Why Cloud POS and eCommerce Make a Perfect Match !

Must Read

Elon Musk Added Over $100 Billion To His Net Worth In Just 1 Year, Leaves Jeff Bezos Behind

Jeff Bezos may the world's richest person in the world but it's Elon Musk who has been...

Elon Musk Overtakes Bill Gates And Becomes the 2nd Richest Person in the World

It's been a good week for Elon Musk and his electrical vehicle business Tesla. Earlier this week,...

Free Netflix In India From December: Netflix In A Pursuit Of New Subscribers

A month ago, we reported how Netflix might be brewing something interesting that could lead to a free...

Even though mobile POS has been going on for years, it seems that for the last five or 10 years, its growth has been accelerated multi-fold, especially with the explosion of online retailing. One model that seems to be dominating the conversation is cloud POS.

Why Cloud-based POS

Cloud-based systems are accessible via the internet from almost any device for as little as $50 per month. They are extremely popular with retail and hospitality sectors and have made their way into eCommerce businesses as well. Having the ability to manage your business on the go with access to real-time sales reporting and inventory control information. The costs are also attractive. There is usually a minimal upfront fee, if it exists at all and then low monthly costs that range from $50 to maybe $200 depending on whether the plan is fixed or a pay-per-swipe.


Of course, technology upgrades are a given with the cloud and is usually done without any downtime to your business. That means that customers who want to shop at two in the morning won’t have to wait until five when the system has finished its maintenance. It’s truly a 24/7/365 POS solution. Unlike other merchant systems, many cloud providers like shopify don’t lock business owners in a contract with an early termination fee. Because the cloud is highly scalable, you can upgrade or downgrade whenever you need to without fear of losing a chunk of money. Because everything is on the Web, you have the possibility of integrating digital accounting software as well as digital loyalty programs. The risk of data loss is minimized on the cloud, and you don’t have to spend thousands to update system hardware and risk revenue loss just like with traditional POS systems


If you’re using regular POS, then the cost of switching may be an immediate deterrent. You would need to calculate how much it would cost for you to cancel your contract, and how long it would take you to recoup that loss. Most of the time you may find that it’s better just to wait out your current contract, and let your company know ahead of time so they don’t roll you over automatically. Then there’s the Internet connection. While most connections are stable, if your ISP went down, there would be little you could do. Inventory for your online store would still continue, but if you had an offline store, your business could be at a standstill. There are some providers that can work even when your Internet is down; however, in the case of inventory, that could be a problem when you get back online and sync your data hoping you didn’t oversell any items. It can be tricky but the technology is still improving as they find more solutions; it’s still a viable alternative to what’s fast becoming the old way to do POS.

Loyalty Integration

If you’re looking for ways to earn customer loyalty, you can use programs like points-based rewards, discounts to regular customers, special deals for top spenders, free items after a certain number of visits or for referring friends. You no longer need to have separate software to have built-in loyalty modules for eCommerce, such as:

  • POS system that allows merchants to create their own points-based rewards program
  • offering eCommerce stores competitive credit card processing rates as well as loyalty dollar credits systems

In the next three to five years, a lot of the traditional POS systems will go away and, while it’s impossible to know when the market will convert, it’s safe to say a majority of eCommerce businesses will increase their flexibility and have even more opportunities from which to grow.



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest News

Facebook’s Past Comes Back To Bite As South Korea Fines Them For 2018 Scandal

The social media behemoth Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) has once against proved they are the true arch-nemesis of...

Amazon Future Group Dispute Deepens As Singapore Court Turns Down Future Group Plea

The dispute between Amazon and Future Retail is, apparently, far from over anything soon as the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) has...

Google Pay Fee On Instant Transfer: An Indication Of Google’s Aggressive Monetisation Strategy?

Google has decided to levy fee on instant payment, starting from the US market. A few days back, Google...

Twitter Account Verification Is Back, But Has it Lost Its Mojo?

Twitterati queue up! As the Twitter account verification process which is responsible for awarding blue badges prepares to...

Paytm Lawsuit Impact: TRAI Slaps Fine On Jio, Airtel, BSNL And Other Telcom Operators

The emergence of e-wallets brought along with itself a big uprise in notorious phishing scammers who prey on unsuspecting consumers by pretending...

MobiKwik Takes A Dig At Paytm After The Recent App Ban

The ongoing China-India border tension is resulting in more apps getting banned, and every time that happens the Indian startup unicorn Paytm...

In-Depth: Dprime

Will ‘TikTok By Microsoft’ Be A Winner?

For the last two years, TikTok has been in the public eye for all sorts of reasons. First, it was the exploded...

Facebook Subscription Model: Looking Beyond Ad Dollars?

Seldom do job listings create a stir this gripping. However, when the job listing in question is a stealth post from Twitter,...

Will The Online Food Delivery Market in India End Up Becoming A Two-Horse Race?

It's pretty much evident that the food delivery space in India is all set to get riled up soon enough as one...

More Articles Like This