Serving small business retailers.
Because small business matters.
Supporting shop local.
Serving small business retailers.
Because small business matters.
Supporting shop local.
We’re celebrating today’s public holiday but have ensures that our after hours phone network is available for urgent customer service queries. Plus our awesome knowledge base is live and accessible.
A constant piece of advice we provide to our small business retail POS software customers who whom we have developed POS software connected websites is that websites are a hungry beast.
While the technical process of connecting your Retailer software to a Shopify, magento or Woo Commerce website, developed by us or someone else, is straightforward and the data flow of inventory details and images easy to establish, maintaining the site requires work.
Here are some tips from us designed to help you manage your website(s) for success. These tips are based on our own experience of developing sites for our businesses:
If you’d like a quote from us about having a website developed for you, consider completing ourweb questionnaire form.
Tower Systems undertakes web development in Australia, out of our head office based in Hawthorn, Victoria. This local and easy access serves our customers well in that we can answer questions and bring to the table our own local retail business management and operation experience.
Or POS software connected website solutions cover many different retail channels and offer myriad facilities and experiences on which prospective customers can draw in considering their plans.
We also provide practical advice and help to retailers who are keen to resolve questions on management of their website once they are up and running. This blog post provides some insight into the knowledge and services we provide in this area.
We are closed today for the Anzac Day public holiday and remembrance. Our after hours support numbers are live for urgent calls.
We received a terrific email of appreciation from a customer for help through the Easter break:
Mark, a personal note of thanks for your after hours support team. I had a major hardware crash and, of course, my hardware person was away. Your guys were terrific even though I didn’t buy the hardware from you. The help during Easter was truly above and beyond. Please thank the Tower Systems team.
As our motto says: we’re here to help…
We are closed for the next four days for the Easter long weekend break. Our after hours support team and our emergency escalation numbers are live throughout.
One of the free training courses we are running this year focuses on business efficiency and, in particular, shopper throughput efficiency at the sales counter.
Fast, accurate and personal sales processing at the counter is critical in any retail business. In small / indie businesses the challenge is complex in that these businesses are often not backed by corporate head offices where processes are studied and refined, and systemised.
Thanks to smart POS software, Tower systems makes it easy for small business retailers to improve efficiency without harming the shopper experience.
The free training courses we are offering cover this, in detail, and min a way that any retail business can leverage for theirs own experience.
Our training covers managing the counter, streamlining the sales process and leveraging terrific tools in our POS software that benefit shoppers, retail employees and the overall business itself.
We do it well, in a structured way and in a way that resonates with a host of niche retail businesses in the various retail channels in which we specialise.
The training is live, personal and interactive, enabling retailers to speak to their situation and for our experts to offer help that is tailored to their needs.
This training is part of our free weekly live training program for retail businesses using our POS software.
In addition to our after hours small business retailer POS software support, for many years we have offered Saturday support. This is office based support delivered by folks expert in our POS software.
Our service is unique and loved. Most Saturday calls are from users seeking advice on better use of the software – not your traditional Help Desk call.
We are open today, here at the office, now.
By providing the office based service, we are able to provide better quality advice and access user systems to more quickly deliver the outcome they seek.
Accessibility is key in any software support situation. This is another reason we commit considerable resources to our Saturday support service as well as our regular after hours service.
We are grateful to our customers who enable us to offer this service in addition to our after hours service.
Our offices are closed today for the Australia Day holiday. Our online services and our after hours help desk services are operating as normal.
Small business retailers using our POS software have a structured process working for them, serving them, to deliver access to customer service quickly, efficiently and with certainty.
We have a documented escalation process to serve 0ur customers. Were do this with pride and clear focus as we know that good customer service on the POS software help desk is appreciated.
Our customers can contact us in myriad ways:
Calling our help desk – we have contact numbers in each state and NZ.
Accessibility matters to small business retailers. We understand that and ensure we are resourced for it.
We back easy access with terrific service and an escalation process on which our customers can rely. We’re human and mistakes can be made. This is why we have a transparent, structured and useful escalation process for our POS software customers.
Here is what we include in every weekly email we send our customers about help desk escalation:
If you any reason you are unhappy with customer service:
- Email email@example.com with a subject of: Escalation.
- Please provide as complete a description of the issues as possible.
- If you have multiple points, please number each.
- If your concern relates to a specific employee, please include their name.
We handle escalations in a structured way. On receiving an e mail it goes to point 1. If you are unhappy with that, please escalate to the next point in line.
We have had this process in please for years. Feedback from o7ur customers is they love it’ll even though escalation is rarely called upon. Having the service there is a demonstration of good faith. It reflects the professional approach we provide. That our leadership team is easily contactable shows that we back ourselves with our POS software customers.
When it comes to POS software help desk access, accessibility matters. Knowing you can reach beyond the help desk matters and small business retailers understand this. It demonstrates our commitment to customer service for those we serve in this business.
