Retail Software for Small Business

What Are the Different Types of Retail Software?

By Pamela S Stevens

Small brick and mortar retail stores require a good, yet modestly priced, collection of software to meet their inventory, sales and marketing needs. Of course, small retails can be managed the old–fashioned way with hand written receipts, physical inventory counts and hand printed flyers – but why?

For less than $2000, a retailer can streamline and speed up all processes.

You can purchase a POS system with software and hardware from popular suppliers like Dell, The General Store or POS–X. These packages come with PCs, software, scanners, thermal receipt printers, cash drawers, card readers and software. POS Software handles everything from inventory management to credit card transactions. But if you already have a computer, you can cut costs by just purchasing Quickbooks: Point of Sale software and the hardware for about $1500 directly from Intuit.

Most small retails, who do not sell to other vendors, can get by with a simple barcode program. If you want to design your own labels and only want to work with a few codes, programs like B–Coder or UPC Tools will satisfy your needs. They are simple to use and copy into other programs easily. If you want one program that generates barcodes and creates labels, software like IDAutomation and My Tattoo ID are a good fit. These programs include a variety of barcode fonts and have a label creator in the same program.

Nearly all retailers make use of flyers, coupons, business cards, brochures and other printed marketing materials. Programs like Art Explosion Publisher Pro, PagePlus and Print Shop Pro Publisher can create printable items with company logos and images easily. These programs can also be used to create newsletters, stationary, CD labels, simple web pages, greeting cards and much more.

Keeping the books is easier with a good accounting program like Peachtree, MYOB or Quickbooks. These programs can manage everything from accounts receivable to payroll to invoicing. If you purchase the Quickbooks POS software the Quickbooks accounting program is 100% compatible.

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2009-03-27 08:57:45 by Seething

No different from any other business

You want to go into business for yourself? You will need a pretty big pile of cash (or a substantial line of credit) to do so, and there is no guarantee that you will be successful (i.e. make a profit).
This applies whether you want to purchase properties to rent to commercial or residential customers, open a restaurant or bar, start a software engineering firm, open a specialty retail business, etc, etc.
For the most part, landlords are small business people who have invested a substantial amount of money (or taken on significant debt) to start their business.

2012-04-07 13:12:06 by POS-HELP


Looking for insightful recommendations for Point of Sale software.
We are a small but growing multi-store (4 locations) retail sports apparel and fan novelty business that is looking into moving from a cash register to a point of sale system.
Really need knowledgable advice on which brands of software and which hardware perform the best; and which ones to avoid. We are budget minded so we are looking for the best bang for the buck.
Key to us would be something that gets us real time information so we can transfer product from store to store. Be able to track employee hours

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