Nursery and Garden Store Point of Sale

This category includes plant nurseries, lawn and garden centers and farm supply stores. A plant nursery or garden center may sell plants, trees, flowers, sod, gardening supplies and more. Plant nurseries tend to grow at least some portion of their stock, while garden centers often tend to distribute plants produced off-site, or supplied by wholesale plant nurseries. Garden centers and farm supply stores also may sell pets, animals and even fish. Detailed information may need to be stored on each item in the system – such as care instructions, notes of interest, or detailed descriptions. Inventory needs to be easily adjusted when plants or tress are lost because conditions were not optimal.

Lawn and Garden Center POS specific features in MicroBiz for Windows include:

  • Accounts receivable – to manage large customers that pay on account, including customer statements.
  • Up-sell and suggested items – auto prompting at register triggered by the type of merchandise being purchased – so a customer buying flowers can be told of a sale on related items (such as fertilizer or pesticides).
  • Quotes and Invoices – with the invoice in progress functionality, you can quote a customer, print the quote, then when the customer comes in to purchase, simply recall the on hold invoice and process the sale.
  • Kits or bundles – allows for bundling or grouping of merchandise, accessories or other related items to be sold as a package at point of sale (such as gift baskets for avid gardeners).
  • Loose and bulk pack/case quantity breakdown – receive items by the case and sell individually.
  • Product images – so clerks can see a picture of the product being rung-up at the register.
  • Price labels with bar codes – for items that do not come with a UPC (such as plants).
  • Markdown management – manage group markdowns, quantity pricing, multi-buy items, promotional pricing and bulk discounting
  • Rental module – allows you to track the renting of a variety of items (such as lawn and garden tools and equipment), including quotes, rental rates, due dates, billing/invoicing, rental history, service history and more.
  • Sell by weight – interface to supported scales for items sold by weight.
  • Special orders/back orders – Allows you to track special order items not carried in inventory, from the customer order to receiving, to inventory to the POS transaction.
  • Group pricing or discounts – based on customer level or group.
  • User defined product record fields – to track manufacturer, specs and other nursery, lawn care or garden specific item information.
  • Email marketing – deliver targeted campaigns by querying and downloading customer data for use with popular email marketing applications.
  • Rugged hardware – MicroBiz also offers retail-hardened hardware from HP that is built to withstand extensive warehouse and outdoor elements such as direct sunlight, dirt, and soil.

In addition to the Nursery and Garden Center POS specific capabilities listed above, MicroBiz for Windows includes all the standard features and functionality needed to manage Lawn and Garden Stores. Some but not all of these features are also available in MicroBiz Cloud.  To see a comparison of the features of MicroBiz Cloud and MicroBiz for Windows, click here.

 

Useful Links and Resources:

Garden Centers of America
California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers
Western Nursery and Landscape Association
Garden Center Magazine

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