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Stephen C. Ward | 18 April 2024

4 ways unified retail software minimizes mistakes and drives success

4 ways unified retail software minimizes mistakes and drives success

To keep up with the fast-paced world of retail, you need to ensure you have the right technology in place to maintain efficiency, but if you’re still using a patchwork of separate systems to manage your business, it could be costing you more than you think. Every mistake, whether it's a pricing error or a stockout, can negatively impact the customer experience and cause you to lose out on loyalty. That’s why many retailers are looking to unified retail management software to streamline operations. Here are four ways the right software can help:

1. Instant changes to prices and promotions

Retailers frequently adjust prices and promotions to attract customers and stay competitive. But if you still copy information manually across multiple systems, it’s likely your information will be full of errors and discrepancies across your different touchpoints. For example, maybe a customer wants to buy a t-shirt listed as 20% off on the rack, but when they scan it at the POS, the discount doesn’t apply. Or maybe you have an ongoing BOGO (buy one, get one free) deal on bodywash, but the offer is nowhere to be found on your online store.

These inconsistencies can cause a lot of friction for your customers and potentially cause you to miss out on valuable sales. To mitigate this risk, you need to make sure you have software that allows you to update prices and promotions centrally and automatically send the changes to all your touchpoints. When you have control over your information from a central system, you can ensure your information is always up to date and accurate no matter where your customers shop with you.

2. Automated replenishment processes

Maintaining optimal inventory levels is essential for meeting customer demand and maximizing sales opportunities. However, manual replenishment processes leave room for human error, leading to inaccurate or unreliable information that can negatively impact your stock levels. On top of that, it can be a lot more difficult to effectively plan for demand if you don’t have a solid overview of your inventory. For example, if you own a bookstore and there’s a movie adaptation for a romance book coming out soon, you may see that book start to fly off the shelves until you’re suddenly out of stock! And if you want to reorder, it can be a complete guessing game as to how much you’ll need.

Thankfully, the right retail management system should enable you to automate replenishment tasks, making it easier to keep your shelves full of the right products, in the right amounts. This means you can set specific rules and parameters for items to accurately predict stock requirements and generate purchase orders automatically. And with a system like LS Central, which gives you a complete, real-time view over your inventory, you can strategically redistribute stock across locations based on factors like capacity, assortment, and seasonality. This way, you can plan for demand of items, like a popular romance book, and swiftly reallocate surplus inventory from another store location to maximize your sales potential.

3. Clear overview of customer data

Understanding your customers' preferences, behaviors, and purchase history is crucial if you want to be able to deliver personalized shopping experiences and build long-term loyalty. But using separate systems that can’t communicate with each other can hinder your ability to gain valuable insights and target customers effectively.

With a unified retail management system, you can collect all your data from all your different touchpoints in a single database. This means you only need to enter information once, giving you a single version of the truth and eliminating the need for time-consuming manual work. And when you can keep track of all your customers and sales data from a central system, you can easily segment your customer base and tailor the customer journey to their needs. For example, you can see your best-selling and least popular items, how often specific items go out of stock, your peak hours, how many people used the 30% off coupon, etc., and decide what actions you should take to improve the customer experience.

4. Robust cloud security

Today, an increasing number of retailers are transitioning from traditional on-premises software to cloud-based solutions. With on-premises software, retailers are burdened with the responsibility of updating their own hardware and software, which often becomes a lengthy and complex process when using multiple separate systems. But having to maintain the software yourself can leave your business vulnerable, increasing the risk of cyberattacks and the possibility of losing your data if the system goes down.

When you use Software as a Service (SaaS)-based retail management software, all these concerns are transferred over to your service provider. Take LS Central for example, which operates in the highly secure and reliable Microsoft cloud. With LS Central SaaS, you can stay up to date with the latest version of the software automatically, including all the latest features and functionality, eliminating the need for complex integrations. And you can feel peace of mind knowing your data is stored securely in the cloud, protected by advanced security features and round-the-clock monitoring to safeguard against any possible cyber threats.

Looking to simplify your operations? Look no further! Contact our experts and discover how LS Central can meet your business needs.

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