We recommend Cash Register Express (CRE) for retailers and small business owners. Our retail POS software is a great fit if you’re looking for an easy-to-use, incredibly intuitive, and powerful software to manage a single store or multi-location business. Read more to see if CRE is the best POS software for your business.
Unequaled Inventory Control Features
The POS system maintains a database of all your products. Easily add individual products or upload a bulk list. Track UPC code, vendor number, department, category, description, cost, and price of each item you offer. Assign serial numbers to high-value items or use the style matrix to organize products with various sizes and colors.
Monthly physical inventory counts can be completed with a few clicks. Know what products are driving your sales and which products are tying up your cash. Track inventory by department and category and set automatic alerts for when products run low. As items are sold, they automatically deduct from inventory — and when purchase orders are received, items in your inventory are automatically increased.
Gain the Insight You Need to Run Your Business
Start making decisions based on data. The reports available in the software will save you a ton of time. Prepare sales and tax reports in a second. Track employee hours and run payroll reports. Easily complete your physical inventory count within the system as well. Identify which products drive sales and profitability so you can run promotions on high margin complementary goods.
Track sales to the hour so you know exactly how many employees you need throughout the day. With shift reports, gain insight into each cashier’s profitability and efficiency. Discrepancy and exception reports allow you to identify any unusual activity. Theft and shrinkage decline dramatically when POS systems are installed because employees know that their every move can be tracked.
Track Employees Through Your POS System
Clock in, clock out, paid breaks, and unpaid breaks are tracked to make sure all hours are accurate. When the pay period is complete, run reports to see exactly how many hours each employee logged. Schedule your entire team in the system weeks in advance. Integrate your payroll processing directly to the POS system to have all employee hours automatically transferred to your payroll company.
With job-based permissions, each employee can be assigned to a specific ‘job’ such as cashier, manager, or owner — which gives them access to only the functions and parts of the point of sale that are necessary for their position. A cashier might only have the ability to ring up sales while a manager can process voids and discounts. Permissions for each role can be customized and applied to multiple employees.
Exception reports allow you to identify exactly which employees are giving discounts, voiding sales, or performing any unusual activity. Cash drawer counts force employees to count the drawer at the beginning and end of each shift so any discrepancies are easily tied to a specific employee. Enable blind counts so the employee doesn’t know how much cash is supposed to be in the drawer at any given time.
Automatically Replenish Stock
Maintain an active database of all your vendors in the system and tie each inventory product to a specific supplier. If multiple suppliers offer the same product, the system can easily track the various sources your stock comes from.
Automatically email purchase orders from your system to maximize efficiency and reduce paperwork. When an order is received, the items on the purchase order automatically replenish back to your inventory. Purchase orders can be created manually whenever you recognize a product is running low, but you can also automate reordering by setting minimum and maximum stock levels.
Let’s say your lead time with a vendor is one week. In a given week, you know the maximum number of widgets you typically sell is 10. Finally, let’s assume you get a substantial price break when you order 100 widgets. You’d first want to set you to reorder point to 10 widgets and your reorder quantity to 100. When your stock level hits 10 widgets remaining, the system automatically generates a purchase order for 100 additional units.
Print Barcodes and Labels
Most standard consumer products come with barcodes already printed on them, but when you sell custom products, locally produced products, or individual units from a broken down case, it’s beneficial to print your own barcodes to ensure those products are rung up quickly and accurately.
Easily print barcodes in a variety of shapes and sizes through the POS system with predesigned templates. Information such as product name, price, and UPC code are automatically transferred to the barcode.
With our advanced barcode printing module, you can design barcodes and labels for unique products. Let our cloud retail software automatically queue up labels to be printed for your received inventory — and improve checkout speed over time!
Build Your Repeat Business Through Customer Loyalty
Repeat business drives increased sales, but the true benefit of loyal and invested customers is when they start marketing your business for you. Start getting customers excited about your business with a customized customer loyalty plan.
Structure your loyalty plan to meet your business’ needs. Set benchmarks based on whatever metrics make the most sense to your business. Offer percentage discounts when benchmarks are hit or even flat dollar savings. Track purchases as your customers accumulate points, and when program benchmarks are met, automatically offer customer rewards.
If you’re offering a flat dollar discount, have it applied to the next purchase or even issue a gift receipt or gift card for a future purchase. The system tracks balances so you always know what credits are outstanding. Not only do gift cards drive incremental sales, but oftentimes, they go unused. Approximately a quarter of gift cards are never redeemed, representing billions of dollars each year that businesses are able to put back in their own pocket.
Maintain a database of all your customers and easily see past purchases and transactions. Help customers recall the products, brands, or sizes from their most recent purchases. Quickly access current loyalty points and how far the next benchmark is. The more you know about your customers, the better you’ll be able to meet their needs.