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Video Shoppe is our Video Rental POS Software.
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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Can Video Stores Compete With Box Rental Machines?

Can Video Stores Compete With Box Rental Machines? Having been in the Video Rental Software business for 23 years we have watched a lot of things influence Video Stores. One of more recent challenges has been a rental price problem due to box rental machines. Box rental machines normally rent movies for around $1.20 each for DVD's and about $1.50 a day for Blu-Ray. Please note that this rental price is per day. Video Stores prices tend to run 2 or 3 days for 3.00 to 3.50. So exactly what's the problem? The customer rents three videos at the box, the customer spends $3.20 and goes home. The customer could rent the movies at the video store for $9.00 to $10.50. You see the problem? The customer will most likely keep the movies for 2 or 3 days and the box will charge for those extra days right away, so they may spend the same amount but when they first rented they spent a lot less. So what's a video store do to compete? It's very simple with Video Shoppe Software, just set your pricing so the customer can choose 1 day rental or 2 day rental. Use our credit card software to charge for the extra days as soon as a movie is bought back late and everything is good. The customer has a better choice of movies with a video store, better quality and now the same pricing. Our stores that have tried this have seen a big increase in business as the word got out. I can't say it will work for you but it worked for them. Don, VMT Software

Friday, January 13, 2012

Gift Cards are Done

The gift cards are done. We have tested them and we're ready to release 9.2 of Video Shoppe (our DVD Rental Software).
Because our gift cards are in a closed system, the stores will order their gift cards with their artwork from us. There are no fee's except for purchasing the cards themselves. The system is safe because it is obvious that the card is from your store. And if a card swipe doesn't work, we have software that will enable you to simply transfer a bad card to a good card.

With the gift cards now in place, we are releasing 9.2 of Video Shoppe. Of course those that get 9.2 will get free interim updates until 9.3 for free.

As a side effect of the gift cards, we changed the tendered totals so you can see the cash, checks, credit cards, debit cards, and gift card totals for each drawer in the summary or detailed cash reports (the report you do at the end of each shift or day).

Friday, December 30, 2011

New Gift Card Feature

Well, maybe we should have had gift cards a long time ago, because people are sure responding well to the idea. Right now the software is in beta and will be shipped to our beta site next week (after the 1st). We've already ordered the gift cards for the store. Getting the artwork done just right was very important because the minimum order is 250 cards.

The system is a closed system, which means it doesn't require internet. Video Shoppe tracks the card usage. And it's very secure because there's really no way to spoof the system, not even from the clerks (not that clerks would ever do such a thing.) Gift cards are loaded at the end of the transaction (after you've taken the money for selling the gift card(s). You must have a card swipe unit in order to process the gift cards. These are standard credit card scanners, so if you're using our credit card interface, you can use the same card scanner. Card scanners are around $60.

We added a new inventory type for gift cards. This is what you sell. So you can make gift cards of any price. Then the history is tracked like any other inventory item. However the gift cards themselves are tracked separately as they are not related to any particular customer. That being said, we do track the last customer that used the card. And there will be reports to show you a comparison of how much you sold in gift cards, and how much is still outstanding (gift card money that hasn't been used.)

According to our research, gift cards make you money by bringing customers into your store that usually spend more than what is on the gift card. And of course there's the advertising because your store information is on the card. Because our beta tester also has a web site, we put a QR code on the back of the card so people with smart phones can scan the card and it will take them to his web site. He also has our online-movie viewer, so his customers can actually browse his store inventory right from their phones, or tablets, as well as any computer of course. The other income comes from breakage, which is not something you should count on, but it happens. (Breakage happens when cards never get brought back because people don't use them or lose them. The average breakage on gift cards is somewhere between 10% and 15%, depending on whose statistics you read.)

2012 is shaping up to be a good year already.

Happy New Year from VMT Software

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Another Day.. now we're mobile!

Well, it looks like we can now have it display on your mobile device automatically. Great news for those that want to follow us on your phones or Ipads, or whatever. Notice that we've put a QR barcode on the screen. You can scan it with your phone or mobile device and it will take you to the mobile version of our Blog. That way you can follow our blog without having to sign on to a computer, if that's the way you roll.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Beginning a New Blog

Again, I'm trying new software to create a Blog. It's the thing to do you know! First I tried the main blog software that everyone is using, Wordpress. But, I did something and just messed it up. Yes, I could have gone in to fix it, I'm a programmer after all. However, I want to use software that is as simple to use and hard to mess up as our own software.

So then I tried using our Webpage software, which is a great piece of software for creating websites, and has a ton of options. It's called WYSIWYG Web Editor. But it didn't have the features I wanted.

So now, this is Google's Blogger. Let's see if this works and if it's easy to update. I want something I can recommend to you for your web sites.