Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Budgeting Tips for Point of Sale

Many retailers shake their heads in wonder over what to budget for retail technology. Imagine going to a car dealership and thinking that car payments would be comparable to your mortgage or rent, you would be pleasantly surprised. Now imagine you thought that your car payments should be the equivalent of a pint of ice cream - not such a pleasant surprise.

Surprisingly, there is a lack of data on what to budget for
point of sale. The concept of a budget is frequently glossed over in manuals, books and ebooks - sometimes limited to only a token mention "create a business plan".

Ideally, an experienced retail consultant can be brought in
as you are starting up your shop to really help you cover all bases, greatly increasing your chances of success in the long haul. If this isn't possible, we recommend speaking with successful shops who can help you determine what retail technology you may need to guaranty success in the long run, what features help them, what they wish they had, etc.

A solid rule of thumb is as follows: 2% of your yearly gross
sales for the initial purchase of software, hardware, installation and training for a point of sale system. Retailers should ALSO be sure to budget 1% of their yearly sales towards maintenance, upgrades and the like.

Note that this is the GROSS profit, defined as - "total income
from sales, salary, etc., BEFORE any deductions". Deductions would include inventory, payroll, rent and taxes.
For a list of our recommended retail consultants, listed by state.