For busy retails stores, a web based point of sale software system is almost an essential piece of business equipment. It takes the place of a cash register, calculating price, tax, change, and totals all in one package. However, because there are also standard POS software systems and wireless point of sale systems, one has to weigh the pros and cons of an online point of sale software as opposed to the other varieties.
One major pro to these web based point of sale software systems is that they are housed off site. There is no bulky server to be seen in the place of business. All the servers are maintained and managed by someone else.
This unfortunately can also be a con to the whole idea. If an in house server crashes, the business has direct control over the timing of when and how it is repaired. On the other hand a remote server may have to wait in queue until the POS company gets to it, which can leave a business disabled.
Another pro is that these online retail POS system programs can track general data about what purchases are being made in the store.
This is a con however for some retail stores, such as bookstores and shoe stores, and even retail clothing stores. If the inventory is highly itemized, then a remote POS system might not be able to provide the level of information needed about sales patterns.
The last pro/con is that the speed and reliability of and off site POS system is usually directly proportionate to your budget. Cheaper, or even free, systems are available but tend to run very slowly and unreliably. Other systems are far faster and more dependable but they also tend to be much more expensive than their economy class counter parts.