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Floral Accounting Systems, Inc. (FAS) has been a leading provider of POS technology for the floral industry for over 33 years. The FAS system has evolved from a simple, point-of-sale (POS) invoicing and accounts receivable package into one of the most advanced management tools in the computer industry. Independent surveys of floral software have consistently ranked FAS among the best, if not the very best, of floral technology products. And FAS's products are continually being improved. The release of FAS's current version of software represents the absolute latest in computer technology for the floral industry. Other floral software companies are advertising "new" features that were built into the original FAS system over 33 years ago. FAS offers systems that will accommodate shops of every size, regardless of the level of automation desired. In 2009 and again in 2015 FAS was certified as being compliant with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council (SSC) Payment Application Data Security Standard--one of the very few systems in the floral industry to have ever completed this achievement. The PCI SSC has mandated that all payment systems be validated for compliance with the Data Security Standard in order to protect sensitive cardholder data from theft and abuse. Users of non-compliant systems face greater security risks, along with the financial penalties that are associated with the compromise of credit card data, and they risk losing the ability to accept credit cards.
FAS's sister company, Computer Solutions, is a leading provider of technology products in North Louisiana. Computer Solutions specializes in providing Windows-based PCs, high-end networks, consulting, and software services. Computer Solutions sells and services products from leading manufacturers including Acer, Apple, Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, and Okidata. Computer Solutions' staff includes technicians with A+ Service Certification and Novell Certified Network Engineer qualifications. Customers include manufacturers, financial institutions, educational institutions, home computer users, and others.
Technology should expand your options--not restrict them. As an independent technology provider, FAS offers the widest range of options for managing your business. For example, with a FAS system, you can send and receive orders through FTD, Teleflora, and IFA. You can send and receive orders over FASnet, Mercury, or Dove. And you can process credit cards through FTD, Teleflora, or FASCash--FAS's independent credit card program. You can use a Windows user interface or a text interface within the same system. Users of other systems find that their choice of technology has restricted their choices for some of these critical business functions.
Your choice of technology will have a long-term impact upon virtually every transaction that occurs in your shop. It's important to look closely at the track record of each prospective vendor. It's important to select a vendor with a proven, long-term record of performance. It's equally important to select a technology provider with a reputation for quality support. FAS has both. FAS has one of the most experienced technical staffs in the floral industry. And unlike most of its competitors, FAS has operated under the same ownership and management since the company began, and the programmers who are developing FAS's new software are the same programmers who developed the original FAS system over 33 years ago. No other floral technology company can make that claim. This consistency in ownership and software development staff is one of the primary factors that allows FAS to provide products that continue to lead the industry while providing unequaled reliability. And with FAS's track record, you will be comfortable knowing that your investment is protected when you choose the company that will be as strong a business partner for the next decade as it has been for its customers the last several of decades.
FAS offers a wide range of products that will accommodate the needs and budgets of shops of all sizes. FAS's entry-level systems meet the requirements of those shops that need from one to three workstations. At the other end of the spectrum is FAS's heavy-duty, "industrial strength" systems, capable of meeting even the most demanding applications in larger multi-user and multi-location operations. FAS systems are scaleable, allowing you to grow the system as you grow your business. Workstations compatible with FAS's systems include terminals, PCs, and LCD flat-screen displays. Just as FAS's software has continued to advance over the years, FAS's hardware includes the most modern, high-performance technology available today.
Above is a screen shot of FAS's Windows-based FASwin software. FAS technology provides the best of both worlds--the convenience of a Windows graphical interface, along with the stability and power associated with Linux servers.
Regardless of which FAS system you choose, you can be sure that you are buying a reliable business tool you can depend on day after day, year after year. As you research the various systems on the market, you will find that not all systems are created equal. Users of some systems report that their systems repeatedly "crash" or "lock up" during order entry and that they often lose valuable customer or order data. Some floral technology users have found themselves left "in the dark" -- completely unable to process any transactions -- when their technology provider's Internet service goes down. FAS users do not have these experiences. You can't afford to have these types of problems on any day of the year, but having these problems at Valentine's, Mother's Day, or Christmas could cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars, not to mention customers who may be lost forever. Some technology vendors explain these situations by saying, "That's just the way computers are". Maybe that's the way their systems work, but that's not what you get with a FAS system.
Many florists know that FAS offers some of the most advanced technology available to florists, but they are often surprised to learn just how affordable a FAS system can be. Complete single-user systems, i.e. a computer, a printer, and FAS's software, can be purchased for about $4 a day -- far less than most competing products. FAS's mid-range systems start at about $7 a day. The system price will vary, depending upon the size of the system, i.e. the number of terminals or workstations, printers, cash drawers, etc., purchased, and the software options purchased.
FAS is one of the very few companies in the industry that offers true integrated EMV chip card processing. Although FAS systems have been certified for PCI compliance since 2009, FAS has raised its security standards even higher with its new EMV credit card system. Credit card data is securely encrypted the instant the information is entered. Tokens that represent actual credit card numbers are stored on the FAS server, greatly reducing the risk of a data breach. Customers can make "contactless payments" using Apple Pay and Android Pay by simply placing their smart phones near the chip card reader. Users of this new system are able to reduce the risk of chargebacks for fraudulent transactions. And all of these benefits are available at extremely low, competitive rates.
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