One of the most common questions we hear when clients are shopping for a new point of sale system for retail is, “does your platform utilize the cloud?” If you are unfamiliar with it, the cloud refers to storing your data utilizing the internet rather than a local server. The benefit of cloud storage is that you can access it from anywhere you have an internet connection. This is why many clients are interested in knowing whether or not our platform utilizes this form of technology.
The real question though is whether or not you should be utilizing the cloud in your point of sale (POS) system. While the cloud does offer an array of benefits, there is also something to be said for storing data locally. In today’s post, we will delve into why we choose a hybrid for our POS system. Read on to learn more and reach out to our team at Visual Retail Plus with any further questions.
The Downfall Of Using A Cloud-Based System
While a cloud-based system is extremely beneficial in that it allows you to access your data from any location where an internet connection is present, it also comes with its own set of downfalls. Because your data is 100 percent stored in the cloud and the only way to access it is through the internet, you can face serious issues if you ever have an internet failure at any store. With an entirely cloud-based platform, the moment you lose internet, you lose the ability to sell, keep track of inventory, and keep your data up to date. While your internet is likely quite reliable, no internet provider is perfect and the more strain that is put upon your internet, the more likely a failure will happen.
For example, it is very likely that your POS system is not the only thing that operates through the internet. From employees utilizing the web to other store functions that rely upon internet connectivity, the more tasks you burden your connection with, the greater chance of a cloud-based POS system failing. This can be detrimental for small businesses who rely on every sale to cut a profit.
The Benefits Of Storing Data Locally
Conversely, storing your data locally can prevent any hiccups in the system should your internet go out. This can allow you to operate smoothly, continuing sales without any interruptions because everything you need to make sales and update your inventory is located on a local server. The only issue with storing data locally is that it is difficult to manage your inventory from afar or to connect multiple stores together. For this reason, storing your information on a local server only is not an ideal solution.
The Importance Of Linking Multiple Stores
While you could opt to simply keep multiple sets of inventories, this is not the best solution for a small business. You need to know exactly what is going on with each of your retail locations and you need to have a detailed knowledge of inventories in real time. By linking multiple stores together, you are better capable of helping out customers who are searching for specific products and you can do a better job of managing combined inventories for minimal waste.
How Our POS Solution Meets These Needs
Here at Visual Retail Plus, we provide a unique platform that allows you to store data locally while retaining connectivity between stores. Our retail POS system does not require an internet connection to continue to operate, which means during short outages, you can continue to make sales and keep track of your inventory. Once you retain connectivity, any other stores that are connected through our platform will once again receive updates and data will be shared between all locations. This means you get the best of both worlds — the ability to keep everything from all your stores up to date in real time, as well as the ability to operate during internet failures.
If you are interested in learning more about our unique platform and how it can help you operate your retail business, reach out to our team at Visual Retail Plus. We will be happy to answer questions and to connect you with a free demo of our platform. When it comes to retail POS systems, Visual Retail Plus is the go-to choice for small business owners who need a reliable platform they can count on no matter what.