Computer System in the Context of Retail Business


Anthony Wu 11CS2

Today, retailing businesses have to had up to date technology in order to
be successful. Accurate, efficient communication sending and receiving can
affect the business. So it is very important that to have the latest technology
such as computers and networks. Retailing on a local and global scale can also
affect how successful is the business. Locally, efficient networking that
retailing businesses had allow customers purchase goods more faster such as the
new bar-code scanners in supermarkets helps customers reduce time waiting in
order to purchase goods. Globally, such as trading, eg: a computer retailing
store may like to purchase some stock from over seas, they can make contracts by
using the Internet.
Computer systems in retail trading on a local and global scale played an
important role in today\'s society. Computer systems such as : the supermarket
POS system, provides efficient and accurate calculations when customers
purchasing goods. Absolut Software, provides a host of state-of-the-art
capabilities vital for increasing sales and productivity. Absolut Software will
easily reduce the number of operators and supporting hardware by 15 percent.
Absolut Software provides a training mode for novices and a high-speed mode for
the experienced.

Features: * Complete mailing list management * Promotion tracking * Catalog and
telemarketing * Importing sub-system * On-line order entry * Inventory control
(multi-site, serialized, lot number, decimal quantities, and style-color-size) *
Credit card billing * Computer-driven in-store POS with "Suspend and Hold;"
availability displayed * Wildcard search * User-definable extended search *
Unlimited text and binary (graphics) storage for key fields * A complete
financial (A/R, A/P, G/L) sub-system * E.D.I.

And the international network system which brought customers information, e-mail
address, and contract forms of customers are interested.

A retail computer system can do tasks such as:
Stock control is the control and how much stock were around the business,
and the price of the items. Eg: Such as the SMART System is a totally integrated
and interactive retail business system that includes the following modules:
Order Entry, Inventory Management, Sales Analysis, Accounts Payable, Accounts
Receivable, Monthly Lease, Financial Accounting, Payroll, and Customer Mailing.
Modules may be purchased separately if desired. An optional module for contracts
and insurance calculation and form printing, known as EZYCALC, is also available
and can be integrated into the system. The system was originally programmed for
the Retail Furniture Industry but works equally well for any big ticket retail
operation. All affected files are updated as each transaction is keyed providing
real-time information and reports also the system will handle multiple and
remote store operations.
Personnel Management is the system which kept the record of employees
and staff, also the information of their salary, holidays and absent days. The
system is designed to manage is wages and staff going right or not.
Checkout Eg: The Easy Sale Scan is a bar-code scanning point of sale
application which automatically organizes business functions from any central
computer site. Bar-code scanning minimizes keyboard data entry errors and user
frustration while providing unlimited information selection, transmission,
updating, and reporting.

Features: * Automatically calculates quantity discounts, special customer
discounts, sales tax amounts, credit limit verification, and change due. * The
Work-in-Progress feature automatically generates a current production schedule
of orders to be processed by customer or product. * The Inventory feature flags
price fluctuations or dangerously low stock quantities on site. * A built-in
expert system displays the latest trends for re-order decision support. * A
universal API provides open connectivity to any database or hardware platform.
Easy Sale Scan is currently portable to over 140 computer platforms.
Customised labels can help customers to know which region of store sales
which item and show customers new items which were out. * Hardware played by
retailing store:
Point of Sale System is designed for retail and/or wholesale businesses
that need to generate at-counter customer invoices and monitor product inventory
levels. This easy-to-use system improves employee cash handling efficiency and
accuracy by displaying all cash transaction data. It supports split tender
payments, unit of measure pricing (including metric pricing) and "look up"
features that allow the user to view product, price, and customer information
directly on the terminal. The reports generated include margin, price, inventory
valuation, minimum on hand, and daily summary. For multistore chains and
franchises, a remote store processing add-on is available. The system interfaces
with Accounts Receivable, General Ledger, and Purchase Order Management. Single
and multi-user versions are available..
The electronic funds transfer and payment processing system. The system
performs credit card sales, refunds and voids. It also performs debit card sales
and voids and has full transaction "stand-in" store-and-forward capabilities to
maintain sales activity if transmission lines