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For years we have offered Christmas marketing tips here ands elsewhere to indie small business retailers. This year, we offer a revised list, the best of the best based on our experience in retail,. ideas that workehvery time and in just about every situation.
Tower Systems works with more than 3,500+ small business retailers using its POS software in speciality retail niches including jewellers, garden centres, bike shops, toy shops, gift shops, newsagents, pet shops, adult shops and more. We offer these ideas as our Christmas gift to you.
Christmas is the perfect time to plan for next year. It is the time to do everything possible to leverage bonus Christmas traffic to benefit your business through next year.
Pet lovers are passionate about their pets, with justification for these cuties are the heart and soul of many homes. Pet retailers offer care and fun products to enhance the lives of pets and bring joy to the lives of pet lovers.
The Tower Systems pet shop POS software helps pet lovers provide a better experience to shoppers be they pet lovers themselves or those who buy for pet lovers.
This is specialty POS software made for this niche retail need. We help local pet shops swerve their local community and compete with national chains.
Quite different to generic POS software, the Tower Systems pet shop POS software is made for this job, made to serve the needs of these niche and valued local retailers. Plus, the software continues to evolve to serve the evolving needs of the retailers and the businesses that supply them.
In a practical sense, the Tower Systems pet shop POS software offers access to many benefits including…
In times of drought especially, local produce and farm supply businesses play a vital rollin community service, helping to keep farms viable and operating in tough conditions.
The produce and farm supply POS software from Tower Systems helps rural supply / farm supply / produce businesses with efficient service and support of local farms and community group. Through inventory management, efficient shipping, produce use notes and more, this software helps businesses serve local needs for local conditions.
Developed in Australia with local farm supply and produce businesses, this software is regularly updated with enhancements helping drive efficiency. For example, the most recent update delivers produce business specific accounting solutions to serve the unique and demanding needs of these businesses to better and more accurately account for shipping and related business costs.
Embedded in the produce business POS software from Tower Systems are many benefits, including…
Retailer Roam from Tower Systems is easy to access portable POS software for retailers who want to sell anywhere, any time.
Developed in Australia by POS software company Tower Systems for small business retailers in several specialty retail channels, retailer Roam is next gen POS software, smart POS software for retailers who are mobile.
Sell from markets, a truck, pop-up situations, stalls, and more, Retailer Roam brings on the road POS software facilities that work beautifully with and without internet access.
Already, Retailer Roam is winning love from indie retailers as they embrace the opportun8ties it unlocks for various retail businesses.
Retailer Roam is a tablet app-based POS extension to the Tower Systems Retailer POS software. The app runs on Apple iPad and Android based tablets. It can run connected over WiFi or any other network. It can also run disconnected, synching when connected again
Retailer Roam is designed to help retailers better manage buy times without the need to install considerable hardware as well as to transact business away from the counter, from an outpost or from a vehicle some distance from the shop.
As the name suggests Retailer Roam enables the business to roam to transact sales.
You can sell for cash or credit card, to an account or through a LayBy. Selling is through a screen designed specifically for Retailer Roam and the types of devices on which it would be run.
Retailer Roam Can Do:
Retailer Roam is a new product, as such, it will continue to evolve over time with features being added. You can submit software idea’s for Roam through our software idea’s page. Just this week a sweet update has been released providing retailers with more tools and benefits.
Retailer Roam gives retailers opportunities and advantages, it helps take them and their business outside the shop and beyond the web, to where customers are, for easy business transaction.
Retailer Roam is a wonderful addition from Tower Systems.
Here are 5 valuable and easy to implement ways retailers are today using our Point of Sale software(POS software) to reduce labour costs in their local businesses:
These are just three of the ways in which our Point of Sale software is helping more than 3,000 small business retailers across Australia to improve the management of their businesses, streamline processes and drive more efficient allocation of labour resources.
The Tower Systems software for Australian nurseries and garden centres is helping businesses grow.
Our Garden Centre Point of Sale software has been developed in consultation with nursery owners, managers, employees and suppliers. We are grateful for their guidance, help and encouragement as we have grown the software to its marketplace position today.
Offering time saving and business building facilities in key business areas, this software is already being enjoyed by nurseries.
