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Getting IT right with a POS that has all the adequate inventory features is imperative for the apparel retail business to have efficient stock management and comprehensive performance analysis.

 

It is also essential that each POS communicates and exchanges real-time data with the central server so that the main inventory database gets updated upon completion of each sales transaction. Similarly, all other data must always be current and accessible to your employees at the POS, and in the back office.

 

Inventory Software For Apparel Stores

 

Inventory software for the apparel industry must support any style or article number with attributes for managing clothing sizes, colors, and length detail when required.

 

This architecture helps retailers pull up the information quickly on products sold and stock statuses of individual styles. Otherwise, the result would be slow and cumbersome in retrieving information on products and their attributes.

Aralco supports multiple dimensions per style or article such as color and size grid.

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It is equally important that the inventory module allows you to categorize each style or article by brand, season, collection, and so on with the ultimate motive to be able to analyze business performances by season and brand. The other motivation is to be able to produce stock status by seasons for aging analysis.

 

 

Aralco POS for Apparel

 

Aralco's apparel POS software supports an unlimited number of attributes with dimension tables for COLORS and SIZES such as Large, Medium, Small, or any other size coding.

 

The values in each dimension table are user-definable hence you can name them according to your requirement.

 


 

The Apparel POS software from Aralco supports up to 4 dimension tables per product or style. A product can be set up with one dimension table for COLOR only, while another can have two dimension tables (or more), for example with a COLOR and SHIRT SIZE table.

 

 

Other Important features from Aralco -

 

Season & Collection management
User-definable categories i.e. top, bottom, brand, gender, fabric & etc.
Stock aging and Sell-Through Analysis by season/Brand
Mass promotion markdowns by seasons
Membership -  Loyalty Programs - Gift Card
E-commerce Integration

 

 

Customer Profiling

 

An optional module from Aralco enables the designing and creation of screens with user-definable data fields for capturing information about your customers such as their age group, occupations, favorite designs, colors, brands, or sizes they wore, and any other fields important for reporting, event targeting or EDM purposes - read more.

 

 

 
 

Retailers are looking for ways to facilitate online and offline integration and simplify the deployment and management of in-store technology.

 

This is a great step towards increased sales for bricks-and-mortar stores, as one benefit physical stores will always have over online retailers is the ability for the consumer to see, touch, taste and try things before making a purchase.

 

Research shows that bricks-and-mortar stores are still the preferred shopping outlets for most consumers. Reports by IBM and the National Retail Federation say that despite being digitally native, Generation Z still prefers to shop in physical stores.

 

And with the global Gen Z population set to reach 2.6 billion by 2020, retailers need to create more interactive engagement around their brands to serve this always-on, mobile-focused and high-spending demographic. They expect a more personalized and engaging shopping experience, whether it’s online or in-store.

“Advancements in touchscreen technology are uniquely positioned to help deliver a cost-effective solution,” says Maarten Bais, vice president, and general manager, Europe, Middle East, and Africa, at Elo.

 

“As experts in touch technology, we learned through research and experience how touch is such a basic human instinct. The same goes for in-store. Shoppers still want to touch, feel and try the products before buying.

 

By taking advantage of these key needs, which can’t be replicated online, retailers can accompany shoppers all the way through their buying journey.”

 

E-commerce Integration with POS, Inventory & Customer Orders

 

 

An in-store touchscreen can bring all the benefits of online shopping into the physical store. 

 

Integrating any digital component into a store, even on a small scale, will create an improved customer experience that gives shoppers the best of both worlds.

 

By bringing the website or app in-store, retailers are creating an instant omnichannel experience. 

 

For many retailers, in-store e-commerce has become a way to improve customer service, facilitate transactions and deliver an integrated technology experience.

 

Having a payment option at the point of purchase, instead of directing the customer towards a counter with a long line, can make a difference for the tech-savvy shopper.

 

 

A customer can complete the purchase right from the virtual fitting room or through an interactive terminal while having the item in hand or fresh in their mind, Retailers can instantly add extra options based on loyalty points, shopper behavior, or search history.

 

It does not mean store associates are no longer needed. It adds to their role, giving them time to get from behind the counter to interact with the customer, giving advice, checking the inventory, and improving the customer service.

 

interactive in-store shopping experience through 
state-of-the-art touch technology

 
 

The bricks-and-mortar shopping experience is evolving rapidly and changing for the good.

 

Tomorrow’s in-store shopping experience will be more interactive through state-of-the-art touch technology, more personalized through the smarter use of data capture and analytics, and more mobile through commercial-grade mobile point-of-sale and deployment of mobile apps.

 

Bottom line… good for the shopper, good for the retailer.

 

Elo Digital Signages & Self-service Kiosk solutions

 

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