Dan Albrecht
By Dan Albrecht on October 13, 2020

6 Must-Have Features of a Convenience Store POS System

In the last few years, a new breed of convenience store POS systems has emerged. These new POS systems offer advanced features and functions designed to serve the unique needs of your business and industry. Additionally, these convenience store POS systems deliver an improved customer experience.

The question is – what features will benefit your unique convenience store the most?

6 Features of a Great Convenience Store POS System

As an industry-leading POS system provider, we've helped thousands of convenience store business owners orient toward sustained POS success. Additionally, we've helped these organizations identify high-value POS features.

If you're searching for a new POS system or replacing a legacy system, here is a list of the most valuable convenience store POS features. Use this list to identify the very best POS vendor for your unique business.

1. Hotkey Shortcuts

Streamline repetitive tasks and produce fewer errors with POS system hotkeys. The use of hotkeys allows users to look up produce and other non-barcoded items. Additionally, these products can be easily arranged and sorted to prevent user error.

Ultimately, hotkeys reduce checkout time by eliminating sorting through the PLU. In this way, users can deliver improved and expedited customer experiences.

Related: Upgrading From a Cash Register to a POS System Can Elevate Business

2. EBT and Debit Capabilities

The best convenience store POS systems allow customers to pay with EBT, debit, and other forms of payment. By accepting major forms of payment, business owners can rapidly expand their customer base and increase profits.

Moreover, most convenience store POS systems allow business owners to control the items that can be paid for using EBT. Additionally, users should be able to check the balance of the EBT card post-sale.

3. Employee Management and Payroll

Remove the administrative burden of manually calculating hours and let the POS system do the work for you. Utilize an employee time clock, set individual pay rates, and manage payroll with single-click reporting. It should be noted that some high-end POS systems integrate with paycheck companies. In this way, business owners and managers can cut checks right inside the system.

4. Theft and Inventory Loss Prevention

For many business owners, employee theft and inventory loss is an unfortunate reality. In some instances, employee theft accounts for major financial loss.

According to The Balance Small Business contributor Marianne Bonner, "Many small businesses are victims of thefts perpetrated by employees. When choosing an asset to steal, employees often opt for cash. Cash is king from the standpoint of an employee thief. It is easy to steal from a safe or cash register and is highly liquid."

For this reason, POS Nation comes equipped with security to deter shrinkage. In this scenario, you might consider enforcing strict controls over the register's "no sale" button. This limits employee access to the cash register when there isn't a transaction taking place.

Related: 3 Ways Your POS Helps Identify Employee Theft

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5. Employee Management and Payroll

Remove the administrative burden of manually calculating hours and let the POS system do the work for you. Utilize an employee time clock, set individual pay rates, and manage payroll with single-click reporting. It should be noted that some high-end POS systems integrate with paycheck companies. In this way, business owners and managers can cut checks right inside the system.

6. Identification and Age Verification

Checking identification and age is something many convenience stores have to contend with. Age verification is a major requirement for tobacco and alcohol sales. POS Nation takes the guesswork out of age verification by allowing users to simply scan all major forms of identification. This feature protects your store, employees, and helps you avoid major fines and penalties for infractions.

Related: The Best Convenience Store POS System

POS Nation Powers Convenience Stores Nationwide

When it comes to POS systems, a lot has changed in recent years. Today, modern POS systems give convenience stores the ability to deliver powerful customer experiences and improved checkout processes. It's one of the reasons why more convenience store business owners and managers partner with POS Nation.

In fact, Quick Service Mart, a neighborhood convenience store, invested in POS Nation to support product pricing and inventory counts.

 

To date, we've helped more than 10,000 merchants. To guide your own purchase, we've created a simple resource: The POS System Buyers' Guide. Use this helpful guide to streamline your POS system decision-making. If you have any additional questions or concerns, POS Nation is here to help. New call-to-action

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Published by Dan Albrecht October 13, 2020
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