Finding the right POS system for your gift store can be a daunting task. There are hundreds of options at various prices. They each claim to have the features you absolutely need. But how much of that is really true?
In this article, we are going to look at what we believe are 4 key features to look for in a POS system for a gift store. We will explain why each feature is important so you can understand why we made these picks.
So, let’s jump right into it.
1. A Cloud-Based System
In Layman’s terms, a cloud-based system is any computer system or software that stores and processes its data from a remote location, through the Internet. All you need is a device that can access the Internet to access the system.
A cloud-based system can massively save space in your gift store. It requires no specialized equipment or peripherals to work. There need not be area allocated for servers or anything of the sort.
Additionally, a cloud-based system can also help save you money on electricity, as less devices need to be powered up for your store to run at full capacity.
2. A Variant Inventory System
A variant inventory system is a system of categorizing stock where products which are virtually identical except for a few key features can be grouped together.
For instance, you might offer the same t-shirt design in multiple colors. Variant inventory allows your staff to input this item as one entry into the stock, specifying the variants you carry.
Since gift stores tend to sell many very similar items with minor differences, this sort of inventory system can make managing stock much easier and more efficient. Instead of hundreds of nearly identical entries, you get fewer entries with more details on the variants available.
3. Data Analytics
This feature is useful, not just for gift stores, but to all businesses operating in the modern market. Being able to collect relevant data and obtain useful analytics from it is considered essential to success.
The POS system for your store should be able to collect data on your customers, your stock, your sales, your profits, and more. It should be able to crunch those numbers and present it to you in a format that is easy to understand and act upon.
For a gift store, having foresight on what kinds of gifts prove popular around when and to which demographic can be very helpful. This information being backed by observable data makes it more reliable than intuition or rumors.
4. Developer Support
One of the big problems with adopting a digital solution to your store is being unable to contact the developers in times of crisis. Whether it is a system crash, a bug, or some other sort of technical error, being able to contact the people who designed the system when you need to is very important.
Though this “feature” may not be part of the software or system itself, it is a form of aftersales care that can make the difference between hoping nothing goes wrong and knowing everything will be taken care of even if something does go wrong.
Speaking to the developers and checking reviews on their product before purchase to see how their response is to feedback is very important when choosing to invest in something they developed. So before you bring a POS system into your gift store, get to know the developers first.
And there you have it! Our list of 4 features we believe that any POS system you get for your gift store must have.
After all that, you might be wondering if such a system exists. The answer is yes, it does. Allow us to introduce you to Ewity.
Ewity is our easy-to-learn, easy-to-use, cloud-based POS system. We have a robust inventory system, integrate other software or services such as QuickBooks and WooCommerce, and can generate data analytics to your exact specifications. We also provide reliable and timely support to our esteemed clients.
If you would like to take our tour and see what Ewity can do for your gift store, please visit our website today!