A behind the scenes look at how our POS software company rolls our a major software update

Here is an internal communication sent by our Managing Director to all Tower Systems team members last week in advance of wider release of a major POS software update. We share this here to show how internally we are committed to the quality and engaged customer services we promote in our marketing pitch:

The next two months will present us with many challenges and opportunities as our customers load and engage with 2.6. For many in the company you will face new experiences as this is the biggest update ever in the history of the Retailer product.

There will be people who blame things on the update that have nothing to do with the update.

Many will not read the instructions prior to loading the update.

Most will be nervous.

Plenty will be happy with what’s in the u0date and some will want more changes urgently.

Others will say their systems are slower as a result.

Some will realise that they need to upgrade their hardware.

Please actively listen to what people have to say, make sure they know you are listening to them – even if what they are saying has been said to you many times before by others. People calling about the update is what we are here for. We promise them we are not your average software company. We promise to listen to them and serve their needs. This is where your contact, each contact, is vital.

While Ben owns 2.6, it is on all of us to serve our customers as they install, learn and start to use 2.6. Their experience will depend on each of us. What they think about Tower Systems for the future will depend on each of us.

Thank you in advance for your commitment through what will be a busy and challenging time.

We are committed to providing an enjoyable experience for our customers. This email and the considerable training of our team which preceded it is further evidence of that commitment.

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Smart POS software helps retailers manage card pockets

cardpocketsMore and more greeting card retailers are using the smart reporting in the Tower Systems POS software for reporting on card sales down to a granular level.

Developed with renowned card experts and engaged retailers, the exclusive reporting in the Tower Systems software enables greeting card retailers like newsagents and card and gift retailers to report on card sales more immediately and valuably than is often available from the greeting card company.

This reporting has been enhanced following field use to make it more valuable to retailers when they are working with their card suppliers.

This report is another example of what sets our software apart and why our retailers love what they can achieve with it.

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POS software update roll-out loved by retailers

Tower Systems is thrilled with feedback from retailers who have started using the new version of its POS software.

With more than 300 enhancements, this new release is the most significant software update in ten years. It delivers to the close to 3,000 small business retailers who partner with Tower valuable new tools which many will use to grow their business.

While customers are enjoying getting to know their new software, the Tower team is well advanced on the next release.

 

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Retailers love discount voucher options in POS software

dva5With more retailers using our Discount Voucher facilities we have a broader pool from which to draw inspiration for further enhancements.

This image shows another version of a Discount Voucher – on an A5 receipt.

This is attractive-looking Discount Voucher is produced at the bottom of a receipt printed on a laser printer connected to our software. retailers selling higher end items like to produce a receipt that is different to the usual cash register roll type. The A5 receipt is more professional and of a higher print quality.

This laser printed Discount Voucher has a quality to its look that makes it appear more valuable than if printed on a thermal printer at the bottom of a receipt.

While often used in jewellery, garden centre and homewares businesses, more and more other retailers are choosing A5 receipts to lift the quality of their offering and thereby set themselves apart from other retail businesses.

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Smart retailers use their POS software receipt to show savings

receiptsavingRetailers using the POS software from Tower Systems have many options for for reinforcing the value of shopping in the business – like including a personalised note on the receipt showing the saving achieved with this purchase.

The image shows one such saving note on a receipt produced by the software. The note is produced as a result of rules setup by the retailer using the software.

The You Saved $6.55 message is strong. It’s reinforced by That’s a saving of 6%. this messaging pitches the retail business after the sale is down, when the shopper is home and unpacking their purchases.

This is another way Tower Systems is helping small and independent retailers to compete with major retailers.

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All ready for Reed Sydney Gift Fair

sydgiftTower Systems is all ready for the Reed Sydney Gift Fair which kicks off today. Our new gift shop software has been released in time for us to show off to the many thousands of attendees expected through the fair over the next four days.

features on show over the next four days include our mobile POS solution, our pop up shop solution, our game-changing discount vouchers as well as a completely fresh and business-growing approach to shopper receipts.

