5. Manage Everything In Real-Time
Some agencies are still selling extremely expensive websites to SMB’s with basic needs. These prices are often justified by the development of functionalities that will require constant updates, which results in additional expenses long term.
The Problem – It Is Expensive To Develop And Maintain
Developing an API connection (or a bridge) between two software platform to allow real-time synchronization of your sales and inventory is expensive. A bridge is not only an expensive initial expense, but also a significant long-term expense due to the need for secure and functional upgrades.
The Solution – Existing API Connections (SAAS)
Why pay to have a custom bridge developed, when several companies also need to make the same connections? Thanks to Software as a Service (SAAS), low and fixed fees, paid annually or monthly, cover the costs of updating and constantly developing an existing bridge.
Imagine that you want to sell on Amazon from your point of sale and your e-commerce site. Thanks to the existing bridge between AlicePOS, Ecwid e-commerce and Amazon, you can synchronize your inventory and sales in real time between your point of sale in-store, your website and Amazon.
There is no initial development cost to pay when a bridge already exists. In addition, it is continuously updated with regards to functionality and security. A SAAS formula reduces the financial stress for merchants who can benefit from managing the omnichannel activities of their business from anywhere (mobile and cloud computing) without worrying about unexpected costs.
6. Centralize The Management Of The Retail Experience
Canadian retail is struggling to modernize because of consumers who have new expectations that require change. While the Retail Apocalypse is only an allegory (source), the need for retail transformation and modernization is very real.
The Problem – Centralize The Management Of Physical And Virtual Operations
We analyzed the different technologies that retail merchants encounter in several aspects:
- Having an online shop
- Promoting the online shop
- Synchronizing physical and virtual inventory
- Making inventory visible to customers (social networks)
- Multiplying online presence (sell on international markets)
- Harmonizing customer experience in store and on the web
- Centralizing, real-time inventory management
Omnichannel commerce is an excellent solution to these issues.
The Solution – An Omnichannel Point Of Sale
Alice POS is an all-in-one point-of-sale system designed for multi-site store networks such as franchises, buying groups and corporate networks. Alice POS is also a very powerful solution for single store owners looking for an all-in-one point of sale. Alice POS centralizes business operations and harmonizes web and multi-store management.
In addition, with Alice POS, you can synchronize your web and physical inventory through our connections with Shopify, WooCommerce and Ecwid eCommerce. All three solutions are able to connect to eBay and Amazon via third-party applications. This allows you to synchronize your virtual and physical inventory on to international platforms.
The connection with Alice POS and Ecwid also allows you to sell on social networks like Instagram and Facebook, and advertise using artificial intelligence on various platforms, such as Facebook, Google Shopping, Google Ads with third party apps. Ecwid has also launched a new feature to easily advertise on Pinterest and Snapchat. Both Alice POS and Ecwid eCommerce are constantly being developed to meet the changing needs of the retail industry and to provide merchants with state-of-the-art solutions.
We already have a website that has cost us a lot of money and we do not want to start over. Can we add an online store to our existing website?
If you have a WordPress, Wix or Weebly website, you can easily replace your current e-commerce store in your existing site with the one Alice POS offers using Ecwid. Ecwid is a widget and can therefore be installed in most existing website builders. You can also synchronize your current inventory with your WooCommerce or Shopify store if you already have these solutions.
My point of sale is physically located in my shop. Is that a problem?
If your current point of sale is physically installed in your store, you may encounter multiple problems. A locally installed point of sale presents risks of data loss (in case of fire, flood, etc.), lack of remote data access, lack of updates and security, not to mention technical assistance. Alice POS is a SAAS and cloud point of sale in with support and updates included in the monthly fee.
Changing my point of sale will not be an easy task!
It does not have to be complicated. At Alice POS, we offer an unparalleled migration service. We take care of importing your data, initial team training, and technical support throughout your use of our software. We have established Alice POS in large networks and are used to assist both large and small stores.