BoomBox DJs (BBDJ) is a mobile DJ company that offers music and entertainment for various events including: weddings, school dances and festivals; they do it all!
“SalesVu really gives us the flexibility that we need,” said Owner Dillon Leduc.
“It is seriously great; the fact that we can meet with our clients and have them pay on the spot,” said Leduc. “It just brings our business to the next level.”
Armadillo’s Ice Cream Shoppe (AICS) is a true hometown, locally owned ice cream shoppe that serves a multitude of items: from sundaes to shakes or malts to old fashioned ice cream sodas. They also serve a variety of lunch and dinner options including: paninis, wraps and sandwiches. AICS is best known for their renowned homemade sherbet.
“We are committed to providing the best food and ice cream around with the best customer experience you can get, all at a reasonable price,” said Owner Michael Brummer.
When AICS heard about SalesVu iPad POS from another local business, they were in the process of using Square but were concerned about their accounting and reporting features. They also looked into PayPal when researching the best mPOS solution for them. An mPOS system was important to Armadillo’s because they wanted a touch screen register with the ability to accept credit cards.
SalesVu proved to be the best mobile point of sales system for AICS because “first and foremost SalesVu has the best customer service, along with all the right things [Armadillo’s] wanted from an accounting perspective.” The 25 employees’ transition to SalesVu iPad POS was easy, which made for an enjoyable customer experience as well.
“The reporting is absolutely amazing; it makes accounting so easy and we can get as detailed or as simple as we like,” said Brummer.
A Cajun Life (ACL) is an authentic Cajun food cart located in Damascus, Oregon. ACL’s menu includes: Gumbo, Bayou Boogie, Crawfish Etouffee and Crawfish Pistolettes. Their meats are flown in directly from a grocer in the heart of Cajun Country. They attend many farmers’ markets and festivals year-round and are currently in the process of launching a line of Cajun seasonings.
ACL runs on a part-time basis and therefore has to cook only as much food as demand requires; additionally, since their meats are flown in, they need to be accurate. They also operate in multiple locations depending on the time of year and day of the week. As a result, an iPad POS allows them to accurately track how much of an item they sell each week. That in turn, allows them to determine how much to cook on a weekly basis to minimize waste.
“It helps keep accurate track of our total sales and allows us to effectively follow our sales trends,” said Owner Chris Fontenot.
“Initially, we were drawn to SalesVu because of the mobile payments rate but then discovered it also came with a free mPOS app,” said Fontenot. “After downloading the app and ensuring it would work for us, we fell in love with its ease of use and ability to instantly change anything within the system remotely.”
ACL appreciated that it did not take long to get the iPad POS setup.
Fontenot’s favorite feature is the reporting tab because it gives him key insights into ACL that he would otherwise be guessing at.
“Best part is, as we grow, so does the system,” said Fontenot.
“SalesVu iPad POS is a critical component of our business because it allows us to efficiently manage inventory, monitor our sales, determine how much we need to cook, easily train anyone to use it, take it with us from site to site, immediately make changes and update the system without waiting for overnight downloads; the list just goes on,” said Fontenot.
A Cajun Life has saved an estimated $1,000 upfront and several thousand dollars/year ongoing. According to Fontenot, those numbers are based on ongoing monthly fees of similar services and additional fees for the merchant.
“I don’t think we would be as successful as we currently are especially since we run part-time,” said Fontenot. “My gut tells me our waste would have been astronomical and getting ready for taxes near impossible.”
“We are totally satisfied with the product and it has blown us away since we started using it,” said Fontenot. “We have been asked by so many people/business owners what we use and we have referred them all to SalesVu.”
Here is an example for a retail store:
Wayfarer Boutique offers a unique shopping experience; a 1967 Sport King Camper as the storefront. Wayfarer travels around to different venues and sets up shop anywhere that is inviting to the public. Inspired by Restoration Hardware, they sell traditional home décor, fine linens by April Cornell, gourmet pantry food items, jewelry, beauty products and everything in between. The long list of lines that Wayfarer carries include: Homart, Accent Decor, Better Life Cleaning Products, Rustic Bakery and Blue Moon Teas.
Owner Keri Martin found SalesVu while she was on the hunt to find an iPad POS that costs next to nothing after hearing her friend pays $50/month for her Shopkeep POS. Prior to joining SalesVu iPad POS, Martin was using ProPay.
“The price point was the biggest factor in my decision; I also like the inventory tracking feature,” said Martin. “Customer service was a motivating factor when I was making decisions on which company to go through; SalesVu always answered my questions.”
“Mobility and inventory tracking are my favorite SalesVu features,” said Martin. “I especially like the feature of adding the wholesale cost of each product and the quantities of each item in stock.”
In SalesVu there are two uses of the component feature:
The first use for this feature is when you need to track inventory: “Chocolate,” “Eggs,” “Flour” and “Oil” as products. Since we do not sell these products to customers as standalone products, when creating them we would change the field ‘Type’ to ‘Component’. This denotes that it is only sold as a part of another product. A single product such as “Chocolate Cake” can have several components (or ingredients) that make up that product for inventory tracking purposes. For example the components of a product, “Chocolate Cake,” might be “Chocolate,” “Eggs,” “Flour” and “Oil.”
1. Login to SalesVu.com
2. Click the ‘Products’ tab or icon
3. Click ‘Add Product’
4. Repeat steps, 3A – 3J above for each component of your product; in this case,
you would repeat for “Eggs,” “Flour” and “Oil.”
