To keep track of the extensive inventory and sale patterns of a large and thriving retail clothing store, retail book store, or other retail stores, it is all but mandatory that a POS system be involved. POS software usually is used both in place of a cash register to ring up items, make change, etc., but also to track the who, what, when, and where of all things pertaining to sales in the store. There are 3 major versions of this software. The first if in-house server based POS software. The second is handheld point of sale or wireless point of sale devices. Sometimes these latter two are linked into the first variety. Lastly, there is web based point of sale software, which is what this article concerns.
Though the other two methods of dealing with point of sale have their highlights, online point of sale software is usually preferred for several reasons.
It is generally cheaper to maintain and certainly to set up than the in house version of retail POS. For very small businesses, POS software can be found for free online. For those who need more support, there are companies that specialize in providing Application Service Provider, of ASP point of sale assistance for a modest fee.
With a web based point of sale software system, businesses with multiple outlets can more easily track the collective inventory of all of their retail stores. This helps to avoid over purchasing, as well as prevents mix ups in shipping between suppliers and the retailer.
Keeping the point of sale system for a business on a remote server also frees up physical space by avoiding the need for a large server unit on site. The ASPs also do all the maintenance and up keep in the servers and programs for optimum results.