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The Retail Management Solutions Point-of-Sale Point-of-View

Point-of-Sale Beyond the Pharmacy

Posted by Karen Deckard on Thu, Mar 21, 2019 @ 07:00 AM

Pharmacy point-of-sale is a specialized tool. It must be that way to meet all of the requirements and needs unique to the pharmacy industry. Pharmacy system integrations, FSA card acceptance capabilities, and regulatory requirements are just the tip of the iceberg.

But just as the pharmacy industry itself is unique, we often see pharmacies that serve their communities beyond the pharmacy counter with distinctive product offerings and services. Soda fountains, gift departments, photo printing, DME product offerings and even small restaurants are just a few of the varied offerings our pharmacy customers have shared over the years.

The challenge for businesses like these often lies trying to figure out how to manage two distinctly different service types while keeping continuity for customers and staff.

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Tags: pharmacy point-of-sale, pharmacypos, Pharmacy Profitability, employees, pharmacy pos

How to Make Emergency Preparedness Plans for your Pharmacy

Posted by Karen Deckard on Thu, Feb 14, 2019 @ 07:00 AM

This past weekend, northwest Washington showed just how much the groundhog's 2019 prediction for an early spring mattered. As Friday afternoon rolled around, the snow started falling. And it kept falling, pretty much all weekend long and late into Monday afternoon.

In the days leading up to our little winter storm, everyone was preparing for the worst case scenario-fearing days without being able to leave the house, potential power outages and who knew what else. Grocery stores were packed and it wasn't long before many began to run out of basics like bread, milk and eggs.

At the same time as I was watching newscasts showing panicked people rushing around to prepare for the storm, I got to experience a sharp contrast at RMS as emergency plans were calmly reviewed and put into action. With customers in every state across the country, the show must go on no matter what is going in our little corner of the world. So we checked the generators, tested battery backups, and made sure that every main office employee could still work and help customers just like normal. The ease with which we achieved business as usual in a less than ideal scenario served as a great reminder for how far a little preparation can take you.

If you don't have an emergency plan in place for disasters (weather or otherwise) here are a few helpful hints for your pharmacy.

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Tags: pharmacy, pharmacy point-of-sale, pharmacypos, employees, pharmacy security

Implementing Mobile Point-of-Sale in a Retail Pharmacy Environment

Posted by Karen Deckard on Thu, Jan 17, 2019 @ 07:00 AM

Last week we took a look back at the very beginning of the mobile trend in pharmacy point-of-sale. And many of our regular blog readers thought "So what?". If you aren't operating an outpatient pharmacy, how does all that really apply if you aren't trying to run a meds-to-beds program?

As we learned very early on with the release of our EvolutionPOS register, mobile technology didn't just solve a big problem for outpatient pharmacies. It also filled gaps for independent and independent chain pharmacies across the country. In fact, independent pharmacies were some of the first customers to implement mobile technology, taking "cutting edge technology" to a whole new level.

Over the years, we've seen RMS customers use EvolutionPOS and the EvolutionPOSV2 Tablet in many different ways. Here are some of our favorite uses for mobile technology in a retail landscape.

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Tags: pharmacy technology, mobile pharmacy pos, customer service, pharmacypos, OTC, Pharmacy Profitability

Starting Off the New Year Right in Retail

Posted by Karen Deckard on Thu, Jan 03, 2019 @ 07:00 AM

New Years is generally a time of resolutions and fresh starts. A time for stifling bad habits and creating better ones. It's a really nice concept but we also know that wiping the slate clean isn't reality. And would we really want to even if we could? 

Hopefully in the last year, you saw some successes and positive changes in your pharmacy business. But you might have also hit a few hurdles, had a few false starts or even hit a brick wall or two. And that's okay. Those failures (and successes) are all just history and that it's time to learn from and use as you move forward. 

So how do you put together the ideas you have for the future and all of your business history to create a cohesive business plan for 2019 filled with achievable goals? It's not a simple question but you might be surprised at just how simple finding the answers can be with the right point-of-sale data.

