The arrival of fall means it’s time to enjoy some favorite seasonal activities. Whether it’s going on hayrides, decorating for Halloween and Thanksgiving, or enjoying fall treats such as apple cider and pumpkins, customers will be eager to participate. But, seasonal business owners know they have only a short time to make the most of their operations. That’s why it’s vital for orchards, “U-Pick” farms, corn mazes, haunted houses, Halloween decor/costume shops, and other fall enterprises to find the perfect point of sale (POS) system for seasonal businesses.
Maybe you think that investing in POS software isn’t feasible if your business is only in full swing for part of the year. But when you consider everything a POS system for seasonal businesses can do, you’ll see that it’s one of the best investments you can make.
Finding POS Software That Works for You
Seasonal Software Abilities
A POS system for seasonal businesses can do so much more than just a traditional register for taking payments. Look for software that can handle all your POS needs, including:
- Inventory Management: Ditch laborious manual inventory tasks (which are prone to human error) and put your employees to better use providing great customer service. Keep tabs on sales and stock levels to avoid outages and overstock, both of which can be costly.
- Reporting: Get real-time updates, analytics, and performance metrics that will enable you to make the best-informed decisions (on inventory, pricing, labor management, and more) for your seasonal business.
- Customer Management: Take advantage of options such as a loyalty program, which will keep customers coming back and provide you with data to create personalized marketing and offers.
Again, you might be wondering if your seasonal business can afford POS software because most POS companies require you to pay for the software year-round. However, NCC’s business model allows end users who purchase RHQ and other SaaS integrations and add-ons to pause their payments during the off-season, so they only pay for what they need when they are operational. Plus, you’ll save time and money by integrating and streamlining your processes.
Perhaps your seasonal business involves selling items by weight, such as apples or pumpkins, at a certain price per pound. Another POS feature to look for is the ability to integrate a scale for easy sales by weight — perfect for orchards and U-Pick farms. With NCC’s software, the weight from the scale can be displayed on-screen, and you can generate item tags and labels for checkout.
Discover Reliable Coverage
Our POS software comes packaged with our Hybrid-Cloud Headquarters (RHQ), the perfect solution for rural and seasonal businesses. RHQ is a unique hybrid-cloud computing system that operates via the cloud, so you can manage your business operations from anywhere, like cloud POS systems. However, our hybrid model means that if your business loses internet and Wi-Fi coverage, your data will be saved on local servers until a connection can be re-established. Making it ideal for seasonal businesses located in rustic locations, offering seasonal business owners like orchards and farmers’ markets the flexibility to operate without being dependent on a network server.
RHQ allows you to move all checks, time clock information, and sales data to the cloud at your convenience, ensuring that you are always up to date with your business. It runs independently and stores all sales data locally, which enables you to operate at full capacity even when there is an Internet outage. Once your Internet connection is restored, all your data will automatically sync with the RHQ server.
Options to Take Your Operations Mobile
Another option to consider when choosing a POS system for seasonal businesses is mobile point of sale (mPOS). Explore the freedom of mobile operations with our POS solutions designed for tablets. User-friendly interfaces and robust features empower your staff to provide excellent service anywhere. This flexibility enhances customer experiences and keeps your business operations agile.
This option might be especially appealing to seasonal businesses with temporary locations, such as a “pop-up” Halloween décor and costume shop that only occupies a storefront for the fall and may need to utilize different locations each year. Durable mPOS tablets are easy to pack up and move where needed. Rugged tablets can also withstand outdoor use for corn mazes, haunted houses, and hayrides.
Reliable Wireless Connections
When you pair rural and mobile business, a reliable wireless connection is vital. NCC partners with leading wireless providers to provide reliable commercial wireless connectivity through 4G and 5G networks. This connectivity will enable you to connect sales data to the hybrid-cloud headquarters from anywhere your staff does business.
Flexibility and Scalability
The best POS system for seasonal businesses is one that can adapt to fluctuating demand during peak and off-peak seasons. It should offer the scalability to handle sudden increases in customer traffic. Weekends, for example, might be busier, and the days closest to Halloween and Thanksgiving, and the days after those holidays when people will be looking for sales (especially Black Friday and Small Business Saturday). Look for a system — and a provider like NCC — that makes it easy to add or remove registers and devices as required.
The Right System Starts with the Right Provider
Choosing the right POS system for your seasonal business is pivotal to your success. At NCC, we’ve spent well over three decades helping businesses of all types. We understand the unique needs of orchards, U-Picks, corn mazes, and other seasonal enterprises.
Our POS software offers seamless payment processing, scale integration, reliable wireless connections, and the revolutionary RHQ hybrid-cloud headquarters. And it’s all available with the mobility of tablets.
Make the most of your short operating season with NCC’s tailored POS solutions. Visit us today at https://www.nccusa.com/ to revolutionize your seasonal business.