The areas covered by the software include:
The Tower Systems nursery software includes a range of facilities and services developed specifically for nurseries including a new industrial strength and fast barcode printer.
Tower Systems has been in business since 1981. The company currently serves thousands of small and independent retailers in Australia and New Zealand.
Easy access Help Desk. Nurseries using the Tower Systems software have access to customer service 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
User Training. The training facilities in the software and provided by Tower mean that all team members can be properly trained in the use of the software … ensuring that the business access the time saving and profitable benefits delivered through the use of the software.
Software updates. The Tower nursery software is updated regularly with enhancements suggested by users – nurturing your investment.
The best way to assess the Tower software is to see it in your business in an obligation free demonstration. Compare the software and the company to others and see if it serves your business needs.
Tower Systems is proud to serve independently owned small retail businesses with our awesome POS software. The company believes in small business and the vitally important role it plays in the Australian economy.
Tower Systems cloud based POS software offers independent small business retailers flexibility of use and access, it offers big business tools and opportunities in a package made for small business retailers.
Securely hosted in the cloud, automatically backed up and always up to date, the cloud POS software from Tower Systems is another way the company is helping small business retailers compete with big businesses, by offering an infrastructure solution that is current, best practice and capable.
With access available through a subscription service, the Tower Systems cloud POS software has a low start-up cost, which suits many indie retail business costs. The tech experts at Tower Systems shield retailers from back office work necessary. The company has a process for ensuring that settings are implemented to the needs unique to each small business retailer customer.
Cloud based POS software is one of a range of solutions offered by Tower Systems for the niche retail business marketplaces it service including retailers in: toy, gift, garden, produce, farm supply, pet, homewares, bike, newsagent and other specialty retail niches.
Developed using start of the art tools and hosted in a secure independent and safe data centre location with redundancy capacity, the cloud services from Tower Systems offer a competitive advantage to small business retailers who tap in to the service.
Tower does not itself host the clouds POS software service. Rather, the company partners with a specialty business in this area, a company that is expert at cloud services, a company offering 24/7 security and stability, factors that are critical to any retail business, especially those trading online as well as in-store.
Cloud based POS software is not for everyone. This is why Tower Systems also offers self-hosted solutions as well as desktop software where retailers have complete control over the location of data and software.
Small business retailers partnering with Tower Systems can choose the solution apocopate to their local business needs. This is key flexibility from Tower Systems. Our customers are in control, always. Plus, they can move from one platform – cloud or local – when they want, when it best serves their local business needs.
While the majority of retailers run with loyalty programs that accrue points / charms and similar of dubious value, Tower Systems POS software customers can offer $$$ off.
The discount vouchers from the Tower Systems POS software work. In garden centres, jewellers, bike shops, newsagents, toy shops, pet shops, produce stores, stockfeed businesses, firearms businesses and more, the vouchers are bringing shoppers back and guiding them to spend more.
The vouchers are a positive game changer for retailers, a differentiator that are making a terrific difference in businesses competing with others stuck in the world of old-school loyalty through points.
How do we know?
Retailers tell us. Retailers call and email us saying thank you for the voucher facilities in the software and the business implementation training that helps them leverage the vouchers to incremental revenue for the business.
This is a bankable facility, one that is adding genuine value to retail businesses.
Every retailer has the capacity, through the Tower Systems POS software, to set their own rules around how the discount vouchers work and are used. They can turn them on and off at will and immediately.
They can drive engagement by product type and even by customer type. The flexibility is tremendous and the levers in the POS software powerful and valuable.
Yes, this is business differentiating POS software. The results are bankable.
Using the vouchers small business retailers competing with big businesses can expect shopper loyalty to increase as they appreciate the value of an amount they understand. We hear about this regularly from customers.
Customers love that they do not have to download an app or sign up for an account to start accruing value on vouchers. They love the simplicity, ease and speed of how the vouchers work. These are keys to success for the business too.
The discount vouchers work across age groups too. Young and old love them and understand them. This is another key of their success.
If your retail business is in a challenging competitive situation, the discount vouchers could be the game changer you need to break out as the business people return to again and again for the way you appreciate their business.
Take a look for yourself, the Tower Systems POS software is packed with business building benefits you can leverage.
We are thrilled to report that 2019 has been a terrific year of sales of the newsagency software from Tower Systems with many newsagency retailers join ing our user community.
