SOURCE: Sage Software, Inc.

August 16, 2005 09:00 ET

Sage Software Continues to Help Small and Midsized Retailers Ring Up More Sales With New Sage Accpac ePOS 5.3 Point of Sale Solution

Major Upgrade Offers Several New Features, Including Customer Loyalty Tracking and Retention, Multi-Lingual Capabilities, and Streamlined, Faster Transaction Processing

PLEASANTON, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 16, 2005 -- Sage Software (formerly Best Software) announced today the latest version of its award-winning point of sale (POS) solution for small and midsized retailers, Sage Accpac ePOS 5.3. Version 5.3 introduces a broader set of retail functions, including customer retention features such as loyalty points programs and gift card/certificate tracking, along with sales promotion and multi-lingual translation functionality.

"Sage Accpac ePOS 5.3 streamlines transactions between the point of sale and the back office, giving retailers the tools to more effectively serve their customers and maintain a competitive advantage against larger retail chains," said Craig Downing, Sage Software vice president and general manager for Sage Accpac. "Faster processing, better inventory control on the back end in conjunction with Sage Accpac ERP, more complete oversight of sales activity, and simplified handling of returns and exchanges are just a few of the benefits that small and midsized retailers will see with Sage Accpac ePOS 5.3."

Sage Accpac ePOS 5.3 can be run on a local area network or over the Internet to connect point of sale terminals to back office accounting and inventory databases in real time. This flexibility is especially beneficial for geographically separate, multi-store retail operations, offering sophisticated retail POS functions that previously were out of reach to many small and midsized retailers. Real time integration with Sage Accpac ERP back office accounting translates into single point transaction management, and the ability of Sage Accpac ePOS 5.3 to easily switch between online and offline modes ensures uninterrupted transaction processing.

Customer tracking features

With Sage Accpac ePOS 5.3, customer-buying patterns are easily tracked within the system enabling retailers to develop customer retention programs to drive more sales. Features such as loyalty points programs and gift card/certificate tracking and processing, and loyal customer discounts can be prompted right at the point of sale.

"We have been eagerly waiting for Sage Accpac ePOS 5.3," said Sage Software Business Partner Stan Kumer of BK Computer Consultants, Inc., located in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. "Its new features, especially the ability to reward repeat customers, are so important to our clients and prospects that we look forward to quickly deploying version 5.3 for them."

Multi-lingual capabilities

Sage Accpac ePOS 5.3 also provides global reach for retailers, while retaining local touch. Version 5.3 can not only accommodate sales staff who are using the system in different geographical regions, but can also handle international retail processing challenges such as varying tax tables, different currencies, and the ability to translate screens into any language using the provided XML-based translation files. The repository of all sales, customer and inventory related information at a single, central office helps support faster, better-informed decisionmaking. Global, strategic rules can be implemented across the system, while individual store managers have local control on issues such as tactical pricing on a day-to-day basis, responding to local competition, economic conditions, and purchase patterns.

Reduced customer wait times

Sage Accpac ePOS 5.3 helps reduce customer wait times at checkout registers by speeding up transaction processing times and introducing simplified single-step returns and exchanges. Its customizable user interface makes interaction with the application easy, so a new sales clerk can quickly get used to working with the application and do what's most important -- serve customers. Sage Accpac ePOS 5.3 offers greater flexibility to add or move a large number of registers as needed, so retailers can easily meet seasonal demands or varying peak checkout times/days.

Tight integration of Sage Accpac ePOS with the back-end accounting system, Sage Accpac ERP (formerly ACCPAC Advantage Series), eliminates the need for retailers to maintain two disparate systems and enter data twice, allowing them to focus on serving their customers and making sales.

Pricing and Availability

Sage Accpac ePOS 5.3 is now available through authorized Sage Software/Sage Accpac Solution Providers in North America starting at an SRP of $2,000 (USD) for the server component, which includes one POS register license, and $1,000 (USD) for the POS register component. To locate a Sage Software/Sage Accpac ePOS Solution Provider, call 800-945-8007, or visit www.accpac.com.

About Sage Software (formerly Best Software)

Sage Software offers leading business management software and services that support the needs, challenges and dreams of more than 2.4 million small and mid-sized business customers in North America. Its parent company, The Sage Group plc (London: SGE.L), supports 4.5 million customers worldwide. For more than 25 years, Sage Software has delivered easy-to-use, scalable and customizable software for accounting, customer relationship management, human resources, time tracking and the specialized needs of accounting practices, and the construction, distribution, manufacturing, nonprofit and real estate industries. For more information, please visit the Web site at www.sagesoftware.com/moreinfo or call (866) 308-2378.

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