How to Choose POS Software

accountingThere are over 300 Point of Sale systems on the market today. The accounting software industry has consolidated over the last 10 years – you can expect a similar consolidation in the Point of Sale industry. Look for an industry leader. Some of the preparation and details in finding Point of Sale software are as follows:

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o     Create a Needs Analysis List: we suggest starting with creating a needs analysis list. Sort your requirements by the different parts of your operation such as Inventory, Purchasing and Receiving, Point of Sale, and Reporting. Create a rating system for each requirement, for example, 1 for high priority or must have, 2 for a medium priority or would like to have and 3 for low priority. Create a timeline of when you would like to purchase and go live with a Point of Sale system. The following criteria should be considered when creating a needs analysis:

General Feature Requirements

Single Store or Multi Store requirements

Training and Support requirements

Accounting and integration requirements

E-commerce – today and future needs

Credit Cards, Check Verification, Debit Cards, Gift Cards

Specific Industry needs

Identify gaps or customizations that may be required

Make a list of the hardware you currently own that you would like to use

o     Choose Software first not hardware: one of the common mistakes business owners make is to base their decision on the current hardware or hardware platform that they are currently using. You need to consider your business requirements based on your needs analysis and determine how well the Point of Software fits these requirements. The next step is to consider what hardware you already own and if it can be used with the proposed Point of Sale system.

o     Choose the company behind the Point of Sale software: you need to carefully consider the following criteria when evaluating a Point of Sale vendor:

o     Years in business

o     Financial stability

o     Updates per year

o     Number of users

o     Reputation in the industry

o     References

o     Operating system: Point of Sale systems run on a variety of different operating systems. The most popular operating system for a Point of Sale system is the Microsoft Windows platform. If you select a product that uses the Microsoft Windows platform, it is strongly recommended that you purchase a computer with Windows XP Professional Edition or the newest operating system from Microsoft, Window Vista for Small Business. We do not recommend the Windows Home Edition for a Point of Sale system.

o     Database: a database is a structured collection of records of data which is stored on the computer so that, in this case, a Point of Sale program can retrieve information. A relational database is recommended such as Microsoft SQL that provides an open and easy user interface to extract data from the Point of sale program.

o     Your Future Growth Plans: when selecting Point of Sale software you need to carefully consider your future growth plans. Some areas of consideration are multi store needs, integration to accounting, plans for E-commerce, CRM needs, Customer Loyalty programs and integration to business applications that you currently run or plan to run in the future.

 

 

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Integrating Energy Efficiency Into Cold Storage

Up until now, the two biggest challenges with cold storage doors have always been weight, and complications with operation. These doors are known to freeze shut, thus increasing the precious time and effort required to access the critical environment of your temperature controlled containers. Heavy cold storage doors also cause energy drain on both automatic door operators and personnel alike, they contribute to lower operating speeds and longer exposure time.

Increasing exposure time causes the system to work much harder to maintain a safe temperature threshold, and also requires much longer reset times to compensate for thermal transfer. Longer reset times will often leave your personnel standing outside, waiting to enter or exit your temperature controlled containers. The worst case scenario is that exposure times get too high, or personal is shut out for too long, temperatures can rise to dangerous levels beyond the capacity of your system to compensate in a timely fashion. This is not an option for facilities entrusted to the storage of medical vaccines, ready to eat foods, and other highly temperature sensitive inventory. Any break in the cold chain can result in spoilage of an entire freezer, and an entire facility’s supply can be ruined. Subtle energy drains due to the amount of torque required to move the doors and the longer reset times also result in higher energy cost over time as well. […]

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The Science of Hearing

Hearing is performed by your auditory system, which is comprised of three sections. They are the outer, middle, and inner ear. Our ears are naturally designed to collect soundwaves and funnel them towards our inner ear. Before they get to our inner ear, the soundwaves must first pass through the middle and outer ear. The outer ear is comprised of the pinna (the visible part of our ear), the auditory canal, and the eardrum. The shape of our ear is such that sound waves are amplified as they approach the eardrum, which then vibrates according to the sound waves received. The middle ear then picks up and transmits these vibrations through the ossicles, tiny bones in the middle ear. The vibrations are then sent to the inner ear, which is comprised of the cochlea and the vestibular system. The cochlea is the primary hearing component of the inner ear, converting the vibrations into nerve impulses for the brain.