Some have switched from other newsagency POS software companies with others have joined from having nothing as they are new businesses or businesses transitioning from another retail niche.
We are grateful that many retailers have joined us this year and embraced the Tower Systems software, training, support and all round good vibes for retail. We particularly appreciate those who have chosen to pay more for our software than they might have paid had they chosen another company.
In two situations in the last week newsagents have gone with the tower newsagency POS software even though doing so cost them 30% more than other newsagency software. In each case we won the business because of the truth that in business you get what you pay for. Stories about businesses that bought cheap and quickly regretted it and switched demonstrate the truth of this statement.
At Tower Systems we respect newsagents with feature-rich and regularly-evolving POS software made for newsagents, software which is backed with unlimited free training, easy access to help desk services and active engagement in business strategies to help newsagents run more enjoyable and successful businesses.
Serving 1,700+ newsagents helps us to be appropriately resourced to serve newsagents to evolve more valuable businesses. W4e actively represent our community and ensure easy access not only to our practical support services but also to a strategic business management and guidance services, for those who want to tap into this.
With newsagents changing their businesses into new areas, so does POS software need to change to serve these business needs. Thanks to our work across multiple specialty retail channels, we can help newsagents evolve their businesses if they wish. We can engage in conversations and genuinely practical help to make their businesses more appealing.
Tower Systems serves more newsagents than all other newsagency software companies combined. We are proud of this fact and appreciate the support from newsagents who have made this so. 2019 has been a terrific year.2020 is already looking good. We are excited for what lays ahead for newsagents and for our newsagency software.
Here is a short video we created for our dog-loving small business retailer customers to use to promote their shops and businesses to dog lovers they welcome.
Being genuinely local for any local business sounds easy, right? It can be challenging because of different expectations and experiences.
As a POS software company that only developed software and sells to small business retailers, we have plenty opt experience with retailers on thinking, living and acting local. We share this advice with our customers. Here in this post we share some of that advice, to provide a taste for the extent of business inspiration and management we provide our customers.
Being local in retail is more important than ever.
Yes, even with online, being local really does matter.
Local can mean different things to different people – it does not necessarily mean geographic proximity. Being local could be about the level of care and attention you provide customers, the additional advice you provide, that you live locally, that you source locally or that you serve the local community personally.
Locally sourced products could be products made in Australia. For example, detailing where a product is made and the family behind it pitches local compared to a similar product imported from overseas.
You can use your Tower Systems POS software to pitch local in a range of ways:
It is not enough to tell people to shop local, you need to demonstrate the value of this, you need to live it transactionally in your retail business. The best way to do this is through systems and processes in your POS software.
Tower Systems is grateful to serve Australian firearms retailers with POS software made for firearms businesses.
Made for firearms retailers, this POS software is specialty in nature and service. It has been developed with firearms retail business owners and managers to pro9vide POS software that works for them.
Ruch in firearms retailer specific benefits, this POS software continues to evolve to serve the needs of these businesses. Here are some of the benefits fo the firearms POS software:
Tower Systems is grateful to firearms retailers, large and small, city and country, for their support of the software and the regulators who work with us to ensure we meet needs of all stakeholders in this appreciated retail channel space.
Choosing the right POS software can be key tot the success of any retail business, especially a small retail business.
Okay, this seems like a motherhood statement. It is. But there is more to it than that.
The right POS software can be a proactive support for the business, I can guide business decisions, early detect employee theft, dramatically cut mistakes, guide product placement in-store and help bring shoppers back more often. These are all practical deliverables from good POS software. Indeed, these and more.
Any software can ring up a sale and track what is sold. Those steps are barely the beginning of what good POS software should do.
This is why retailers need to take time to assess software, to see how it has evolved with the needs of physical and online stores, and see what it offers in terms of helping independent small business retailers to leverage opportunities to be truly competitive.
The right POS software will also be purpose specific to the needs of a specialty retail business, serving needs inquire to the niche business channel and unique to the suppliers of the business. There are many interaction and integration opportunities that bring retailers together, that help them be smart and engaged together for mutual benefit. Niche channel specific software is the glue to make this happen.
Tower Systems offers specialty POS software for specialty retailers. We make what we sell and we ensure that each marketplace specific version of our software is finely tuned to the needs of retailers in each retail channel. This is what makes our software more useful and valuable to niche retailers than generic software.
