Connected POS Systems Critical to Success: Meekings

AVB COO Dave Meekings describes the efficiencies, accuracy and customer satisfaction that connected POS systems provide.

In-house SYNC platform joins Gold Provider Partners

By Alan Wolf, YSN

Why have connected point-of-sale systems (POS) become so crucial to retail success? AVB’s chief operating officer, Dave Meekings, counted the ways before a packed house at Monday’s Convention General Session.

First, by way of background, a connected POS system is an automated platform that can streamline one’s business by managing inventory, purchasing and invoicing, Meekings explained. Moving from manual to automated processes improves speed, accuracy, visibility and efficiency, he said, boosting every aspect of one’s business and freeing up one of the most precious dealer commodities, time.

Moreover, a connected POS system is critical for meeting customer demand for up-to-date pricing, promotional and in-stock information, and their ability to complete a purchase where and when they want, whether online or in-store, Meekings said.

To help members plug in to this essential tool, BrandSource has partnered with a core group of Gold Providers, including ePass, Profit Systems, Storis, Whirlwind and Windward, whose POS platforms can fully integrate with AVB’s sales arsenal to keep dealers competitive in today’s marketplace. Moreover, he said, the group’s own simplified in-house solution, called SYNC, has successfully completed its beta test phase and is now available to all interested members. First announced at Summit, the cloud-based Sync was custom-built to meet the specific needs of independent appliance and furniture dealers and ensure a simple setup, seamless integration and an easy-to-use interface.

“Plugging into a connected POS is really one of the most important decisions a member can make to grow their business,” he said, and urged Convention attendees to sign up for a first come, first served implementation.

BrandSource, a unit of YSN publisher AVB Inc., is nationwide buying group for independent appliance, furniture, mattress and CE dealers.

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