The majority of hearing aids are placed in the outer ear with the help of an ear mould. They utilize a small microphone to help collect sound and a small loudspeaker to amplify the sounds into the eardrum. There are many different variations of hearing aids, ranging in battery life, effectiveness, comfort, and visibility to others. […]

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Structural Integration And Home Health Care

Structural integration, or Rolfing, is an increasingly popular form of alternative medicine. It has been an accepted practice in the East for centuries, yet the medical community here in the West still does not widely accept structural integration as a viable means of improving one’s health. This is especially true with regard to individuals who are receiving home health care.

Rolfing is performed by adjusting the energy fields in an individual’s body. The fields are manipulated by an individual who is trained in structural integration. Many times, hands are never even laid upon the individual who is receiving the treatment. Often, the patient simply relaxes and allows the individual performing the task to adjust the patient’s energy fields by discovering blockages in certain energy fields, and then subsequently adjusting those energy fields in order to restore them back to unobstructed paths within and around the body. This in turn has the potential to increase the health of the patient. The results can be real. […]

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Quality And The Concept of Zero Error

In the real world of the Economy, there is a word for maximum effort and maximum commitment, it is simply called Quality. Quality is a multi-million dollar industry, through training SQL and seminars, throughout the world. Once a company signs up for Quality trainings, it starts at the higher management staff first, and then the same management passes it on to the next level down, and so forth, all the way down the pyramid, until everyone is trained and sensitive to measuring their own error, posting it publicly in and clearly visible to everyone in the company.

These measures are taken in the larger corporations, where everybody’s errors do add up to unreasonable financial and market losses. In today’s technological environment, with the extremely fast expansion of the web, error can have dramatic effects, as newer modernly organized organizations can use this technology to become quickly market leaders and leave the traditional providers behind. […]

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The Ostrich way

I must admit that my communications have been rather inefficient with the community so far, trying to address those issues to a wide variety of professionals of Structural Integration, a majority of which are not interested by the subject, simply because they won’t purchase in the near future a computerized video system to document their practice. I am trying now to try and put this page on the searcher’s path instead, making it easier for everyone, hopefully (the process of registering keywords on the web).

However, this is no excuse to not answer the issues I address on this subject, to not read, to not show the slimmest interest. The subject is to important, and I have made enough noise, for this to not attract some attention. […]

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The Grand Court of Science, The American Society of Biomechanics

I was very surprised to see NO REFERENCE to Ida Rolf or wooden wine racks or Structural Integration, or Rolfing in this FREE FORUM OPEN TO ANYONE. If I searched correctly, no member (out of 40,000!) is a Roofer, or a Structural Integrator, or a school of SI. Some suppliers seem to know of Rolfing, but we shine by our absence from where things are happening.

This forum unites Schools, Faculty, Students, Ph.D.s, Masters, Publishers, Suppliers, Job searches and offers, etc. throughout the world, relating to Biomechanics, … By the way this site is a model our community could use instead of the historical divisions by schools, as it is much more efficient in researching and accessing information, and expanding everyone’s knowledge about the subject. The big areas, Posture, Gait, and Movement analysis, of the human body, but also other species. […]

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Credibility Issue, The promotion of Quality Data And Full Data Disclosure

This question is going to be more and more crucial to our community. What is more important: having a computerized software design that gives us merely a clear image (such as our current systems at both the Guild and the Rolf Institute), so that both client and practitioners can self indulge in projecting what they already know about the process that is happening (self centered and subjective).

A system that lets everyone including doctors, insurances, and researchers know exactly how much change happened for all clients (objective because automatically generated, and outwards oriented, towards efficient marketing and full data disclosure). To put it bluntly, keeping the existing imaging system that merely serves our own self indulgence and egocentric view of our work is not going to open any significant door for our profession. […]

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