Small business retailers love human contact on the help desk

We hate riding a business and having to navigate a phone system making selections on the touch pad or through voice commands. We much prefer to speak to a human, a locally based human who understands our business. This is why we offer local human-based help desk services to small business retailers using our POS software.

Our help desk is based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It is 100% human. No answer bots. No computer based menus to navigate. Our help desk team members are not required to follow a script. We have conversations with customers for it is out of conversations that understanding of an issue at hand comes.

In 2018 while big businesses are looking to cut labour costs by automating customer service call centres, we live in another world, a customer focussed world where we believe good customer service begins with human interaction.

Our commitment to personal, human, customer service has been on show this week with plenty ty of engagement with small businesses retailers looking to make 2018 a winner year!

Xero POS software interface from Tower Systems helps small business retailers cut costs

Managing operating costs is a key goal for small business retailers in this world of greater competition.

The Tower Systems POS software Xero link helps small business retailers cut costs. It does this in a range of practical ways that small business retailers can leverage without having to spend more money on software or professional services.

Thanks to the Xero POS software link retailers are able to eliminate bookkeeping work and have accounting data flow through accurately from the POS software where data originates to Xero where it is accessed for key business accounting functions.

Developed with careful oversight of CPA qualified accounting experience as well as current small business management accounting experience plus insights from experienced bookkeepers, this link is a true cost saver because of the accounting steps it eliminates and the mistakes it avoids. Both of these have costs to any small business. Eliminating them is a bottom line cost benefit for any business.

Setting up the Xero link is easy. You map the data flow from invoice entry through to the chart of accounts managed by Xero. Once this is done, supplier invoices, sales, credits, LayBys and other everyday business transactions flow from the POS software to Xero.

This makes business accounting easier, more certain, less expensive and more useful to the business.

Your BAS is easier. Your P&L and Balance Sheet are more up to date. This is a big win for any small business retailer.

Tower Systems uses the Xero POS software link itself for retail businesses it owns in the gift and homewares spaces. By using our software, especially the Xero link we are able to draw on broad practical experience when providing advice to our retail business owner customers. It means that our help desk advice is based on us walking in your shores more than is usual for a POS software company.

Tower Systems is keen to help small business retailers cut costs. We know the more we can do this the more our customers will appreciate the practical benefits a relationship between our businesses can deliver. With our software support being optional we know that our customers can switch any time. The best way for us to keep them is for us to deliver practical benefits at each touch point.

Tower Systems helps small business retailers avoid hard disk failure

Small business retailers using our cloud backup service benefit from early detection of disk abnormalities that can lead to disk failure.

In one case recently we contacted a customer and let them know there was evidence of an impending ding hard disk failure. They were able to arrange replacement through their hard ware supplier prior to the failure occurring.

We were able to provide the early warning thanks to the smart and engaged diagnostics run by our cloud backup service. While undertaking a backup the software is checking the drive for abnormalities. Detecting this prior to crash saves a business time as it prevents business disruption.

Tower Systems tracks and reports on disk abnormalities as part of its engaged cloud backup service. This is another way we help small business retailers.

Happy New Year

We hope 2018 is filled with happiness and joy for all who visit this place and all who use the Tower Systems software.

We are excited for what the year will bring and look forward to helping small business retailers make their businesses more valuable and enjoyable this year.

No minimum card transaction promotion

Small business retailers need to be aware of a growing push by credit card companies around a no minimum for card use. When it comes to card use, thanks to smart integration our retailers have plenty of control over how cards are used and any charged applied to their use. Here is one of several promotional videos circulating on this no minimum campaign.

Managing the POS software help desk between Christmas and New Year

We have ensured we have a team of professionals, live in the office, to help small business retailers with any query about our POS software between this Christmas and New Year period.

While it is often slower than through the year, we ensure we are resourced to cover any situation that arises.

Ensuring access to the office-based service is vital as the office-based team has access to more resources than  those not the office.

For decades we have offered office-based coverage in this time, refusing to close in these days between Christmas and New Year as many companies its do. We are grateful to be in a position to offer this support coverage.

