CirclePOS for Groups and Franchises

July 4, 2024By Warwick SchafferFeature Articles

Ultimately, all businesses are systems. The quality and the reproducibility of those systems separates the good from the bad. A good group or franchise is, at its core, a good system.

Running a group or franchise is difficult as not only do the stores themselves need to run well, but there needs to be synchronisation and commonality between stores. Centralised information/systems are required; making cloud applications ideal.

A cloud application has the ‘have your cake and eat it’ advantage of being centralised and accessible from anywhere. If you are a multi store operation you should be looking at this kind of architecture.

A website designed specially for local bookstores

May 22, 2024By Warwick SchafferFeature Articles, News Articles

The goal of CirclePOS is to make local bookstores as good online as they are in-store. Local bookstores have the killer advantage of being just down the road and offer a genuinely personal relationship with local customers. Local bookshops will prevail over central giants if given the right tools. This article focuses on specific features, including how it’s designed and integrated into the inventory system to provide customers with a similar level of service online as they would have in-store. We have another article on why the CirclePOS website is laid out like it is.

How to Open a Bookstore

May 15, 2024By Warwick SchafferFeature Articles

Opening a bookstore is a great thing to do and you will be joining a supportive and inclusive community. Before you do, have a clear idea on what sort of store you want to be and if there is a local customer community for you. Use suppliers and associations to get advice and support and make sure you have enough capital to properly stock your store. Finally, get organised well in advance of opening, which of course includes getting a bookstore management system.

Financial Aspects of Starting a Bookstore

May 15, 2024By Matt LupiciaFeature Articles

Starting a bookstore requires careful consideration of various financial aspects. From stocking an appropriate amount of inventory to designing an efficient floor plan, every detail impacts the success of the business. Understanding the costs involved in shop fitting, signage, branding, hardware, and other essentials is crucial for planning and budgeting. By being aware of these financial aspects and making informed decisions, aspiring bookstore owners can avoid costly mistakes and create a successful and sustainable business.

Is CirclePOS right for Second Hand Bookselling

December 15, 2023By Warwick SchafferFeature Articles

Introduction Originally designed for new bookstores, CirclePOS has evolved over the years to support a growing number of second hand stores. Second hand bookselling is a specialised business with unique requirements and stock. Not least of which is the challenge of not being able to simply ‘reorder’ stock.  Although there are parts of the system … Read More

How to get website orders for books that are out of stock but on the way!

November 2, 2023By Emma VeldeFeature Articles

We have now implemented a setting that lets stores show not only that the title may be out of stock, but that it is on order and available to purchase. Quantities can also be included.  Additionally, if an item is out of stock and not on order, customers can also order the item. If stores prefer NOT to allow this kind of ordering then the ‘Notify Me’ setting can be applied.