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Apps to Save Time and Increase Sales for Retailers

Apps to Save Time and Increase Sales for Retailers

With so many retail apps out on the market, it’s hard to decide which one(s) to pick. Luckily this quick guide can help. Check out the latest retail apps to better streamline your business, saving you time, and increasing your sales:

POS Systems

We’ve been told that POS (Point Of Sale) apps are the future of retail.[1] There is a number of apps claiming they are for point of sale systems, but all are not created equal. And truth be told, the software you select will depend on your operating system and personal style.

Among the top picks are:

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Vend

Cloud-based, Vend is available for iPads, Macs and PCs, and is a simple system that allows retailers to operate anywhere using varied printers, cash drawers and barcode scanners. The software features inventory management, reporting and analytics, customer loyalty tools and sales insights.

Revel

Revel is designed specifically for iPads and offers a cloud-based full point of sale system for retailers of all types, from bakeries to bookshops. It features inventory management, multiple user capability, customer relationship management and detailed analytics.

 ShopKeep

Featuring sales management, staff tracking, inventory reporting and customer information, ShopKeep is also cloud-based software designed to manage retail stores either remotely or in-house. ShopKeep is available across Apple, Windows and Linux platforms, and offers retailers features such as a portable register via iPad, and alerts when stock items run low.

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PayPal Here

Blurring the lines between point of sale and payment processing is PayPal and their POS app Paypal Here. Available for iPhones, Smartphones, iPads and Android tablets, PayPal Here is free to download, charging per transaction instead. It allows retailers to accept payments via credit card, debit card and check using either swipe or chip card reader hardware. Meanwhile, the app boasts a series of features including inventory management, multiple user capability, and sales reporting.

Square POS

Square is also a crossover between POS app and payment processor. It allows retailers to take payments using a swipe card reader that accepts chip and pin payments from credit and debit cards, or via a contactless card reader that handles contactless payments including Apple and Android Pay. Like PayPal Here, the app is free to download and fees are incurred per transaction. It features inventory management, sales data, staff handling, and receipts.

Shopify POS

Shopify started out in the online realm but soon made headway into brick and mortar stores courtesy of Shopify POS. Available for iPads, iPhones and Androids, it handles inventory, orders and sales history in real time while providing detailed analytics, and also accepts payments.

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Accounting

So you’ve picked a POS app, set up your iPad, secure tablet enclosure and all…now it’s about the dollar at the end of the day, which is why accounting software is the next important app to tick off on the download list.

There are a plethora of software companies and apps devoted to accounting including the big names like QuickBooks Online and MYOB On The Go, but cloud-based app, Xero is also a great alternative. Many of these heavyweights allow for easy integration with your POS app, so read the fine print to see who’s compatible with whom.

Staffing

Sick of drawing up schedules, crossing out names and engaging in the weekly battle of who can do what shift at what rate and when? Well, this is where apps like Deputy are here to help. Available for Android devices, iPads and even the Apple Watch, Deputy enables managers to create staff schedules and share them with their workforce via text, email or the web. Staff, using the system, can check their roster, request leave, indicate unavailability and even swap shifts, while another feature lets staff know when there is a shift open for work. It can also record shift starts and finishes, and track breaks.

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Marketing

Every business requires marketing of some sort whether it’s a web presence, social media or Facebook page. The sector is catered with a host of apps including standouts like WordPress for website creation, but a great app for e-marketing is undoubtedly Mailchimp. This is a web-based app that doesn’t require downloading software and is dedicated to email marketing campaigns by assisting users to send bulk emails to clients, customers and interested parties.

The Final Word

Finding the right app to suit your retail business is no small undertaking, as the market is filled with different tools to make running a shopfront simpler. Using these apps can certainly improve your retail business, and these trends are changing retail for the better![2]

Featured photo credit: Rami Al-Zayat via unsplash.com

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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