We continue to help retailers at the core of their business with valuable innovation.

We’re excited to catch up with many existing customers as well as to make new friends.

While we can’t be sure until the fair opens this morning, it looks like we will be the only specialist software company there. We are grateful for that opportunity.

 

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POS software Xero link helps retailers cut mistakes & save time

xerolinkThe  Tower Systems POS software / Xero accounting link is being embraced by more retailers.

Using the Xero link in our own retail businesses and having had it vetted and approved by our own Financial Controller, we can speak from experience about the value of the Xero link to a busy independent retail business.

This link cuts mistakes, eliminates workload and results in more timely and accurate accounting information.

Tower backs the link with training and live support. We also back it with access to our in-house accounting experts who can provide insights from their own use of the back end.

It’s our use of our software and Xero as retailers ourselves that really sets us apart.

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Retailers love smart POS software labels

smartposlabelAs retail evolves with bricks and mortar businesses diversifying, flexibility in POS software is more important than ever. We saw a good example of this recently when a newsagent diversified into jewellery and needed jeweller labels for their range of rings, pendants and bracelets.

Thanks to jeweller labelling facilities in our POS software, we are able to produce a professional and flexible label with four parts that are ideal for all sorts of jewellery situations.

Labelling jewellery without harming the product is important as is labelling the box for the item as well as any other part of the package such as the storage bag.

Having thought through these requirements and already serving hundreds of businesses in this area enables Tower Systems to offer proven flexible solutions.

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Gift shop POS software for Reed Gift Fair in Sydney

Sydney_Sep_620x250The new Tower Systems Gift Shop Software will be on show at the Sydney Gift Fair from next weekend. In addition to new software, we will be launching new a new look for our pitch to gift shop owners and employees as we show off genuine innovation from our creative software development and marketing teams.

Gift shop retailers who visit our stand will see examples of how they can reach out to customers through flexible loyalty facilities, how to drive sales through smart counter facilities and how to leverage business data for more valuable supplier relationships.

While the trade show is more than a week away, we are busy testing and re testing the new software we will have on show for attendees. We are excited to have this opportunity.

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More retailers report sales success with discount vouchers

garden-centre-softwareMore retailers are reporting excellent year on year growth as a result of the Discount Vouchers facilities exclusively in the Tower Systems Point of Sale software.

Gift shops, garden centres, jewellers, bike retailers, newsagents and homewares stores are among the businesses excited by what they see in success achievable from the rich and rewarding Discount Vouchers facilities.

At several recent trade shows we have seen a fatigue among retailers with the old points based programs given that every other retailer has one. The reaction to the uniqueness and value of Discount Vouchers makes them as appealing to the business as to the shoppers.

In the Tower software retailers have access to exclusive and sophisticated tools for driving shopper engagement in accruing $$ value as well as in redeeming value.

The other benefit delivered by Tower is the business engagement training for staff – to help them get the most of the opportunity and to maximise shopper engagement from the sales counter. This is where we go way beyond the usual software company and offer extraordinary help to help retail businesses leverage the maximum value.

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New POS software files for retailers now available

We have tested and loaded the following stock files to the downloads area of our website for retailers using our POS software.

  1. Collins Debden Diaries 2015
  2. Artwrap September 2014
  3. Browntrout August 2014
  4. Andrews McMeel Calendars 2015
  5. Stylesetter September 2014
  6. Hallmark September 2014
  7. Henderson Greetings September 2014
  8. hiPP September 2014

Our customers can use these files with confidence.

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Gift shop software a success at Auckland Gift Fair

auckgiffairThe Tower Systems gift shop software was a terrific success at the Auckland Gift Fair earlier this week at the ASB Showgrounds. In addition to showing off new gift shop software, we also introduced people to our expanding knowledge base, training videos and gift shop business support service through which we help gift shops grow.

This event has been another terrific trade show for Tower Systems.

