The day after Thanksgiving is the busiest shopping day of the year for consumers and one of the most important for you as a retailer. If you haven’t had a lot of extra time to think about how you’ll gear up and prepare for the holiday shopping season, it’s time to start planning. Here are a few tools and tips to help you easily meet Black Friday sales demands.
Checkout lines can look like a bottleneck on the expressway during the holidays. If this is the case for your business you might want to rethink how customers pay for their purchases. Acquiring easy-to-use card readers can help you speed up the checkout process, enabling your employees to accept credit cards using mobile devices like an iPhone, iPad or an Android tablet during your peak seasons. The mobility enables you to have additional checkout centers, and the low cost allows you to scale to meet demands without investing a lot of money.
Empower your sales associate to serve customers when and where they are ready to purchase. Waiting in line gives customers time to think and a chance to re-evaluate what they’ve picked out for themselves. They start to analyze things like cost, necessity, and if what they have in their cart is really “worth it”. If you think “shopping cart abandonment” happens only online, think again.
Whether you run a clothing boutique, wine shop, or jewelry store, a scanner is a crucial component of your POS hardware. Manually entering prices or items is time consuming and inefficient. With a barcode scanner you can minimize lines for customers and maximize efficiency for your business- ringing up a cartful of products in mere minutes.
You can never be too prepared for the holiday rush. It’s Murphy’s Law that if something can go wrong it will go wrong at the worst possible time. So now is the time to plan for as many scenarios as you can imagine. Stock up on extra labels, purchase backup batteries for scanners, buy surplus paper for your receipt printers, and even have a prevention plan for sick employees.
Don’t miss out on your chance to make the best of this holiday season.
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