Paper vs Plastic: The advantages of paying cash in the Modern Age

It’s no secret, people love paying with credit cards. A recent survey showed that the public favored cards over cash 3:1. It’s convenient, easy and saves pennies jingling in your pockets. Naturally, the acceptance of cards at a retail establishment is great for the consumer, but also means dealing with processing fees, the price of doing business in the modern age. Are you ready to say goodbye to unnecessary credit card fees? Here’s how a Cash Discount Program can help you.

Many smaller businesses are now opting for the “cash discount program” option. The seller offers a discount to those customers paying cash over card, an incentive that can prove very fruitful. The main bonus is that it can reduce credit card processing fees tenfold. If you don’t process the card, you don’t have to pay for the service. It is easier to explain to the customer and is perfectly legal when adhered to correctly.

Of course, the main battle you will always come across in implementing such a program is that for the most part, people don’t carry cash anymore, in a CNBC study in 2017, it was reported that 75% of Americans carry $50 dollars or less on them at any given time, With millennials at the forefront of the plastic revolution.  However, with the recent boom in Farmers Markets, Artisanal goods and a return to supporting home grown, local businesses, a correctly marketed cash discount program could see your business transactions grow exponentially.

As with every move when running your own business, make sure that the program will work for you and the product you are selling. A cash discount program may not be for you. If you think it might be the perfect fit for and your business, It can save you thousands of dollars in processing fees.

For more information, head over to www.Cocard.info

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It’s a great time to be a small business or restaurant owner

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It’s a great time to be a small business or restaurant owner if you are a millennial. A recent study showed by the SBCD showed that 49% of Millennials want to start their own business in the next three years. Over half would say goodbye to the daily grind to start their own business with the right resources.

Good job there are plenty of Point of Sale systems to help you get ahead of the curve.

So, why jump on the entrepreneurial wagon? How can a great POS System help me?

INDEPENDENCE. The biggest plus to being your own boss is Independence. You make the decisions; you choose what you do and when you do it. It is important to arm yourself with technology that can grow with you. A POS system can add devices easily. Opening an additional stall at a farmer’s market? Adding a pop up shop during peak season? POS can help you with that, you don’t even need more hardware. You can do it from that smartphone of yours!

CONTROL. Control is a wonderful thing. As a business owner, from concept to creation every inch of the business is in your hands. Complete immersion in your business can be thrilling and overwhelming, so why not use POS to work FOR you. POS improves inventory visibility, helps track sales and works with you to manage total counts and shelf inventory. With a system that can track product to such a high caliber, you will be able to make future inventory predictions more accurately.

FLEXIBILITY Perhaps the biggest plus to running a small business is flexibility. Smaller staff sizes allow businesses to develop personal relationships with the customer, leading to repeat business. With a system like POS you can make sure the customer experience is the top priority. Freeing up employees from time consuming book keeping to focus on activities related to boosting clientele service. Faster checkouts and easy to use systems have customers leaving already planning their next visit.

Sound like it’s for you? For more information on the systems available from CoCard, head to our main website at www.cocard.info.

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POS and Your Salon

 

Revonu Salon IconThe Beauty industry is growing, fast.   If you have chosen to open a Salon, you may have picked the best time to do it. You’ve already done the hard part. Make the business plan, found the space, curated an environment for your clientele that best reflects you and the business you care so much about. The next step should be easy, provide excellent customer service that will keep your door swinging time and time again.

In business, timing is everything. Now might be the perfect time to consider a Point of Sale system instead of the usual electronic cash register. It is true that when starting a business sometimes the easiest option that poses the least financial burden seems like the best option. However, if longevity and efficiency is what you’re looking for. A POS system might just be for you.  So, let’s look at the advantages a POS system could bring to your Salon so you can focus on the beauty side of things.

  • With the recent boom in popularity of using digital payment options It is important to fit your Salon with the technology required to stay ahead of the curve. With over 50% of US merchants now accepting Apple pay, you can join the wave of Salon owners who choose to keep their businesses on the forefront of the digital age.
  • Easy to use systems make for a faster experience for the customer and are easier to use for your employees. Training to use such a system is simple and free of stress, making your Salon more productive and leaving the customer with a more positive experience overall.
  • A POS system will allow you to spend less time scheduling and managing your employees and more time with the client in your chair. Modern POS terminals include clock in/clock out functionality. Perfect for the busy Salon you’ll be running!

These are just a few of the many ways you can make a POS system work for you. For more information on the systems available from CoCard, head to our main website at www.cocard.info.

 

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How to Choose a POS System for Your Business

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You’ve started a new business, you’re daunted by tax, the prospect of staff, wondering which supply stores you can trust, and on top of all of that, you must decide which type of POS System will be best for your business.  Or maybe you already have an existing POS System and you’re wondering if it’s time for an upgrade. The answers with the myriad of tech pundits don’t make it all that easy to decide.

As I’m sure you’re aware, the technology is constantly evolving, making invoicing easier than ever before, and making the processing time quick and simple. But what features are vital, and which technological advancements are purely a gimmick?

