‘Tis the Season—the shopping season that is. With the holidays right around the corner, now is the time when retailers start gearing up for their busiest time of year. For some business owners, it might be the only time of year in which they focus on selling their product. For the mall kiosks, holiday boutiques, photo opportunities with Santa Claus, Christmas tree lots, etc., there is a lot riding on these crucial few weeks of sales. Figuring out the features of a point of sale system that maximize the speed, simplicity and profitability can have a dynamic effect on final sales numbers.
Here are a few factors to consider when looking for a short-term point of sale solution.
Cost – Often times it is the first thing someone will look at and the last thing they come back to. For temporary sales situations, renting a cash register is almost always going to be more economical than purchasing. In situations where multiple registers are used in a location, or several locations will be spread out over a large area, the savings can really start to add up. There is also a time cost associated with programming the registers. Renting a register or point of sale system that comes pre-programmed and ready to use out of the box can save hours of time better spent elsewhere.
Simplicity – It takes time to learn the intricacies of a new system. Time is a luxury not afforded during a short selling season. Finding equipment that is straight forward and easy to use is a huge benefit for both management and any seasonal employees. The true balance comes into play when choosing which register features are required and how easy they are to access.
Speed – Being prepared to handle the expected traffic flow is another instance that can increase sales. If you are likely to face periods where a large number of customers will be shopping at once, a machine that can reduce the time spent per transaction means more sales per hour. Faster lines also means customers will be much less likely to abandon a purchase because they don’t feel like waiting.
Reporting – You can sell all the product in the world, but unless you have a way to verify you collect the correct amount of money for what is sold, you may be wasting your time. Whether you are looking for just a quick financial summary, or specific details on what was sold, by whom and at what time, you have options. Getting these reports sent to you electronically can save hours of time compared to recording everything off of a paper copy, especially if you have multiple locations.
If you are serious about maximizing the efficiency of your entire transaction process, look for help from a company with extensive experience with point of sale event rental. For more ideas on what to look for in a cash register read the following blog post. Contact us today for a FREE evaluation of our business transaction needs and receive recommendations on how you can get the most from a point of sale system.