POS software helps retailers offer student discounts

studdiscountThanks to flexible discounting options within our POS software, Tower Systems helps retailers to offer discounts that matter at different times of the year – like Student Discounts at back to school and back to uni time.

With appropriate rules used in the software, retailers are able to track discounts driven for their own interest or for supplier rebate purposes – and for the benefit of local schools that partner with the retail business to help drive traffic to the store.

Providing retail employees with certainty through which they are able to transact business and handle opportunities such as student discounts is a valuable feature of the Tower software. It helps small and independent retailers to offer benefits you;d typically see in bigger businesses.

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Discount vouchers playing a key in a terrific year at Tower Systems

dva5We are thrilled with the retailers joining our user community this year at Tower Systems. Some are installing POS software for the first time while most are switching from other software.

It is our Discount Voucher facilities which wins many customers for us. Beyond the vouchers, in the software, we have real power at the fingertips of retailers and their staff. We back this power and flexibility with terrific reports that make using the software valuable for the business. Enabling retailers to track voucher flow is proving to be tremendously valuable in guiding retailer engagement o tweak their use to drive even better outcomes.

Our Discount Voucher facilities are an excellent demonstration of the Tower Advantage in action. We are grateful to our customers for excellent feedback that is guiding further developments.

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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 for non technical people

Tower Systems offers jargon free training in its POS software, making it easier for non technical people to learn the POS software.  Offered one on one, in group sessions, online, live in-store … this plain English (or mandarin if you prefer) training makes it easy for people who are not IT savvy to learn this software.

Dealing often with first time business software users, Tower Systems has a gently approach to training that respects people and their use of the software. There is no judgement for a lack of knowledge, no pressure to learn at an advanced pace.

The jargon free approach extends beyond training. The Tower Systems help desk talks with people everyday who appreciate receiving help in terms they can understand and without the need to be a computer expert.  This is the company’s customer service commitment in action – serving small and independent retailers with easy to use POS software backed by excellent customer service.

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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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Sunday retail management advice: manage staff for profit

Retailers can encourage retail staff for personal development and for business profit using tools in the Tower Systems Point of Sale software. The key to achieving this is tracking sales y staff member. Turning this on in the Tower software is easy. From that moment on, the business has transparency and this can be used to drive better outcomes for the business and for employees.

Our experience working with retailers for decades is that greater transparency on performance between retail business owners and staff is better outcomes for both parties. 

This is especially true in small and independent retail businesses where employers and employees work more closely together on shared goals relating to business performance. Retailers using our PSO software can rely on smart employee tracking tools to help here.

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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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Throwback Thursday at the POS software company

beginningsThis is where it all began for Tower Systems – back in 1981 – before we sold our first system. This photo shows the first computer in which we started developing small business applications.

This tiny Apple II+ with dual floppy drives was our first development platform. It was new and exciting and fun to develop on. While storage on the Apple II+ was limited we made the most of the opportunity to provide small businesses with tools that cut labour intensive data related tasks.

While the software we sell today is generations beyond what we developed in 1981, the principles are the same – to offer our customers software facilities through which they can save time and money and on which they can rely to make better quality business decisions sooner.

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Retailers loving Microsoft Surface POS software integration

ms-surfaceRetailers with shop floor, outpost and pop-up shop requirements are loving what we have done integrating our POS software with the Microsoft Surface. This is a slick, easy to use and completely portable solution for retailers who are conducting more business in non-traditional off-location situations. With the days of the retail sales counter numbered, it is flexibility like that being delivered by Tower Systems that retailers crave.

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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 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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POS Software on Microsoft’s Surface a hit at the Gift Fair

Our live demonstrations of our POS software running on the latest Microsoft Surface device has been a hit at the Reed Sydney Gift Fair these past four days.

Demonstrating a portable shop-floor / warehouse solution without the usual POS software counter type hardware shows another flexibility we support, another way we help retailers to better engage with their customers and their business through our software.

This latest generation Microsoft Surface is especially useful in the retail environment – as we have shown at the Gift Fair.

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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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Chinese language POS software support shows true customer service

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

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

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

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POS software helps retailers with pop up shops

popupposTower Systems is helping retailers setup pop up shops through its POS software.

Pop up shops in shopping centres and other locations benefit from the easy to setup and use Tower software that is being used in a variety of retail businesses including those selling gifts, calendars, collectibles, homewares, clothing, phones, services, garden items and more.

Thanks to the ability to access the software through any browser, only minimal hardware is required for these types of installations. This is vital for a successful pop up shop operation.

Backed by flexible licencing and useful reporting tools, the Tower software helps retailers in the pop up space to create a new store, trade and then move on with easy and low overheads.

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While Apple gets all the attention real innovation for small business happens much closer to home

Apple has received extraordinary attention for its announcements last week as is always the case when the tech giant announces new models and new products. While we applaud Apple’s innovation and its ability to engage people all around the world with its technology, there are many businesses and individual innovators who receive little or no attention.

Take POS software, the spare we work in. It’s not glamorous or fashionable. However, if we get it right and engage appropriately with our customers, we make small retail businesses more profitable.

This coal face work with small and independent retailers is more important economically to Australia and New Zealand, the two main countries in which we trade, than Apple selling its devices and paying minimal tax.

We help people into business by making it easier for them. We help people find work by providing a skill they can learn and that is transferable.

What we do in our small and independent software company is economically valuable.

Later this week we release a software update that takes what we do to an entirely new plane. We won;t get Apple like hype but we do hope to help our customers enjoy their businesses more and make more money from them.

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New POS software training videos in production

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

The photo is from our in-house studio.

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Sunday retail business management advice: tracking retail season performance

fdayMajor retail seasons such as Father’s Day present retailers with an excellent opportunity to assess how the business is performing this year over previous years. The challenge can be that these days fall on different dates in different years.

Using the Point of Sale software from Tower Systems retailers can easily compare floating seasons whether for a day or days or weeks leading up to a day – where the dates are different between the two years being compared.

In addition to terrific comparative reports in the Tower software, we are able to help retailers understand year on year performance, to learn what they can about opportunities for future seasons. Often we find data present different facts on seasonal performance to what people working in the business thought happened.

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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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