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Grateful to serve local

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Software for bookshops made and supported in Australia for independent bookshops

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Here at Tower Systems we are grateful to make and support POS software for bookshops. From the sales counter to the back office to a POS software connected website that drives online sales, our bookshop software is designed to help local and independent bookshops thrive.

Here are two ways in particular where our bookshop software provides practical and beneficial help to local bookshops:

  • Returns management. Returning unsold books can be a time-consuming task. But with our bookshop software, booksellers can easily identify titles that can be returned based on when they arrived in store, how many have been sold, and how many are currently in stock. We also provide a structured approach to handling returns in a way that is friendly to publishers. Our approach has been tested with booksellers, so we know it’s genuinely useful and meets the requirements of suppliers.
  • Titlepage integration. Our software has been integrated with Titlepage for many years. Our latest integration is even better and more useful for book retailers. And as Titlepage software continues to evolve, so will our integration.

We are grateful to local bookshop customers who have helped us evolve our bookshop POS software over the years, to help it lead into new areas of relevance and value for these vital local shops.

From electronic invoices to author lookup to special orders for customers, this software for bookshops helps local bookshops serve local shoppers.

Our software helps bookshop owners position their businesses as locally focused in unique ways, from reader loyalty programs to special interest focus to local club support to bundle offers. We help local bookshops better serve local readers and those who buy for them.

Our seamless Shopify integration makes it easy for local booksellers to sell online professionally. This enables them to reach shoppers far beyond their local catchment area. We are proud to have delivered bookshop software connected websites that are doing this.

Our locally made bookshop software also includes other tools that booksellers tell us they like, such as:

  • Easy searching of book inventory by title or part of a title.
  • Easy searching by book inventory by author name or part of author name.
  • Pacstream integration.
  • Structured handling of special orders of books.

Book retailing is a challenging industry, with big businesses pushing hard in this space. Our goal with our locally made bookshop software is to help small local retailers compete more successfully every day.

The bookshop POS software we offer today is different to what we will offer tomorrow. We are constantly evolving our software to meet the changing needs of our customers and the bookselling industry.

If you are a local book retailer, we’d love to find out if we could serve your needs.

Stocktakes are a thing of the past for retailers and here’s why

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While our POS software has stocktake facilities to enable fast and accurate counting of inventory, it’s not necessary for businesses to do a stocktake at the end of the financial year. You can ignore the end of year stocktake if you are disciplined as to how you run your retail business. here’s what you need to do:

  • Track all inventory arriving in the business at the point of arrival. This is easy with electronic invoices from suppliers or software generated order files.
  • Track all sales, at the point of sale. Scan everything you sell. This is easy to do, for anything.
  • Track all returns at the point of return. Anything you send back to a supplier, scan it out first. The same is true for any products you write off.
  • Spot stocktake parts of the business to get a read on theft.

These straightforward things done in a retail business with consistency and accuracy will provide the business with a stock listing, what you’d usually get from a stocktake, that is accurate for your financials and accurate for your taxation return purposes.

By having a tight and consistent approach to stock management at all appropriate gate points in the business and doing this work daily on stock movements, you negate the need for end of financial year work. This saves time, labour cost and results, actually, in more accurate business data.

Stocktakers, of course, will criticise this as this post makes the point that they are not necessary. the thing is, their manual processes, have been found to be inaccurate and, often, inappropriate. Stocktakers make their money from selling you their services. What we are saying is that with good business management practices you don’t need a stocktaker, you don’t need that cost.

For those who do want to do a stocktake, we make stocktake easy. We have a stocktake process in our POS software that could save you time and help you know what you need to know today.

While doing a stocktake of the whole business is the traditional way, if you break it up and do sections of the shop when it suits, you could, through a rolling stocktake process, have more accurate data with a lower labour cost for the counting of stock.

The Tower Systems POS software lets you do part of the shop if you wish. That could be a shelf, an aisle, a section of the shop or even a single item. Of course, you can do a stocktake for the whole store too.

By doing a stocktake of a section or segment of the business, you can concentrate on high moving items, items more likely to be stolen or for some other reason. You can also schedule these sectional / spot stocktakes in a way that suits your labour availability. Finding half an hour to do a section in a daily roster could save the business money compared to bring people in especially to stocktake.

Having worked with 3,500+ local retail businesses for many years and participated in many stocktakes across a variety of product categories, our advice is that the rolling stocktake approach is usually more time efficient and financially beneficial to a business. This approach does provide you an earlier indication of possible theft challenges.

Good POS software gives you stocktake flexibility and this helps you drive value for your business.