Electronic Cash Registers VS POS Systems

What kind of POS system will work best for you depends on what kind of business you are currently running. Some small businesses have opted for electronic cash registers for the simple fact that they pose a minimal financial risk. When each asset is an investment, you’ll want to keep it simple at the start as some POS systems along with the hardware and software can be expensive.

Yet, whilst the financial costs of POS systems can be a disadvantage in comparison to Electronic Cash Registers, the innovative systems also have many advantages. This is crucial to understand for you to make an informed decision and investment. A suitable POS system will allow you to easily manage your inventory and minimize any errors in creating reports as well as a time clock for your employees.  A POS system can streamline efficiencies in your business and make running your business easier and more cost efficient.

Time to Upgrade?

When considering a POS system, it is vital that you check what kind of hardware and software is required to get up and running. There are POS systems available for every budget but, if you already have an existing system, why not consider upgrading your current system to keep costs at a minimum?

Another important consideration when it comes to upgrading is ensuring that you give yourself and your staff ample time to train with the new systems and adjust to the new software and hardware.

Trends in the Industry to Consider

If you’re investing in new software and hardware you are going to want to ensure that it is in keeping with the current technological commerce trends. Currently, retailers are contending with the popularity and ease of electronic wallets and mobile pay methods. Now, most banks and smartphones are integrating technology with banking via Apple Pay and Android Pay. These new advancements are more than just mere gimmicks, they are changing the shape of retail and restaurant businesses. Customers and retailers alike are keen to move away from the simple cash register to cloud-based systems which can be operated by their smartphone. We were always warned that the future is digital, but no one anticipated the introduction of mobile POS systems which allow payments from smartphones or tablets quite so soon. If you’re keen to stay ahead of the trend, you’ll be pleased to know that every internet-based POS system can now be accessed from any browser.

For information on the POS systems available from CoCard, head on over to our main website.

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REVONU POS and Holy Cross Monastery: a Match Made in Heaven!

Brother Will working in the shop with REVONU POS

Brother Will working in the shop with REVONU POS

While COCARD’s REVONU POS is already well known for powering payments at restaurants, salons, and retail establishments, it also helps Holy Cross Monastery manage their gift shop inventory, payments and book sales.

Read what Holy Cross Monastery’s Brother Scott has to say about REVONU POS and COCARD.

COCARD: First, what is your primary use for REVONU POS?

Brother Scott: Our system is in the gift shop where we sell a mixture of books, religious gifts, candy bars and snacks.

 

COCARD: What made your monastery choose REVONU POS for your payment processing?

Brother Scott: We have been working with COCARD for a while, primarily because the previous POS system we were using had recommended COCARD as a merchant services provider. Also, when EMV came about we were looking at how to accommodate that. We had the option to stay with a previous system or change to what COCARD was recommending. COCARD’s support had always been quite good so we felt confident in going with their recommendation, which was REVONU POS.

 

COCARD: How has REVONU POS improved the operation of your business?

Brother Scott: The previous software we used had been minimally updated since the 90’s. So, now that we have been able to use the newer technology, particularly the cloud based software to access the back office from anywhere, our store has been running a lot smoother.

 

COCARD: So you would say that REVONU POS has made your business run easier and more efficiently?

Brother Scott: Yes! Especially because COCARD’s customer service has been so reliable and has made converting to REVONU POS a smooth process.

 

COCARD: What is your favorite aspect of REVONU POS?

Brother Scott: Again, the newer technology and back office cloud integration is great! Also the staff in the store really like the ease of the touch- screen functions on the terminal.

If you think that your business could benefit from adopting a REVONU point of sale terminal, like Holy Cross Monastery does, call COCARD today at 1(800)317- 1819!

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Streamline Your Restaurant or Retail Operations With POS

Point of Sale technology enables businesses to improve efficiency, productivity and transparency by tracking sales, cash flow, food/ingredients and inventory as well as simplifying bookkeeping.

POS solutions make it easier, especially during peak hours, for the tracking of high volumes of cash, credit card sales and inventory. A good point of sale system cuts down on theft within a restaurant because each server is accountable for their sales both cash and credit card.

Here are more POS functions that could help you run your business:

  • Point of sale systems streamline operations and keep communication lines clear between wait staff and the kitchen. An order is keyed into the POS and printed in the kitchen.
  • POS systems store more information than the traditional cash register making the information accessible to the business owner at any given time.
  • Business owners can keep track of everything from food/ingredient usage to tracking the most popular menu items.
  • Checking out customers is easier for retail business owners because of barcode scanning.
  • Business owners can access inventory in real time, retrieving exact figures on products or items sold; tracking the movement of ingredients or items effortlessly.
  • Because staff must log into the POS system to begin their shift the POS system also acts as a time clock and becomes the source of reference when preparing payroll.
  • Saving time and money in bookkeeping, most POS systems have the capacity to organize and create profit and loss statements as well as sales tax statements.

POS systems consolidate the whole of your restaurant or retail business with different features to help keep your business streamlined, efficient and transparent. Whether you own a restaurant or a retail store we have a point of sale solution for your business.  Android, Windows, iPad, wireless, mobile and pay at the table, solutions, let’s talk about how a point of sale can help you manage your business.

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