Edinburgh-based Intelligent Point of Sale recently completed an integration with Xero accounting software, which Intelligent POS founder Robin Knox said enables operators to “automatically transfer everyday sales to HMRC-ready spreadsheets and tax forms”.

“Together Intelligent POS and Xero make filing VAT and tax returns an easy and low-cost process, saving time and money for many clubs, pubs, cafes and retail outlets that can gain from a cutting-edge EPOS system.”

It seems a comprehensive EPOS system can benefit many different areas of a business.

But with technology advancing at such a rate, which features should operators look out for in a system to ensure it goes the distance?

A cloud-based system is the way forward, according to Knox at Intelligent POS.

“Not only does this accommodate businesses that are expanding and need to scale up the number of till terminals and locations, but it can also mean that updates are easy and automatic,” he said.

“For instance, it is possible to future-proof an EPOS system with Intelligent POS by downloading regular and totally-free updates from the app store.

“An EPOS system can perform many functions beyond simply taking payment, from stock control through to applying offers and loyalty schemes.

“But the stand-out systems are mobile and intuitive for the busy bar or restaurant environment, i.e. use iPads and are cloud-based so can be accessed by business owners and managers remotely and in real-time.”

This originally appeared in SLTN.