Now, some quick fire stocktake questions, which we answer from the perspective of the Tower Systems software.

  • Can my shop be open while I stocktake? Yes.
  • Can I stop and start the stocktake? Yes.
  • Can I use multiple terminals to stocktake? Yes.
  • Can I use a hand help PDE or PDA? Yes, many brands are supported.
  • Can I use a laptop? Yes.
  • How long will it take? It all depends on your products, store layout and staff training. Time improves as they go usually.
  • How often should I do a stocktake? Once a year for the whole business or weekly in manageable time bites if doing the rolling approach.
  • Will you train us? Yes, we have excellent self-serve and one-on-one training resources and options.

If you are thinking about an end of year stocktake, consider changes you could implement in your business that render this usual end of financial year activity worthless.

AI generated content can show why a business is not worth doing business with

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Plenty of AI generated content online is junk put there to try and drive the position of a website. Often, it offers little genuine value. It’s text written for the tech bots, and not for humans.

You can see it on plenty of company blogs: boring content with the same bubbly emotions, similar lists and the ever present use of bold text.

There is a sameness to AI generated content that shows it for what it is – filler put there as a marketing exercise.

Here at Tower Systems we serve local small business retailers, independent retailers. Their point of difference is their product knowledge, their local knowledge and their ability to share this. An AI engine is unlikely to capture the knowledge of those in the business and share it in a meaningful way.

Our advice to our customers is: the more you share your knowledge in ways that are genuinely useful to your customers the more they will trust you, the more your business will grow. Retail is human at its core. AI content is unlikely to add value to the human contact. While it will save time, it is unlikely to add appreciated value.

We get that local small business retailers are time-poor and looking for ways to do more in less time, using AI to generate content about your business and what you do is not the saving you think it might be for your AI generated content joins data centres full of AI generated content. It’s value is limited.

We think a local small business could get more value from one authentic and genuinely useful blog post than ten AI generated blog posts on the same topic for in that one human-generated blog post you can share genuinely new information or insights that add real value to what is know about the product or service of which you write.

AI cannot replace you, it cannot replace your innovation. This is your point of difference, it is what you need to share so people see the value of you and your business. It’s what helps you stand out.

With the advent of more tools available for identifying AI generated text and image content, it is easier to rank content, to determine the authority of it. AI generated fodder will be seen for what it is, and we think this is a good thing. By all means use AI tools as a springboard or to treat a thought drought. For the content you publish in your name or the name of your business, give of yourself for that is what matters the most.

We sometimes play a game here at Tower Systems: spot the AI junk. It’s fun for a while and then it makes us sad that businesses feel it’s okay to publish what they publish, thinking that something is better than nothing, except that it’s not.

Our difference is us, each of us here in this business. We interact with our customers authentically, one-on-one. What we publish here reflects that. Retail is human after all.

Retail advice: we created a website for our shop in 2 weeks and did $800+ in sales in the first week it was live

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We’re a POS (Point of Sale) software company, and we run retail shops. We do this to walk in the shoes of our customers … not completely but as much as we can.

We learn so much doing this.

Recently, we came across a couple of retailers stuck getting websites live for their businesses. So, we decided to create one for one of our shops to revisit the advice we provide others.

This video shows the results we saw for the website we created for our own shop after 24 hours of time invested and a week of trading.

We followed exactly the advice we provide to others, relying on data from our POS software to populate the website. It was vital for us and for our customers for us to experience what our customers experience.

Websites evolve based on your experience with them. This is one reason launching early is critical – get the experience and adjust.

Here at Tower Systems we are all about understanding our customers to ensure that the advice we provide is useful, valuable. This is why projects like this matter. We ned to test our advice, and to adjust it if our own experience is not up to what we hope for in working with our customers.

When it comes to websites for retail businesses, too often we see websites that are a monument to the web developer and of little value to the retail business for which they have been built. This is wasted money, something the retailer discovers long after the web developer has moved on.

Investing in a website is emotionally and financially considerable. For small business retailers it is vital that you achieve a commercially satisfactory outcome. That’s why we ensure the advice we provide and the work we do serves the needs of local small business retailers.

Tower Systems is a small business focussed POS software company developing, and supporting POS software for niche specialty retailers.

Jewellers, garden centres, bike shops, toy shops, produce businesses, farm supply businesses, fishing shops, pet shops, charity businesses, landscape gardening businesses, antique shops, sewing shops, haberdashery businesses, newsagents and more benefit from this software.

Find out more at www.towersystems.com.au

Call 1300 662 957 or email sales@towersystems.com.au

Why have shoppers lost faith in points based retail loyalty programs and what can be done about it?

