Five Software Suggestions for Retailers

Todays' post is courtesy of Michael Koploy from SoftwareAdvice.com.
I found his suggestions and recommendations for retailer resources very informative, and thought you would as well!
Many retailers are looking to upgrade their retail software from old-fashioned QuickBooks and cash register systems and make the plunge into a point-of-sale (POS) software investment. For small retailers that only manage one or two stores, there are a limited number of choices that won't break the budget.
Here are a list of 5 choices that are deployable for under $2000 for software. The original guide can be seen here: Point of Sale (POS) Systems for Small Business | 5 Affordable Solutions

CAM Commerce Retail STAR: This system includes the following applications: POS, CRM, merchandising, inventory management, e-commerce, and WMS. Includes both touch-screen and single-key input support. Retail STAR is a good choice for numerous specialties, including auto parts dealers, furniture stores, and pawn shops. CAM Commerce offers data conversion, retail consulting, up-front pricing, and a subscription program. Retail STAR much be deployed on-premise on a Windows-based system.

Comcash POS - This system includes the following applications: POS, customer relationship management (CRM), e-commerce, and inventory management. The touch screen integration make it a good choice for food service and convenience stores. Software can be deployed on-premise or hosted by the software vendor. Comcash POS can integrate with QuickBooks.

GoldTech Retail Manager - This system includes the following applications: inventory management, CRM, merchandising, warehouse management software (WMS), and POS. The inventory system can be organized with the included SKU database for apparel retailers that need customer color/size differentiation. Software can be deployed on-premise or hosted by GoldTech. Retail Manager can be purchased with up-front payment or by installments.

Microsoft Dynamics RMS - This system includes the following applications: inventory management, CRM, POS, accounting, and e-commerce. It's a great system for book stores, electronics stores, industrial supply stores, and firearm dealers. Offers both an individual store version and main office version, making it a good choice for retailers with growth in mind. This software system must be deployed on-premise.

POS Prophet Systems - This system includes the following applications: inventory management, retail accounting, POS, CRM, and e-commerce. Ideal for both start-ups and medium-sized retailers. Well-suited for many specialities, including (but not limited to): gift shops, food service, and furniture stores. Must be deployed on-premise on a Windows-based system. POS Prophet Systems can be paid for in monthly installments or in one up-front payment. The system also includes QuickBooks and Peachtree integration.

For more information, contact Michael Koploy at Software Advice
(512) 364-0129 . michael@softwareadvice.com

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my take on retail visual design:

"The thing is, retail design is driven by psychology. It is by manipulating space, visuals, lighting, sound, smell, and mood that we influence customers to enter, stay, browse, buy, and return. It is an endless exercise in change, endurance, growth, education, and imagination that enables retailers to stay on top of their game and at the forefront of their customer's minds. Yes, what you sell IS important - but even the very best merchandise won't sell at full price if it's presented in torn boxes on dirty shelves in a store that is too crowded to turn around in. Visual impact is a huge part of business, and utilizing the principles that have been proven to work can help you build a better business." ~ DWK