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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.

Protect POS Data, Retail Point of Sale Software Announcement, No Lending for Small Retailers, Small Retail Website Tips, An Inspiring Small Business Owner

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Point of Sale and Smll Retail NewsThe first article in this weeks roundup is a simple task that could save you and your customers a tom of grief. CBC News features an article on how thieves are stealing POS data and how small retailers can help prevent it. The next featured article is an announcement of a preferred payment processing company for all Retail Pro point of sale software customers. The third article in this weeks retail news touches on the difficulty small business owners are having getting the loans they need to expand, grow or start their business. An added bonus to the article is the motivating video of an entrepreneur that succeeded in obtaining the loan he need after many failed attempts. As many of our faithful readers know we almost always feature an article that deals with technology and the small retail industry and this week is no exception. Our fourth article is presented by The Specialty Retail Expert on the top website mistakes to avoid when using or creating a website for your small retail business. The last feature this week is an incredible story about a creative mom and her toddler daughter that now has her clothing line featured in small retail shops in Michigan.

1. Thieves skim customer data from debit terminals – This news story presented by CBC-TV’s Marketplace states that many small retailers may not be clearing their POS terminals nightly as they should be doing. This is leading to more thieves doing a smash and grab robbery but taking on the point of sale terminal device that includes all the customers credit card information. This is a large growing problem in the small retail industry and you should read more on how to make sure you and your customers are protected from theft.

2. Retail Pro Selects RBS WorldPay as Its Preferred Payment Processor – WordPay announced this week that it has been chosen as Retail Pro International’s preferred payment processor. For customers of Retail Pro this will deliver Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS) processing, improved pricing for Retail Pro’s high performance payment interface and many other features. You may check out our article on Retail Pro 9 by clicking here.

3. Small firms would hire you, if only they could get loans – This is an extremely interesting article with some facts and figures that might look discouraging for small retail business owners. The article is focused on one success story of a young entrepreneur with a creative business idea that after many attempts achieved his goal by finding a lender to finance him.

4. Top Five Website Mistakes – These are five very basic mistakes that a small retail could make when creating or running a website for their brick and mortar store. Grab a pen and pencil to jot down just a few quick reminders of what makes your website a success.

5. A Daughter’s Creativity Fuels Her Mother’s Passion – This is a truly exciting story about Heather Kline-Smith, a mom who was inspired by her daughters “toddler art” to create a clothing line for toddlers. She has since had many offers from small retails shops in Northern Michigan to add her line of clothing to their shops.

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