SoftSell POS, a point of sale package specifically for 12 volt retailers, is returning to the market after many years.
The software was once used by hundreds of car audio retailers and is still in use at about 40 shops, who continued to favor it, despite the fact that the company focused its efforts on cellular shops for the past 20-plus years.
The software monitors sales, clocks in employees, calculates wages, schedules appointments and more. Owner Roy Kaplan says the advantage of the program is that it’s easy to learn and it can be updated quickly.
Kaplan was originally a car audio retailer with three stores in the Boston area. “I bought a POS package I didn’t like, so I started developing my own. In the mid 90’s I went into the business of selling it and I did that for 10 years,” he said.
Cellphone sales began picking up then and Kaplan developed a POS package aimed at cellphone stores. His program was used in 500 cellular stores until those shops began closing.
“A year ago I decided to go back to the POS people using [SoftSell] that have been paying me a license for 20 years,” Kaplan said. “If they are still using it after 25 years, there’s got to be something there. This is what I’m going to do now.”
The advantage of SoftSell is that it’s easy to learn and use and can quickly adapt to changes in the industry, claimed Kaplan. A dealer suggestion can be executed in a week.
Kaplan has been upgrading the program for several months now. He improved the resolution for bigger monitors and added functions such as texting appointment reminders to customers. He also improved the program’s speed.
SoftSell is adding tablet capability for use on the sales floor for appointment setting, job estimates, invoicing and price checks. The new version displays current up-to-the-minute stock levels, even with multiple stores.
The system is both local and online. It offer benefits from both online SQL servers and local database systems (both local and wide area networks). It has automatic offsite backups and multiple location communications.
Other software features include inventory control, purchase orders, and returned merchandise.
SoftSell POS v6 software will be in locations this month and will be available to new users before January 1st. Free demos are available.
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