“The sporting and athletic goods manufacturing industry exhibited sound growth in shipments, fuelled by increased domestic and export demand.” (source). In order to adapt to this growing and constantly evolving sports market, choosing an excellent point of sale for your sports store is an important decision. Indeed, it is important to consider several features to meet your needs and the needs of your business in order to choose the best designed and appropriate software for you.
What are the strengths of an excellent point of sale for your sports store? Here are some important features to have in a point of sale to optimize the management of your sports store:
- Used inventory management
- Repair en maintenance
- Instructions for use
- Data synchronisation with the web
- Inventory management
- Promotion management
- Data migration
- Cloud solution
1. Used Inventory Management
The sale of used items and products, such as hockey equipment or used bicycles, is becoming increasingly popular in sports stores. A point-of-sale system that allows the sale of used inventory is an essential tool for retail merchants who wish to offer this service. Some stores sell and exchange several used sports products for mountain bike enthusiasts, so it is essential to have point-of-sale software that offers this functionality in order to easily track your inventory and make sales quickly and efficiently.
2. Repair and Maintenance
If you offer a repair service for sports items in your store, such as skates or skis, it is important to have point-of-sale software that can manage the repair service. Without this functionality in your point of sale, you will need two pieces of software, which generates twice as many costs and doubles inventory management. Indeed, by closely monitoring the customer’s items to be repaired and recording them in the system, you can see an improvement in your management and reduce your operational time. With Alice POS for example, it is possible to manage the repair service, put internal notes in customer files and ensure a rigorous follow-up of the products to be maintained or repaired. It is also easier to identify the prices and costs associated with customers’ items based on breakdowns or adjustments to be made.
This feature is particularly important for a sports store to be able to manage bike, ski or skate rentals , for example. If your store rents items, used or not, you should choose point-of-sale software that ensures proper price management and rental procedures. Without an all-in-one solution, you will need two pieces of software and therefore will have additional costs and have to manage inventory twice to be able to offer this service.