Generally speaking, when you think of a point-of-sale (POS) application, a locally-installed, networked program comes to mind. For a long time, a web-based app seemed unnecessary. However, with the rise of mobile devices, even those capable of carrying out transactions, web-based POS applications have become more popular.
The following are some reasons why a web-based POS app might be something you should consider:
- Easier deployment – It almost goes without saying that a single web server installation is much simpler than installing client apps on each and every cash register or other device. All the devices need to get started is a web browser. Also, if you do not have the infrastructure for your own servers, you can find affordable hosting.
- Remote access – If you need to take your sales to a convention, outdoor event or other venue away from your store, a web-based POS app will allow you to make sure your inventory and other important data stays in sync, whereas a standalone mobile app might require syncing later on.
- Faster reporting – Because inventory is updated instantly, even when employees use the system remotely, your reporting is faster and more accurate. Any reports you run will usually include the latest live data that has been generated from sales.
- Less paperwork – Because all POS devices can access a single web server to send and retrieve information, stores do not have to send in reports or other information. Whether this was previously done electronically or in print, a web-based POS can eliminate both.
Chances are, your company already has a website, and if you deal in retail, you likely already have an ecommerce presence. Adding an employee-only web-based POS system to your website backend simply makes sense and can ultimately save you time and money.