From the original ring-a-ding cash-register, Point of Sale (POS) devices have come a long way. Technology has always played a large role in the development of POS devices. First, electronic cash-registers with limited functions and capabilities were born, followed by graphical POS software with touchscreens, in 1992 Martin Goodwin and Bob Henry developed the first POS solution that could run on the Microsoft Windows platform: IT retail.
Whether it’s traditional card machines and advanced tills, interactive screen-tables, tablets or mobile devices POS solutions are able to run on any device your business requires and intelligently communicate between them. POS solutions are required to include high and consistent operating speed, reliability, ease of use, low cost, rich functionality and are one of the most complex software systems available because of the variations in required features from the different end-users.
Microsoft have been connected and integrated with leading POS solutions since 1992, and still today strive to make the best POS solutions for all retailers. With an intelligent POS solution like Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Retail, your retail business will benefit from centrally stored information, omni-channel selling opportunities and overall higher productivity. What’s more, Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Retail can award you the ability to have a consistent, single view of your customers – the products they prefer, or ones they have put in their online shopping carts, allowing you to create a cohesive understanding of customer habits.
Today, Microsoft’s POS Solution is ideal for streamlining operations across the entire retail chain. Microsoft’s POS system is intuitive for users as it is similar to the globally recognisable Microsoft Office. By being familiar to navigate, this POS Solution allows your organisation to enhance productivity without wasting hours on unnecessary training. What’s more, this solution can be customised to meet your unique requirements.
With the powerful reporting tools in Microsoft’s POS solution, you will be better informed to make intelligent business decisions for your business now and in the future. And with features that track and manage store inventory straight from your POS devices, you will be able to place orders from any device with your POS solution and reduce your ‘out-of-stock’ numbers.
Modern POS vs Cloud POS
Although MPOS and CPOS function very similarly, the way that they are packaged, installed and serviced differs. Where Microsoft’s Modern POS Solution is installed directly into your chosen POS devices, Microsoft’s Cloud POS solution awards retailers all of the benefits of the Modern POS system, but runs in a browser. So for retailers with a CPOS, this cloud based POS solution requires an internet connection to log into the system from any POS device, instead of being an application based, available-offline solution. To learn more about Microsoft’s POS solutions, watch our QTV Video.
By adopting a modern POS Solution with intelligent Microsoft business applications, your POS, retail systems, employee and customer experiences can be completely revolutionised to benefit your business. To learn more about transformative POS solutions and Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Retail contact us today.