• Standard industrial grade touch screen enabled hardware. POS is more user-friendly & mistake-proof. Easy to train cashier.
  • No touch screen enabled hardware. Desktops are operated using mouse & keyboard, hence prone to mistakes & errors in billing.
  • Embedded and industrial design concept. Rugged, robust & reliable. Designed for dust protection & harsh retail environments.
  • Commercial and consumer grade design concept. Designed for mainly office & home use. Lesser service life compared to POS
  • Minimum space needed due to high integration, it is less that the A4 size. Compact small form factor (SFF)
  • Desktop occupy more counter space as it comes with many separate devices.
  • Minimum power consumption due to usage of low power CPUs
  • Very high power consumption as it uses high power CPUs
  • Integrated ALL-IN-ONE concept and hence minimum cabling. POS has better aesthetics in customer facing check-out counters
  • Modular with many separate devices like System, Monitor, Keyboard etc and hence more cables and connection. More failures due to rodents and insects.
  • Very high reliability & uptime, because of FANLESS system design. Retail checkout counters cannot afford high downtime.
  • Very poor reliability & uptime because of many moving parts and cooling fans which are subject to normal wear and tear.
  • Comes with technical and software driver support for devices, peripherals. SDK and OPOS/JPOS drivers are available.
  • Do not include technical and software driver support for devices, peripherals
  • POS is a long-term supported device directly from the Manufacturer.
  • Desktop is not a long-term supported device & it does not come directly from the Manufacturer.
  • Longer life cycle. Minimum of 7 years Intel embedded roadmap
  • Lifecycle is short-term. Maximum 1 to 2 years.
  • No frequent change of models in POS. Hence frequent Software re- validation not required.
  • Frequent change of models in PCs. Hence frequent Software re- validation required.
  • 2 to 4 serial ports are standard in POS Systems
  • Serial ports not available.
POS Systems are GREEN devices with more energy efficiency
  • PCs are not energy efficient and not considered as GREEN devices.
  • Ideal for business use, where systems are typically used by many cashiers & where downtime is critical
  • Ideal for private use in Offices, Home etc where the system is typically used by only one user.
  • 3 year onsite comprehensive warranty, option available
  • One-year onsite warranty
  • Low maintenance cost as spares are typically supported for minimum 7 years by manufacturer.
  • High maintenance cost. Spares parts are not available beyond a certain period of time due to change of specs, forcing change of entire system
  • POS systems are a better investment in the long term owing to low AMC, durability etc.
  • Price is lower than that of POS (Eg. Desktop price = x then POS price will be x+25%)
  • Low total cost of ownership. (eg. TCO for desktop is Y then for POS it will be Y-25%)-
  • High total cost of ownership-

What exactly is GST ?
It is a destination based tax on consumption of goods and services. It is proposed to be levied at all stages right from manufacture up to final consumption with credit of taxes paid at previous stages available as setoff. In a nutshell, only value addition will be taxed and burden of tax is to be borne by the final cons.

 GST Impact on Retail Industry in India
The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday voted to pass the Constitution amendment bill on GST, the most comprehensive tax reforms the country has witnessed since Independence. Once implemented, the Bill will convert the country into a unified market, replacing most indirect taxes and subsuing all those into a single tax regime.

The impact of GST on the retail sector in India
With the implementation of GST, which is likely to be done by April 2017, three sectors will benefit the most: retail, FMCG and consumer companies and logistics business.

It is a comprehensive tax levied on manufacture, sale and consumption of goods and services at a national level. The Bill’s draft does away with additional tax on the movement of goods across state boundaries. States will be compensated for revenue losses in the first five years of implementation of GST and a mechanism has been put in place to decide on conflicts between states, if any.

With the implementation of GST, which is likely to be done by April 2017, three sectors will benefit the most: retail, FMCG and consumer companies and logistics business. In the retail sector, the implementation means a seamless integration of goods and service transaction across the states. It will have benefit at different stages of the value chain.

First, the procurement of raw materials: movement of goods would become less cumbersome, which opens gates for more suppliers /vendors to merge. Following this, a wider base of distributors would be available as state boundary paperwork will not be a hurdle, resulting to better access and low transportation costs. A favourable environment for a supply chain will reduce in transit inventory that will further reduce the working capital requirement. Simplified taxes & availability of input tax credits can also help fetch better margins.

