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    Ready for Christmas? – 9 tricks for POS performance

    Wednesday, November 7, 2018

    Post first published on The Retail Bulletin here. The busiest time of year for most retailers is upon us once again and with sales during the festive period accounting for a considerable proportion of annual revenues your preparations for merchandising, shop displays, and festive marketing should be well underway. Optimising performance at the till is also crucial and there are a number of areas to think about as the big shopping events of Black Friday and Christmas approach. Here are 9 tricks to get you…

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    Making Till Receipts Work Harder

    Thursday, November 1, 2018

    How often do you think about the humble till receipt? It is, of course, an essential record of each transaction and if a customer needs to return something they need to hang on to it. But in the run-up to the festive season you might be thinking about how you can turn your till receipts into promotional tools, or at the very least make them work harder.  Perhaps you want to change or modify the text printed on your receipts. Maybe add a Christmas greeting,…

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    Improving your merchandising ensuring customer loyalty

    Friday, April 20, 2018

    By Tina Royall, Marketing Director at Futura Retail Solutions Retail can be a fine balance between limiting how much capital is tied up in stock and ensuring customers aren’t disappointed when items aren’t available. For lifestyle and fashion brands this can be especially challenging with changing trends, seasonal variations and even geographic differences to think about. So the ability to plan your inventory accurately, achieve the right balance between different product categories, sizes and colours, while maximising sell-through and minimising any losses from discounting or…

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    How to Choose the Right POS System for Your Retail Business

    Wednesday, February 21, 2018

    What to consider when choosing an EPoS system 1. Meeting the daily demands of your customers One of the most important business decisions a retailer will ever make is the POS system they use. In fact, today’s competitive market demands a system that meets the daily demands of your customer even during the busiest days of the year. Studies have shown that customers who experience a smooth payment process are more likely to use that retailer again. Whether the shopper is returning an unwanted gift…

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    Easier & faster… with Futura4Data

    Tuesday, January 30, 2018

    Getting data in and out of your retail system is one of those essential tasks that many of you are probably faced with every day and one that can be quite laborious and time-consuming, especially if you are typing information in manually. That’s why we created Futura4Data – a flexible user-friendly interface to import and export bulk data in Futura using files rather than manual data entry. Its designed to save you time, improve accuracy and even automate recurring tasks. It’s a modular solution covering…

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    Merry Christmas From Futura – 2017 Highlights

    Thursday, December 14, 2017

    Futura’s 2017 User Group was a chance for Futura’s customers to hear of key technical developments, meet like-minded retailers and learn more about optimising their EPOS platform over 2 days. The feedback from the event was very positive, the topics that generated the most interest were:

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    Catch Up And learn More With Futura’s Next User Group Forum October 2017

    Thursday, August 10, 2017

    Futura’s next user group forum coming soon on 10 and 11 October 2017!  Dates: 10th or 11th October Location: Royal Berkshire Conference Centre, Madejski Stadium, Reading, Berkshire Delegate Passes: Two free delegate passes per customer Yes, it’s that time again; we are excited to announce Futura’s next User Group Forum for all customers, taking place early October. Your chance to catch up, discover more and swap experiences. This is your event, designed to unveil and explain the benefits of all key developments, but also a great…

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    Getting a handle on till behaviour – new POS Audit Reports from Futura

    Thursday, May 25, 2017

    Delivering business transparency at the till? Improving cashier productivity at the till and increasing customer service continue to be some of the big challenges facing retailers of all sizes. Shrinkage too is still a problem. One way to get on top of this is to improve your understanding of till behaviour. Good analysis here can tell you a lot about how your business is performing and will help you to identify star performers. Importantly it can also show where training might be required to correct…

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    Nuts about Loyalty – Futura launches Squirrel at RBTE 2017

    Tuesday, April 18, 2017

    Futura Retail Solutions, whose customers include Cath Kidston and Oliver Bonas, will showcase a brand new real-time, points-based, loyalty card system at RBTE 2017, designed to encourage brand loyalty and give retailers a valid reason to contact their customers directly. It interfaces seamlessly with the company’s FuturaERS head office and EPOS technology, plus other third party systems. Squirrel Loyalty, from Futura, is a flexible loyalty solution, ensures incentives and rewards are consistent across channels, and up-to-date customer and purchase data is available in real-time, anywhere…

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    Delivering Positive Online & Superb In-Store Experiences to Increase Repeat Business – Part 2

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

    In our previous post “Delivering Positive Online & Superb In-Store Experiences to Increase Repeat Business – Part 1” we discussed: Taking advantage of your customer is bad for business Championing customers service with your in-store experience The correct stock in the right place at the right time Part 2 continues with information on empowering staff and making the experience more personal. Intuitive Systems Empower Staff to Focus on What Matters In-store, customers also expect accurate information about product availability.  But the retail industry has a…

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Successful upgrade at Lovisa in Australasia to version 3.26.

Futura Australia recently assisted their customer Lovisa, a fashion jewellery and hair accessories retailer with over 180 stores across Australasia,  http://www.lovisa.com.au,  in upgrading to the latest version of Futuras Retail management software.  Version 3.26 is now available for general release and is already being used by hundreds of Futura users. Lovisa IT Manager, Ching Fu, worked to an extremely tight schedule and successfully upgraded 170+ Australian and New Zealand branches over 2 nights. The remaining branches in Singapore, Malaysia and South Africa were upgraded before…

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Futura4Loyalty – Futura’s Secret Weapon to Dramatically grow your Sales

With price being the deciding factor on the High Street, are you doing everything you can to keep your customers closer and feeling rewarded? Would greater customer insights make your promotions more profitable? What could you do with the details of 40,000 loyal customers and how much extra turnover could that bring you? For a quick way to improve your customer service, get enhanced customer profiles and to give your customers personalised offers so they can buy more of what they want check out Futura’s…

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Lulu Guinness selects Futura EPOS and Retail Management Solution to power international growth

Lulu Guinness, famous for its unique and quintessentially British designer handbags and accessories, has selected the Futura EPOS and retail management solution to drive further performance across its retail network including stores in London, New York and its growing international on-line business. Strong web integration combined with multi-language, multi-currency support were important factors for Lulu Guinness alongside real-time centralised stock management and easy data capture to track and understand its customers.   In addition to core functionality, the company will also be rolling out Futura’s…

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Fast and simple data movement with Futura4Data

Futura4Data is an advanced Data Integration tool that enables the easy  import and export of data from your Futura retail system. Examples of its use are vast but include; importing sales history from previous systems loading new product files or updating the existing one Passing stock, sales and customer information to web stores or other 3rd party systems. It has been 3 years since Futura first demonstrated Futura4Data at its User Group conference and it was and instant hit.  Many clients purchased modules the very…

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Futura Retail System Powers Cath Kidston expansion into Chinese Market

Expanding global lifestyle brand, Cath Kidston has opened two, wholly owned stores, in China’s prestigious Cloud 9 and Raffles City shopping malls in Shanghai, both powered by Futura’s international EPOS and merchandise management solution. The two Chinese stores have been fully integrated into Cath Kidston’s UK network and head office system which has used Futura retail technology since 2001. Mike Padfield, IT Director at Cath Kidston is confident that Futura is the right choice to support this expansion. “Previously we have worked with partners to…

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