Why a Tablet POS may not be for you!

10 Reasons Why Tablet POS Might NOT be the Best Solution

We all know why tablet POS systems are so popular, but are you aware of the possible downsides?

Here a just a few:

  1. Hardware robustness
  2. Data security
  3. Potential of theft of generic tablets
  4. Long-term pricing comparison (over 3 – 5 years)
  5. Software reliability (particularly if auto-updated)
  6. Data ownership if the subscription isn’t renewed
  7. Lack of personalised support
  8. Limited advanced functionality
  9. Staff using other apps on the tablet
  10. Stability of the underlying operating system (OS)

Uniwell embedded touchscreen POS terminals are known for their reliability and speed of service.  If you think a Tablet POS is not for you and are looking for a new point of sale system to improve your business, make sure you contact Statewide Business Systems to check out the HX-5500.

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Uniwell’s New HX-5500 Chosen for Picturesque Sydney Venue

Mantle Group Hospitality, a successful Brisbane-based hotel, restaurant and café operator and long-time Uniwell POS user, has become one of the launch customers for our exciting new HX-5500 embedded touchscreen POS terminals.

MGH’s first foray into Sydney could hardly be any more spectacular! The Squire’s Landing is a two story restaurant and brewhouse situated on the Sydney Harbour foreshore at The Rocks, overlooking the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

The venue is beautiful and the views are exquisite, so when the opening coincided with the release of the HX-5500, the prospect of these new POS terminals being installed in such a prime location was very exciting indeed.

The next opportunity you have to visit the Sydney CBD, wander down and check out The Squire’s Landing. While we understand that you might not even notice the POS terminals behind the bar, it gives us great satisfaction to know that our equipment plays a small but important role in your dining experience.

Uniwell embedded touchscreen POS terminals are known for their reliability and speed of service.  If you are looking for a new point of sale system to improve your business, make sure you contact Statewide Business Systems to check out the HX-5500.

**originally  written by uniwell4pos for an article in the Hospitality Directory Magazine.

Uniwell Releases the New HX-5500 POS Terminal

Uniwell POS Australia is proud to introduce the new HX-5500, the latest addition to our popular HX series of embedded POS terminals.

The HX-5500 is a state-of-the-art, slimline, 15.6″ capacitive touchscreen point of sale system designed to empower your business.

Uniwell’s POS technology is based on 40 years of point of sale development experience, making the HX-5500 an excellent choice for hospitality venues and food and general retail outlets of all shapes and sizes.

Here are five key reasons to consider the HX-5500:

Reliability – Uniwell’s proprietary technology removes risk areas in relation to system reliability. POS features are specifically designed to be robust and easy to operate. Third-party applications can’t be loaded onto the dedicated POS terminal, so stability is not compromised.

 

Operational speed – Uniwell Corporation has been developing and refining POS technology for decades. A properly configured Uniwell POS system provides superior functionality, while still being faster and simpler to use for an operator than many other point of sale products.

 

Security – An embedded POS terminal is an ‘all-in-one’ solution with no separation between operating system and POS application. This singular purpose provides greatly enhanced security, as users can’t access the internet and introduce external information to the POS terminal’s memory.

 

Purpose-built hardware – Embedded POS terminals are specifically designed to cope with the day-to-day requirements of high-volume hospitality and retail venues. Uniwell has a long-standing reputation for quality POS hardware that can handle the physical workload that a standard tablet, laptop or PC may not.

 

Powerful POS management software – Uniwell Lynx is an Australian designed and supported software package that provides extensive POS control and detailed sales analysis. With a reputation for user-friendly operation and reliability, Uniwell Lynx is the ideal back-office companion for your HX-5500.

 

If you are looking for a new point of sale system to improve your business, make sure you contact  us to check out the HX-5500

How Should You Pay for Your POS System?

Setting up a hospitality venue, such as a café or restaurant, can be a daunting and expensive exercise. The fit-out, including furniture, kitchenware, cooking and refrigeration equipment, all add up to a considerable investment on the part of the new business owner. With that in mind, it is understandable that your point of sale system is sometimes one of the last things to be thought about.

Point of Sale solutions for Sydney hospitality and food retail

While, as a specialty POS supplier, we feel that point of sale technology is a vital component in any hospitality or food retail business, this article isn’t designed to discuss in depth the reasons why you should acquire a good quality, properly configured POS solution. Rather, we simply want to consider how you should pay for it, regardless of the system you choose – with a particular focus on providing you with the best business outcome in the long run.

There are typically 3 approaches to procuring a new POS system:

  • Purchase all of the equipment outright
  • Use a ‘software-as-a-service’ POS app – where you can often use your own iPad or computer
  • Lease or rent a complete, integrated point of sale system

Let’s briefly consider some of the pros and cons of each of these options so that you can make a better informed choice when it comes time to finance your next POS equipment acquisition.

Outright Purchase of a POS System

This is often seen as the preferred method of paying for your point of sale equipment – it saves money in finance charges and alleviates the fear of being ‘locked-in’ to a POS system or a support provider who wants to keep charging you for ongoing, but seemingly unnecessary services that seem to offer you little tangible value.

However, one of the greatest challenges in any business purchasing decision is finding the balance between getting the right equipment to truly meet your needs and whether or not you can afford it. For instance, some hospitality business owners understand the benefits of a high quality, integrated POS system but have difficulty justifying the expense. Cash flow can be incredibly challenging during the first 12 to 24 months of opening a new venue.

