Shop automation: how much does it cost?
Automation of a store is a set of equipment and a program that can perform a minimum set of functions, be free, or for a small fee, take on most of the daily routine tasks and calculations.
The exact price of a retail store automation depends on its needs. If the outlet sells alcoholic beverages, then it needs to be connected to EGAIS and a cash register with a scanner that supports working with this system. There are many equipment options, you can take both sophisticated equipment and the usual economical POS system. EGAIS-enabled barcode scanners cost from 800 rubles. You also need special software that will work with the desired system.
If the sale of alcohol is not included in the plans, you will still need to spend money on equipment. By law, from July 1, all entrepreneurs must work with an online cashier. And this means associated expenses on the Internet, and mandatory expenses on the equipment itself. Online booking offices are offered by many companies, even mobile operators and, of course, manufacturers of trading software. In addition to the cashier and barcode scanner, you will need a computer and a printer of receipts and codes for marking goods. Only one printer will cost from 11 thousand rubles. Also, the store needs scales.
But this is not the main cost. In order to find out how much automation of a retail store costs, you need to choose a program for this. Software is undoubtedly useful and performs many functions. You can use it to a minimum, for printing checks and counting money, or you can maximize the functionality of the program – in this case, it will replace you with a merchandiser, and an accountant, and an analyst. In any case, the price will depend on functionality, which means how much routine you are ready to shift to the program. It’s worth it, in addition, the program will not make mistakes that a person can make through carelessness or fatigue, and you don’t need to train the program, and employees will not only quickly learn how to work with it, they will be able to get different levels of access to each data. Developers compete in the market for automation programs, so you can often find offers with a free trial period – feel free to use it.
Another important waste is related programs like 1C. There are difficulties – this is a standard solution, not finalized to the needs of a particular trading company. Plus – the services of installation and configuration specialists, usually it is 20% of the total cost.
The same services that produce programs for trade automation can solve issues with 1C and setup. As a rule, they have ongoing technical support, specialists can consult by phone, online or even go to the place. And some services are integrated with the most necessary programs, so you don’t have to buy and install them. Many similar companies also offer equipment with a pre-installed program.
It is difficult to name the specific cost of trade automation, since a lot depends on the individual characteristics of each store and the wishes of the entrepreneur. You can contact the manufacturers and calculate the price.