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For years, Australian shoppers have swiped their cards, collecting points with the promise of future discounts and rewards. But lately, that enthusiasm seems to be waning. In news stories and online forums, shoppers are talking down points based programs, often airing frustration at the lack of value and complexities using the programs.

Many retail programs have become stagnant. Plenty are same same. Here are some of the biggest culprits behind the decline of points-based loyalty:

  • Too Many Programs, Not Enough Value: We’re bombarded with loyalty cards. Keeping track of them all is a chore, and if a program doesn’t offer significant rewards quickly, it gets relegated to the bottom of the wallet.
  • Points that Disappear into the Abyss: Earning enough points for a decent reward can feel like an eternity. Opaque point structures and constantly changing redemption values leave shoppers feeling frustrated and undervalued.
  • Discounts, Not Loyalty: Many programs feel like glorified discount cards. Sure, a discount at checkout is nice, but it doesn’t foster a true connection with the brand.

The big factor against points based loyalty programs is the confusion as to what a point is worth. In one shop, a point may be worth $1 when you choose to spend it while in another shop it may be worth a fraction of that. Points are not the same anywhere.

A table alternative is discount vouchers from Tower Systems. This approach to loyalty uses currency, real currency – something everyone understands.

Here’s why discount vouchers are the loyalty program upgrade worth considering:

  • Immediate Gratification: Discount vouchers deliver instant value at checkout, keeping customers happy and coming back for more.
  • Targeted and Relevant: Unlike generic points, vouchers can be tailored to specific customer segments or purchase behaviours.
  • Flexibility is Your Friend: With Tower Systems, you have complete control over your voucher program.
  • Design vouchers with your branding, set the discount percentage or amount, and choose which products or categories they apply to.
  • Simple is Best: Unlike points that can be confusing to track and redeem, vouchers are delightfully straightforward.

Discount vouchers are a powerful tool to build customer loyalty. We have retailers in a range of channels using them with success today to encourage shoppers to purchase more per visit and to return sooner and more often to purchase again.

Discount vouchers offer instant value, cater to individual preferences, and provide valuable insights into customer behaviour. Tower Systems empowers you to create strategic voucher programs that drive sales, boost engagement, and leave the outdated points system in the dust.

Retail transformation: Mount Lawley News, Perth WA

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Matt bought a traditional newsagency shop in late 2020. It was his first retail business. He knew e wanted to reinvent the business, to be relevant and appealing.

In less than 4 years Matt with his family and team have transformed the business into a thriving and loved local shop in Mount Lawley 10 minutes out of Perth.

While it’s called Mount Lawley News, this shop is not a newsagency, not what you think of as a newsagency. It’s a gift shop, a fun place to shop, somewhere you’re likely to find a gift for just about any occasion.

As Matt shares in this video, he embraces the opportunities of change, and he shows that even though the shop has been transformed, he’s not done. What he has created online through the website as well as on social media is fresh, engaging, and successful.

We are grateful to Matt for the opportunity to find out more. Be sure to check out their website: http://www.oliviaandgrace.com.au.

Fishing & Outdoors Shop Software Facilities Help Specialty Retailers Thrive

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Retailer, the Fishing Shop Software from Tower Systems has facilities designed for this type of business, to help you better serve your customers and to bring them back into the business.

This is all about Stickiness. Stickiness is the best way to describe what really matters to any specialty business, like a fishing and outdoors business.

Stickiness is about doing things that make customers stick to your business. Our goal is to provide facilities in the software that enhance stickiness, that make customer engagement more profitable for you.

The more you leverage the specialisation in your business the more you differentiate your business from big business competitors. We are in an era where specialisation matters in retail, and in POS software.

  1. Instant loyalty rewards. Another way we can help maximise sales is with an instant loyalty reward. This is particularly useful where you see shoppers once a year or quite infrequently as is often the case in fishing and outdoor businesses.

    Using rules that you control, a receipt can include a voucher offering a specific amount off the next purchase if that purchase is made in a timeframe you set.

    An average 19% redemption rate for the vouchers with a third redeemed the day of purchase. Male shoppers are far more likely to redeem the day of purchase.

    This instant loyalty reward facility is another way we serve your type of business. In the software, we call it discount vouchers.

  2. Smart receipts. Include product care instructions on receipts, adding extra value to the purchase. Whereas a competitor will sell an item, you will sell the item plus advice on care and use.

    Better still, include local fishing insights. For example, the details of a local fishing spot that is particularly good right now. Share details, how to get there, when to fish and other information. The more relevant the information you share the more it will be loved.