Along with saving costs at back-end, GST implementation will be an answer to the major pain point for the industry -Rentals. Rentals are one of the main costs of retailing industry and it attracts service tax at 14.5 per cent. Currently, the retailers cannot set off these costs like the other industries. This they feel is an additional cost of operating in this industry which is unfair to them. Under GST, taxes on services would be available for set off against taxes on goods. Thus, the retailers would be positively impacted.

Read: Goods and Services Tax: Frequently Asked Questions
For instance, Future Group’s CEO, Kishore Biyani feels that the Group could save Rs 300 cr in rental tax post GST. “We are one of the largest rent payers in ton service tax on rentals we che country with Rs 2,200 cr rents per year. So if I get set off an save minimum Rs 300 cr (annually) on service tax on rentals,” Biyani was quoted as saying in an interview with ET Retail.

President & CEO Walmart India, Krish Iyer said, “Passing of the GST bill today in Rajya Sabha is an extremely progressive step and long awaited one. GST is one of the critical tax reforms which has potential to create one single market in India for goods & services and will boost country’s economy significantly.”

“Implementation of GST will reduce transaction cost of doing business, also reduce food wastage and bring down prices. Hence I am confident that it will not only bring relief to the consumers, but also help retail sector and building supply-chain efficiencies in India in a big way. This is thus a win-win legislative reform for all,” he added.

In conclusion, the key benefits of the GST will be the aid where the retailers create supply chain methods based on transportation models rather than taxation models.

Well, let’s hear a story. Such a story which will take you to the complexities, a typical restaurant owner faces if he fails to update himself with time. Mr. Ravi has been in the restaurant business, inherited from his father for nearly a decade. He is running it manually, and at the end of each day, he sits with his day’s sale.

As an owner it is not possible for him to remain present in the restaurant always. Maintaining manually also gives way to manipulation. He is able to understand that some discrepancies do occur, but being dependent on a legacy pos software, he don’t know the way to stop these. Moreover, things have taken an ugly turn, when there came a new entrant in the scene. A new food joint which is specialized almost in every new and happening cuisine in town and had opened its 2nd outlet near to Mr. Ravi’s ubiquitous restaurant for decades. Things became worse when customers started taking a second choice, after a slow delivery gave rise to impatience resulting in ditching an eatery of years to get food of their choice in time.

In this state of anarchy how can a software help him? Is it just a software which can solve all the queries et al? It is said that help is always handy, if you want to help yourself. To help customers like Mr. Ravi, we are furnishing some relevant reasons of upgrading to Big Store software.

  • Tablet based ordering One of the most popular modes of automation, which has benefited customers and had triggered the service quality of restaurants to a huge extent is tab or mobile based ordering facility. This simple and easy to install application needs to be just installed in a tab or an iPad. Customer’s can order anything on your menu through a click.
  • Quick Service and faster day end calculation A manual setup not only slows down your business, but paves way for loads of other complications including  slow order taking, staff behavior, increased time for order delivery, and a day end report full of manipulation. A well planned integrated solution, will help you solve this.
  • Self-ordering kiosks A recent survey on the customer mix upon restaurants have given a clear analysis of the young generation being the most frequented and loyal customers of eateries. Given a huge time shortage in all spheres, customers are having a huge value of time. They no longer have time to wait in a serpentine queue and wait for orders. To tackle this issue food chains across the world, have established kiosks in food courts, where customers can order anything, whenever they want.
  • Benefits of Big Store POS system PoS, Inventory, Stock Management, Customers, Suppliers and Finances bottles down to one place and available at a key-press. Integrated systems helps you take decisions more informed and on-time. Having a clear idea about your vendor also helps you to choose the more economic one. You will be effectively able to manage an equilibrium between receivables and payable.
  • Payroll of your staff The entire functionality of your restaurant depends upon them, yes your staff.So, as an employer you should always ensure that the payment procedure and the timely incentive or commission should reach the most important person at the correct time. A timely payment with occasional incentive plan motivates him to work better.

To conclude, we can say that automating your restaurant is the most wise and good decision which will increase the efficiency and functionality of your restaurant. Moreover, you can surely get to concentrate on your customer and discover new ways and techniques to satisfy them.

