Every retailer wants to operate in a manner that is cost effective and improves profitability. In recent years, this has meant an increase in point-of-sale hardware and software solutions being used to improve operations and streamline multiple processes. However, these are causing a new set of problems.

A recent article from the blog ArcherPoint examined the different ways that retail software and other ERP systems are helping retailers improve their decision-making processes. These software solutions are creating loads of new digital data, but the ability to harness this information at all times is now a mounting challenge.

This is where a custom software solution with a dashboard or streamlined access to information comes into play. With all information in a centralized location that is analyzed and broken down in an easy to read manner, business leaders can find what they need fast and make a decision even quicker. By using the cloud, data entered into any system will be added immediately and updated across the board.

There are five main ways a merchant can improve their operations through the use of a software solution. They include:

  • Access to real-time data
  • Keep budgets in check
  • Gain deeper insights into business operations
  • Focus on performance outcomes
  • Improved forecasts

This shows that just having a way to collect data is only part of a complete point of sale solution. Integrating inventory, payment and credit processing software will provide unprecedented insights, as long as businesses have a way to centralize this information in an easily consumable way. This is something that a retail solution provider can help with.