  3. Club / community group deals / pricing. A great way to win new shoppers is through a community group. You can publish a card or voucher enabling members of a group to present this for a discount on each purchase. The software can track the purchases and at a designated time you can give the group a rebate in return for their member loyalty.

    Consider being flexible of what constitutes a club. It could be that people who like to fish with a particular person are in a ‘club’.

    The more groups and people you have talking about your business the better.

  4. Bundled goods. Package several items together for a single price. This could be into a physical hamper or simple placed with each other on the shelves with a package price. Bundling like this makes it hard for shoppers to price compare as the bundle is yours, it is what you create. To manage bundles, use the manufactured goods facilities in the software. It is easy to bundle and unbundle, managing stock on hand all the way through.

    Bundles could be: rod and reel; rod, reel, net and basket; a set of handmade lures.

  5. Repairs. If you offer a repair service, you can use the repairs facilities in the software to track the work and notify the customer when a repair is ready for collection. This helps you better manage that part of the business and drive better customer outcomes. Repairs business can grow as a result.

  6. Events. Using this new facility, added Q1 2018, you can market to shoppers based on interests, past purchases, birthdays and other date related events in and around their lives. For example, you could run an email campaign for all who purchased a particular brand of reel with an offer of an add-on pack. We think it is important to leverage brands with extension marketing. We know from other marketplaces that inviting shoppers back works enough to make the small investment well worthwhile.

  7. BOGO. Using our Buy one get one free facility you can set offer type pricing and have it managed easily at the register, ensuring a consistent customer pricing experience.

  8. Catalogues. This facility allows you to automatically apply discounts, based on rules that you specify. There are a variety of options that you can make use of to make sales and promotions seamless during at point-of-sale.

    Your marketing group or product suppliers can provide data files for any catalogues in which you participate. You can load these into the software making it easy to offer catalogue prices through the term of the catalogue offer.

  9. Serial number tracking. If you sell any item with serial numbers you can easily track them using this facility. Customers appreciate a receipt with a serial number of the specific item they purchased, especially if the item is of a considerable value.

  10. Special customer orders. This is the ability to order stock from a supplier for a specific customer. On arrival of the stock item, a barcode is printed with the customer name, for placement on to the product. The software can be set to send an alert to the customer by text or email, advising the arrival of the goods into the store. Customers love this personalisation.

  11. Gift vouchers. Sell customers who can’t decide what gift to purchase a gift voucher. Load on to this voucher any amount the customer wants. You set the rules on expiry and other voucher handling.

  12. Supplier comparison. Since you can purchase some items from multiple suppliers, use smart reports in the software to compare the performance of your various suppliers.

  13. BNPL. Integrated in Retailer is this “buy now pay later” finance option. You are settled quickly by the funder and the costs are like credit card costs. This can work better than LayBy in that you do not need to manage the goods in-store.

  14. Laybys. You have complete control over how this is setup including the terms, rules and more.

  15. Manage remotely. Plenty of our fishing and outdoors business owners are not in their businesses regularly. Our software has facilities that enable easy remote tracking and management. Some are obvious while others are hidden and secure, giving you peace of mind that you can leave your business.

Free FindIt marketplace from Tower Systems helps local shoppers find local retailers

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In today’s world of online shopping giants, it’s easy to forget about the fantastic array of shops right on our doorstep.Supporting local businesses is about more than just convenience; it’s about investing in the lifeblood of our communities.That’s where FindIt, a free online marketplace from Tower Systems, steps in.

Only serving local independent retailers, Tower Systems has a track record of shining a light on this most vital of retail sectors. It’s work on FindIt drawn on decades of service and a community of 3,500+ retailers served.

FindIt bridges the gap between local stores and shoppers like. It’s a platform offering products from a wide range of independent retailers across Australia. Whether you’re after that perfect birthday gift, a unique piece of homeware, or something special for yourself, FindIt allows you to browse and discover hidden gems from local businesses, all from the comfort of your couch.

But what makes FindIt special is its focus on ease and accessibility. Here are some of the key benefits for both shoppers and retailers:

  • For Shoppers:

    • Support Local: FindIt makes it easy to find and support businesses in your area. You’ll be putting money back into your community and helping to create a vibrant local economy.
    • Diverse Range: Discover a treasure trove of unique products you won’t find on mainstream online retailers.From handcrafted jewellery to locally-sourced produce, FindIt offers something for everyone.
    • Convenience: Shop from the comfort of your home and choose between in-store pickup or home delivery (depending on the retailer).
    • Transparency: FindIt provides clear information about each retailer, including their location and contact details.
  • For Retailers:

    • Free Listing: Tower Systems POS software users can sign up for FindIt for absolutely no cost. This eliminates the need for expensive individual online stores, making it easier for smaller businesses to compete in the digital marketplace.
    • Wider Reach: FindIt exposes your products to a broader audience of potential customers who are actively seeking out local businesses.
    • Simplified Sales: The platform integrates seamlessly with Tower Systems POS, streamlining the sales process and reducing administrative headaches.

