Salon POS Debut, Automated Point of Sale, Small Retailer Business Directory, Small Business Promotion, Small Retail Advice

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POS and Small Retail NewsOur first featured article in the roundup this week is the debut of a new and innovative all in one point of sale for salons/spas. Our second article focuses on an automated POS program that helped make a public school cafeteria more efficient benefiting everyone involved. As we move onto our third feature this week, it’s a little different. The website was actually discovered while reading another article about Milo.com but the unveiling of this important tool was enough for us to feature even if it didn’t make the small retail news for the week. The fourth article in the roundup is a quick tip on a great promotional method you should be using for your small retail establishment. We saved the best for last this week, the fifth article is advice on how a failing small retail business can bring itself back to the top. The author even includes a bonus video that details the article.

1. New Salon Touch Point-Of-Sale Solution Makes A Splash at American Beauty Show – The introduction of InfoTouch’s new Salon Touch POS made a great impression among business owners. The company listened to what spa and salon owners needed in a point of sale system and they came up with a low cost, feature rich solution.

“Most owners were shocked that we could offer them a complete all-in-one solution to manage their salon or spa for less than $3 a day,”

Read our Salon Touch POS Software Review

2. Automated Point-of-sale Program Boosts Efficiency in Summit Schools Cafeterias – An exceptional story on how an automated POS program can increase efficiency. The Summit Public School System is a prime example of how a cafeteria should operate. Student use their ID which is pre-loaded with money by parents using their home computer. The students simply swipe their card at the point of sale, enter their PIN and the cafeteria worker can see the balance of their account.

3. Krillion Network Connects Customers with Local Small Retailers – This company didn’t make retail news this week but it was mentioned in an article about Milo.com now accepting small retailers. The Krillion network launched this week with 100 small retailers and they offer the service of showcasing your business to customers searching for products. This is a great way to get your company recognized by local customers using their home PCs to compare prices and products.

4. Is Promotional Items Effective in Bringing more Customers to Your Business? – Some excellent advice about using promotional items with your small business name to real in new customers and retain existing ones. The article tells you what works best and why plus gives you a link to make your purchase and start promoting.

5. 12 Ways to Save a Doomed Small Business – I was quite impressed when reading this article posted at Service with a Purpose. The author gives an example of a failing liquor store and what the owner could do to improve his small business to keep it alive. Grab your notepad and jot down some ideas while you read about twelve things that could keep your small retail establishment above water.

Salon Touch POS Software Review

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Salon Touch POS Software ReviewCompany Website: Salon Touch POS
Product Website: Salon Touch All-in-One POS
Price Range: $77-$89/month for three years
Operating Systems: Pre-Loaded, All-in-One POS Hardware/Software Package

Salon Touch POS Software Overview

Salon Touch POS is a complete all in one package for salons and spas. The robust software combined with the innovative touch screen hardware makes this an efficient low cost solution for any small business owner in the beauty industry. The hardware resists damage from common salon products that can be hazardous and comes complete with a cash drawer, receipt printer, mouse, credit card reader, extra keyboard and all the cables for easy connection. The Salon Touch POS offers two low cost solutions that can either be leased or a rent to own plan. You pay $89 a month for three years and you own this excellent all in one salon point of sale system free and clear.

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POS Thermal Printers, Mobile Coupon Solution, Small Retail Branding Tips, American Made Small Business Success

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POS and Small Retail NewsThe first two features in this weeks roundup are announcements from two major point of sale hardware brands introducing their POS thermal printers. We are featuring both announcements due to the wide range of differences, one caters to high-volume point of sale applications and one is a new low cost solution. The third article this week is an interesting concept on how to deal with the popularity of mobile coupons without having to spend a fortune to upgrade your current POS system. Small retail branding is an important part of building customer relationships and it’s essential to competing with large retail establishments. Our fourth feature this week is a short article giving retailers a few tips on what not to do while building your brand. We saved the best for last…featuring a truly inspiring story of a brick and mortar small retailer that’s promoting American Made products.