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Tags: pharmacy technology, customer service, pharmacypos, Pharmacy Profitability, employees, pharmacy pos

A Brand New Integration from RMS and VoiceTech/OmniSys Fusion-Rx IVR

Posted by Karen Deckard on Thu, Nov 15, 2018 @ 07:00 AM

This time of year, it feels like we need reminders for everything. I've got to-do lists covering the entire surface of my refrigerator, holiday events at my kids school to attend, "Friends-givings" to go to, Thanksgiving dinner to plan and cook, and holiday shopping to finish. When I look at my calendar, I can't help but wonder what crazy person took it over and why they thought it would be funny to fill every available day with something to do. And then I remember that crazy person looks a lot like me!

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Tags: pharmacy, pharmacy point-of-sale, pharmacy technology, prescriptions, pharmacypos, Efficiency

How do You Manage Patient Safety, Patient Outcomes and Customer Satisfaction in your Pharmacy?

Posted by Karen Deckard on Thu, Oct 25, 2018 @ 07:00 AM

A focus on patient outcomes, safety and overall customer satisfaction dominates the world of pharmacies. Big or small, retail or outpatient, these are key factors that concern every pharmacist we talk with here at RMS.

While all these factors are related, they require different approaches, and checking all the boxes for every transaction isn't always easy. No matter how knowledgeable and well trained your staff is, leaving it up to a human factor leaves for a margin for error.

So how do you deal with these concerns? How can you verify that every transaction gets safety checks, make sure that customers have everything they need, and that they are satisfied when they leave the store? The answer rests with your pharmacy point-of-sale system. It's the last point of contact you'll have with each customer before they walk out the door. Here's how you can make the most of it.

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Tags: pharmacy, pharmacy point-of-sale, pharmacy technology, customer service, pharmacypos, pharmacy pos, Ortho Molecular Products

Celebrating 20 Years of RMS - The Origin Story

Posted by Karen Deckard on Thu, Oct 18, 2018 @ 07:00 AM

In 1998, a small company emerged onto the scene of pharmacy technology providers. Rather than offering a new solution, this company oriented themselves on implementing pharmacy point-of-sale systems in general and training pharmacy owners and staff on a contract basis. The mission was to help pharmacies understand and use the tools available to them to run successful businesses - to teach them best practices so that they could become more profitable.

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Tags: pharmacy, pharmacy point-of-sale, pharmacy technology, mobile pharmacy pos, pharmacypos, pharmacy pos

Outpatient Hospital Pharmacies - Meet Bob!

Posted by Mike Gross on Thu, Oct 11, 2018 @ 07:00 AM

Bob just got promoted for increasing hospital revenue and improving patient outcomes.  Watch Bob's story and see how he not only got things turned around, but got promoted in the process!

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Tags: pharmacy, pharmacy point-of-sale, pharmacy technology, pharmacypos, Efficiency, Pharmacy Profitability, EMV, pharmacy pos, pharmacy security

Pharmacy Owners - What's Your Time Worth?

Posted by Karen Deckard on Thu, Sep 27, 2018 @ 07:00 AM

About a month ago, I went to wake up my kids, and noticed that my little boys weren't quite so little anymore. Feet sprawled over their toddler sized mattresses in every possible direction. There was no more avoiding it. It was time to upgrade to twin size mattresses and they'd need a matching bed frame to go with them.

After shopping and research, my other half and I had the brilliant idea to make our own loft beds. After all, plans are readily available online and it can't be that hard right? A good solid weekend of work and we'd have our problem solved, and hopefully for less than purchasing something similar would cost.

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Tags: pharmacy, pharmacy point-of-sale, pharmacypos, Efficiency, employees, pharmacy pos

Active Recovery - Steps For Successful Inventory Management in Your Pharmacy

Posted by Karen Deckard on Thu, Sep 13, 2018 @ 07:00 AM

 

A couple of months back, we shared a recent study discussing the staggering amount of sales forfeited by retailers due to out-of-stock products. Even for pharmacies with small front ends, sales lost because of empty shelves can be detrimental.

One of the major components to keeping inventory accurate is an active store recovery process. Depending on the size of your pharmacy, this might seem a little daunting at first, but if you take the time up front to build your active recovery program the right way with the right tools, you can take the first steps towards saying goodbye to out-of-stock concerns.

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Tags: pharmacy point-of-sale, pharmacy technology, pharmacypos, Pharmacy Profitability, pharmacy pos

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