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Retail Tips: How to Purchase Point of Sale Software for Your Store

If you’re in the market for a new retail POS software package, here are seven key features that you should look for.

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4. Automated purchasing program.

Your stores’ retail POS software should not be limited to simply telling you how many items you need to reorder to keep supplies available for customers. It should also allow you to place orders with vendors conveniently and without headache.

5. Online access.

A robust retail POS software should offer online access. It can enhance your capability to advertise products and services that you sell on the web with minimal effort on your part.

6. PCI compliance.

One of the most important features your retail POS software should have is the infrastructure to protect your customer’s credit card information and your company’s’ sensitive data. Not only will this build rapport and trust between you and your customers but it will keep you from the legal ramifications that exist if you don’t utilize payment card industry (PCI) compliant retail software.

7. Reporting tools.

Retail POS software should have a simple reporting interface that is user-friendly and accessible. The data library should be extensive — including information such as product styles or models, weekly sales, monthly sales, annual sales and hourly transactions.

When you’re looking for the best retail POS software for your company, you may realize that not all brands will have the industry-specific features you need. But you can never go wrong with purchasing retail software that has a minimum of the seven features listed above. The investment will be worth it and your business operations will benefit from it in the long run.

What do you look for in retail POS Software? Let me know in the comments below.

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