Advice for small business retailers confronted by a cash flow challenge

We are often asked for advice and help outside what is usual for a small business POS software company. Recently, we were asked by a customer for advice on holding a cash-flow challenge. Here is an article we offer our customers on this topic. It shows the extent to which Tower Systems can help, beyond what is usual for a POS software company serving small business retailers.

Cashflow can get very tight in any small business. How you deal with it is a test of leadership.

The common approach is to hide from those to whom you owe money. That only serves to harm your business and put you under more pressure.

Here is our practical advice on how to deal with a cashflow challenge:

  1. Understand the problem. Know if it is short term or long term. Be certain about the role you have played.
  2. Own the problem. Fixing this is on you.
  3. Develop a plan and document it succinctly:
    1. To borrow if appropriate.
    2. To put more of your own money into the business.
    3. To cut overheads: labour, rent.
    4. To convert more stock to cash.
    5. Work our what free cash you have availabke from your weekly trading.
    6. Ensure all creditors receive payments, no matter h0ow small. Regular payments reflect your commitment to goodwill. They also show you are not playing favourites.
  4. Talk to your creditors, apologise, outline your plan, ask for help.
  5. Act. Every decision, every action you take must work to addressing the cashflow challenge. If you have created a plan(point 3 above) act on it immediately. This is not a time to overthink things.
  6. Invest. If your cashflow challenge is because of a decline in traffic, not spending money chasing traffic will only make the problem worse.

If your cashflow challenge is more serious than a short to medium term plan could resolve it could be that your business is insolvent.

Company directors have a legal obligation to not allow their businesses to trade while insolvent.

Many have been in this situation. You can come out the other side by acting sooner, with commitment and with transparency to your creditors.

Christmas / New Year POS software office hours

Here are our Christmas / New Year office. hours. Our comprehensive site after hours phone network will remain available throughout:

December 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th Closed.
December 27th Open 8:30am Close 5pm
December 28th Open 8:30am Close 5pm
December 29th Open 8:30am Close 5pm
December 30th, 31st January 1st Closed
January 2nd,Open 7am Close 5pm
January 3rd, Open 7am Close 5pm
January 4th, Open 7am Close 5pm
January 5th, Open 7am Close 5pm.

Our after hours numbers will be live throughout, for urgent system down situations.

Christmas greetings from Tower Systems

Merry Christmas to one and all. Thank you for a wonderful 2018, a year of growth and joy.

We are grateful to our customers for their support and help, for the opportunity to serve and help make small businesses stronger and more valuable to their local communities.

Thank you.

Christmas / New Year trading hours

Here are our Christmas / New Year office. hours. Our comprehensive site after hours phone network will remain available throughout:

December 22nd Open 7am Close 2pm (or earlier if desk is quiet)
December 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th Closed.
December 27th Open 8:30am Close 5pm
December 28th Open 8:30am Close 5pm
December 29th Open 8:30am Close 5pm
December 30th, 31st January 1st Closed
January 2nd,Open 7am Close 5pm
January 3rd, Open 7am Close 5pm
January 4th, Open 7am Close 5pm
January 5th, Open 7am Close 5pm.

Our after hours numbers will be live throughout, for urgent system down situations.

Welcome new customers

Reflecting on 2017, as the year draws to a close, we are grateful for all the new customers who joined us this year.

We are grateful to those installing our software as first time computer users in their businesses.

We are also grateful to those who switched to our software from other POS software – there has been plenty of this in 2017.

To help new customers settle in with our software and our customer support we have a structured welcome process, with assistance provided outside the usual help desk – until new customers reel well settled in their use of our software.

We understand the challenges small business retailers face and do all things possible to ensure their settling in with our POS software is gentle and useful.

Helping small business retailers reduce the impact of employee theft

For many, years Tower Systems has offered small business retailers access to professional help in detecting, reducing and prosecuting employee theft. In our small business POS software we have excellent services that support this.

In our management team we have skilled professionals who have helped police, prosecutors, insurers and others in situations of employee theft. Our approach is evidence based, professional, discrete and thorough.

