Megan Mostyn-Brown –
Every small business owner who spends the bulk of their time outside of the actual store knows that a web-based point of sale can be a lifesaver. But just like every other piece of technology you deal with on a daily basis, your point of sale is set to change in the upcoming year. From new perks to easier applications we keep you posted on what you have to look forward to in the new year.
In 2012 Shopkeep users with an iPad register can look forward to the possibility of being able to modify the quantity of items directly on the tab. This means no longer having to delete the entire quantity and then re-enter the new one, which could be a major time saver for some folks.
Customers of MerchantOS users will be able to toss out those rewards cards before the new year. The web based point of sale is launching an integration with virtual loyalty program Perkville, which uses your email address in place of an actual rewards card. This integration can increase a small business’s email list and Facebook presence and it also frees up space in your customers’ wallets.
Vend, the world’s first HTML5 web-based point of sale, has grown immensely since its launch a little over a year ago. According to an August press release in the SFGate, the company received an injection of capital from a European investment consortium led by Point Nine Capital. This investment means Vend is set to rapidly increase its presence internationally, which can only be good news for its users.
Back in August effortlessE launched a webPOS Mobile iOS app for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, making it possible to do a complete sales transaction – including signature capture and email receipts – all on your handheld technology. Not only that, they offer a webPOS cradle that provides physical inventory capabilities letting you cut out the third party inventory counting firm.
The use of this technology means that in the coming year we’ll see more small retail companies gaining the freedom to be hands on with customers, making it easier to compete with bigger retail stores.
As for new the web-based point of sales systems set to hit in the new year, Moneris Solutions Inc. is launching Morris. This system is already offered in Canada and will become available in the US sometime in 2012. Morris has three modules geared towards different tiers of small businesses. This division allows you to select the point of sale level that’s is right for your business.
Whichever web-based point of sale brand you use, these additions and upgrades mean good things for independent retailers trying to make a go of it in a bad economy.
Megan Mostyn-Brown is a freelance writer who has worked for Elle.com, Girlshop.com, TypeF and Shopwiki.com.