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Sunday retail business management advice: 16 ways retailers can reduce employee theft

  1. For everyday items, items most people will use or could convert to cash, use stock control. Enter new stock as it comes in, scan all sales and only reorder based on what you software says. Every month do a stock take. Take cigarettes – Tobacco stock discrepancies are an indicator of theft. Had one newsagent been doing this they would have caught their $250 a day employee theft months earlier.
  2. Scan everything you sell. Do not use department keys as this makes it easier for employees to steal since they know there is no trackback to stock on hand. Using department keys is an invitation to steal.
  3. Do your end of shift through your software and have a zero-tolerance policy on being over or under. Reconcile banking to your computer software end of shift. One newsagency where this was not done was being skimmed regularly for $200 a day.
  4. Do spot cash balancing. Unexpected checks can uncover surprises. One newsagent needing to do a banking during the day uncovered a $350 discrepancy that lead to discovery of systematic theft.
  5. Change your roster. Sometimes people work together to steal. One newsagent found a family friend senior and their teenage daughter stealing consistently.
  6. Check your Audit Log. Look at cancelled sales, deleted sales and items deleted from a sale. Leaving a cash drawer open from the previous sale, scanning items, taking the cash and cancelling the sale is the most common process used by employees to accrue cash they then take from you. Good software tracks cancelled sales and what was in them. This can be matched with video footage.
  7. Check GP by department. If GP is falling outside what you expect, research it further.
  8. Setup a theft policy. Put this on a noticeboard in the back room. Get staff to read it and sign up to it. See the last page of this advice.
  9. Keep the counter clean. A better organised counter reduces the opportunity for theft as it makes detection easier.
  10. Have a no employee bags at the counter policy. This makes it harder for them to hide your cash.
  11. Beware employees who carry folded paper or small notepads. These can be used for them to keep track of how much cash is in the register that is theirs – i.e. not rung up in the software.
  12. Beware of calculators with memories at the counter. One newsagency employee used the memory function to track how much cash had to be stolen prior to balancing for the day – cash from sales not rung up.
  13. Do not let employees sell to themselves. If they want to purchase something make them purchase it from the other side of the counter.
  14. Be professional in your management of the business. The more professional your approach they less likely your employees will steal as they will see the risk of being caught as high.
  15. Advise all job applicants that you will require their permission for a police check. From the outset this indicates that you take your business seriously. In many situations applicants who have been asked for permission to do a police check advise they have found a job elsewhere.
  16. Do not take cash out for your own use in front of employees. If they see you take cash for a coffee or lunch some will see this as an invitation.
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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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Homewares retailers benefit from helpful POS software

homewares-softwareThe Tower Systems homewares software helps homewares business owners understand and enjoy their business more.

From better stock management to flexible shopper loyalty engagement to staff tracking and motivation, the Tower software helps homewares create more valuable and efficient businesses.

The focus at Tower Systems is on small and independent retailers, local high street and regional and rural businesses where retailers are able to make their mark by offering unique products backed by excellent customer service – as facilitated by our software.

Our help for homewares retailers is enhanced by some excellent supplier relationships.

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POS software helps retailers engage shoppers in competitions

hmkbbqThanks to receipt options and other facilities in our POS software, retailers can help drive shopper engagement in competitions – such as the Hallmark cards competition offering the opportunity to win a $500 BBQ in participating stores that’s running at the moment.

Retailers can promote competitions like this on their receipts. They can also promote it on customer displays. This type of promotion is free. It is excellent use of existing retail management infrastructure – manages by our POS software as directed by our retailers.

Connecting shoppers on receipts and at other touch points with in-store promotions such as the BBQ prize adds value to the in-store promotion and drives the likelihood of shopper engagement in the promotion.

Smart use of our smart POS software drives better outcomes for our retail partners.  Our help desk enjoys helping retailers to leverage these opportunities.

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Helping small business retailers save time on POS software data backups

kb-backupOur rich content POS software knowledge base is full of advice and assistance for retailers using our Point of Sale software on how to do safe and fast backups of business data. This advice includes information on off site backups for speed and security in any size and scale of business.

