When it comes to choosing an EPOS system a major consideration is to ensure it’s industry specific. This will save you money and time in the long run. At Merchant Advice Service, we specialise in industry-led solutions, and these tend to fall under two categories;
From large chain retailer to independent boutiques such as jewellers, car trade, hairdressers and beauty salons – our experience is widespread and knowledge is vast.
Retail Systems can be tailored to suit individual business needs. Stock lists can be uploaded, barcode systems can monitor stock levels, orders can be generated and invoices printed. Customer information can be stored on some EPOS systems and loyalty points rewarded if requested.
From bars, restaurants and gyms to hotels, B&B’s and cafes. These systems work alongside booking systems in restaurants or deposits for personal training sessions at the gym. They can even be integrated with websites and apps when making online reservations at a hotel.
EPOS systems also prompt staff to up-sell products or services and can send orders through to kitchens automatically, reducing the scope for error or misplaced orders. EPOS systems also enable bills to be split between customers, and reward systems can be set up as part of loyalty schemes. Discounts for grouped items, i.e. meal deals, cocktail ingredients, or weekly special offers can be installed too. There is room to trial and error EPOS systems within the hospitality sector, which can then be modified to suit your business model.
Depending on the size and nature of your business you may wish to explore a variety of options in relation to your EPOS/POS hardware.
iPad and android solutions are popular for smaller businesses, or pop up shops. Many of these now have the same software as static and complete solutions. These can be used alongside barcode readers and cash draws as well as some chip and pin devices. However, if you wish to have something a little more substantial that will be used by numerous members of staff this may not be the most suitable option.
Complete solutions are much larger and will be the type you often come across in restaurants, shops and cafes. High quality systems use the same software but if you want one or more till points at your premises the complete EPOS solution is better suited. Built to last, the hardware can stand the busy day-to-day operations across industries. There is also an option to have client facing till screens, which appeals to businesses primarily in the retail and hospitality sector.
The Merchant Advice Service team are very experienced at dealing with requests for EPOS system installations and switch-overs. Speak to our friendly team today to discuss the options available to you Our completely impartial, free and honest quoting system will help you decide what’s right for your business now and in the future.