Our theft mitigation and theft management services are handled at the leadership team level of the Tower Systems business as this is where the experience lies through helping retail businesses in a variety of retail sectors.

In our decades of experience, it is essential the business draw a line in the sand on the issue of employee theft. This is best done by the establishment of a theft policy. This is best done as a document that employees sign. We provide our customers with a template theft policy. We share this here today for anyone to see and consider for their business.

THEFT POLICY

  1. Theft, any theft, is a crime against this business, its owners, employees and others who rely on us for their income.
  2. If you discover any evidence or have any suspicion of theft, please report it to the business owner or most senior manager possible immediately. Doing so could save a considerable cost to the business.
  3. We have a zero tolerance policy on theft. All claims will be reported to law enforcement authorities for their investigation.
  4. From time to time we have the business under surveillance in an effort to reduce theft. This may mean that you are photographed or recorded in some other way. By working here you accept this as a condition of employment.
  5. New employees may be asked to provide permission for a police check prior to commencement of employment. Undertaking the police check will be at our discretion.
  6. Cash is never to be left unattended outside the cash drawer or a safe within the business.
  7. Credit and banking card payments are not to be accepted unless the physical card is presented and all required processes are followed for processing these.
  8. Employees caught stealing with irrefutable evidence face immediate dismissal to the extent permitted by local labour laws.
  9. Employees are not permitted to remove inventory, including unsold, topped, magazines, unsold cards or damaged stock from the store without permission.
  10. Employees are not permitted to provide a refund to a customer without appropriate management permission.
  11. Employees are not permitted to complete sales to themselves, family members or friends.
  12. Every dollar stolen from the business by customers and or employees can cost us up to four dollars to recover. This is why vigilance on theft is mission critical for our retail store.

PLEASE SIGN AND DATE YOUR ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:

Small business web development advice: beware offshore developers

We have been helping another small business retailer who engaged what they thought were a local Australian web development company. In fact, they engaged a local company for sure, which was a front for an offshore developer.

We were brought in because the website delivered was broken, not working and not to the requirements of the business. The paperwork signed, in the fine print, showed that the local business the small business owner they thought they were contracting was in fact a sales agent with no contractual responsibility.

It is vital small business retailers know who will do the web development work, that they have easy access to them, that they are local, that they understand the business, that they understand d local requirements, that they have good English.

If a web development proposal is cheap it is probably cheap because of corners being cut. Offshore developers cost significantly less than Australian developers. There is a reason for this,. This is what we say to small business retailers – beware, be careful, m understand what you are buying, understand for sure what the outcomes will be.

Here at Tower Systems we take web development seriously. We offer a 100% local service backed up by local support. We understand retail. Especially the type of retail channels in which we service. We have many websites we can share as reference sites, showing the wonderful commercial outcomes we have delivered to our customers.

Our POS software integrated websites serve a single inventory database between physical store and online store.

The Tower Systems web development team is skilled in WooCommerce, Magento and Shopify. The company has plenty of sites it can show in a live portfolio of successful e-commerce sites, serving shoppers in Australia and internationally.

The Tower web team is also skilled at SEO and SEM services that help raise the website rankings in key search engines, ensuring the site is found ahead of others.

But best of all, Tower Systems provides professional advice and guidance to small business retailers keen to build their online presence. Our commitment is honest transparent advice on which any small business retailer can rely.

Small business retailers love free one-on-one POS software training

Small business retailers who use the Tower Systems POS software have access to unlimited free one-on-one training.

The free training is scheduled at a time to suit and to cover areas of the software requested by the customer.

We have some customers who use the free training to top up their knowledge, others use it to train new staff members while others use it to be surprised at what they don’t know about the POS software. We even have some who take up the opportunity to have us review their business and provide strategic management advice on what we can see in their business data.

Delivered by one of our customer service experts, the training is tailored to each retail situation, to ensure it is useful to the person for whom the training is being provided.

Booked through our head office and managed in a structured way, this free training service provided was unique when first launched, it put us in a leadership position. Today, we maintain that leadership through the scope, professionalism and practical help provided through the training.

