Blog Series – “The Top 15 Reasons To Use Biometric Technology In Workforce Management And Retail Point Of Sale”
Leading up to our participation in the National Retail Federation’s 2011 “Retail’s Big Show” from January 9 – 12 in New York city, M2SYS Technology is publishing a blog series on the top 15 reasons that biometrics is a smart choice for retail organizations to consider as an authentication technology in workforce management and retail point of sale applications.
In case you missed it, here are the links to our prior posts in the series:
Reason #1 – Stop Buddy Punching
Reason #2 – Increase Productivity
Reason #3 – Enhance Loss Prevention
Reason #4 – Establish Accountability
Reason #5 – Going Green
Reason #6 – Build Customer Loyalty
Reason #7 – Achieve Higher Return On Investment
Reason #8 – Airtight Access Control
Reason #9 – Solidify Role Based Security
Reason #10 – Boost Operational Efficiency
And now on to our next post…
Reason #11 – Peace Of Mind
The Intangibles That Biometric Technology Brings
Today’s post in our ongoing series leading up to participation in the National Retail Federation’s “Retails Big Show” is not going to throw out any statistics at you. Nor will we be discussing anything you can necessarily measure. What we’d like to do is briefly bring to light one of the most important intangible benefits that biometric technology brings to the table—establishing peace of mind for business owners.
Throughout our series, we have talked about many different characteristics of biometrics that can pay dividends to businesses that use it. If you stop for a moment and collectively think about how these benefits can affect the mindset of a business owner you can probably speculate that one of the main byproducts from deploying biometrics is achieving peace of mind.
How Does Biometrics Help Business Owners Achieve Peace of Mind?
If you make the decision to move forward with using biometric technology, chances are that after your system is set up you will be able to rest and relax a little easier at night. Gone are the worries that your hourly employees are somehow engaged in buddy punching which pilfers profits from your bottom line and leaves you wondering exactly how payroll inflation is jumping at alarming rates. Thoughts about employees swapping ID cards or sharing personal identification numbers (PIN) for illegal transactions or fraud begin to vanish as you chuckle to yourself knowing that you have instituted an identification system which requires employees to be held accountable for their actions.
You smile to yourself knowing that because you have invested in biometric technology, you eliminated unnecessary and time consuming tasks that were chewing up employee time and causing them to be much less productive than you would have liked. Instead, those lost hours are now being refocused into much more productive tasks that are boosting your bottom line. A sudden warm feeling washes over you when you suddenly remember that by integrating biometric technology, you have just saved yourself thousands of dollars per year on membership or ID cards thereby saving the resources and energy needed to create them and helping boost environmental conservation.
Life is good – your customers are happy and you are strengthening their loyalty now that you are locking down security with biometric identification and they no longer have to worry about unnecessary rises in the cost of goods due to fraud and waste. Things are looking up because it just dawned on you that inventory control security has been solidified because you are now using biometrics for access control. Now, if something mysteriously goes missing, you have a solid audit trail to fall back on so you can accurately identify perpetrators and bring them to justice.
Finally, as you drift off to sleep you laugh out loud at how you have finally got operational efficiency in check and you can justify the symmetry between the cost of running your business vs. the prices that you charge for your goods.
Life is good.
So, What Are You Waiting For?
With 11 down and 4 more to go, we have made some pretty strong arguments as to why biometric technology can be a benefit in a workforce management or point of service environment. Hopefully we are starting to prod you into including biometrics as part of your due diligence when investigating technologies to invest in for your business. No one should claim that biometrics is the panacea to all of your problems and worries, but considering the rapid evolution of the technology and it’s increasing sophistication along with the practicality of its benefits, it sure is a good idea to at least throw it into the hopper as something to consider in your evaluation.
Do you agree or disagree with our points of view? Please let us know…