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ASI offers two POS systems for liquor stores: Spirits 2000 and Spirits Express. Spirits 2000 is designed for stores with more than two cash registers, while Spirits Express is meant for retail liquor outlets with one to two registers. Read on to learn whether these POS solutions are the right fit for you.
Spirits 2000 and Spirits Express are POS software, so in order to run them you’ll need to purchase hardware. ASI offers several compatible hardware options, including a register, workstation, and a server. The hardware includes a cash drawer and scanner.
You’ll also need a merchant account with a credit card processor. Spirits 2000 isn’t limited to one processing company, but the choices aren’t unlimited. (See the section on credit card processing below for more details.)
Spirits 2000 aims to pack as many features into a single POS system as possible. It includes automatic discounting, the ability to send emails to customers, a loyalty program, gift card processing, inventory control, QuickBooks integration, age verification, e-commerce functionality, an employee time clock, the capability to build gift baskets, certified credit card processing, label printing, the ability to add seasonal products, remote access, and data synchronization.
Customers don’t like it when your ad says something’s on sale, and the register says it isn’t. Spirits 2000 applies discounts automatically, so your staff can focus on serving customers.
If you’re having a sale or special tasting, you don’t have to wait until customers are in the store to let them know. Spirits 2000 lets you email them from within the software.
When you’ve got devoted customers, reward them with a loyalty program. Spirits 2000 keeps track of customers and the rewards they’ve earned so you can encourage repeat visits and build your business.
Do you offer gift cards? Spirits 2000 accepts them as a form of payment, making the process easier for cashiers and customers.
Is your supply of your customer’s favorite beverage running low? With Spirits 2000’s inventory control system, you don’t have to worry about that. The backroom function allows addition of new items, price setting (including sales and discounts), adding purchase orders, creating labels and reports, and more. Integration with The Beverage Journal (available for New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts) allows for easy ordering as vendors and pricing are available in one location. Businesses can utilize the “suggested orders” option to automatically create orders based on the lowest cost vendor. The suggested orders feature can also indicate the ideal stock levels for a given period of time.
QuickBooks is one of the most popular accounting software programs out there. Spirits 2000 integrates with it, so you can quickly see financial information without leaving the POS interface.
Don’t break a single regulation by selling alcohol to a minor. Spirits 2000 includes an age verification feature to ensure the customer is over 21.
Maybe your customers don’t want to come into the store. With Spirits 2000, you can establish an online presence so they can shop at their comfort and convenience.
Make it easy for your employees to clock in and out. This POS system includes a time clock, so you don’t have to invest in a separate solution.
Gift baskets are a great way to upsell and satisfy customers. Spirits 2000 enables you and your staff to build gift baskets and process the transaction quickly.
Changing prices on shelves can be a pain, but when your POS system prints them out quickly, the process is easier.
Some breweries and wineries offer limited edition seasonal products. Spirits 2000 lets you add them to your inventory to give your customers greater variety.
Every small business owner worries when he or she isn’t around. You can access Spirits 2000 from wherever you are to put your mind at ease.
Spirits 2000 automatically synchs data entered on one workstation with all other workstations (even at different locations). The POS system gives you a unified view of operations at all of your branches.
The website for Spirits 2000 mentions in several places that the POS solution generates reports. However, it doesn’t specify what reports it generates. Calls to ASI went unanswered.
Spirits Express has many of the same features as Spirits 2000, although it’s meant for stores with up to two cash registers. The Express version of this POS system manages inventory, tracks sales, allows employees to clock in and out, synchs data between workstations, and is certified PA-DSS compliant.
Spirits 2000 and Spirits Express’ websites don’t publish credit card processing costs, because the POS solution developer isn’t a credit card processor. Your credit card processing company will set this cost and fees are in addition to the POS software and the hardware and accessories you may need to purchase.
Spirits 2000 comes with the Spirits Integrated Payment System (SIPS) program, which is compatible with payment processors WorldPay and Mercury Payment Systems. Additionally, Spirits 2000 is compatible with gateway PC Charge. If you want to use Spirits 2000 to take credit and debit cards, you’ll need a merchant account with WorldPay, Mercury Payment Systems, or a PC Charge-compatible processor.
Want to know what you’ll pay for credit card processing? Request a free no-obligation quote from processors that support Spirits 2000 and Spirits Express.
ASI doesn’t publish the costs of either the Silver or Silver Pro app online. The POS software costs are in addition to credit card processing fees and the hardware and software you may need to purchase.
ASI offers a range of compatible hardware accessories for Spirits 2000 and Spirits Express. It sells registers, workstations, servers, touch screens, tablets, barcode scanners, and receipt printers. You can purchase whichever accessories you need to build the POS system that fits your business.
This system has features to help keep your liquor store running smoothly. Since it's designed specifically for alcohol sales, it includes functions like age verification, which can be a big help.