Category: Technology

Categories E-Commerce / POS Integration / Technology

Where to Draw the Line on Your POS and Website Integration?

The Line Between POS & E-Commerce Website

When integrating your POS or ERP system with your website you’re most likely looking to connect at least three key data points: products, orders and customers. The question becomes, “What is the POS system responsible for and what should be done in the e-commerce platform?” Meaning, what data should be managed in the POS system and what data should be managed in the e-commerce platform? This article will try to address this question.

Categories E-Commerce / Magento / Storefront Platforms / Technology

When is Magento Right for my Brick and Mortar Store?


When is Magento right for my brick and mortar store?

I get this question almost on a daily basis when talking to store owners, and I wanted to give you some thoughts to help you decide if you should move to Magento. If you haven’t heard of Magento before, you will soon because it is the most popular open source e-commerce platform used by retailers, big and small. Modern Retail implements website based on Magento all the time – and we love it – when it is the right fit for the retailer. The question, of course, is when is it a good “fit”?

Categories E-Commerce / Technology / Website Design

Websites Are Becoming More Perishable

I’ve noticed an interesting trend over the last couple of years. Customers want to frequently update the design of their website. Very often these are not simple design tweaks to their current design, but full-fledged redesigns with a completely different look. This article explores some thoughts on why this trend has become so popular and what a retailer can do to “keep up”…

Categories E-Commerce / Storefront Platforms / Technology / Website Design

What Design Agencies Aren’t Telling You: Website Themes Have Gotten Very Good!

Modern Retail has been building and designing websites since 1998 and until a couple of years ago, we would have said the only way to get a quality website was for us to custom-design one for you. We work very hard to get into the retailer’s head and build something completely unique for their store. While Modern Retail continues to create custom-built websites, today many of our retailers can pick a “theme” and are completely happy with the outcome. Knowing when to pick a theme and when you need a designer to custom-create a design for you is a question every retailer should ask themselves when building a new website…

Categories POS Integration / Storefront Platforms / Technology

Closed Point of Sale Systems Need to Change

I had an interesting conversation with a frustrated potential customer which I wanted to share. He was frustrated because his point of sale system, which I will not name here, is closed and will not let any 3rd parties read and send data to it. This is problematic for this customer because this set up does not allow him to implement a “best of breed” technologies and solutions. Instead, he is forced to pay for and use the products offered exclusively by his point of sale provider, which together, he explained, are marginal at best. I shared with him that “closed systems” are simply not where the market is headed. In fact, Modern Retail is seeing the complete opposite trend where POS system is open by nature…