FindIt is a win-win situation for everyone involved. Shoppers get access to fantastic local products, while retailers gain a valuable platform to showcase their offerings and reach new customers. It’s a fantastic initiative that fosters a sense of community and strengthens the backbone of Aussie commerce – our independent retailers.

To have product data – text and images – flow to FindIt is easy thanks to the integration with the Tower Systems POS software. Tower helps retailers with advices training and support to get connected.

The goal really is to encourage more local shoppers to want through the front door of local retail businesses.

FindIt: A Marketplace Empowering Local Retailers & Connecting Aussie Consumers

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Discover FindIt, a revolutionary online marketplace dedicated to fostering the success of independent Australian retailers. This free platform made here in Australia by Tower Systems seamlessly connects local businesses with consumers seeking a unique and personalised shopping experience.

Unparalleled Visibility for Local Businesses:

  • Retailers can effortlessly showcase products to a wider audience through a user-friendly online platform.
  • No website development or management required – FindIt takes care of everything.
  • Leverage the power of SEO expertise to ensure your products rank prominently in Google searches.

Streamlined Shopping for Customers:

  • FindIt acts as a comprehensive online catalogue, allowing customers to discover from their phone, tablet or computer a diverse range of products from local retailers.
  • Enjoy the convenience of adding items from multiple stores to a single basket for a seamless research.
  • FindIt facilitates a direct connection between customers and retailers, fostering a sense of community and personalised service.

A Perfect Fit for Tower Systems POS Users:

  • Retailers who utilise the Tower Systems POS software, automatically gain access to FindIt, extending your reach at no cost.
  • FindIt seamlessly integrates with your existing Tower Systems POS solution, streamlining your operations.

Supporting Aussie Businesses:

  • FindIt is a proud advocate for independent Australian retailers, empowering them to compete in the digital landscape. It was built to serve this purpose.
  • Together, we champion the values of local businesses – community engagement, personalised service, and unique product offerings.

FindIt is unique in that it is not about making money for Tower. Retailers can list products at no cost whatsoever. The goal is to encourage shoppers to find shops near them that have products being sought out. This really is all about nurturing local in-store shopper traffic. We think we’re pretty unique in that regard.

Learn More:

  • Explore the capabilities of Tower Systems POS software at https://www.towersystems.com.au/.
  • Witness the user-friendly interface and comprehensive features through readily available online demonstrations.
  • Tower Systems exclusively caters to local independent retailers in a range of specialty retail , fostering a strong partnership with the local business community.

Contact Us:

Discuss your point-of-sale needs or schedule a personalised demonstration by contacting Tower Systems:

  • Email: sales@towersystems.com.au
  • Phone: 1300 662 957

Together, let’s empower local businesses and enrich the Australian retail landscape!

Retail transformation: newsXpress Leven, Ulverstone, Tasmania

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This business has been in the family for decades, across two generations. What was once a traditional newsagency is today a vibrant gift shop that has some newsagency lines as a service for customers.

This shop is an excellent example of doing it yourself and creating something genuinely local, warm, comforting and clearly loved.

This shop also shows that you can succeed by trading outside of what people expect for your type of business, that today in retail, your shingle does not have to define your business.

Ulverstone is a wonderful local community, a beautiful part of the world. What Sharene and Wayne have created at newsXpress Leven is a shop people love to visit and spend money in.

Often, local retailers can get caught in their head about what they could do in their business. Seven years ago, Shareen and Wayne set about embracing change, and they haven’t stopped since – creating a business of which they can be proud.

It was a thrill to see what they have created.

POS software AI integrations announced to help local small business retailers stay ahead

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We launched our first POS software ChatGPT AI integration 17 months ago now. We are grateful to have kept up to date with AI developments and how they can help local small business retailers to run more successful and efficient businesses. It’s been a ride for sure.

Keeping abreast of AI developments is important. In a recent update we have done this:

Decommissioning of Legacy AI Models: In line with OpenAI’s recent announcement regarding the phased shutdown of several AI models, we have proactively taken steps to ensure a seamless transition for our users. The affected models have been decommissioned from our system to pave the way for more advanced and capable alternatives.

