retailers with electronic invoicing, electronic ordering, stock control, theft reduction, staff training, efficient selling and overall retail business management, the tower gift shop software will be a feature of the Reed Gift Fair for retailers keep to drive business efficiency and performance.

An additional benefit of this fair for us will be extending connections with gift shop suppliers.

We will be on stand K107.

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Wonderful Roses Only gift cards

rosesonlyWe were thrilled to receive a bundle of $20 Roses Only gift cards for everyone from one of our partner suppliers this week. Within minutes of handing out the gift cards Tower team members were using them.

These gift cards are an excellent reminder of the facilities in our POS software for vending gift cards. Our retail partners can vend their own high quality branded cards and they can vend gift vouchers using the software. They can also access a wide variety of corporate branded cards from other retailers for sale within their business.

This time of the year especially having access to a range of gift cards for sale is valuable for retail businesses, especially those selling gifts and cards. Our work in integrating with gift card offerings has helped many retailers deepen shopper baskets and add to business value.

We love the gift of the Roses Only gift  cards to our team members.

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Gift card options help POS software users make more form their software

Not only does Tower Systems offer awesome POS software that can be used by retailers to manage gift cards, the company offers a gift card design and production service. Using our own in-house designer, we have been responsible for producing cards for many different retail businesses – large and small.

Our latest gift card order form allows customers to order a gift card from templates established or have their own bespoke card made. This flexibility in gift card options reflects the flexibility in our software – helping retailers use our POS software in the way that best suits their needs.

By enabling retailers to produce their own gift cards and manage card balances using our software provides our customers with a whole of business solution, a means through which they can retain more revenue for their business rather than shipping it to other retailers by selling their branded gift cards.

In addition to excellent gift cards and POS software managing gift card balances, we work with retailers on the engagement on the shop floor, drawing on our own years of experience as retailers using gift cards ourselves. This personal experience helps us provide a level of assistance on implementing facilities like this in our software that go considerably beyond what the traditional software company offers.

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Basket data from gift shop software helps gift shops drive sales

A new breed of gift shop owner is using shopper basket data to make savvy business decisions. These business operators are running growth businesses – focused on business outcome success.  Typically, they are retail professionals running their businesses based n a well-considered business plan.

Whereas in the past many gift shop owners ran their businesses on a whim, today’s real success stories are businesses operating on principles of professional retailing.

Tower Systems is privileged to be working with several groups of such gift shop and homewares retailers, providing input on business plans, showing how our gift shop POS software can shine a light on business activity and unlocking other ideas for business improvement.

Working with such proactive retailers helps the Tower business and its software as much as it helps our customers. We are grateful for the openness at the core of these opportunities.

Thanks to a broad range of gift shops using the Tower software we are gaining experience from small, medium and large professional gift and homewares shop operations through this business development work.

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More retailers embrace house brand gift cards through POS software

More small and independent retailers using our Point of Sale software are embracing gift cards and gift vouchers through and with our software to provide a stronger value proposition to shoppers. We are promoting the gift card opportunity with in-house professional design and specifically sourced production.

Available now for many years, our Point of Sale software provides small and independent retailers facilities for issuing and managing gift cards and gift vouchers.

We back these facilities with regular professional training opportunities – like the free online training workshops we host regularly and one on one training provided as needed individually.

In addition to terrific software for managing gift vouchers and gift cards and offering training in how to use these, we offer a design and production service for gift cards. This includes access to a considerable library of gift card artwork and a service to create one-off designs to a specific business requirement brief.

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Retailers love $500 Gift card POS software offer

The Tower Systems $500 gift card offer pitched to retailers as part of our Christmas 2012 celebration is being embraced by small and independent retailers on a couple of fronts.

Retailers love the opportunity to save money and that’s what this card helps them do. $500 off the cost of a POS system is a genuine discount – available for a short time.

Retailers love seeing gift cards work with our POS software. This $500 gift card from us has been designed to show off the process of selling and redeeming gift cards. There is nothing quite like helping a prospective user of our POS software experience some of the benefits to their business first-hand.

Pitched as part of our promotional campaign across various retail channels, the Christmas 2012 gift card promotion is a wonderful and practical way of showing off a commercially valuable opportunity delivered within our software.

The Tower Systems Point of Sale software has served gift cards for many years. The company also offers a personalised gift card design and manufacture service.

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Helping small business retailers offer gift cards and vouchers

Small and independent retailers can offer gift cards and gift vouchers just like big business retailers offer thanks to wonderful facilities in our Point of Sale software.

Available now for many years, our Point of Sale software provides small and independent retailers facilities for issuing and managing gift cards and gift vouchers.

We back these facilities with regular training opportunities – like the free online training workshop we are hosting this Thursday at 2pm.

