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Stock Control

ROI for a point of sale software

POS SOFTWARE

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Here is a list of some advantages that a retailer would have using a point of sale software.

These figures I quote is based on industry figures, and I am assuming a shop with sales of about $500,000 EX GST/year with a 30% margin

Sell more

There is a lot more information available to the retailer which allows them to target short-term trends better and measure results faster. As you will get a full history of your customers, you will be able to track their purchases and so develop better long-term relationships. 

Generally, you can expect an improvement of about a 1 to 2%, so we are looking here at about $5,000 to $10,000 sales increase so about $2,250/year

Buy better

By giving more control and information to the retailer, they can buy better, take better advantage of special offers.

Also, the retailer is getting better information on what is selling and what is not selling so avoid buying the rubbish so generally about 1% better so $500,000 x 70% x 1% = $3,500

Shrinkage

Better controls and better monitoring helps a lot.  The major causes of shrinkage are 

1) Customer theft - The five finger discount

Your stocktake reports will tell you better than manual the location and type of items that are disappearing. 

2) Damage - it happens goods get dropped in the shop, too much sunlight on an item ruins a book, etc. Much can happen between you get the item and the customer taking it.

Generally, there is little a POS system can do here to help. 

3) Supplier fraud - This happens all too often, for example, a typical example is that a supplier bills you for goods shipped, but for some reason, you did not get all these goods. Even large suppliers do this.

Point of sale systems is very good at helping here. With some people, just the saving here has paid for the system. 

4) Staff theft - This is a big problem in some shops in others it is nearly zero.

At least with a POS system, you can monitor much of it better. In one site recently we were able to by tracking the shifts, tell the owner the likely person that was taking money from the till.

I would expect overall at least a 1% improvement in shrinkage. A $500,000 business, at 70% margin saving 1% a year we are looking at $3,500

Bottom line:

Increased profit on improved sales of $2,250/year

Better buying and more accuracy in buying $3,500

A decrease in shrinkage of $3,500

Overall saving about $9,250 a year on $500,000 turnover.

And another thing

There are extras that I have not qualified such as 

Time-saving

I would expect on an average about an hour a day of time saved. So say 5 hours of work a week.

Reduced stocktake costs

Many of our clients used to hire professional stock-takers, well there is no reason too with a POS system as you can do it yourself 

VIP marketing

Most retailers today big and small do some VIP market and do this effectively you do need a computer

In addition to that

You have improved control in the business

A retailer with a point of sale system is much more in control, even if nothing else it makes most people feel much better.

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Point Of Sale Stock Control

POS SOFTWARE

Retail stock control

Fact is

It does not matter how many products you sell, our Point of Sale Software can keep you informed of your stock levels just to help you make sure that you do not run out of the relevant stock on an item. 

According to one study, I read the main cause of these out of stock situations, was 72% of the time the retailer fault?

This is what your stock levels should look like

With our demand automatic ordering, this can be automatically implemented with very little work for you. It can generate profitable reports virtually instantly. If you get a run on a certain item, it will be picked up immediately by the AI ordering system and can issue an order with almost zero work to you.

And the best part?

  • Reduced holding costs - as you are not holding that much in stock.
  • Lower ordering costs - as you are buying only what you need.
  • Improved throughput rates - as you are ordering only what you need.
  • Decreased stock out occurrences - as the computer is checking continuously
  • Overstock wastes - this is often caused by people overestimating what they require.
  • Improved stock accuracy - you have a continuous check on your stock.
  • Higher customer satisfaction - you have the stock you require.

Can you really afford not to do it?

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Stock that is not performing

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Do you have some slow-moving stock items?

Maybe you can cut back on their space to make more room for your profitable products?

I suggest that we do this in two stages. 

To begin with

Firstly let us find the items that are the slow movers

Go to Register reports > Stock > Slow moving Stock lines

 

Now call it up here

As you can see I am looking at the stationery department over a twelve month period for anything that I have sold less than $100 and am now stocking something.

Now out pops a report in this case of 81 pages of detailed information of all the items that match this condition in this case, we have almost $80,000 worth of worthless stock.

Now check them out, pull out what you do not want to keep and put in your sales area.

Once you’ve got this done

I suggest that you do a report of your top selling stock items and at those items that are selling well. A rule of thumb in retail is double the space of an item increases its sales by 50%. So the idea here is we are going to replace the marginal items with those that sell well.

Go to Register reports

Now select "Top N Stock Sales for a Given Period."

Now the following comes up.

Now put an appropriate period the default here of a day is not enough for this but I just wanted a quick report for illustration.

Out comes a report with the top sellers

Now, these products need to be checked that you have the right display for each of these products.

Note anything, not on this list you also need to look at as they are marginal..

The bottom line is this

You do not want to pay to a landlord for the space to stock items that do not sell.

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EACH STOCK ITEM HAS ITS OWN TREND

If you are seeing that you need to discount a lot to sell stock you are overstocked, it is a sure sign that you need to do something. As a punt what is happening is that you are overordering on some items and probably underordering on others. What often we see in retail is that our memory is by definition the past and the memory remembers old top sellers but what we need is the top sellers today. Here is how to identify what is selling well now to check that you have enough stock for tomorrow and it is very easy in our point of sale system.

Go to Register reports

Register reports POINT OF SALE

Select the "Top N Stock Sales for a Given Period"

Top Stock Items Point of sale

 

Now out pops the following.

 

Now select a day, as it is an old database I put in an old date. Usually, you would put in yesterday or today, just make sure you get close to a full day of trading.

 

Top Stock Items reporting

 

Now you get a report with the top sellers now

 

Keep track of top selling items

 

 

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