Choosing Between Cloud and Legacy POS Systems


If you’re looking for a POS system, you have most likely come to a point where you need to decide between a cloud-based solution and a traditional system. Buying a POS system is a long-term investment and in today’s world, our needs are changing every day.

But what are the differences between cloud-based and traditional POS systems? Let’s take a look!


Legacy Or Cloud POS?

One of the major differences between these two systems is data collection. If you have a legacy (traditional) POS system, your data is collected and stored on local servers and runs through a closed internal network. Local servers can be vulnerable in terms of crashing and leaving you without a service. In today’s world, delays can cause you to lose your customers and merchants can’t afford to be out of business because of technical problems.

With cloud POS, of course, your data is always stored in a cloud. This doesn’t only mean safety but also means mobility. It is always easier to engage customers with a mobile POS and you can access all of your reporting in real time while having a complete access to your entire database from any location with an internet connection. Also, most of the cloud POS software works offline too. Therefore, losing your internet connection doesn’t mean losing your sales.

Easy to use solutions save you time. Not all retailers have an IT expert in the house and complicated POS systems can create a problem for the businesses. Cloud-based POS is often less complicated and more importantly, the problems you face can be handled directly by the provider. When all the issues have been taken care of promptly, you can save time and money.



Lower Costs With Cloud POS

One of the biggest advantages of a cloud POS might be its pricing plan. Most of the cloud POS or ERP software companies offer a monthly payment plan which can be better for especially small and medium-size businesses. As the software provider, the POS company covers the data backups and future upgrades and won’t surprise you with additional charges in the future. Legacy POS systems require upfront fees in addition to maintenance fees if you want further versions. SaaS structure doesn’t require these costs and allows you to access to the latest updates all the time.

On the other hand, cloud-based POS software is accessed via a web browser, which means, merchants, don’t need to invest in expensive new equipment to run the system.


Long-Term Solution For Your Business

Being able to upgrade your system is always an advantage for the future. As a retailer, your needs and resources can change all the time. Adding new locations, integrating to payment systems,ERPLY australia POS point of sale mpop adding or taking out features from your subscription are very easy with the cloud POS systems, so you can always adjust it according to your needs.  

Integrating to alternative payment options can increase your customer revenue. Payment methods are improving themselves every day and consumers are expecting to be offered more alternatives. Cloud POS systems allow you to integrate to alternative payment options such as Afterpay, Apple Pay, zipPay and other complementary software for CRM, e-commerce.


About Erply

We provide cloud-based, iPad-oriented Point of Sale and Inventory Management software for retailers, with a focus on multi-store operations. Our goal is to allow retailers to focus more on business and less on IT, by providing a solution that is easy to use, cost-effective, and technologically superior. Erply’s cloud-based platform allows you to integrate to multiple payment options, e-commerce platforms, accounting software and many more.

ERPLY manages all areas of your retail organization including point of sale, sales back office, inventory management, employee payroll, accounting, customer CRM, multi-channel/ e-commerce and more, in a single integrated system.

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Jarl Karjatse

Sales And Support