If you are using QuickBooks POS, you know that the Point of Sale (POS) system houses the entire database of items in your brick and mortar store. When you bring eCommerce into this flow, there are several infrastructure aspects that you need to consider to ensure that Unify Enterprise can be in full working order.
1. Where do you want Unify Enterprise to be installed?
Some clients install Unify Enterprise on their POS machine and others have a computer in the "back office" and install Unify Enterprise in that location. We recommend installing Unify Enterprise on a separate computer from the one that is running POS. This allows the merchant to be free to attend to the walk-in customers on the POS machine as well as fulfill online orders without interrupting either of the processes.
Tip: This computer should also have QuickBooks POS to initialize the connection.
2. Networked Environment
Since it is best to install Unify Enterprise on another computer, that computer must be connected to the network, where the POS machine is already available. Unify Enterprise must connect to the POS server to get the product information and create sales orders or sales receipts within the POS database.
3. Additional POS user (optional)
Unify Enterprise can connect to the QuickBooks POS as another user (cashier/associate) and always need to maintain that connection. The dedicated Unify Enterprise "user" has to be the admin user, since Unify Enterprise has to create and modify the information within POS.
Tip: An additional login user of POS need to be purchased from Intuit directly.
4. Using QuickBooks Financials (Pro/Premier/Enterprise) with QuickBooks POS
Some businesses use QuickBooks Pro, Premier or Enterprise in addition to QuickBooks POS for greater reporting and to utilize features that QuickBooks POS doesn't have. If this is the case, Unify Enterprise still need to connect to QuickBooks POS because that is where the inventory is stored. Unify Enterprise will only interact directly with QuickBooks POS.
5. Connecting to online stores
Click here to determine how your store connects to Unify Enterprise.
Tip: If you are unsure how to install, bring your connection details and it can be done in the session.