What are the main differences between EPOS systems?
In this article:
- They’re all the same, right?
- It’s not ‘what’, but ‘how’
They’re all the same, right?
In theory, you can process till transactions, have stock management, reports and at least single-channel web linking with almost all EPOS systems! Both ‘system A’ and ‘system B’ will, ‘on paper’, give you above 75% of the key features – but having ‘a feature’ is not the same as having ‘a feature you can use’.
In the same way … both a car and a bicycle take you from London to Manchester!
… both a laptop and a pen will let you write your next letter!
… both a landline phone and a mobile phone will let you call a friend!
It’s not ‘what’, but ‘how’
The difference between EPOS systems is the same as the difference between cars and bikes. It’s not a question of what you can achieve. It’s a question of how easily you can achieve it.
EPOS systems vary greatly in structure, and this has massive, massive, massive effects on day-to-day efficiency and usability. It is therefore crucial that you make an EPOS purchasing decision not based on cost alone, but on a cost-efficiency.
We don’t use bikes as our main mode of transport because they’re cheaper, we use cars because they’re more efficient. For most people you only buy a bike if you don’t want to go very far… it’s the same with your choice of EPOS system.