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Choose CCS to Replace the Discontinued Microsoft RMS

Technology is constantly updating and evolving to create newer editions with more advanced features to help bring society even further into the modern age. With the advancement of software however, also comes the elimination of programs that used to be at the peak of their respective fields. Phones often come to mind as pieces of technology that are phased out just a couple short years after being introduced and while it doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone involved with the industry point of sale software is not immune to these updates either. The industry has even recently seen it’s latest casualty, in that Microsoft RMS is end of life and will end sales and mainstream support in July 2016.

Microsoft RMS

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There has been a few conflicting reports regarding the future of Microsoft RMS, but it’s now official that the product will be discontinued. For more information on the exact dates and other specifics check out the microsoft website here: support.microsoft.com. You can also find more information about the specific lifecycle terms here: support.microsoft.com.

As a result of Microsoft discontinuing RMS any product enhancements, updates, or fixes will only be an option for owners who maintain a paid annual maintenance agreement with Microsoft, which will lead to substantial costs for a product that will no longer be a priority at Microsoft.

With this in mind the only course of action that makes sense for both, existing business owners who currently use Microsoft RMS and prospective owners who are looking for the right point of sale solution for their blossoming business is to seek out other point of sale solutions, such as Cafe Cartel Systems.

CCS Microsoft RMS

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CCS is a point of sale company that provides both hardware and software solutions to fit the needs of any business. With solutions ranging from restaurant point of sale, to retail and consignment point of sale, to point of sale for dispensaries and vape shops, to grocery store point of sale, to many more, CCS more than likely has a point of sale solution for your business.

With over 10 years of industry experience and thousands of installations worldwide during that time CCS is ideally suited to provide solutions for any business looking to switch from Microsoft RMS. By providing a customizable system and a team of network specialists across the US and Canada CCS is ready to help create a point of sale solution for your business today.

Request a quote here cafecartel.com and visit youtube.com to learn more.

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Citi Market Places switches from Sams4S to Clover to CCS POS

Lucia Pineda, owner and operator of Citi Market Places in Los Angeles needed to replace her aged Sams4s register. Like many business owners she wanted to something simple to use and cost effective. After doing research she found that the option to rent a solution was an option. And that she could pay monthly for the service. Her base amount she was looking at for renting was 100 per month for one terminal. So starting with a base of 100 per month her service fees begin to go more towards $200 per month. She decided on this solution out of necessity based on time.  Her investigation was minimal because there was little barrier to entry. After speaking with the POS company She was promised a solution by Clover and for what the base system didn’t offer she was offered to subscribe to monthly app services that would handle her additional needs.

Learning when to not take ‘Yes” for an answer

As she begin to apply what are standard functions for a Convenience store she found that Clover required multiple steps at the register to complete what should be automated processes in the POS.  For example, CRV required additional modifiers added on to the product. It also required manually figuring multiple of CRV. But then there certain other things her POS just couldn’t do: multiple bar codes or split pricing per item. And one of the very important things everyone sees at Convenience Stores: Grouping items for Quantity For example 3 different candy bars for the price of 2.  and another style:  buy 5 donuts for $3.00 (when normally they would be 1.00 a piece). And setting a price change based on a date range was also something she couldn’t do. For holidays an automated discount on marked down items had to be manually set and then changed back at the end.

In the end she did need another app to download for Clover, Calculator. Fortunately she didn’t have to rent that app from them. But she had to do a whole lot of Manual work.

So she then realized choosing the right application would take investigation and review. And so know armed with the knowledge of what to ask for she set off on a journey to fulfill her needs. She could speak the language of POS. She could identify the ease or difficulty of setting features an products. When she posed a question in her demos, she didn’t just take “yes” for an answer she needed to see from the setup of the product to the processing of sales to the end reporting. She understood it’s a process that should be easy to work with but requires a level of sophistication from the POS company.

Finally her journey ended in speaking with CCS POS. A product based Application, rather than SAS with monthly fees, yet with remote app capabilities. It handled all of the features she needed, including additional features she couldn’t afford by tying on more apps like Clover had. In short: she got a compete and contiguous system. With Clover and it’s app based method, she had to rely on many companies that provided the product with there own interface, and methods both in functionality. Also in provided or didn’t provide  services and modifications and training. With Clover it was more like you have 14 teachers each not talking to each other, and some don’t provide training. While with CCS you have 1 instructor, with one contiguous application that is built to be seamless and conclusive.
To see some of the features you can visit the youtube  channel for CCS at youtube.com/ccspos.
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Get Your Head out of the Clouds: The Real Cost of Cloud Based POS

Cloud based point of sale (POS) systems are becoming increasingly popular amongst small business owners all over the world, but are they really the best option for your business both financially and with the features they provide?

The answer to that question is a resounding no. Despite a few obvious up-front advantages which are used to get customers in the door, more often than not cloud based POS systems do not provide as much of an advantage as their providers would lead you to believe.

For example with a cloud based POS system you will be able to manage your business on the move, possibly incur lower upfront costs, get instantaneous updates to your POS software, you won’t have to directly deal with ensuring your data is secure, and you’ll even be able to give your employees access to the software outside of work. However in this case the cost simply outweighs the benefits.

Cloud Based POS Pricing Data

As you can see the purple chart represents typical pricing for cloud based tablet POS system and the green represents a CCS hardware based POS solution. With the cloud based tablet system you will incur lower upfront costs because the cost is more spread out over the course of the year; with CCS you will pay more upfront, but substantially less as the year goes on. Ultimately leading to a lower overall first year expense if you chose to use a CCS POS solution instead of a cloud based system. That doesn’t even mention the 3 year warranty on equipment that comes standard with your CCS solution compared to the 1 year warranty you’ll get with most cloud based solutions.

With that pricing information in mind here are a few more cons to using a cloud based POS system in your business.

Monthly Leasing Fees

With a cloud based POS system you will be paying a monthly leasing fee for the duration of time that you are using the system. If you would have went with the CCS option you’d own it by now. No more annual renewal fees. No more feeling trapped.

Be Sure to Budget for Annual Updates

With a cloud based POS system comes automatic annual updates, which in theory sound awesome. That is until you realize that with the latest and greatest version of your software comes unforeseen higher costs. The costs coupled with the fact that you have to update your software at a time that is convenient for your provider, but not necessarily your business can make these updates more trouble than they’re worth.

Internet Dependent?

With a cloud based system if the internet goes down so does your POS system. Now tethering such an integral part of your business to the internet, which can go down, is a risk some companies will make that even more difficult by blaming any issues that they have on the internet your internet service provider.

Now that you have all the facts, it will be that much easier to get your head out of the clouds and switch to a CCS POS solution. Request a quote today.

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