Store automation: how much does it cost?
Store automation is a set of hardware and software that can perform a minimal set of functions, be free of charge, or take on most of the daily routine tasks and calculations for a small fee.
The specific cost of automating a retail store depends on its needs. If a point of sale sells alcoholic beverages, it means that it needs to connect to the USAIS and a cash register with a scanner that supports working with this system. There are a lot of equipment options, you can take both fancy equipment and a conventional economical POS system. Barcode scanners with USAIS support cost from 800 rubles. You also need special software that will work with the desired system.
If the sale of alcohol is not included in the plans, the equipment will still need to be spent. According to the law, from July 1, all entrepreneurs must work with an online cash register. And this means-related spending on the Internet, and mandatory-on the equipment itself. There are many companies offering online checkout services, even mobile operators and, of course, manufacturers of trading SOFTWARE. In addition to the cash register and barcode scanner, you will need a computer and a receipt and code printer to mark products. Only one printer will cost from 11 thousand rubles. Also, the store needs scales to work.
But these are not the main costs. In order to find out how much it costs to automate a retail store, you need to choose a program for this. The software is undoubtedly useful and performs many functions. You can use it at a minimum, for printing checks and counting money, and you can maximize the functionality of the program – in this case, it will replace you with a commodity expert, an accountant, and an analyst. The price in any case will depend on the functionality, and therefore on how much routine you are willing to shift to the program. It’s worth it, besides, the program will not allow the mistakes a man can make through inattention or fatigue, and to train software, and staff not only that, quickly learned to operate it, can obtain different suitable for everyone levels of access to data. Developers compete in the market for automation software, so you can often find offers with a free trial period-feel free to use it.
Another important expense is related programs like 1C. there are difficulties here – this is a standard solution that has not been modified for the needs of a particular trading company. Plus-the services of specialists in installation and configuration, usually 20% of the total cost.
The same services that produce programs for trade automation can solve issues with 1C and configuration. As a rule, they have constant technical support, experts can advise on the phone, online or even go to the place. And some services are integrated with the most necessary programs, so you don’t have to buy and install them. Many similar companies also offer equipment with a pre-installed program.
It is difficult to name the specific cost of trade automation, since a lot depends on the individual characteristics of each store and the wishes of the entrepreneur. You can contact the manufacturers and calculate the price.