1. Epson Announces Low-Cost Thermal Pos Printer – Epsom a trusted brand in electronics has announced the introduction of their low cost thermal point of sale printer. In today’s economy, low cost with quality is the key to a customers heart even a business customer. Epson boats

“ReadyPrint offers an ideal low-volume, cost-effective solution along with fast and easy integration and software included to speed application programming.”

2. Thermal Receipt Printer suits high-volume POS applications – Created for the hospitality and retail industry the RP-B10 direct thermal printer delivers exceptional performance for high volume POS applications. This effective point of sale hardware solution is manufactured by Seiko Industries, a globally recognized leader in thermal printing technology.

3. Cards Touted for Redeeming Mobile Coupons – If you’re a small retailer that did not see mobile coupons in your near future, read on. One idea being considered is for mobile coupons to be loaded onto one card that the customer uses at the point of sale to redeem their offer. This eliminates the need to upgrade POS systems and barcode scanners in order to accept mobile coupons.

4. What Does Your Brand Stand For? – When competing with big box retailers this is a question you should be asking yourself every day. What your small retail brand stands for influences numerous decisions a customer might make about your business. The authors goes into a few tips and steers you clear what what you shouldn’t be doing when trying to establish your brand.

5. ‘American-made’ is about quality, not cost – This article is about a small business owner that is a true patron of the United States. He has opened a store that sells only American Made products, right down to the items that are displayed throughout the store, everything is made in America. The prices may be a bit higher than the local WalMart but the words “Made in America” say it all.

iPad POS Potential, Small Retailer Digital Media Tips, Disloyalty and Loyalty Programs

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POS and Small Retail NewsDon’t let the short title fool you. This weeks roundup will include five featured POS and Retail News Articles of the week but they mesh into the same general categories. Everyone has been talking about the debut of the iPad but do you really know what that means for the future of small retail businesses? From what I read this week it’s forecasted to be a huge boost to small retailers particularly with the announcement of integration with the Square. The first two articles in the roundup with give you valuable background information on how the iPad may influence your small retail establishment. The third article in this weeks round up has some incredibly sound tips for which types of interactive digital media each small retail industry should be using. That leads us into the last two featured news stories this week which involve loyalty programs. One small business owner took the chance on a disloyalty program, you’ll be surprised at the attempt and the results he’s had. Then, a very informative article on what really works with loyalty programs form a consumer perspective.

1. Why I won’t be buying an iPad for now – Curiosity lead me to reading this article which involved the common sense aspect of waiting for a future release of the iPad before purchasing. As I read the article the author led into a bonus…why small retailers should be considering purchasing a later version of this product due to the benefits the new technology will bring to the retail industry. This leads into the next article about integrating the square and iPad for a full point of sale system.

2. Square Turns Your iPad Into A Cash Register – Jack Dorsey, Twitter Creator, has implemented his vision, the Square with Apple’s new iPad at Sightglass Coffee in San Francisco. The square will allow you to use your iPad as a total mobile, portable, POS station.

3. Building in-store interactive content that works – Great tips from the Retail Specialty Expert on which interactive content you need to be displaying in your store. The author, Troy Carroll, details various retail industries (entertainment, grocery, furniture, ect) with a few tips on what digital media works best with the customer base.

4. The Disloyalty Card – Again curiosity struck me and I had to read this article featured at the Insight Driven Retail. A small retail business owner thinking in reverse developed a disloyalty program for his customers that encouraged them to visit his competitors. I’m not telling you more of the story, you’ll have to read the article to learn his ingenious plan and how it worked.

5. Loyalty programs: what works, what doesn’t – That leads us to loyalty programs that do work. It’s defiantly proven that given the right customer loyalty program can retain and excel your customer base. Again some great tips provided by the Retail Specialty Expert that every small business owner needs to read. Grab a pencil and paper to revise or create your small retail loyalty program.

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