The image shows some of the backup specific content on our knowledge base that can be searched by our customers. This rich resource is in addition to live help desk support available to our users as well.

Offering access to a range of backup options including cloud based services retailers partnering with us have choice available to them.

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PayPal payment live use in smart POS software commences

paypknxTower Systems is thrilled that following an extensive joint project commenced with PayPal in 2013 and considerable beta testing and we last week commenced live use of our fully integrated PayPal in-store payment option.

This integrated PayPal payment facility will not only help retailers accept a new form of payment, it will drive traffic to their businesses thanks to the wonderful support of PayPal and the engagement of the PayPal community.

Being the first to market in our specialist retail channels not only gives us a wonderful commercial advantage, it also provides us with experiences that will play out in other areas of our business as we bring on more suppliers with smart POS software integrations.

Tower Systems is proud of the work of its design, development, testing and deployment teams who has collaborated so well with the experts from PayPal on this project.

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Hidden gems in Point of Sale software screen

gemsLong after retailers start using Point of Sale software from Tower Systems the company provides access to free training opportunities. One such training opportunity coming up is a one hour live online workshop: Hidden Gems in the Point of Sale screen. This is a perfect learning opportunity for any small business retailer or their staff using the Tower software as it will show time and money saving tips and techniques in the POS software screen.

We invest in training like this ever week as a demonstration of our commitment to help our small business customers get more from their software experience every day.

Access to this training like all our live online workshops is free.

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More suppliers offer Tower Systems customers access to electronic invoices

Tower Systems has brought on more suppliers offering access to electronic invoices. We are not announcing company details here however as the list is commercially sensitive in that we have done the work with some suppliers to get them on board and we;re not about to help competitors catchup.

Being the only POS software actively engaged with suppliers at specialist trade shows, speaking at supplier conferences and engaging in other supplier events helps us leverage the opportunities for our customers.

The latest suppliers to come on board will be appreciated by many of our customers.

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POS software helps retailers better serve collectors of all types of collectibles

collectCollectors come in all shapes and sizes. They are important customers to many types of retail businesses. Some businesses identify them as collectors and others do not. Some bring in product on a regular basis that builds collections over time and to a calendar while others serve special orders driven by customer requests.

Regardless of the types of collectors served and how you may serve them, Tower Systems has facilities within its Point of Sale software to serve the needs of retailers serving collectors. From personal barcodes on products to tracking orders, to tracking collection to managing product shelf life, the collectible product facilities are used extensively within the Tower Systems retail business user community.

The facilities serving the collectibles area is another example of the value of specialist software developed ion close association with retailers in the space.

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Stunning Gift Fair experience

Tower Systems is enjoying an excellent gift fair experience at the Home & Giving show at the Showgrounds in Melbourne. This part of the overall Melbourne Gift Fair is more relaxed than the main hall as it’s away from the city.

The relaxed feeling comes from a more open space, a space where people can engage in business discussions without being cramped or pushed.

So far, three days in, Tower Systems has met with many prospective new newsagency, gift shop, homewares business and garden centre owners and managers. We have had a wonderful opportunity to show off our software and the exciting features available and soon to be commercially available.

As the only software company at the fair we are getting excellent attention. We love it!

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All set for the Melbourne Home & Giving Fair

homewares

Tower Systems is thrilled and excited for the start of the Home & Giving Fair in Melbourne today. We have been doing this fair for many years with terrific success. Over time, our involvement has game from it being a pure sales event to now being sales and existing customer networking.

We love the Home & Giving Fair for the opportunities it presents as well as new suppliers it puts us in contact with.

Our stand is set and we are excited for what will come our way over the next five days.

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New gift shop software ready for the Melbourne gift fair

gbTower Systems has finalised new gift shop software and associated collateral in advance of the Home and Giving fair which starts tomorrow.

The new collateral reflects the fresh approach being taken by Tower in its new software for gift shop – offering new facilities and more benefits through which retailers can build more valuable businesses.

The new software is evidence of further investment by Tower in the gift shop marketplace in Australia and New Zealand.

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