India Should Reduce GST on Point Of Sale Devices to Encourage Digitalization: Millennium

Bhaskar Venkatraman

Chennai, India, 2017-Nov-16 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Ever since the Indian government introduced the ‘historic’ Goods and Services Tax regime from July 2017, there have been frequent announcements for revision of rates for several items by the GST council owing to pressure from public, traders and political spectrum.

However, there are certain items which are still in the bracket of 18 per cent and 28 per cent, which, according to experts, will do no good for the government’s grand initiatives towards cashless economy and digitalization of all transaction activities.

For example, most of the Point of Sale (POS) devices are still in the higher rate of GST. While POS devices such as POS terminals, barcode scanners, barcode printers, mobile printers, receipt printers, etc are placed at 18 % slab, POS consumables such as paper rolls, ribbons and inks and also POS accessories such as pole display, cash drawers and magnetic stripe readers are still in the highest slab of 28%.

Bhaskar Venkatraman

Bhaskar Venkatraman

The higher GST slab for POS products and accessories will discourage retail vendors to go for digital transformation, feels Bhaskar Venkatraman, the CEO and Managing Director of Millennium India, a pioneer in introducing POS machines to retail businesses in India.

“The government’s digitalization move can bear the fruit only when all retail businesses, even in the remotest corner of India, automate their store by digitalizing their business operations moving out from the traditional and obsolete transaction methods. But the high GST slabs on various POS devices is a big discouragement for it. Hence, the GST Council should reduce the GST for all the POS items and accessories and also reduce the burden on importers by slashing the import duties, as majority of POS payment terminals, barcode printers, scanners and other supportive devices are being imported to India,” feels Bhaskar, who launched India’s first ecommerce portal ‘Justransact’ in 2014 exclusively for point of sale electronic items.

Even the nominal bank transaction charges for card payment at Point of Sale are scaring away retail vendors to adopt card payment option. Some of them, who have installed POS payment devices at their shops, are simply passing this burden to customers.

Post demonetization, cash still remains the major source of transaction even after one year of its implementation, though there has been phenomenal increase in card transactions. GST, which was intended to bring uniform tax regime, has so far not created the required impact among trading community as almost every week there have been some changes in its implementation or the rates.

“It is too early to suggest the impact of GST on the businesses or the economy. For any major reforms,  there will be issues which need to be addressed, and I think, the government is doing the right thing by revising the GST rates after getting feedbacks from various quarters. In the same line, 18 and 28 per cent GST for POS machines are too high to be absorbed by retail vendors. On the other hand, lower GST for POS devices will further trigger the growth of the Indian retail industry, which is currently the fastest among the Asian peers,” concludes Bhaskar.

For media contact:

K Ramanathan

Editor and Media Coordinator,
Millennium Soft-Tech (India) Pvt Ltd
ram(at)justransact(dot)com,
G-19,2nd  Floor,Block-16, 2nd Main Road,
Ambattur Industrial Estate, Chennai-600 058.

 

Mall Owners Look for Sales Data Capture at POS to Bridge Rental Loss

Chennai, India, 2017-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ —  As commercial real estate growth remains sober in cities across India leading to high vacancy levels in Malls, space owners these days adopt new strategy to bring tenants to cover rental revenue loss.

Bhaskar Venkatraman, Founder and Director of JusTransact.com

As per the new trend, retailers agree to pay less monthly rental but part a percentage of their monthly sales revenue to shop owners. However, in the absence of a reliable real time sales data capture system, retailers show tweaked sales data to pay low rent to owners causing huge loss to the later.

But with the availability of new POS software to capture real time sales data from shops, mall owners sitting at remote place can relax. Not only this! They can use these data to find seasonal footfalls, popular stores, popular merchandise,  peak time sales, customers’ shopping pattern and behaviour, and host of other vital business information.

As the concept is new and picking up in India, several POS software vendors offer reliable, transparent and sustainable Concessionaire Sales Data Capture solution to Indian retail sector. POS vendors also offer such services in international and domestic airports and shopping centres across India which can give real time sales to owners and cut revenue loss due to suppression of real sales data.

