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    Top ten Features in the latest Futura release – 3.36

    Thursday, September 19, 2019

    The latest version of Futura, V3.36 is available now, it contains a wide variety of additional features to improve your Futura experience. Some of the enhancements add new or extend capabilities either requested by users, or identified as part of a programme of continuous improvement, and others are improvements to processes and screens you are already familiar with. If you need help with implementing or understanding any of the features or are undecided about upgrading to the latest version don’t forget we are here to…

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    Group Training dates 2019

    Monday, March 18, 2019

    Now available on the Futura website are the dates for 2019’s Group Training sessions.  These sessions are open to all our customers and are a highly cost effective option for training new staff or refreshing existing staff knowledge. At a cost of only £175-00 + VAT per delegate per day, including light refreshments and lunch, this is unbeatable value. To ensure the quality of the training delivered the maximum number of delegates that can be accommodated in one session is 8.* At the beginning of each session the…

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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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    Best ten features in the latest version of Futura – 3.34

    Wednesday, June 20, 2018

    There are a whole host of additional features and product upgrades to improve functionality, productivity and ease of use in version 3.34 of Futura.  Some will add new or extended capabilities either requested by users, or identified as part of a programme of continuous improvement, and others are improvements to processes and screens you are already familiar with. The new version is available now, some of you have it already, if you need help with implementing or understanding any of the features or are undecided…

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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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Futura4data's item load function

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…

Cath Kidston Shanghai

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…

Steamer Trading set to double in size with Futura

Specialist kitchenware retailer Steamer Trading began life in 1985 on Alfriston High Street in Sussex and today the company operates 27 stores across the South of England in cherished high street locations and each with its own very distinctive character As interest in healthy home cooking fuels the desire for quality kitchenware, so Steamer Trading continues to expand, with two new stores and a transactional website added in 2012 and a further five stores in the pipeline for 2013. Despite the very challenging economic backdrop,…

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Reflecting on RBTE

We had a great show this year at the third annual Retail Business Technology Exhibition (RBTE) which has truly established itself as ‘the’ must attend Retail Tech show in the UK.  We met lots of interesting retailers over the course of 2 days and noticed a distinctive change in the requirements retailers were keen to discuss. Previously this show has always been about ‘what’s new’, but we found we were simply not being hit with this question this year.  It seemed to us coming away…

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