May 2019 be bright and prosperous, fulfilling and wonderful, healthy and relaxing … for all of our customers and those who rely on their businesses for income and more.
We appreciate your support through 2018 and recommitment to be here for you in 2019.
Together, we can make 2019 a wonderful year!
These days between Christmas and New Year are terrific on the POS software help desk in that call traffic is not high and some customers take the opportunity to learn more about their software, to improve their businesses.
Our free training offer for all of our customers is loved and appreciated and this is the time of the year people can find time for learning more about the technology they have in their shops.
Our customers can book in for their free training by calling us or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. One of our POS software experts will provide one on one training tuned to the specific business, using data from that business. This makes the training more useful and beneficial.
While the free train ing offer is all year, this time of the year it is leverages more and we like that.
Here are our Christmas / New Year office. hours. Our comprehensive after hours phone network will remain available throughout for any urgent issue as well as email and our private customer Facebook page:
As noted, after hours numbers will be live throughout, for urgent situations, along with our escalation process.
We have all hands on deck today to help ensure we provide the service our customers need to deal with any Christmas eve challenges. We will close early, as has been tradition here for decades, once all calls are done and the phone has stopped. After this, our after-hours network will be available for urgent calls.
We are often asked for help when it is too late. In this article, we outline steps any retailer can contemplate from them moment they realise their business is in trouble, from the first thought that closing may be the only option.
Tower Systems is more than a POS software company. We are retailers too. We cherish the relationships with our retail business customers. We will help whenever and wherever we can to help small and independent retail businesses survive challenges and grow.
If your retail business is in tough times and facing imminent closure, you may be able to save it if you act quickly and ruthlessly. Based on years of working with many different retailers, I have found that some basic steps can successfully turnaround a business in trouble. But you need to be ruthless.
The following tips are designed for businesses with a little (but not too much) time available to fix things. While they are not appropriate to every business, the ideas can lead to others that may be appropriate.
This advice is also appropriate or businesses not facing imminent closure but certainly facing tough times.
Crucial to saving a business from closure is to understand why it is in this situation. You have to be honest with yourself about this. How did it get to this?
Do not be afraid or ignorant in confronting these questions.
Make an honest appraisal of the state of the business as the truth can inform what you do next.
You have to own your situation. This means being realistic about what you face and what got you there. This is important as it opens you to what you need to do to resolve the situation, to rehabilitate your business.
Now, to the urgent steps you could take to avoid the closure of your retail business:
This is a tiny snippet of advice we provide in this area, advice we share with our customers as a service beyond the POS software itself. Our advice has been developed over years of serving many different types of retail businesses. It is advice we have seen appreciated by many types of shops.
Never give up. Fight hard and fight smart to turn your business around.
Facing tough circumstances in retail can be like the deer in the middle of the road at night facing the headlights of an oncoming vehicle. Don’t freeze. Take action to mitigate your situation. A series of small steps could be the difference between closure and trading out of the problem.
I have prepared this in response to a comment from a retail colleague who asked for advice on how to deal with a business facing closure.
If your business data there are bound to be opportunities and insights around which growth can be achieved. If you are not sure where to look or what they could mean, ask us. We will help.
here at our small business POS software company y we gratefully engage with our customers to help them understand and plan for disaster scenarios. Here is advice we have shared with our customers:
How protected is your retail business in the event of disaster? Since we are a software company, our interest is more to do with data and technology.
Are you as protected as you can be?
This is an easy topic to ignore and most small business retailers do. Those most likely to plan for a disaster are those who have gone through it. Once bitten, twice shyas they say.
Insurance. Insurance coverage is vital to helping overcome any type of disaster. In addition to ensuring that your insurance policy covers all disaster situations of concern to you, including flood, theft, water inundation, fire, earthquake, riot—be sure to carefully read the policy, ensure that your insurance policy / policies cover payouts for the following:
Ensure that the value of stock, fixtures and fittings covered by your policy is an accurate reflection of the real value of these items. Use your POS system to track all stock movements in and out. The stock on hand in your software should be your coverage.
Ensure that your insurance policy protects for the seasonal nature of your business
Data Protection. Business data is a valuable asset. Follow these steps:
Disaster Planning. Here are some general suggestions on planning for a disaster in your business property.
Tower Systems offers the thousands of retailers using its POS software access to free one-on-one training in the use of its POS software.
Our customers can book and take as many of these POS software training sessions as they like.
The training can be on any topic related to the software. We have a catalogue of topics available. We also welcome topic requests from customers, all of which we will deliver.
The training is delivered by a training specialist with terrific retail experience.
We are proud to offer this service and to deliver it with consistency to our customers, to help them get the most possible from the use of our POS software in their business.
Booking the training is easy, hassle free.
