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Move Beyond Win/DSS Limitations With Omnichannel POS

Win/DSS has been a part of retail point-of-sale systems for decades now. Although it enabled retail businesses to expand beyond the reach of manual operations, Win/DSS itself has started to lag in this age of fast retail market. From outdated technology to security vulnerabilities, retail businesses find themselves at a turning point where they must confront the limitations of their existing infrastructure and opt for an upgrade.

Let us dive deep into the challenges posed by the legacy Win/DSS platform and its solution. 

Common challenges faced with legacy Win/DSS platform

Using Win/DSS as a point-of-sale system in this day and age brings a myriad of challenges to a retail business. It includes hurdles with IT, operation flow, and personnel problems. The Win/DSS platform was initially introduced before the age of mobile POS and the digital commerce revolution. As a result, it is simply turned into an outdated system that cannot be tailored to match the growing requirements of retail business expansion. 

Outdated technology hinders operational efficiency

Legacy Win/DSS platforms often operate on dated technology stacks that struggle to keep pace with modern demands. These systems lack the agility required to meet the evolving needs of businesses. Outdated technology can source various problems such as slow processing times, limited functionality, and cumbersome user interfaces. These factors collectively affect operational efficiency and impede productivity in general. 

Compatibility issues with modern software

Compatibility issues are quite common with legacy Win/DSS platforms, especially when it comes to new-gen software. Newer software solutions are developed using updated frameworks and libraries that are not fully compatible with the outdated architecture of legacy platforms. This incompatibility leads to integration challenges, creating functionality gaps between legacy systems and modern software tools. The most common example of the same would be legacy Win/DSS struggling to integrate cloud-based solutions or other similar web-based services.

Security vulnerabilities and data integrity concerns

Outdated security protocols pose the biggest challenge for retail businesses. Legacy Win/DSS lack the robust security features that are crucial for protecting sensitive data. Moreover, the longer a system remains in operation, the greater the likelihood of unpatched vulnerabilities. Data integrity concerns also arise from data validation, integrity checks, and audit trails that are missing from legacy Win/DSS, making it difficult to ensure the accuracy & reliability of stored information.

Lack of scalability & flexibility for growing businesses

Legacy Win/DSS platform lacks the scalability required to accommodate the evolving needs of growing businesses. Such platforms are built upon rigid architectures that struggle to adapt to changing business needs such as increased transaction volumes or expanding user bases. Additionally, the lack of flexibility makes it challenging to introduce new features & workflow customisations. 

Win/DSS migration made easy with Veras CheckOut

While the challenges explained until now may feel overwhelming, the solution is relatively straightforward. With the aim of overcoming the limitations of legacy Win/DSS, Veras Retail acquired the tech in 2016. With access to the core components of the JDA stack, Veras Retail has managed to develop a more secure and robust alternative- Veras CheckOut. Veras CheckOut is a modern omnichannel POS that can single-handedly eliminate the challenges of the legacy Win/DSS platform, offering a future-proof resolution. We offer a clear migration path with Veras CheckOut so that you can easily modernise your retail businesses.

Modularize your systems 

Veras CheckOut brings a service-based architecture that allows retail businesses to modularize their systems effectively. By adopting this architecture, you can break down the platform into smaller, independent services, with each service handling a specific functionality such as strike payment processing, promotions, and clienteling. This modular approach significantly enhances flexibility & agility within the retail environment. It makes integration of new services, or removal of obsolete ones very easy, without disrupting the entire system. 

Real-time inventory management

With the real-time inventory management feature, retailers can monitor their inventory levels, movements, and availability at any time. It is a crucial requirement for optimising stock levels, primarily to prevent overstocking. By leveraging up-to-date inventory data, businesses can make informed decisions regarding purchasing and replenishment.

Simplified approach to successful promotions

Veras CheckOut simplifies the execution of complex promotional strategies through its range of features aimed at streamlined promotional activities. It allows retailers to manage a wide range of campaigns such as discounts, coupons, loyalty programs, and even targeted offers. With Veras CheckOut, you can segment your customer base, personalise promotions based on customer preferences, and track the effectiveness of each campaign in real-time. This comprehensive approach to promotional strategies enables retailers to drive customer engagement and exponential increase in sales.

Centralised control to monitor key metrics

With any modern solution, there are usually problems that revolve around the control of the system. To eliminate that, Veras CheckOut offers a centralised administration & control approach. It provides retailers with a unified dashboard through which they can monitor key metrics across their entire operation. Veras CheckOut’s central administration and control empower retailers to make data-driven decisions for continuous improvement across the organisation. 

Conclusion

The era of legacy Win/DSS platforms is long gone, considering the advancing needs of retail businesses. Right now, Win/DSS platforms struggle immensely while trying to keep up with advanced data collection policies and compatibility with modern technology. So, the time has come for you to consider ideal solutions such as Veras CheckOut to help you transform your POS. Our modern omnichannel POS is the perfect option for a variety of retail businesses looking forward to migrating from a rigid Win/DSS platform to a service-based POS. 

Want to know more about Veras CheckOut? Contact us now or visit our website verasretail.com.

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4 New Countries. 4 Currencies. 3 Months. 1 Solution.

4 New Countries. 4 Currencies. 3 Months. 1 Solution.

April 11, 2019

Completing a Complex, Multi-Country Deployment On Time & Under Budget Within 3 Months

Our latest customer success story focuses on a global retailer that leveraged our solutions and experience to successfully deploy Point-of-Sale, and Advanced Promotions & Coupon technology in stores across multiple countries and multiple currencies – and all within a three-month window of time. This retailer has brought every new business acquired by its parent company onto Veras CheckOut, our flexible POS platform that allows retailers to rapidly implement new solutions and capabilities at lower total cost of ownership.

Currently, the leading retailer leverages Veras Retail’s solution to support more than 360 stores in five countries and across all companies within its brand umbrella.

In this case study, you’ll read more about the retailer’s challenge of integrating a premier, international fashion brand acquired by its parent company into its operations within a very short timeframe. For Veras Retail, that meant implementing our Veras CheckOut and Veras Activate solutions at all 45 outlet and four full-priced boutique stores in the U.S. – as well as three stores in Canada, one store in Ireland and two stores in the United Kingdom – within a three-month window of time. 

Not long after, we were tapped to provide support for the retailer’s first store opening in Germany, marking its foray into a fifth international market.

Read the full case study to learn how Veras Retail stepped up to the plate to support our client by leading an on-time, under-budget implementation that complied with each country’s individual taxation and legal requirements and payment processing needs.