Need a till which can be remotely accessed / possibly cloud?

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Need a till which can be remotely accessed / possibly cloud?

Postby firefly47 on Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:49 am

Hi

I currently run the shop for my local district Scouts. We set the shop up about 7 years ago and bought a Sam4S ER380 and we use Samstock for stock control. Our entire site is run by volunteers (myself included) and with work and family commitments I'm looking to try and streamline the process. One thing that would be very helpful would be if we could get a PLU report from the till remotely to enable us to make an order without the need to go to the site and connect a laptop to the till.

I also find Samstock very clunky and feel that I could do a much neater job with an Access database, that said even that seem a bit old hat nowadays.

Is there a financially viable cloud solution? I don't want to blow loads of money on this because every penny that is spent on EPOS is money that is not benefiting the youngsters. I'm also very wary of ongoing fees, but an online solution which is automatically updated whenever a sale occurs would seem to be the modern day solution.

I programmed our existing till from scratch and would prefer to do as much as possible myself in order to keep costs down.

Can anyone recommend a system that fits the bill? At the moment we have 830 PLU's, we use a barcode scanner and we have a separate chip and pin machine.

Thanks for any advice.

Kev
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Re: Need a till which can be remotely accessed / possibly cl

Postby S1mon on Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:03 pm

I'd strongly recommend looking at ICR Touch as a solution.
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Re: Need a till which can be remotely accessed / possibly cl

Postby firefly47 on Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:58 pm

Thanks.

So I see that I can pick up second hand terminals on eBay with ICR touch 2012 licence. What else would I need?

I presently run Samstock but as mentioned I'm not a massive fan.

Do I have to buy the ICR backroom software? Is it better than Samstock? How much does it cost?

Once set I've set it up could I upload new PLU's, change prices, check sales etc remotely?

I notice there's a cloud option, I assume that would require a subscription, does anyone know how much it costs?

Thanks again

Kev
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Re: Need a till which can be remotely accessed / possibly cl

Postby S1mon on Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:08 pm

The back office software is likely to blow your budget, and you're highly unlikely to find it going second hand on eBay.

The cloud-based back office (TouchOfficeWeb) would be better but will need a newer licence than that to support it.

You'd also have to go via a dealer to get TOW, and likely to get the fixed back office system.

If you're looking at ICR and want to be able to do anything with the back office solutions then I'd strongly suggest you find a local dealer as you'll possibly find one who will do you a good deal on a second hand system and at least you'll know what you're getting.
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Re: Need a till which can be remotely accessed / possibly cl

Postby Towery on Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:10 pm

Is there anywhere a database of with all the local dealers for this type of stuff? I can't find any in my area.
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Re: Need a till which can be remotely accessed / possibly cl

Postby S1mon on Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:17 pm

Yes, it's called Google !excited

Seriously though, no of course there isn't. There are so many different EPoS solutions out there, and so many dealers, that it would be impossible.

If you're looking for a new system and haven't run a business before that needs EPoS then it's often worth wandering round similar businesses (smaller ones, not the big chains) in your local area and seeing what they've got, having a chat with the business owners, and getting a general impression - both of the system they have and also the company they deal with - so you can get a shortlist of three or four systems/dealers to look at in more detail.
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