In order to allow for customers who have had existing WooCommerce or Shopify stores to get up and going with the software quickly, we’ve added import tools that will automatically create items in your inventory from the items on your ecommerce store. This is supported both through Windows and ThunderPOS.net.
The importer is designed to work for the majority of customers in as simple a manner as possible; if you’re needing to do something more complex, such as importing custom fields from WooCommerce or tags from Shopify, you may need to use the spreadsheet method of importing to the software.
Please also note that after you’ve used the importer, the syncing will flow as normal – changes to price or description on the WooCommerce or Shopify ends won’t flow into ThunderPOS, for example. This is simply a tool to allow a new user with an existing site to quickly hit the ground running with ThunderPOS.
There are a few options you’ll need to select for the importer. For WooCommerce, you’ll need to pick if you’re importing just new or just used items, or if you have an attribute on variations to indicate whether it’s new or used.
For both WooCommerce and Shopify, there are a few fields that you have to decide how to import. For WooCommerce, the default suggestion is to import description into the notes field, and the short description into the description field.
For Shopify, the default is to import the Body to notes, the Type to category, and the Vendor to manufacturer.
For either, you’ll need to select whether you want to import items that have blank SKUs on the ecommerce side. Importing these items will assign a randomly generated UPC as the SKU, and this will include setting that on the ecommerce site. Item IDs are a required field for ThunderPOS, so if you don’t let it assign SKUs and haven’t assigned one yourself, the item will be skipped.
Many people we speak with are established stores using point of sale systems that aren’t a great fit, but they’re worried about the work of moving over. One tool that can make this easier is the spreadsheet importer, which can be used to quickly bring in information about your customers or inventory. If you want to carry data over from your old point of sale, this is the best way to do that. This can also be used if you are getting in a large initial order for a new store and want to bring it in from a spreadsheet.
We’re adding another credit card integration, utilizing PAX terminals. These devices are android-based, and support chip, swipe, and contactless payment. They’re also connected to your network, instead of directly connecting to your PC.
As stores look to draw customers coming out of the pandemic, more and more are adding some simple food and drink service options. Along with this, we’ve had requests for some way to handle tips, especially with the integrated credit card options.
For credit cards, we’re going to be offering tips at the time of transaction. When using an EMV device, the device will prompt the customer for adding a tip. Depending on your integration, this may be available in 126.96.36.199 or may be further down the road. In all cases, tips are an optional feature; you don’t have to worry that you’ll suddenly be asking the customer for a tip if you’re a store where that would be inappropriate.
By necessity, the register templates that are built in to ThunderPOS are a little one-size-fits-all. There are several options, and more through the template exchange in the register designer, but these will usually have functions a particular store may not need or want. What you can do is to lay out your buttons yourself.
Want repairs in your record shop, but not rentals or special orders? Have a need to simplify things for the part time employees in your game shop? This approach can get your register to have exactly what you need and no more.
One of the biggest advantages you’ll get from using ThunderPOS over a more generic system is the amount of information that can be set about each product in inventory management. These will give your store an advantage over using something like Lightspeed or Quickbooks. Many of these are specifically used for industries like a friendly local game store, a record store, or a vape shop.
There are many, many things you can set about every item. Some of them, virtually any point of sale worth using will have – things like the name of the item or the SKU. However, here we’re going to go over the more specialized ones.
There are many products you may be selling that should only be bought by those of a certain age. This is particularly important to vape shops. Often, by state law, failing to control who you’re selling either tobacco or vape supplies to could result in fines or loss of your business license.
Some states will even perform sting operations, which can result in great legal difficulties.
ThunderPOS gives you tools to help avoid these problems. These tools also can be used to make entering a customer simpler. Let us show you how to keep your vape supplies or other age restricted items secure from underaged purchasers.