Maybe you’ve heard of a cloud POS but you’re not really sure what that means. Or, you know what it means but you’re not sure why someone would want a cloud POS instead of a traditional point-of-sale system.
No fear. We’ve got you covered today with a breakdown of what a cloud POS can do for your business.
You are certainly not alone in wondering about a cloud POS. According to Hospitality Technology’s 2018 POS Software Trends Report, a cloud-based point-of-sale was the most sought-after functionality for those seeking a POS upgrade. In fact, 61 percent of the 100 survey respondents said they wanted their next system to be in cloud.
What makes a cloud point-of-sale system so desirable? Here are four factors:
Introducing mobility to a retail space or a restaurant can improve the customers’ experience. It allows salespeople to ring up a transaction wherever it’s convenient for the customer, even if it’s in the middle of store. Or, the waiter or waitress can help with table-side checkout for a restaurant guest. Want more? You can send the waiter or clerk outside the store to restaurant to ring up a sale on the sidewalk.
No need for on-premise servers
The traditional point of sale setup required a server to be installed on location in order for different stations to be able to communicate with one another. Think of the terminal where a waiter would enter an order sending that order to the kitchen. With a cloud point of sale, that’s largely eliminated (there are some situations where this can’t be avoided — for now).
Easier to update
Because the software sits in the cloud instead of on a server in the corner of your business, it can be updated remotely. This means faster updates more frequently without the hassle of having an IT person come to your location to push the latest version of the point-of-sale software. What does this mean for security? Most cloud applications are very secure and, if a problem is discovered, it can be patched remotely. This means better security coverage in many cases and it also means less downtime.
Much lower initial cost
Because there’s no need to purchase and install a server, most cloud POS systems have a lower initial cost. In fact, most companies offer a low monthly subscription fee and they allow business owners to pay per terminal. Hardware can be purchased or leased in many instances, lowering the cost even more.
Want to learn more about the advantages of a cloud POS? Contact us today for a demonstration.