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.
FAS's customers include many of the most successful florists located throughout
the United States--from Maine to California, and from Alaska to the Virgin Islands.
These shops have come to rely upon FAS as a trusted business partner that provides
valuable assistance with day-to-day shop operations, financial management, and marketing.
FAS doesn't provide "just a computer system." Instead, FAS actually provides a new way
of doing business that helps you increase the productivity and profitability of your shop.
FAS users attending FAS's users' conference receive training on how to grow their businesses with their web sites.
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
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 Pearl is a comprehensive software system designed to help you better
manage every aspect of your retail flower business--from point-of-sale,
to accounts receivable, to payroll, to inventory control, to general ledger,
and more. FAS's simple-to-use software offers tremendous power and
flexibility, while simultaneously offering unsurpassed reliability.
FASnet is FAS's electronic network that allows florists to send and receive
wire orders through all major wire services using their FAS systems.
FASnet provides universal coverage to all florists in all wire services,
without requiring you to incur the cost of expensive wire service
FAS users have a choice of customized Web sites that can be fully integrated
to their in-house FAS systems. Customers can view your products on-line,
or they can place orders electronically 24-hours-a-day from anywhere in
the world using your Web site. When a customer places an order through
your site, the order is instantly transmitted to your FAS system. Your
system then automatically creates the customer account, processes the
customer's credit card, and prints the invoice, enclosure card, and delivery
tag on your invoice printer.
The FASCash credit card program offers an attractive alternative for
processing credit cards in your flower shop. FASCash provides competitive
discount rates, deposits funds straight to your local bank, and
by allowing you to process credit cards over a high-speed Internet connection,
provides unparalleled speed and performance.
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.
FAS allows you to send orders "Florist Direct" through the
Independent Florists' Association.
With Florist Direct orders, you earn $3-$6
more for each order filled, and you receive immediate payment with a credit
card for orders filled. When you send a Florist Direct order through IFA,
you earn the 20% sales commission and the relay fee you would earn on a
traditional wire order. Best of all, with IFA's Florist Direct orders,
you avoid all of the expensive wire service fees and clearinghouse fees
normally associated with wire orders.