This is real, we do it every day – free training for small business retailers using our POS software. Yes, free.
This is a Tower Systems advantage … and advantage for our retail business partners, those who use our POS software.
We are grateful to the support of our small business retailer community that enables us to provide this service and to have been providing this service for years.
The training itself is done over the phone, using a customer computer and their data, providing the customer the ability to learn by doing, to learn how and where they want to. We have found this works well in the small business environment.
Our approach also makes it easy for multiple team members in a business to learn their part, the part of the software that relates to their role. We can some days do training for four or five people in a single business. We are truly grateful for this because we know that the better someone knows the software the more they will get from it and the more they will love it and we are keen for people to achieve a place of love with our software.
Tower Systems is genuinely and acutely focussed on small business retailers in selected specialty marketplaces. We understand the importance of training and the value that can be derived from it for POS software customers.
Shortly, we are hosting an open forum for retailers using our POS software where they get to meet and talk with our Software Development Manager.
This meeting is another example of our commitment to an open and transparent relationship with our customers. A core part of the meeting will be a Q&A. This will provide our customers an opportunity to ask questions about their specific situation. Often times in such discussions people start by asking for a software change and soon discover that the software already offers what they are asking for.
This session, our user meetings and our weekly online live training workshops combine to provide our customers with appreciated touch points between their businesses and ours. It its another reason for terrific customer retention tin rates for our business, for which we are most grateful.
Every time we put ourselves in front of our customers we learn new things, things from which the future of our POS software benefits. We appreciate the engagement of our POS software customers and the help they provide through suggestions and other engagement.
Even though it is N November and retail b businesses are getting busier for Christmas, we continue to offer free weekly online training workshops where our customers can learn and engage more deeply with our POS software. This free POS software training is accessible to all Tower customers, at no cost.
Here is what is on for the rest of this month:
We have recently added more value to POS software support coverage we provide to our customers, making being covered by support more valuable than ever. In this work we have added access to services and facilities for which there used to be a separate, user pays, charge. These charges have been eliminated.
Many of our customers now have lower costs per year.
This is good news. We are thrilled to have been able to deliver this for our customers, to offer them lower operating costs.
Our support pricing process is transparent, all of our customers are treated equal. This is fair for them. It is the only way we do business.
As part of the process of changes, we have stream limed customer access processes for add-on and now free benefits such as Xero, MYOB, Magento, Shopify and WooCommerce. This is self serve, easy and fast. It provides a better and more enjoyable customer service experience.
In our own situation, in terms of data management here, what we do in this area is streamlined, fast and requires less data handling for our customers.
So, in 2018, Tower Systems has increased the value of POS software support coverage, added more real value, eliminated some fees and increased touch point opportunities for small business retailer customers – helping to drive an even better return on investment for our customers.
This is good news, news we are proud and grateful to be in a position to share here. We shared this news weeks ago with our customers.
We think it is important to talk about this here as people get too hear it from us. This is always better than the spin you can get from a competitor who seeks to deflect by talking about us too much.
We are committed to driving value from total cost of ownership, helping our customers to achieve more for a fair price, a price that is transparent and a price they can trust as applying to all. here at Tower Systems we proudly serve all customers as equals.
Talk to one of our experts about an obligation free personal demonstration:
Our training is one-on-one, in your business. Our help desk support is personal, based out of Melbourne, and personal too – because we know personal service matters in small business retail.
Our goal is to help you enjoy a more successful and valuable business.
We’re here and ready to help … not that we will get many calls for the race really does stop the nation.
The help and advice we provide to small business retailers often reaches beyond our POS software and into areas of small business management. We are grateful of opportunities to help small business retailers, to provide them with advice and assistance beyond what is usual for POS software companies.
As retail business owners and operators ourselves with more than 20 years experience in that area, on top of our 38 years in POS software, we have experience and knowledge on which we can draw.
In the interests of helping new retailers and retail shop mangers, here is a checklist of basic retail business advice, headlines mainly – not too much detail, just enough to remind you of key areas which need attention to build a stronger and more profitable retail business.
This checklist has been developed over the years of us supporting plenty of start-up small business retailers. The list is based on things we often see them neglect or forget.
Hiring, training and managing employees
Too often new retailers and retail store managers look for advice to react to situations. Consider the headline advice in this article early on and revisit it regularly to ensure that you have a strong and healthy business.
It has been another business day at the office today, Saturday, helping customers with queries.
Like the majority of our help desk calls, today was about providing training on how to, helping with net connection issues and troubleshooting hardware.
Being here, being accessible, is a real assist for our customers and that is our goal, to deliver comfort and support.
While we have our after hours mobile phone based help desk service, it is the office based service on Saturdays that people love because of the tools available to that team for helping our customers.
Personal and engaged human based support based out of our own offices in Australia is critical for the businesses we serve. We are grateful to our customers for their support.