Introduction of New AI Models: We are thrilled to introduce the addition of two groundbreaking AI models to our system:

  • GPT-3.5-turbo-instruct: An enhanced version designed to understand and execute instructions more efficiently, providing you with faster and more accurate responses.
  • GPT-4: The latest iteration in the GPT series, offering unparalleled AI capabilities with improved understanding, creativity, and contextual awareness.

Of course, there is more work under the hood when it comes to AI and POS software. Our commitment is to help our small business retailer partners to access tools that help them run efficient and forward-leaning businesses.

Being an early-adopter of AI technology for POS software we have experiences on which we can draw. This, and relationships with AI businesses help us play ahead in this space.

Our POS software AI integrations offer practical and smart help to retailers. We back the software facilities with packaged documentation and easy to access stackable training videos. Our goal with these is to demystify the AI side of things to a level that the POS software integration is understood and useful.

Tower Systems is a small business focussed POS software company developing, and supporting POS software for niche specialty retailers. Jewellers, garden centres, bike shops, toy shops, produce businesses, farm supply businesses, fishing shops, pet shops, charity businesses, landscape gardening businesses, antique shops, sewing shops, haberdashery businesses, newsagents and more benefit from this software.

Find out more at www.towersystems.com.au Call 1300 662 957 or email sales@towersystems.com.au

Compare POS software to find the POS software that fits your needs best

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The best way to compare POS software is to compare function by function.

We love doing this for retailers considering our POS software. We setup a Zoom meeting where we show our POS software live next to software from any other POS software company open to function by function comparison.

Not all POS software companies will agree to this type of comparison. For you and your business though, a live comparison under your control is what is best.

As a leading Australian provider of POS solutions, Tower Systems understands the unique needs of local retailers. We make POS software for a range of specialty retail needs. If you want to compare POS software for pet shops, jewellers, bike shops, garden centres, newsagents, gift shops, music shops, fishing and outdoors shops, fashion shops, toy shops, bookshops and more, Tower Systems can show POS software functions that go deep to needs unique to these retail channels.

Tower Systems recognises that there’s no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to POS software. That’s why we offer a unique service: POS software comparison, on your timing and to the depth of function that matters to you.

We believe informed decisions lead to better outcomes. By comparing different POS systems, local retailers can gain a clear understanding of the features, functionalities, and pricing structures available. This empowers you to select the software that best aligns with your specific business needs and budget.

Our commitment extends beyond the POS software itself. We provide comprehensive training and ongoing support to ensure retailers get the most out of our POS system.

We are grateful to have helped thousands of local retail businesses across Australia and New Zealand to achieve success.

If you’re a local retailer looking to streamline operations, improve customer service, and boost your bottom line, take time to compare POS software from us.  Our commitment to local businesses, combined with our expertise in POS solutions, can empower you to make informed decisions and achieve long-term success.

Compare POS software from us and we prom use to be open and transparent. We our software does not do something you need, we will say so. This truth serves you and us well. We want customers who genuinely benefit from what our software offers. We know you’ll love us for this.

When you are ready to compare POS software, have your list of must-haves ready.

POS software for local Australian retailers who prefer Australian made and pitch shop local

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If your retail business is locally owned, pitched shop local and likes to stock Australian made products, we are writing this for you.

You know the importance of supporting local. Here are Tower Systems we are grateful and  proud to offer Aussie-made and supported POS (point-of-sale) software designed specifically for local retailers.

Tower Systems goes beyond just helping you process sales. Our POS software, called Retailer (we’ve been in the game for over 40 years!), is built with specialty retailers in mind. Whether you’re running a jewellery store, a bike shop, a garden centre, or something else entirely, Tower Systems has features that cater to your unique industry.

The software we offer today is designed for retail today, it’s very different to where we started, as is your shop most likely.

Imagine managing repairs in your jewellery business, selling produce by weight, or creating custom bundles of products – our Tower Systems POS can handle it all.

Tower Systems is all about helping local businesses thrive. We understand the challenges that independent retailers face, and our software is designed to streamline operations and boost efficiency.

Here are just a few ways our Tower Systems POS might be able to help your business:

  • Save time and money: Streamline your processes and reduce errors with user-friendly software.
  • Improve customer service: Faster checkouts and better inventory management lead to happier customers.
  • Gain valuable insights: Get reports and data to help you make better business decisions. Better still – ditch reports and rely on business insights presented to you.
  • Integrate with other tools: Connect your POS system with existing accounting software or online stores for a seamless workflow.