Airports and shopping malls require innovative technology to track sales from commercial tenants in real time and POS software such as Pathfinder’s POS PATROL offers exactly the same with additional benefits to both retailers and space owners in terms providing visibility of real time retail operations, customers’ preferences and analytical data on various parameters which can be used to improve sales.

The commercial structures are empowered to automate data capture processes through consistent and dependable system and the requisite data can be accessed online and interpreted for future usages. Sales Data Capture solution has revolutionized airports and shopping centres by offering Retail Intelligence services which has helped brands and space owners alike to improve operational efficiency, reduce cycle time, fast realization of revenue, high cash flow and improved non-aviation revenues.

POS Patrol, for example, has so far wired over 9500 retail outlets spread across 60 shopping centres and four international airports where every sale is accounted for consistent data flow and auditing.

Commenting on the trend, Bhaskar Venkatraman, Founder and CEO of JusTransact.com, a leading e-commerce portal dealing with Point of Sale technology products and solution in India, said: “Capturing real time sales data at Point Of Sales (POS) counters is the best possible way to track sales and avoid tenant-owner conflicts over rental issue. The sales data capture offers Retail Intelligence Services which is beneficial for both retailers and space owners.”

Benefits for retailers

Sales data captured can help airports and shopping malls to develop a good tenant mix, which brings more footfalls and revenue.

The sales and other information can be used to understand the Retail Dynamics of array of stores spread across vast area in just one stroke, which otherwise will be time consuming, difficult to manage, involves huge man power, and also error-prone in collecting sales data.

The data on retail operations can be utilized by stores to improve insights on sales revenues and performance.

How it works

Take for example a shopping mall having more than 100 retail outlets. All these shops are provided with POS solution for billing, staff and inventory management tool. At the same time, a software tool is embedded with each POS system which sends every sales detail to the server of the mall owners. As these days, rents are paid on the basis of revenues generated per month, sales data capture software restrains retailers from concealing the actual sales figures to pay low rent to shop owners.

The same system also works for airports where Concessionaire Sales Data Capture system is used to wire all the retailers inside the airport premises to capture real-time sales data.

 

Media Contact:

K Ramanaathan

ram@justransact.com

+91 9384612789

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Now invisible barcodes to dodge counterfeits at Point of Sale

Chennai, India, 2016-01-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barcodes came into existence half a century ago to speed up the check out process at retail outlets, enhance customer experience and promote businesses. But the booming retail sector, ever increasing demand for faster check-out alternatives and increasing incidents of counterfeit items despite barcoding them, have forced technologists to strive for a fool-proof, reliable and still faster mode of dispatching goods at Point of Sale (POS) counters.

If the new technology unveiled recently by Beaverton-based Digimarc Corp goes viral, the black and white stripes will become extinct in another few years, to be replaced by a new concept called “invisible barcodes”, which are not only reliable and reduce the chances of malpractices, but also help faster checkouts.

The new technology will avoid POS counter staff to look for barcodes printed on items which consumes a second or two to locate the barcodes before running them across the scanner.

The Digimarc barcodes, not visible to human eyes, can be embedded with details of retail items and can be scanned by special barcode scanners.

To try this new path-breaking technology, grocery chain New Seasons in upscale Portland has signed up with Digimarc to use their technology at their retail outlets.  Accordingly, all the packed items on shelves were printed with barcodes that were invisible to human eyes. But, scanners equipped with new technology were able to scan them right away.

Digimarc has been working on digital watermarking for close to two decades with less success. “We have been slow but persistent,” says chief executive Bruce Davis.

In addition to easy checkouts, Digimarc feels that the new technology will help prevent frauds by stopping retailers from pasting one barcode over another and enable more attractive packaging.

Retailers are steadily upgrading their barcode scanners at check-outs from laser-based to optical imaging technology that works like a digital camera, and also compatible to Digimarc’s new technology.

If the visible barcodes got replaced in another few years, New Seasons, a relatively small grocery chain, will make history for being the first to adopt the invisible barcode technology in the world.

So, are we going to witness a slow and steady extinct of barcodes which can be seen on everything from soap packs to water bottles?

