Retailers loving cloud based POS software backup service

backupRetailers are loving the cloud based backup service launched by POS software company Tower Systems.

This new safer approach to backups offers retailers using the Tower software double protection with a local safe backup as well as a cloud based safe backup.

these backups are taken during the day without interruption to the business.’

retailers are able to reduce rostered hours as a result of embracing the new approach to backups. The net saving is considerable and the business as more backup protection for their all-important business data.

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Sunday small business retail advice: using POS software to play to your strength

Small and independent retailers offer a level of personal service that often sets them apart from major retailers. Using the smart tools in the Tower Systems POS software, retailers are able to reach out beyond the shop floor and sales counter in providing differentiating personal service. Thanks to easy to engage tools in the software, retailers can include in sale documentation such as receipts information about product use and care which helps the retailers to demonstrate a point of difference and improves the customer experience.

The Tower Systems POS software provides retailers with several facilities for customising information on receipts based on products purchased. That this is done at the point of sale with the employee having to remember is a way the business can go above and beyond without having to rely on memory to do so.

  1. Retailers, play to your strength with:
  2. Customer service advice on receipts.
  3. In-store advice on QR code linked videos.
  4. Home care and advice through online accessible information.
  5. Images on customer documents.
  6. Loyalty options that make you truly competitive.
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POS software helps retailers share product care information

productcareRetailers selling products with specific care requirements are able to have care and other instructions included on receipts printed for the products. This provides a more engaged level of customer service that is tailored to the specific items purchased by a business.

This personalised receipt service built around product care instructions is something Tower Systems has offered in its Point of Sale software for many years. It is a facility used across many retail channels including bike shops, garden centres, gift shops, jewellers and others where specific product care and use instructions are another way a retailer can demonstrate a valuable point of difference.

Tower Systems offers training in using these product care facilities.

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POS software helps family businesses nurture and share intellectual property

The Tower Systems Point of Sale software helps business owners encode and share information about how the business operates. recording intellectual property about the operation of a business and making it accessible to those working in the business makes it easier for family members to grow into the business and stay close to how the family has done business over the years.

Family businesses are different to non-family businesses. They are often run on a different basis and with different goals. Having software that enables to recording of business rules and processes makes it easier for these businesses to track and manage how things are done and thereby to continue family traditions if important to the business.

The Tower software offers a range of mechanisms through which business processes are recorded – guiding those coming into roles and needing to follow tradition.

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Warehouse tracking facilities help more businesses benefit from POS software

The Tower Systems Point of Sale software offers retailers with wholesaling facilities the ability to track locations of inventory and thereby enable easy picking of goods for shipment. Doing this in several different types of businesses has provided us with experiences that have informed development of flexibility in the software.

From picking slips to location data, the Tower software reaches way beyond what is traditional for POS software.

While first and foremost a Point of Sale software solution, warehousing facilities enable the software to be useful in more diverse situations and this is what flexible retail / wholesale businesses like.

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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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All set for the Melbourne Home & Giving Fair

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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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POS software helps retailers win insurance sales

Retailers using the Tower Systems Point of Sale software have access to facilities ideal for handling insurance sales – of items being paid for by insurers as replacements for items lost or damaged. We have had this facility for years as part of a suite of mature services for retailers serving diverse needs in several marketplaces.

Jewellers, bike retailers, garden centres and homewares stores benefit from these insurance facilities. Insurance companies too benefit in that they can rely on small and independent retailers to be retail outlets for satisfying insurance claims.

Insurance claims is one area of our software where we continually adjust and enhance the software based on customer and other stakeholder feedback.

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Brisbane Gift Fair tomorrow!

Tower Systems is excited and ready for Gift HQ – the Brisbane Gift Fair that starts tomorrow morning. We have a wonderful stand with new software and plenty of business-building opportunities for gift and homewares retailers.

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Gift & Homewares Association promotes Tower Systems

thewrapTower Systems is thrilled that its Gift and Homewares POS software is being promoted by the respected AGHA in the lead up to the next round of trade shows.

