How do I integrate with a POS system?

You might be running business from a cash register and/or your trusty laptop, or you could have a POS system but you’re not sure if it will scale up for your next phase of online operations. To find out how to integrate with a POS system, it’s best to evaluate your integrated POS system needs.

Integrated POS system evaluation

From what needs to connect to how you want it to function, itemise your needs and pain points by writing a list of day-to-day requirements. This will form the basis of what integrated POS system will be ultimately right for you.

You don’t need to know the jargon or every little function that might be possible with a POS. Start with what you know and your business needs.

For example:

  • Are you doing some of the same jobs twice? Like re-entering information in two different places?
  • Have you heard about functionality that isn’t available to you currently? Like customisable dockets and automated returns and refunds?
  • Is reconciliation and accounting a too-manual process for you? Could they be linked to make life easier?
  • What about integrating in-store with online? Some of the older POS systems don’t have the grunt required, so you may require an update.

What to look for

Once you better understand your business challenges and/or needs, your best bet is to talk to someone who specialises in integration. At Tyro we can help you with payment integration – for example figuring out whether your current POS system has an API we can connect it to – and we can answer any questions you may have about POS systems and website integration.

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