Choosing to implement cloud POS software doesn’t mean you need to get rid of your existing system and terminals. Their is no need to turn in your traditional terminals and swap them for tablets and handheld devices. Cloud can be as simple and seamless as required by your restaurant business. The Cloud POS software can easily integrate into your current system to increase the security and visibility of your restaurant or retail store’s information.
So what is this cloud?
The cloud POS software, integrated with POS hardware, uses an internet infrastructure to access data via a remote server. In other words, the data stored in your POS system can be automatically backed up and synced, making it easier to protect and update information. Cloud solutions are capable of integrating multiple sales channels and, in addition to enhanced security, allow businesses to enjoy the benefits of centralized storage, memory, processing and bandwidth.
Real-time data means real-time solutions to situations before they become problems. You will be saving money by identifying issues before they get too problematic. Cloud POS is convenient and can streamline how you run your business.
We’ve put together the benefits of the Cloud POS below:
With Cloud POS, you can take your business anywhere with an internet connection. You can view inventory counts, labor usage percentages, productivity reports or your daily totals remotely – and in real time. From a phone or a tablet, from work, vacation or from your sofa, you will always have access to your data. Managing your business doesn’t mean that you have to be in your store anymore.
Instead of printing out lengthy reports for every shift, now you can access your insights from any smart device—such as your computer, phone, or tablet—and get updated sales, inventory, customer feedback, and more, no matter where you are.
2. Keep up-to-date on latest trends
In today’s world technology is moving very fast, and you don’t want to have your new equipment obsolete a few weeks of possession. Cloud-based POS systems update automatically and for free, just like the apps on your mobile device, while traditional POS systems require manual updates that can be labor intensive and costly. New versions secure you will always have the latest trend and the best available tools.
Change is inevitable and over time the needs of your restaurant and your POS operations will change. If you want your business to be successful you will anticipate growth or change, so a cloud-based POS system is better enabled to grow with you.
Whether you want to update your menu on the regular, launching new or services, or requiring more accurate inventory tracking, the more your needs will shift over time, the more sense it makes to go for cloud-based.
Most cloud-based POS systems also update with new features as technology improves across the industry—something you’re unlikely to get with a legacy POS system.
4. Increased data security
In a cloud POS system, your restaurant business can rest easy knowing that your information will always be secure. Information is stored and synced electronically and can be easily restored. There is no need to worry about backing up data or losing it in the event of a power outage or hardware malfunction. Another big benefit of cloud-based systems is that they also allow for advanced security measures such as encryption to protect data from viruses and breaches. The benefits of a cloud-based POS aren’t limited to you and your staff. Customers will feel good knowing their credit card information is secure and encrypted with the most up-to-date technology.
5. Multiple location management streamlined
If you own or manage more than one retail store or restaurant, a cloud-based POS solution allows you to centralize your data across all locations. At any time, owners and managers can access information about each location from any computer, device or specific location, as well as perform an update that will be standardized for every location. Customers and employees alike are likely to become frustrated if their location is not functioning as highly as another, or is the last to receive new information.
Since the system can be used from portable devices a cloud based POS allows you to be mobile inside the restaurant. This can be very practical as vendors can have the product’s information quickly available. This feature is extremely useful to restaurants as it allows servers to automatically send orders to the kitchen printer, and take payments at the customer’s tables which improves customer service.
Cloud-based POS systems are popular because they cost less, are easy to use and offer better security. So why not give it a try?
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