Cloud-based POS systems: Accessible and flexible

By: Teamwork Retail

Cloud computing has facilitated its fair share of changes throughout the IT industry, as well as other markets outside of tech. Organizations have managed to replace outdated equipment, including old point-of-sale systems, promote employee collaboration and reduce operating costs by adopting the service.

Organization-wide accessibility is one way retailers can leverage a cloud-based POS system. Cloud applications are available through Internet-connected devices, enabling employees using PCs, tablets and smartphones to access real-time data pertaining to inventory, consumer purchase information, loyalty rewards data and other pertinent content to make sound decisions pertaining to operations and customer service.

The key with a cloud-based POS system is the rate at which data is updated. Some of the best solutions refresh every 10 to 20 seconds, so retailers are always accessing the latest information to perform the tasks listed above.

On the consumer side, a cloud-based mobile POS also makes sense. Businesses can replace PC-based systems with tablets such as the iPad, mounting these devices around the store. This approach not only allows companies to maximize shelf space, they are also the perfect tools for encouraging shoppers to access interactive displays to sign up for rewards programs.

One concern businesses likely have regarding a service such as the cloud is connectivity. What happens if cloud applications go down? Can companies still function properly or is the entire system offline? Luckily, certain cloud POS systems do not require a connection, so firms can rest easy knowing that outages will not impact the use of their tools.

Retailers that are deciding on their next POS system, whether their current solutions are nearing their end of life or they want more affordable and efficient alternatives, should take a closer look at cloud computing. The technology will continue to evolve, bringing with it further improvements to the POS sector.

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