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  • The size of the shop (small shop; one cash register; couple of employees) is immaterial to the accounting/management/inventory needs. You want a POS system that is complete( integrates all business operation functions, i.e. operating assumptions (days, hours, shifts); employees (one or many, hours worked, wage rates, sales, transactions, commissions); inventory (stock, SKU/UPC/EAN/ISRC, pricing, reordering, etc); taxes; and customer database (name, email, address, purchases, preferences, etc.) and customizable reports.

    So, at the end of the day, your POS is your bookkeeping system, and should allow you to capture 100% of the transactional data from the operation of your enterprise.

    From the management aspect, you should be able plan, budget, schedule, order, and forecast using 100% of the data collected from your POS software.

    Cheryle Neal Reed, Neal Reed Worldwide

      

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    • I hope you get some answers.  I think that an off-site server solution is fine as long as there's a local cache of the inventory state which gets relied on in case of WAN outages.  But that's an architecture that doesn't seem that common.

      In my humble opinion, POS software is a perfect space for a hosted provider to do a solution with local caching.

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    • The size of the shop (small shop; one cash register; couple of employees) is immaterial to the accounting/management/inventory needs. You want a POS system that is complete( integrates all business operation functions, i.e. operating assumptions (days, hours, shifts); employees (one or many, hours worked, wage rates, sales, transactions, commissions); inventory (stock, SKU/UPC/EAN/ISRC, pricing, reordering, etc); taxes; and customer database (name, email, address, purchases, preferences, etc.) and customizable reports.

      So, at the end of the day, your POS is your bookkeeping system, and should allow you to capture 100% of the transactional data from the operation of your enterprise.

      From the management aspect, you should be able plan, budget, schedule, order, and forecast using 100% of the data collected from your POS software.

      Cheryle Neal Reed, Neal Reed Worldwide

        

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      Archbishop Cheryle wrote:

      So, at the end of the day, your POS is your bookkeeping system, and should allow you to capture 100% of the transactional data from the operation of your enterprise.

      From the management aspect, you should be able plan, budget, schedule, order, and forecast using 100% of the data collected from your POS software.  

      +1

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    • I have a rental store using Universal Accounting Software, Inc. www.u-a-s.com they have been using it since 1998 when they opened. I have worked with UAS during migrations, Novell, Win 2000 and SBS 2003. They are amazingly helpful. During the migrations and at other trouble shooting events I have been able to get support from their programmers at 2AM. I just wish more of my retail clients used this product. Let me know if you would like the name of who I have worked with in the past.

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    • Can U-A-S run in a mode where the main server is off-site (head office, maybe) but a local server at the branch location has a cached copy in case the network connection goes down?  Or maybe it only syncs up transactions every hour or so?

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    • They could answer that question better than me. But I did see that that they had the ability to track inventory at remote sites and on delivery vans. So maybe they have that capability

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    • it worries me tho that uas is ontop of visual fox witch has been dead for like 10 years. i feel this will bite them soon

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