Serving hundreds of gift and homewares retailers, Tower Systems  is well-established in handling the needs of these retailers as well as handling the needs of their suppliers – connecting the two types of businesses in a way that is beneficial to both.

Our next AGHA event will be the August fair in Melbourne.

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POS software thermal barcode label design flexibility loved by retailers

thelabelRetailers using the POS software from Tower Systems have the ability to design their own product price and barcode labels. They can choose the fields to include and the placement of these fields – allowing a business to tailor label layout and design to serve their needs.

The level of flexibility offered by Tower Systems is rare in POS software. It has evolved over time thanks to advice from retailers using the Tower software and their support for an engaged continual improvement program for the software.

Jewellers, garden centres, newsagents, gift shops, homewares stores and others love the product label flexibility and the variety of options available.

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Xero POS software interface interest encourages retailers

xerolinkOur soft launch here of our POS software / Xero cloud based accounting software interface is exciting plenty of retailers and their accountants. We have a growing group of existing and prospective new customers keen to leverage the link to help small independent retail businesses grow.

This week we have finalised documentation explaining the seamless POS software to Xero link and outlining the low-cost for access to it through our software.

We are very excited for the commercial release once we are through the current beta process.

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Sunday small business retail management advice: gift cards help you win the sale

elitefishWhile more and more retail businesses are offering gift cards, the commercial success depends on the confidence of customers in the gift card product. A more professional looking gift card the more a customer is likely to trust the card.

This is where Tower Systems can help.

Thanks to our professional in-house gift card design and production service we are able to help independent small retail businesses to have a card that looks professional, trustworthy and valuable. Retailers we partner with often are thrilled with the cards supplied and the sales that result from their use.

Any small retail business can compete with major retailers by offering professional plastic cards that make the business look great. Done well, a gift card can help you win business you might otherwise not have won.

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Tower Systems delivering Paypal payment option in another first

Tower Systems has been working with Paypal since last year on an innovative in-store payment option for small business retailers in the Tower Systems community. This work has resulted in an interface between the Tower Point of Sale software and a new consumer App being from Paypal.

Having passed tests, trials and rigorous acceptance testing, the next release of the Tower software will support Paypal as a method of over the counter payment for shoppers shopping in retail businesses using the Tower software.

This is genuine innovation that has come about as a result of professional development between Tower Systems and Paypal.

We are thrilled to be the partner chosen by Paypal for this work last year – giving Tower Systems customers a wonderful commercial advantage.

We will announce sign-up details shortly.

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Sunday retail management advice: POS software receipt marketing works

We have seen excellent results from receipt based marketing this week where a retailer using our POS software reported double-digit sales growth across almost all categories and the only change in their business for most of these categories in the last six months was the implementation of our receipt-based discount vouchers.

While they call them something else – Shopper Rewards – internally in our software they are called discount vouchers for ease of reference. Bet they are much more than discount vouchers!

15% of customers are engaging with the vouchers and it is these customers who are driving the revenue growth for the business.

We can show small and independent retailers how they can grow their businesses by engaging with this unique and successful business marketing and management initiative. In our own retail experience we know that it’s money in the bank.

The keys to success that we regularly see are:

  1. The across the counter pitch. This comes down to staff training.
  2. Simple text on the voucher. Users of the software have complete control over this.
  3. Good value on the voucher. Users of our software have compete control over this.
  4. Good business rules for redemption to drive sales. Users of the software have complete control over this.

The success of many small business retailers with our offering is encouraging and exciting. We love it!

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Busy Saturday for the POS software help desk

The day has really only just begun for many but our live office-based help desk has already been busy helping retailers with support and training as part of our Saturday support commitment.

We have offered this office-based service for many years and customers love it. Being office-based we have access to more facilities and services and this provides our customers with a better outcome for some calls that require more than knowledge.

Our Saturday support service is a point of difference that helps us win customers. We love it!

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