In addition to terrific software for managing gift vouchers and gift cards and offering training in how to use these, we offer a design and production service for gift cards. This includes access to a considerable library of gift card artwork and a service to create one-off designs to a specific business requirement brief.

When it comes to gift cards and gift vouchers, Tower Systems has small and independent retailers covered.

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Great news on gift cards sales for Christmas

We are hearing terrific reports from customers about sales of branded gift cards for Christmas.  These are gift cards which they have had made specifically for their businesses for use with our software.  In most cases the cards were designed by our creative team as part of a gift card service we offer.

We have heard of these gift cards adding thousands of dollars in pre-Christmas sales.  That’s excellent news.

Beyond providing attractive and commercially valuable cards, our Point of Sale software manages each gift card, the balance and rules associated with accessing the balance.

Our customers like having their own branded gift cards as they more actively promote their business.

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Christmas gift card sales set to grow again

While the growth in national brand retail store gift cards is well documented in the press, we are seeing tremendous growth in independent retail single store gift cards and gift vouchers.

We can see the increase in engagement with gift cards and gift vouchers as we have customers ordering professional gift cards designed specifically for their businesses and other customers asking for assistance and training in selling and managing retail gift cards and vouchers.  We’re happy to help, providing one on one training as well as group training via our online training workshop program.

A gift card is the perfect gift when the customers is not sure what to purchase.  It provides flexibility to the recipient.  It also demonstrates that the given has shopped and made a choice.  It;s far more emotionally invested than just cash.

Gift cards help shoppers drive loyalty not only among the purchasers of the cards but also through the recipients of the cards.  The cards provide shoppers with flexibility.  This is key in retail today.

We have supported the sale and management of gift cards and gift vouchers in our Point of Sale software for years.  It is just one of many business building facilities in our software with which small and independent retailers can compete with national retail groups.

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Customer loyalty and gift cards help retailers drive sales

The loyalty facilities in our Point of Sale software are helping retailers drive excellent business results.  We know this because they tell us.  Their feedback is terrific.

Through out loyalty facilities we help retailers track sales and accrue points for use by shoppers.

Beyond the mechanics of the sale and tracking results, we help retailers make the most of the opportunity by outlining the broader business benefits of the data accrued by our software.  This is where the real value is in any loyalty system.

We educate our customers on how to achieve a measurable kick in sales – not through tricks or spike generating gimmicks but through genuine shopper engagement.

In addition to excellent loyalty marketing facilities, we offer terrific Gift Card facilities.  These, too, use professionally designed and manufactured gift cards which help drive retail sales.

Beyond the software, beyond the traditional help desk support, tower Systems helps its retail community to leverage business building facilities for the benefit of the business, its employees and its shoppers.

in the photo is a very small selection of the gift and loyalty cards we have helped our retailers develop and implement.

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Presenting at the Australian Sporting Goods Association Conference

We were thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in the Annual Conference of the Australian Sporting Goods Association yesterday.

We got to meet with suppliers on our trade display stand as well as formally present at the conference.

What made the experience particularly valuable was that the conference was attended by suppliers and retailers.  With our Point of Sale software as the glue which connects the two this was an ideal audience for us.

This was our last trade show for 2011, a year which has been packed with trade show events across a broad range of retail marketplaces.  We appreciate and continue to be surprised by the synergy between the various marketplaces in which we service.  for example, work we will do with some sporting goods suppliers will benefit newsagents.

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Free Blackhawk Gift Card Stand for Tower Systems Retailers

blackhawk-cards.jpgFor a limited time, Blackhawk is offering a free merchandised stand valued at $89.95.

Tower customers can sell Blackhawk cards from within their software easily and quickly thanks to our integrated eziPass solution.

We know from customer feedback that the Blackhawk range of gift cards is a valuable addition to retail range, delivering good incremental business and delivering excellent value for the small retail footprint required. Blackhawk is supported through Touch, a Touch account is required to access the products.

To be part of the Blackhawk Network gift card programme, and enjoy your share of the changing way Australians choose gifts, simply visit http://www.touchnetworks.com.au/touch-services/support/gift-cards/

We encourage our retail network to embrace this opportunity.

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Enhancing The Gift Card Offer

giftcard.jpgWe have enhanced our personalised gift card offer for retailers using our Point of Sale software by now including gift card holders, key tag cards and protected finishes to the range.  This is in additional to personalised bar codes, signature panels and other features available through our gift card offer.

The new features are covered on the new gift card order form available from our website or through the company.

Through our marketing department we offer a custom gift card offer as well as access to a range of off-the-shelf creative designs which can incorporate business names and logos.  The example here shows where a business logo can be included in our off-the-shelf card artwork.

The flexibility in the Tower Systems gift card range enables our customers to spend according to their particular needs and budget.

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