So, should you try and get by with a cheaper option to start with, with the aim of upgrading to something more suitable later? The difficulty with that line of reasoning is that you really do need to take advantage of the workflow efficiencies and ‘business intelligence’ data that a proper POS solution can provide right from the outset. And if you do decide to go with a less effective system in the short term and then need to upgrade, the cost of setting up your system a second time and retraining staff can be prohibitive.

Signing Up for a ‘Software-as-a-Service’ App

The last 5 years have seen massive changes in the POS industry. There are now literally hundreds of POS apps and programs that can be installed on generic computers, tablets and other devices. Even more recently, dozens of ‘software-as-a-service’ (SAAS) apps have become available, with a monthly payment for the use of the POS program itself, and often being able to be installed on your own IT equipment. This is of particular interest to ‘tech-savvy’ managers who have grown up with technology, and are inclined toward the DIY approach.

There is no doubt that point of sale software suppliers that simply charge a monthly subscription can provide a basic solution with a relatively low upfront cost. However there are some cautions to consider before going down this path. For instance, for a reputable POS app, how much does the total monthly cost add up to over an extended period? What is the real cost of the hardware you need to use, particularly if you need to repair or replace it? Most purpose-built point of sale terminals will comfortably last at least 3 – 5 years, so while it seems to make sense to pay $50 – $100 per month for an app from a cash flow point of view, this option will probably not prove to be significantly cheaper over the projected life of the system.  This despite the fact that the durability of the equipment and the app’s POS functionality might not be as strong as a traditional point of sale solution, and your sales data may not be useable if you decide to discontinue paying your monthly fee after a period of time.

Rent or Lease a Complete POS Solution

An option that is often overlooked is that of leasing or renting a purpose-built, integrated POS solution. Some shy away from the commitment required for monthly payments or feel that the finance charges make this option needlessly expensive. But in the same way that utilising a POS app has definite cash flow benefits, so too does the lease option, as your business capital is not tied up in equipment but can be used to improve your venue in other ways. And in fact, you can often get a better overall solution for a similar monthly outlay.

There are a number of other benefits from leasing business equipment such as your point of sale system. For example, there may be considerable tax advantages to leasing – the monthly payment can often be written off as a business expense, similar to your rent, or phone and electricity bills. Additionally, at the end of the lease period, it is typically an inexpensive option to purchase the system outright, or even better, roll over to a newer, more up-to-date solution for the same or similar monthly outlay.

Of course, every situation is different and business owners often have their own personal preferences regarding how they want to approach setting up and financing a new venue. In any case, carefully investigate the different options available to you when it comes time to purchase your POS system and weigh up what will be best for you in the months and years ahead.

Uniwell POS Australia has teamed up with a specialist small business finance partner based in Sydney – ilease Equipment Funding. Our aim is to help you acquire the best possible POS solution that can help you control and manage your business without ‘breaking the bank’ – by providing cost effective equipment finance options

* “This article was originally written for the Uniwell4POS website, and has been used with permission of the author.

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Cash Drawer Counterfeit Currency Detector

Save Money Today!

Check Note is the worlds first cash drawer mounting counterfeit currency detection device powered by USB. Counterfeit notes are stunningly easy to detect with a Check Note device. When counterfeit notes are inserted in the drawer, the UV light creates an intensely bright blue/purple reflection as a result of the cellulose and other properties of non-monetary paper/polymer. This allows cashiers to rapidly detect counterfeit notes that would have easily passed as genuine – thus preventing a fraudulent transaction and losses to your business.

Empower your Cashiers

Check Note places the responsibility of detection into the hands of the cashiers. In the past, businesses would rely entirely on their cashiers having suspicions of a fraudulent note first, only then to have them confirm the authenticity of a bill in front of a customer. With Check Note, no counterfeit note is inserted into the drawer/box without detection from your cashiers

Easy to Install

Its slim design means Check Note can be mounted to a drawer or flip-lid cash box that is above or below the bench top. It is powered by USB and can be installed on any point-of-sale system in less than 30 seconds by anybody. Don’t become a victim fraud, contact Statewide Business Systems today to find out more about how Check Note can empower your business and save you money.

Lynx Software Version 9 Release

*Originally posted on the Lynx Software website:

We are pleased to announce the release of Version 9!

What’s New in Version 9?

  • 10 New Programming Options
    • Tare Table, Sort PLUs, Menu Levels
    • Modifiers, Discount, Percentage
    • Adjustment, Tip, Discount Coupon, Paid Out
  • New Sales Reports
    • Meal Deal Report
    • Item Sales by Modifier Report
    • Period Sales Reports
    • Item Sales by Period Reports
  • Enhanced Data Entry
    • Redesigned data entry screens
    • More range editing
    • More powerful screen layout editing
  • Performance Improvements
  • And much more … click here for details

 

Contact us today to find out how you can upgrade to version 9!

Are Your Bank Note Acceptors Not Accepting the New $10 Note?

$10 NGB Note

In September 2012 the RBA announced its intention to release an upgraded series of new banknotes.

Issue of the denominations will be staged across a number of years, with the first denomination being the $5.00 released in September 2016 and the $10.00 released in September 2017.

Along with our suppliers, we are working on a upgrade program to ensure that most current equipment purchased will be able to process the new bank notes.

Please contact our office regarding any questions you may have regarding your current bank note acceptor.