One of the biggest benefits of choosing Tower Systems is our local human-based support. With a team based here in Australia, you can get the help you need quickly and easily. We also understand the specific needs of Aussie retailers, so you can be sure you’re getting software that’s built for our market.

With us, support starts with a conversation. There are no rigid scripts. Talk to us. Tell us what’s on your mind.

If you’re looking for POS software that’s made for Australian retailers by Australians, then Tower Systems is the perfect choice. Visit their website to learn more about their products and book a free demo today!

What makes the Tower Systems software for newsagents stand out?

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Beyond the 1,843 newsagents who now use the Tower Systems software for newsagents and the customer service that supports this community, there is functionality for newsagents deep within the software, including:

Newsagents
Quote and invoice management: comprehensive tools●︎
Catalogue: create and manage pricing based on time/date range●︎
Refund management: maintaining data integrity●︎
Marketplace integration: www.findit.com.au (free)●︎
Insights dashboard: pushing actionable business insights●︎
Theft tracking: early detection of employee theft●︎
Stock reorder by min / max requirements●︎
Stock Management: easily make changes in bulk●︎
Easily manage LayBy (Lay Away) purchases, payments and more●︎
Produce gift receipts (price not shown)●︎
Gift Vouchers: manage sale and redemption easily●︎
PreOrders & Special Orders: sell products before you have the stock●︎
Automatic sales based replenishment with supplier connectivity●︎
Easy purchase order generation (supplier ready)●︎
Include images on receipts for easy promotion / marketing●︎
Manage product box / package location●︎
Attach product data/info sheets●︎
Age check for products you select●︎
Easily bundle & Manufacture products for package sale●︎
Manage magazine inventory where an item has multiple issues●︎
Manage products with different prices on different days (papers)●︎
Manage the regular home delivery of products daily / weekly●︎
Manage sale & return of products to other retailers●︎
Recall customers based on purchases●︎
Special customer orders●︎
Manage product returns●︎
Easily train casual staff●︎
Kiosk/Self-Serve mode●︎
Aird group EDI integration●︎
Club / group member pricing for products●︎
Product classifications for easy online product management●︎
Product tags for easy horizontal product management●︎
Comprehensive customer accounts management●︎
Reorder based on past sales●︎
Average cost price maintenance●︎
Record customer details for certain products●︎
Batch payments: easily import a payments file●︎
Track stock by author for bookshops●︎
Surcharge management: EFTPOS fees to customer●︎
Customer display content management●︎
Multiple customer delivery address support●︎
Click and collect management●︎
Pick slips for efficient product picking●︎
Proforma invoicing●︎
Account credit limits●︎
Easy supplier stock file importing●︎
Reporting to Excel●︎
Managing tax free items (set by item)●︎
Manage tax free / duty free sales (entire transactions)●︎
Multibuy price breaks (pet food, coffee etc)●︎
Multiple suppliers supported per stock item●︎
Static quantity Items (no stock control tracking)●︎
Product weight per item (flows to e-commerce)●︎
True landed cost price for stock tracking●︎
Insurance claim related sales management●︎
Google maps address autocomplete●︎
Microsoft365 and Gsuite email Integration●︎
Customer loyalty cards for easy engagement●︎
Staff rostering●︎
Staff permissions manage function access●︎
Manage stock at multiple locations, transfer stock easily●︎
Manage newspaper home delivery●︎
Manage sales to sub-agents (wholesale)●︎
Manage magazine putaways●︎
Integration: XchangeIT●︎
Integration: TheLott●︎
Integration: Pacstream●︎
Integration: Titlepage●︎
Integration: ePay●︎
Integration: Centrepay●︎
Integration: POSTEC forecort controller. Sell Fuel●︎
Integration: Cashless Debit Card, Product Level Blocking●︎

This software for newsagents is more than average, it’s industry standard, and we have our customers to thank for this.

Tower Systems releases major POS software update for specialty retailers

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Two weeks ago we released the most substantial software update in several years, and that is saying something because there have been some significant updates in recent years.

This update is more substantial as it takes the software deeper into a couple of areas of specialty retail business management that are new for us.

As we have grown, we have found opportunities to serve more deeply. So, we asked our customers early last year about these areas and plenty responded with suggestions.

Thus began a project of significant collaboration as we developed new software, new functionality for our POS software. We showed progress along the way, seeking feedback. Then, we finally moved to alpha release, then pre-beta followed by weeks of beta and, then, commercial release around two weeks ago.

We are grateful to the customers who worked closely with us through this, providing feedback, encouraging us, being test sites. It means so much to have customers working with you in partnership like this.

