HighTower Inc.

[This article appeared with the September 2009 Review of Point-of-Sale Systems.]

Users of Sage MAS 90 and MAS 200, take note. If you’re looking for a reliable point-of-sale product that integrates with your inventory management, GL, bank reconciliation, sales order, AR, and credit card processing modules, be sure to take a look at Point of Sale Professional by HighTower.

HighTower’s Point of Sale Professional provides several advantages for current MAS 90/200 users. An easily navigated user interface allows users to choose the MAS 90/200 modules with which they wish to integrate, as well as regular system setup. And with the back office data already set up in MAS 90/200, setting up the POS module will be relatively quick.

HighTower’s Point of Sale Professional allows users to configure multiple locations for a single retail business, easily track vital information such as customer purchasing habits and salesperson commission totals, and also provides the ability to print vital audit information such as register transactions, system voids and all cashier activity. Managers can provide cashiers with custom options that will appear when they sign into the system and are not register-defined.

Other features found in the product include cash sales, returns, voids, customer payments, orders and quotes. All transactions processed in HighTower’s POS solution are processed in real time, updating integrated MAS 90/200 modules instantly. Item pricing can be accessed while processing sales transactions without the need to close the POS module. Products, customers and vendors can all be added on the fly, and discounts can be easily applied from the same sales transaction screen. New features found in the latest version include the ability for supervisors and managers to view unencrypted customer credit card numbers; the availability of new, monthly recap reports; and the ability to print all voided transactions. HighTower also offers new functionality to the latest version of Point of Sale Professional with its Gift Card Expansion pack.

HighTower’s POS solution is also suitable for nonprofit organizations, rental agencies and service companies. Tracking and reporting options are solid, with the ability to see which cash registers are online at any given moment. Recap reports provide managers with excellent information including tracking customer spending habits, tracking rewards or customer loyalty cards, and receipt totals. HighTower’s Point of Sale Professional integrates with Crystal Reports for more custom reporting capability and will also integrates with all the necessary hardware peripherals including pole displays, credit card processors, barcode scanners and cash drawers.

Priced at $2,995 plus license fees, HighTower’s Point of Sale Professional is an excellent solution for retailers already running MAS 90/200 that wish to expand their POS capability while retaining their current back office software.