The future is Cloud-Based POS software
There are two forms of cloud POS software: web-based and app-based. A web-based POS relies entirely on the magic of the cloud, and is accessed through a web browser. Nothing is local to your operating system, meaning that everything—your inventory, sales data, employee timekeeping, customer information, etc.—is tied up in a system that needs to be in constant communication with the servers hosting your data through an Internet connection. The front end that displays all the information is basically nothing more than a screen that’s showing you what’s really happening somewhere else. Without an Internet connection, the servers don’t receiver the request and so all you see is that little “Unable to connect to the Internet” dinosaur. Very few of web-based POS systems use HTML5 and its offline cache capabilities, so you can continue to ring up sales during internet outage. Operating during an outage does leave you with very limited functionality, which does not make web-based POS ideal solution for business operations with unpredictable internet connectivity.
On the other hand, WooPOS is a Windows 10 app-based point of sale system, takes a hybrid approach to the cloud. We use the locally-installed Microsoft SQL Express database to mirror the Cloud database. This means that even when your connection to the cloud kicks it, all of your customer data, inventory, employee accounts, etc. are still accessible locally so you’re not losing valuable data during the outage. All the sales and customer data you entered will sync back up to the cloud as soon as the connection is reestablished and you might not even notice that you lost your Internet in the first place. Because WooPOS has a built-in engine to automatically make mirror copies of the full cloud database on the local network, all functionalities will work perfectly when the internet is down. One exception could be the integration of credit card processing if it depends on the internet. Credit Card Imprinter or Offline Credit Card Processing could still store the card information to be processed when it comes back online, but you take the risk of running a purchase on a card that could be declined later. This will not be a problem if you choose not to integrate your credit card processing, or you have a backup phone line to process credit cards.