If there is only one way to describe what technology and the internet has done for our lives, it would be the fact that it has made our lives easier. Be it for communication purposes, research, work related needs, and even leisure, the internet has positively affected our lives one way or the other. Information is readily available at a single click of the mouse, and a lot of the things we do – paying bills, keeping in touch with friends and family, and even making purchases can easily be completed online.
With the busy lives we lead on a daily basis, a lot of people do not have that much time to go to actual stores to browse products and make purchases. Most people, who only have a few hours of rest after work, prefer to go online shopping and just have the items shipped to their home rather than spend hours walking and window shopping before finally deciding to buy. As such, a lot of business owners now have online versions of their stores available to cater to these customers.
Since the sale transaction will be completed over the internet, how exactly do you process payments, given that you and the customer will not be physically there to collect payment and hand over the goods? This is exactly where retail software comes in.
What is Retail Software?
Having retail EPoS (or electronic point of sale system) is a must for any online business owner. This software is actually built in or integrated into your website, and it allows customers to “checkout” of your website, the virtual equivalent of falling in line in the cashier in an actual store to pay for the items they ordered. This software allows you to accept different forms of payment, and your customers to pay you with their choice of credit card, debit card, and PayPal.
Some retail software also helps business owners in more ways aside from accepting payments. Some keep an accurate count of the inventory of items being sold, send out invoices automatically after every transaction, allows business owners to process refunds, and also allows business owners to send out email updates to the customers they have on their database for future promotions and announcements.
What Retail Software Can Do for your Business
Since your business website is available any time, with the EPoS software built into it, you are literally never closed. Customers can drop by any time they want to purchase items and have these shipped to their home. This flexibility allows you to cater to customers in different time zones, as you are now available longer than regular business hours. Plus, you will also be able to accept international orders as they can literally visit your website to order your products without having to call and speak with a live person to complete their order.
Retail EPoS not only benefits businesses, but their customers as well. Let’s face it – there will be times when we as human beings make mistakes in computing prices and order totals, and the software eliminates that error for us. Retail EPoS can compute for sales taxes, shipping fees, and keep track of all the prices of different products (in case you are selling several items), not to mention compute for the total price of the order accurately. Customers are assured that they are paying no more and no less than what they should be.