It was few years ago a web based, cloud POS system have been introduced to business as a viable alterative for Small and Medium retailers. This may not sound familiar for non tech savvy retailers, but if you're looking into a POS System you want to invest in or you're second guessing cloud -based Point-of-sale software as the right software for you, we have listed down it's Pros and Cons and its up for you to judge.
Cloud based Point-of-Sale software can be viewed using browser (Google,Bing, Safari) which means you don't need to invest on equipments that costs more than thousands of dirhams to run it. You have the discretion whether to run it on old pc, tablet or mobile phone as long as you have stable internet connection, absolutely no platform limitation.
It is installed in mobile devices with working browser. Your waitress can process an order at a table side and simply email the receipt or send it on the customers mobile phone instantly. Your sales staff in your fashion boutique, could carry it around and initiate a checkout. This could eliminate the common problem of a long queue of customers in the checkout counter.
If the business grows and you need to add new locations and staffs, adding it can be done by a click-of-a-mouse. You just need a username and password for admin user and a mobile device with a working web browser.
You can get track of your sales as they happen and update informations. If you are a business owner on the go, you can check the business reports whenever and wherever you are, as long as you have an internet connection..
Part of the perks of subscription plan is the cost-free updates of the software from the vendor. It makes you stay on top of new technology and security requirements with minimum effort.
Avoid the horror of losing your data in a computer or hard disk crash, catastrophic failure due to fire and a host of other incidents.Well designed cloud systems provide a much higher level of security through encryption and multiple backups.
Cloud based Point-of-Sale provider are usually charging clients on a monthly/yearly basis.You might be spending more than getting a standalone POS that have perpetual license. It is tricky decision-but if you are somone who always wants the latest version of the software or someone who want to use updated technology then subscription model is advantageous since you don't need to pay costly software upgrades. Note that vendors for standalone software are charging maintenance fee ammounting to 18-20% of the total project cost.
The idea bound to cloud POS that it might fail without internet is forgiveable. This inefficiency is rare but unavoidable, but there are some POS Software that have 25 Mb of data storage. It mights seems a small amount of storage but each transacytion takes a bit of the storage and it is indefinitely enough until you get back online
Still hesitating if it's worth to jump into Cloud-based POS solution? Take your time to read some reviews.If you want, you can get in touch with one of our Retail Specialist for no commitment cconference meeting for the perfect software setup for your business and the costs involve.