Here at Tower Systems our motor is we’re here to help. This free training service is another way we live the motto every day.

POS software users love transparency of help desk workload

Retailers using our POS software are loving that they can see how busy our help desk is at any point in time. The dashboard they have access to shops calls in the system, calls being worked on and calls closed for the day.

The link between our CRM system and the customer service web portal is another initiative delivered by Tower Systems demonstrating transparency. We think this is vital for small business retailers in considering a POS software company. It shows that there is nothing to hide and that facts matter.

These data points are updated live, providing current information, helping retailers make decisions about their use of our personal help desk service.

Given that our small business retailer customers have other options for accessing service, the information we share can help them consider these. For example, we have more than 700 articles in our knowledge base. This is searchable in plain English. It offers customers easy access to useful outcomes. Plus, it continues to grow.

POS software Shopify link helps small business retailers enjoy Christmas

Small business retailers using the Tower Systems POS software Shopify link are reporting terrific engagement with shoppers they may not have otherwise found.

Thanks to a direct link between the POS software and Shopify, retailers have one place for managing inventory that is in-store and online. This saves time, reduces mistakes unbend makes management of the online presence easier.

The Shopify link is one of three direct POS software / e-commerce platform links in the Tower software. These three are in addition to a weblink that helps the POS software connect to any website.

Through the Shopify link, data is transferred – inventory and sales – in a structured standard way required by Shopify and in line with the requirements of that business. It is fast, easy and powerful.

Tower Systems is proud to have brought plenty more small businesses online thanks to its work with the folks at Shopify.

Free one on one POS software training for small business retailers

Our POS software customers have access to unlimited free one-on-one training. We gratefully offer this as we know it helps our customers get more from the software and that is us doing our job.

We have structured training options as well as free-form where we follow the requirements of any customer diving deep into the software to serve specific queries and needs they may have.

This free one-on-one training is in addition to our group training and user meetings.

Our customers can send a request to schedule free training to bookings@towersystems.com.au.

Small business Toy Shops loving our POS software this Christmas

We appreciate the feedback from toy shops using our toy shop software for streamlined trading this Christmas season.

Our software is helping these businesses not only with the traffic surge this Christmas season but also with:

  1. Buy now pay later options.
  2. Easy to manage Lay-By.
  3. Staff performance tracking.
  4. Loyal shopper rewards.
  5. First visit shopper rewards to drive a deeper basket.
  6. Age tracking to ensure sales are within the law.
  7. Serial number tracking.
  8. Warranty management.
  9. Customer recall.
  10. Selling hampers.
  11. BOGO offers.
  12. Volume deals.
  13. …and plenty more.

Being well established in the toy shop software space we are well positioned to help independent toy retailers to achieve good outcomes for their businesses that transact well beyond the Christmas season.

TOY SHOPS: OUR SOFTWARE IS MADE FOR YOU.

Toy shops have unique needs. Your business is personal. You need a software company committed to serving you and committed to helping you more efficiently transact with your suppliers.

From the sales counter to the back room, Our Toy Shop Software is fit for purpose. It is not everyday POS software. No, this is Toy Shop Software.

WE MAKE IT EASY TO GET UP AND RUNNING.

We come to your business, install the software and train you and your staff, face to face, jargon free. We give you a personal support contact as you settle in.

WE REMEMBER YOU.

After the installation is done you can call us for help and a real person answers, with their name. We offer follow-up training and assistance. Our help desk is in our Hawthorn office. You are welcome to visit at any time.

YOUR SOFTWARE KEEPS EVOLVING.

Thanks to advice from our customers your software continues to evolve, meeting changing needs, keeping our customers up to date.

WE HAVE YOUR BACK.

If you are confronted by employee theft, customer theft or falling business performance, we are there for you. We have experience with police prosecutors, helping to convict employees who have stolen. We have helped turn around businesses confronted by trading challenges.

Tower Systems is not your usual POS software company. The best evidence of that is that I am writing to you. I am the founder of the company. My contact details are on this letter. I personally stand behind what we sell.

The software helps you personalise the shopping experience such that price and other comparisons with national retailers is difficult.