Take our produce / farm supply /stockfeed business software. This is made specifically for these types of businesses. What we offer is made for them and made to work with their suppliers. This is very different to what you would see from general POS software. We are not general. We are specialist, deeply specialist.
How do you chooses there right POS software for your business? Research, take your time and make sure that the software you choose reinforces, supports and enhances the specialist nature of your business.
Every election, politicians say that small business is the lifeblood of Australia. Then, after the election, they forget about small business. No wonder trust in politicians by Australian voters is low.
Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy.
Small business retailers are nimble and able to lift local economies faster than big businesses and certainly better than online businesses.
Here are six tips for politicians on steps they can take, decisions they can make to help lift retail, especially small business retail.
This list could be much longer. It is offered here as a start, to gets people thinking of practical ways to support shopping small, shopping local.
The current disinterest by politicians in practical support for local small businesses has us on a path of business closures. Urgent action is needed to engage locals in supporting local businesses.
The more a retail business looks like a traditional shop in any channel, the more it will be judged as a traditional shop, the more it will perform like a traditional shop. There is nothing wrong with this, if it is a conscious choice.
Through our work at Tower Systems we see awesome and successful retail businesses and less than awesome and not so successful retail businesses.
We encourage you to not run a traditional shop because there is no evidence in performance data or in retail history to indicate that a traditional retail model has any upside in the world today.
The best way to not be considered a traditional shop is to not look like one. Here is some of what this means based on our experience:
Change is critical in retail today. Change beyond what has been traditional, change that helps you attract new shoppers and through them new revenue opportunities.
While we are an indie retail POS software co. we are retailers and retail experts. We’re here to help our customers through software, and beyond.
The indie toy shop POS software from Tower Systems is rich in facilities and tools that help local indie toy retailers compete. From smart shop level engagement though to marketing to unexpected insights, this POS software is perfect for local toy shops. It is POS software build specifically for toy shops.
Specialisation is what sets you apart. It is what sets us apart too.
From managing seasonal sales to respecting product care instructions to offering easy sell packs with multiple items, our specialty toy shop software can help you serve in valuable and appreciated ways.
We can help maximise sales with smart shopper engagement. This is where you easily leverage customer data to reach out with personal reminders, which can bring customers who shopped with you once back again and again.
Imagine easily reaching out to those who purchased Cards Against Humanity, Lego products, Harry Potter products, new Beanie Boos or Monopoly and inviting them to purchase a product extension?
Our front-end loyalty offer helps you leverage one-off and infrequent shoppers, to maximise their shopping visit. We have retailers reporting 10% and more revenue boosts from this loyalty tool big retailers cannot copy.
These are some examples of how Tower Systems leverages its toy shop specific software for you – with training and assistance specific to your type of business, to ensure that you maximise the benefits for your business.
Another way to use the software is with Humm, Zip Pay, Zip Money, buy now pay later services that settle immediately to you. These are integrated as a method of payment.
Our Toy Shop Software also offers:
Here are four success stories…
Frank was thrilled the receipt for the birthday gift he bought his granddaughter had a link to advice that made him an expert when he gave her the gift. His granddaughter loved it. He is still smiling at being an expert.
Kath mentioned us on Facebook, saying she loves the care instructions we provide for the jigsaws she buys from us and the loyalty rewards we offer.
Working mum Clare appreciated ordering from our website and having the awesome and fun birthday gifts for her twins wrapped and ready for collection on her way home. She loved the surprise we included.
Mick loves each text message we send to say the next release of his collection is ready for pick-up. And, he loves the reward for being a collector.
Every day, local indie toy shops in Australia serve customers like Frank, Kath, Clare and Mick with personal local service. Specialist indie toy businesses need specialist software to serve these and other types of specialist needs.
We are grateful for the love and appreciation shown for the launch of the rental pricing option that makes our specialty produce business software available for $199.00 a month. For this low monthly cost you get…
The $199.00 is charged per 30 days, in advance. Access can be cancelled at any time. You can also choose to purchase the produce business POS software outright.
We have a structured and personalised on-boarding process, done in your business:
Here are some of the produce business specific benefits produce business owners and managers tell us they love about our software: