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Perfectionism

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Perfectionism is defined by the dictionary as "refusal to accept any standard short of perfection."

It is considered as being a psychological condition as perfection, an impossibility in reality. What tends to happen is because nothing is perfect, people do nothing, procrastinate and get depressed as nothing is done. As such it becomes a fast track to unhappiness and often leads to depression.

 

Why bring it up here in a POS software blog because too often people look at their point of sale system and they know it does much more then what they use it for but talk themselves out of using these extra features because they think it lacks something. As it is not exactly what they think they need they do nothing. 

My advice, use what you have.

Do it, once you get going you can always make it better.

It is the first step that is the hardest. The second is not so hard. The third often is easier still.

With us, you have a support network who will give you honest feedback. We can often introduce you to people that you can talk too that are doing and what you are thinking of doing. 

Remember.


 

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Bushfires 2020 continued

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Last night as it became apparent that these bushfires were growing, some of our clients in the affected areas started ringing us up for advice on taking a backup as they are moving out. Some of them had a cloud backup (its free with us so why would they not do it?) but just in case they wanted a manual backup. Thank goodness for mobiles when this is over we really need to think about improving some of the mobile phone coverage in some areas. We also need some decent rain now to end this drought.

We have three months to go on this bushfire season.

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Happy new year 2020

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Thanks for your support over 2019, we are now the second most visited site for point of sale software in Australia, only retail express beats us and not by much.

Readers, I wish you our warm and heartfelt greeting to you and your family and your business.

I hope 2020 is full of health, happiness and prosperity.  

PS My thoughts for today. I will not make any new resolutions as I never keep them anyway. Mine last year was to lose weight, it is now unchanged from the previous year, and it was a big struggle to keep it the same.  

Accept that many of the things happen in life, that I can never go back.

Switch off.

Do not worry.

Enjoy the moment

 

 

 

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Final note before 2020

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I thought I better write this before the festivities begin today and I start on the festivities.

Like this guy here, we are to leap forward. 

I like this picture as he is not looking backward. It would be dangerous for him to do so. It shows that there is no going backwards; the way things used to be is gone.

In 2020, retail in SMB will be about data. With our software, you have one of the most powerful reporting systems for real-time data and analytics. In 2019 in our market space, after a review, it was the system selected for the Australian Government trials with its major reform of EFTPOS with the CDC cards.

This real-time data and analytics can completely transform the way you handle the strategic and tactical decisions you need to make about pricing, promotions, and product placement too often much better than you can manually? 

A typical client of ours sold 20,060 different stock lines in the 2018 year. Do you think that manually they could keep track of the stock quantities needed for each of these lines in their shop, our program can! 

The time is long past when suppliers would supply you the retailer with sales data to help you sell more. You have to get it yourself. Rather than relying on guesswork and feel, to make smarter decisions for your shop.

Here are some things that our software can do: 

  1. It can predict with accurate recommendations.your stock purchases
  2. It can give you essential performance metrics KPIs
  3. It can forecast overall trends.
  4. Give you all your stock lines a sales forecast.
  5. It can do a market basket analysis that shows you what products customers are most likely to purchase together. 
  6. It can help you to optimise your pricing.

Okay, I could go on and on about this stuff with the requirements now for 20/20 vision, but I’m just going to stop here, I will discuss it more in detail later.

I do want to say now a big thank you to all my readers for a fantastic year! Your support, comments and kind words mean so much to me and I am very grateful to you all.  

Forward to 2020 

 

 

 

 

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Merry Christmas from POS Solutions!

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The holiday season begins. 

To all our readers and supporters here, thank you for your continued support this year and we hope next year you will continue to enjoy and engage with other progressive-minded retailers in debates on issues here.

So from everyone at the POS Solutions team, we would like to wish all of our readers and supporters here a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

 

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Gift Wrapping step by step

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I shared a video on gift wrapping and got so many comments that I thought I should explain.

In my grandfather's shop, grandfather was very good at wrapping gifts. It is an art to do it right. It does not take long to learn and once you can do it well, it is very quick to do. It certainly helps to sell your products. In this time of year is an important part of your offering which adds value to your store. We used to have queues with people waiting to get him to gift wrap their purchases.

This video shows how quick it can be done and how good it can look.

This video will show you how to do it. It explains step by step really well. The instructions are clear and I like the different camera angles that show clearly what she is doing. 

Also note that this woman is not wasting paper because she is using the exact amount that you would use. See how good the finished product looks. 

Give it a try.

If you want to get into gifts, its a good idea.

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We are into December, soon it will be 2020?

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I hope that everyone is prepared?

 

Being prepared

Short-term are you prepared for Christmas?

 

1) Have you checked to make sure that everything technically works? 

2) Have you checked your stock levels?

3) Staff levels?

Here is an interesting question to ask yourself, what will be the cost to your business if you cannot handle this holiday?  Are you able to deliver the level of service that your customers demand?

Medium-term are you preparing for 2020?

There is nothing you can do about change? 2020 will be different. Retail has always been changing,Change is part of the retail environment.

A stale retail operator that keep things the same is not going to attract new business. What they will do is lose a small percentage of their current business!

 

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Here is The Internet's 'Birth Certificate'

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That document is generally considered as being the internet’s birth certificate, it recorded when the two computers started communicating.

 

Note the date 50 is fifty years ago.

Do you remember your first introduction to the internet?  Mine was 24 years ago. I was talking to a guy on the phone at work. After I had fixed his problem using a modem. He told me to go to this site, download some software and once I did that to run the software, then told me to *enjoy* and hung up. 

Who knew that this would change the world so much? 

 

 

 

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What was your first purchase online?

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A Phil Brandenberger of Philadelphia used his credit card over the Internet to buy on the site, NetMarket, He brought Ten Summoner's Tales, a CD by Sting on August 11, 1994. This is considered to be the first retail transaction on the Internet.

What about you?

Mine would have been some books and DVDs from a company called Amazon, which claimed to be the biggest bookstore in the world. Because of the postage costs, I had to buy a big purchase to make it worth my while. I felt really modern and was really excited. I remember then ringing my sister and talking about an hour on how it worked.

 

 

 

 

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Storm Area 51

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Well if anyone wants an example of the power of Facebook in today's world, well here it is Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All of Us. Over 2 million people have signed up to go, although it is highly doubtful that anywhere that number will show up. 

Even if an alien or evidence of any alien technology is there which I doubt, I am sure it will not be found. If it is there, it will be moved and/or hidden today. And I doubt that any of the demonstrators will get anywhere near the base. They are quite a distance from the wall, and the wall encloses an area of 8,000 sq miles. Area 51 is about 150 sq miles and is well inside this wall. The area is protected by many guards who are instructed to shoot to kill and people have been killed trying to break in. There are good reasons for the guards' concerns to keep people out as we do know that the area has highly toxic materials lying around and two people who work in Area 51, probably died from this. I just hope no-one gets hurt.

Still, it has proven to be a significant business event, many businesses and merchandise related to this event are on offer. If you have some items that fit such an event, you should put it in front as there is undoubtedly a lot of buzz about it.

 

 

 

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