When it comes to restaurant operations management, if you have a visual on only the general performance and not on the factors that drive the performance, you will be missing out on sales growth opportunities. With advance reporting and operations management capabilities, your POS system serves as the primary resource for the success of your business.

Let the POS System Drive the Bottom Line
One of the most important opportunities that you could miss out on is not being able to serve a menu item that the customer craves. It’s a tough call to manage the adequate inventory replenishment meeting the forecasted sales without over stocking. Over stocking can drive inventory waste though under stocking and not being able to sell the menu item at the retail price will cause a greater profit reduction. Therefore, as necessary, it’s a no-brainer to reasonably overstock and ensure menu items are available to provide the experience that customers demand.

So you’re all stocked up, and it’s rush hour, but the customers are waiting to be served whether in line or at their table. Don’t let under staffing diminish the customer experience and sales opportunity. Simple sales reporting by hour and day will let you know the exact amount of staff that you will need to support the operations. Again, as necessary, appropriately over staffing can have a greater impact on profitability with being able to serve customers timely than to avoid the relatively minor staffing expense, which could reduce the greater profit potential.

Now comes the part where you go from being an operations manager to a strategic marketer. If everything is looking great, inventory is stocked and employees are on prime time shifts, then you can utilize historical sales data to understand when to run marketing campaigns. Have slow days in the week? Great, you can use these days to run promotions and events that will not only drive customers, but further brand your restaurant. Let’s face it, restaurants are more than just a place to grab food, it’s rather a place to be entertained while eating great food. Thanks to the digital age we live in, you can utilize integrated loyalty programs to remarket to your existing customers.

POS System as a Loss Prevention Manager
Most brick-and-mortar businesses that have a large scale operation and high transactional volume have theft and loss to a certain degree that can go unnoticed to impacting the business tremendously.

First things first, have an adequate inventory control process in place so that you can identify where the loss is occurring, and that could be inventory waste, returns, employee theft and customer theft. In a restaurant environment where food is being served, the chance of customer theft is not likely as anything that is not served to them is not reachable by them. With an inventory control process in place, you can identify where the most loss is occurring, whether that may be food that was over prepared and had to be thrown out, customer orders not being prepared correctly or employees taking as they wish.

Once you have created a process to account for current and new inventory, you can allocate loss to its appropriate category. You can utilize a scale to measure inventory and understand what inventory level each product should be in relation to the daily sales. You should also take it a step further and review error corrects and voided transactions, as in both cases cash may be taken or unauthorized food given. If inventory loss does not attribute to waste nor returns, then obviously it’s internal employee theft, assuming that new inventory are accounted for within the inventory control process.

The takeaway here is that if you have upgraded from a cash register to POS system, your POS system is of no great use to you if you are not optimizing the profit potential through real time insights. The possibilities are endless, as long as your POS system is not limiting in the actionable information that your business thrives on. Learn how the Big Store Restaurant POS system can be an invaluable extension of your restaurant management practices.

Inventory management is typically a priority for restaurant owners. If it’s not in your business, you might want to reconsider. Utilize your point-of-sale (POS) system to help you keep track of the amount of food, supplies and other products you use over time. This can eventually be converted to cost of goods sold while facilitating a profit and loss analysis.

Here’s how you can better control your restaurant’s inventory with your POS system.

Purchase the Right Foods and Quantities
Do you know what’s selling on your menu? Your POS system can give you concrete numbers to show you what foods sell and which ones don’t. Plus, it can help you make sure you always have the proper amount of ingredients. You’ll never have to tell your customers that you’re out of their favorite dish. In addition, you’ll be able to tell if you are overstocked or understocked on ingredients based on your current sales trends.

Manage Shrinkage
Controlling shrinkage (inventory loss due to spoil, theft or poor tracking) can be difficult without a POS system. For example, if your don’t keep track of your alcoholic beverages, how will you know if your staff is giving away free drinks, stealing bottles of liquor, or if your beer is skunked from sitting in the cooler too long? Your POS tracks all this.

If merchandise is stolen, a POS system can show you what’s missing. It can also create employee accountability. Employees that know inventory is counted will be less likely to steal. In addition, there is less of a chance for human error when your point-of-sale system keeps track of your stock and purchase orders.