Not for a decade or more, feels Bhaskar Venkatraman, founder and director of JusTransact.com, an e-commerce marketplace selling exclusive POS products like barcode scanners, printers and POS peripherals.

Bhaskar Venkatraman, founder and director of JusTransct.com

Bhaskar Venkatraman, founder and director of JusTransact.com

 

“But, over a period of time, the barcode may become obsolete. As far as India is concerned, if the technology succeeds, we can expect the change in another ten years. Till then, 1D/2D barcodes will rule the retail points of sale,” he further added.

Media contacts

K Ramanathan,

JusTransact.com
G-19,2nd Floor, Block-16, 2nd Main Road
Ambattur Industrial Estate,Chennai-600 058
t : 91-44-43551366 | e : ram@justransact.com
m: 91-9384612789 | w: www.justransact.com

India: POS to Scale up Retail Sector Growth in 2016

Chennai, India, 2015-12-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — The fast evolving consumer preferences associated with advancement in technology has made the Indian retail sector one of the most vibrant among the Asian peers with the market indicators forecasting the sector to cross US $ 1 trillion by 2020 from the present $600 billion riding on 13 per cent Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR).

While government policies and macro economic conditions act as catalysts, technology plays a pivotal role in revamping the sector towards fast-track development. Thanks to advancement in Point of Sales (POS) technology, sales counters across India are witnessing complete makeover with traditional retail giving way to organized business environment clocking exponential growth. Automating operations by brick-and-mortar businesses with cashless transactions for enhanced customer experience is gaining ground across Indian cities.

Point of Sale hardware products such as barcode scanners, thermal receipt printers, electronic cash registers, barcode printers, Touch POS monitors, mobile/tablet POS and Cloud POS are in great demand with manufacturers expecting good sales in 2016 due to improved market conditions, feel experts.

Bhaskar Venkatraman, Founder and Director of JusTransact.com, an e-commerce portal offering POS technology products to retail and non-retail businesses in India, says: “Indian retail sector has finally taken wings riding on POS technology to make new strides in the coming years. POS is one of the major growth ingredients for retail sector. With government opening up FDI in retail sector and Goods and Service Tax (GST) Bill becoming a reality in 2016, the POS market is expected to witness unprecedented growth by 2020 clocking two million POS installations from the current one million mark.”

However, on global perspective as per a 2014 estimate, of the 250 billion cashless transactions, India accounts for only 0.2 per cent through 1.2 million POS installations. With Reserve Bank of India (RBI) relaxing rules to allow cash withdrawals through POS machines across India, the demand for POS machines are going to go up further in the coming year, opines Bhaskar.

According to RBI Deputy Governor R Gandhi, “If India needs to reach the average levels of BRIC nations, we need to have another 20 million POS terminals from the present 1.2 million machines connecting rural and urban areas. With India having more than one billion mobile connections, the retail payments in the next five years would be increasingly driven through mobile payments, the top RBI official lamented.

Recently, several state governments including Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and Madhya Pradesh have started introducing POS machines at their fair price shops to reduce pilferage of food items meant for public distribution. These hand-held POS devices with biometric fingerprint scanner will soon find place in thousands of ration shops across the country.

Expressing optimistic about POS market in India, D Bhaskaramoorthy, Vice-President – Sales, Posiflex Technology (India) Pvt. Ltd, one of the leading POS hardware brands in India, says, “With FDI opening up for Retail sector and GST implementation looking brighter in 2016, we can foresee a potential growth for retail segment vis-à-vis POS and peripherals in India as more and more stores are expected to automate their business to enhance sales and back-end operations.”

Implementation of GST will enable easier movement of goods across the nation, thereby benefiting retail operations pan-India, he says.

Media contacts

K Ramanathan,

JusTransact.com
G-19,2nd Floor, Block-16, 2nd Main Road
Ambattur Industrial Estate,Chennai-600 058
t : 91-44-43551366 | e : ram@justransact.com
m: 91-9384612789 | w: www.justransact.com

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Bhaskar Venkatraman, Founder and Director of JusTransact.com

Bhaskar Venkatraman, Founder and Director of JusTransact.com

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