5. Next, we’ll create the “Chocolate Cake” product. On the products page, click
6. In the name field, type “Chocolate Cake”
7. Next to the ‘Type’ field, you will leave this as ‘Product’ for “Chocolate Cake,”
since you will actually be selling this product
8. Do not click the box next to ‘Remove the following number of units from
inventory every time this item is sold’ unless you plan to track how much cake you have in inventory as well as the ingredients.
9. Fill out remaining fields with necessary information
10. Click ‘Add Modifiers’
11. On the next page, click ‘Add Components’
12. Repeat steps, 11A – 11D for each component of your product. In this example you would repeat for “Eggs,” “Flour” and “Oil.”
13. Click ‘Save’
14. You now have created the product “Chocolate Cake.” Each time that it is sold
the component products, “Chocolate,” “Eggs,” “Flour” and “Oil” will be removed from inventory.
The second practical use for components: components can be considered as ingredients in the example above, but they can also be used when you sell products in various quantities and only want to track one product in inventory. For example, if you have a wine tasting room or wine bar where you sell by the glass, bottle, or case, but you only want to track your inventory in terms of bottles you can use the components feature.
1. Login to SalesVu.com
2. Click the ‘Products’ tab or icon
3. For the product that you do want to track directly in inventory click, ‘Add
4. Repeats steps 3A – 3J for each product that you do not want to track directly in inventory
5. For the products that will not be tracking directly, click ‘Add Product’
You have now created 3 products (glass, bottle, case of wine) that pull inventory from 1 product (bottle of wine).
Northern Latitudes Distillery (NLD) is a small distillery on the Leelanau Peninsula in Michigan. NLD distills vodkas from wheat; Ice Dunes Vodka and Michigan sugar beet sugar; Deer Camp Vodka; horseradish vodka, Apollo Horseradish Vodka; Limoncello di Leelanau and many more. Almost everything NLD makes will sit in charred American oak barrels for at least 2 years, though some will be bottled immediately and sold as Michigan Dogman Moonshine. In addition to their spirits, NLD sells barware, glassware and logo clothing.
NLD has a 3,000 square foot tasting room boasting a large tasting bar where they give free tastings of their spirits. Additionally, they have a bar where they create unique cocktails using their products.
“We are always creating our own cocktails; it’s fun to research and mix the old-time cocktails that were popular before and during Prohibition, too,” said Owner Mandy Moseler.
“It needs to be used by us literally as we walk around the distillery to take care of our customers quickly so they don’t have to wait in line,” said Moseler.
Lake Leelanau, the home of NLD, is known for its beauty and wineries, making a large portion of NLD’s customer-base vacationers. These customers don’t want to spend their vacation time waiting in line to spend their hard-earned money.
“They want to come into our distillery, enjoy themselves and then be off to the next adventure,” said Moseler. “For us to be able to take care of them quickly and efficiently is super important!”
Also, they need the ability to track inventory easily as that is particularly essential for a new business.
NLD wanted a well-encrypted, easy-to-use system that tracks inventory and sales for a new business in a lean economy; SalesVu met these needs.
“We know right now which spirits are selling quickly and that dictates what Mark [NLD co-owner] will be distilling next,” said Moseler.
Katrin Elia Yoga (KEY) is a yoga studio in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania that teaches mainly Yin Yoga as well as its variations (i.e. Yin Yoga and Vinyasa, Yin and Alignment). KEY’s mission is to heal through classical yogic practices such as breath work, meditation and specific postures. Owner Katrin Elia believes that yoga should be brought back to its roots as practiced in the Western world.
“Yoga is life and not only a body exercise,” said Elia.
KEY, which opened in March, is Elia’s first yoga studio. Elia discovered SalesVu iPad POS in the Apple App Store. After considering PayPal, Elia decided SalesVu was the best mPOS solution for her as it “seemed easy to work with and did not charge fees upfront, only with transactions.”
It was important for Elia that customers be able to sit and relax on their mat in the practice room while the teacher handles payments efficiently.
Thanks for the support, KEY! We’re excited to be assisting you run your yoga studio!
Nikki’s Knots (KN) is a yarn shop located in Woodland Park, Colorado. NK stands out from the rest because of its unique lounge area where crafters can hang out, craft and get to know fellow members in the crafting community all while enjoying refreshments.
When starting her business, Owner Nikki Parsons was looking for a POS system that offered inventory tracking to assess the long-term preferences of her customers. She also was interested in accounting for the profitability of the items she sells. Parsons needed a mobile processor so that she could make sales at the occasional trade show or farmers’ market.
So, Why SalesVu?
Parsons heard about SalesVu through a credit card processor when she was looking for an inventory tracking POS system. At the time, she was using Square and had looked into PayPal, Intuit and LightSpeed prior to joining SalesVu. Her budget would not allow for most POS software and she already owned an iPad that she was comfortable using, making SalesVu iPad POS the obvious choice.
“I love the integration between the computer, my iPad and my iPhone,” said Parsons. “Also you can create employees so you can track the many devices that you may use, along with the password protection.”
Parsons said she could not pick a favorite feature as “there is so much to love!”
“I love the support; you can talk to real people as well as leave messages on the forum boards when you don’t have time for a phone call,” said Parsons. “The support response is so quick.”
She also likes the reports option of this “intuitive” iPad POS, as she can get information on various aspects of her small business. Parsons most frequently uses the sales report so that she can replenish NK’s stock most efficiently.