Analyze Sales History
Use real data from your POS system based directly off your sales history to decide which menu items to keep and which ones to remove. This long-term data capture of trends can help you make good decisions about your restaurant in the long run.

Maintain Accuracy and Improve Efficiency
Before POS systems, restaurant owners had to depend on their chefs to track inventory. The cooks would count the food in the dry storage room and freezers. Today, when you receive the items that you’ve ordered, you can check that the amount listed on the purchase order matches the number received and that it also matches the amount on your POS reports. If you know what the exact ingredients are to make a dish then your POS keeps track and let’s you know when you’re low. No more freezing while counting ingredients in the cooler.

Track Loyalty
Your POS also tracks what your customers eat and how often they eat at your restaurant. Collect their data through your POS system and send them promotions according to their preferences. They’ll feel like a VIP and you’ll see your profits increase.

It’s easy to see that inventory management is key to any restaurant. Make sure to utilize your POS system so you can watch your profits increase, shrinkage decrease, and your customers return again and again.

From inventory control to reducing human error and saving time, point-of-sale (POS) scanners, also called a price scanner or barcode reader, are used to help employees get tasks done.

A POS scanner is a hand-held or stationary input device used to capture and translate information from a barcode. Barcodes, such as UPC codes, use intricate patterns of blocks and arrangements to store information. For example, they can keep track of shipments, price retail items, read magnetic stripes, just to name a few functions.

Today, we’ll showcase six types of barcode readers. They are: charged couple device (CCD) scanner/LED scanner, image scanner/camera reader, video camera reader, laser scanner, large field-of-view readers, and omnidirectional barcode scanners.

1. CCD Scanner/LED Scanner
Highly accurate and typically expensive, a charged coupled device (CCD) or LED scanner features hundred of tiny lights arranged in a long row. You will typically see this gun-like scanner in retail stores. It reduces error by taking several scans at a time.

2. Image Scanner/Camera Reader
This scanner uses a small video camera to capture an image of the barcode. It can read a barcode anywhere from 3-9 inches away.

3. Video camera readers
Using the same CCD technology as in a CCD bar code reader, the video camera reader has hundreds of rows of sensors arranged in a two dimensional array so that they can generate an image.

4. Laser Scanner
This scanner uses a system of mirrors and lenses to read the barcode from up to 24 inches away. To reduce error the laser scanner may perform 500 scans per second, and can either be mounted in a scanning unit or be part of a handheld unit.

5. Large Field-of-View Readers
This reader uses high-resolution industrial cameras to capture multiple bar codes simultaneously, while decoding instantly.

6. Omnidirectional Barcode Scanners
Omnidirectional scanners produce a pattern of beams in varying orientations allowing the device to read the barcodes presented to it at different angles. This type of scanner is most familiar through the horizontal scanners in supermarkets, where packages are slid over a window.

Which POS scanner could help your company be more effective? Call us to learn how you can use any of these POS scanners in your business.

A retailer’s biggest investment is its inventory. No inventory. No sales. No business. That’s why it’s smart to invest in a point-of-sale (POS) system to help manage your biggest asset. Here are some POS software features many retailers find useful when managing their inventory.

1. Automated Updates to Sales
Enter inventory by scanning barcodes or uploading a spreadsheet. When a sale is made, the inventory count is automatically updated.

2. Trigger Alerts
Nothing is worse for a customer than finding out you’re out of their favorite pair of jeans. With your POS system you can set up triggers for low-stock thresholds. That way you will automatically be alerted when it’s time to order more, keeping your loyal customers happy.

 3. Create Purchase Orders
When it’s time to reorder items, it’s easy to create purchase orders with your POS software. Keep track of your vendor information and link details to products. Then when your shipments are received, your inventory is automatically updated.

4. Real-time Data Reporting
At any time monitor your inventory levels so you know how much of each item you have available in real-time.

5. Manage Shrinkage
Tracking your inventory with a point-of-sale system can help prevent shrinkage. If merchandise is stolen, a POS system can tell you. It can also create employee accountability. Employees that know inventory is counted will be less likely to steal.

It’s hard to deny that a POS system has many features that can help manage your retail inventory. Call us so that we can help you with your business’ inventory management.