In announcing the commercial release of the software, we shared comprehensive details on how yo use the new facilities as well as a brief overview. Here’s a sample of some of the comms on the POS software update:

  • New Facility: We are excited to introduce a new capability within our Quote & Invoice Management system that allows users to reserve items from their inventory. This ensures that your stock levels are accurately reflected, preventing overselling.
  • Proforma Invoice Status: A new interim status, “Proforma Invoice,” has been added to our Quotes & Invoice management. This status acts as an accepted quote that has not yet been processed as an invoice but has already reduced the available stock quantity by moving it to a new “Reserved Quantity.” This significant update allows you to issue proforma invoices to customers without making the reserved stock visible on your website or in-store.
  • We have enhanced the Quote & Invoice Management system to support the acceptance of deposits and progression payments for Proforma Invoices. This feature facilitates flexible payment options for your customers and streamlined financial management for your business.
  • New Feature: The ability to order parts directly from the Repairs Module has been introduced. This feature links part orders to the corresponding repair case, ensuring that parts are accurately tracked from order to delivery, and reducing the risk of misplacement.
  • New Substatus – Awaiting Parts: For better management and visibility, a new substatus, “Awaiting Parts,” has been added to the Repairs Module. This helps workshop technicians easily identify which repairs are pending part arrivals.

Our update notes are considerable, enabling our customers to access details appropriate to their type of business.

POS software for sporting goods retailers: Aussie made and supported

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Our Australian made and supported sporting goods retail POS software helps local and indie sporting goods retailers to run more efficient and successful businesses. We are grateful to sporting goods retailers for their guidance on ensuring this software is of service.

This POS software offers a bag full of facilities sporting goods retailers can use to focus on the specialist nature of their retail businesses. Facilities such as:

  1. Track inventory by colour, size and style – variants. That is, track by colour, size and style. This works for clothing as well as sporting equipment.
  2. Tag products by sporting code. This helps you to understand what matters to your local shoppers.
  3. Leverage you with local knowledge shared automatically on receipts – demonstrating your point of difference.
  4. Embrace next gen LayBy through buy now pay later like ZipPay and Humm – get purchases today that shoppers may otherwise think are too expensive..
  5. Know what you sell by brand / supplier.
  6. Supporting sporting clubs and their members with deals, offers and support – to drive them members to shop with you.
  7. Easily load electronic invoices from suppliers. Save time.l Cut mistakes.
  8. Manage your workshop if you do repairs or maintenance work – including text messages to customers.
  9. Drive customer stickiness with marketing based on past purchases.
  10. Offer club and group pricing to win more business.
  11. Sell online easily, direct from your POS software.
  12. Enjoy pricing consistency for catalogues, multi-buy and bundles.
  13. Save money on bookkeeping by integrating with accounting software.
  14. Make more money from the one time only shoppers.

Respecting the capital needs of retail businesses, our sporting goods POS software can be rented for $185.00 a month. For this you get…

  1. Australian developed and supported sporting goods POS software.
  2. Software updates as we release them.
  3. Unlimited licences for your retail location. If you need an extra computer, there is no extra software cost.
  4. Shopify / Magento / Woo link. Easily sell online from your POS software.
  5. Xero link. Easing bookkeeping costs and streamlining accounting.
  6. Our OzBiz link – connect to MYOB and Quicken through OzBiz.
  7. Tyro link – safe, fast and easy EFTPOS link for streamlined sales.
  8. PC Eftpos link – easy EFTPOS processing for the major banks.
  9. Easy buy now pay later thanks to Zip Pay and Humm – that Boomers, Gen Y, Gen X and others are using more and more.
  10. Support – help desk access, unlimited training, updates and more.
  11. User documentation. Access to our searchable knowledge base.

Rent this software for a few dollars a day.

This is awesome POS software for sporting goods retailers. We’d love to help you enjoy your business more.

Tower Systems offers  Industry-Specific Features: functionalities tailored to a range retail sectors, including produce stores, firearms dealers, and specialty retailers. Seamless Integrations: Tower Systems integrates with popular accounting software (Xero) and e-commerce platforms (Shopify, Magento, WooCommerce) for streamlined data flow and efficient business management.  Offline Functionality: Our Retailer Roam™ tool allows you to make sales even without an internet connection, perfect for situations like market stalls or mobile sales. User-Friendly Interface: The software is designed to be easy to learn and use, minimising training time for your staff. Local Support: Tower Systems prides itself on offering personal and local human-delivered support. Their team is readily available to answer your questions and assist you with any issues.

Thank you for considering Tower Systems.

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