Less Beer Drinkers?

June 6, 2017

“IWSR data finds that global alcohol consumption is declining faster for beer than wine and spirits.”  And for this reason, and more, you MUST have a reliable back office system!

NACS Online reports that Global Alcohol consumption is declining.  Retailers must stay on top of their margins in order to be successful.  Our backOffice™ Software with EDI module allows retailers to easily adjust pricing and make the most profit on special quantity purchases.  Read the entire article by clicking here, or simply see below.   Cheers!


June 6, 2017

​NEW YORK – The latest International Wine and Spirits Record (IWSR) data suggests that the consumption of alcoholic drinks is declining at an increasingly faster rate than has been previously reported.

For 2016, the IWSR reports that the global market for alcoholic drinks shrunk by 1.3%, compared with an average rate of just -0.3% in the previous five years. The reasons for the accelerated downward trend include a faster decline in beer, a reversal of trends for cider and slowing growth for mixed drinks.

Cider declined by 1.5% after years of solid growth. The markets responsible for this reversal of trends were South Africa, which saw decline following a period of growth, and especially the U.S., where volumes collapsed by 15.2% after years of double-digit growth.

The beer category was down 1.8% in 2016, compared with a five-year rate of -0.6%. The global trend reflects developments in three of beer’s largest markets: China, Brazil and Russia, which all saw steeper declines than in previous years, declining at -4.2%, -5.3% and -7.8%, respectively, in 2016.

Global spirits grew by 0.3%, according to IWSR data. Vodka is dragging down overall spirits performance, declining at 4.3% last year. Volumes were boosted by gin (+3.7%), tequila (+5.2%) and whisky (+1.7%). The negative trend in vodka is largely due to steep volume losses in Russia (-9.3%), which nevertheless remains vodka’s largest market by far. Key growth markets for total spirits last year were China, the U.S. and Mexico.

Wine was flat overall (-0.1%), with sparkling wine growing at 1.8% and still wine down by 0.5%. This is roughly in line with the trend of the previous five years.


It’s Summer ~

May 30, 2012


May 21, 2012

“Three things are certain: Death, taxes and lost data. Guess which has occurred?”  ~ David Dixon

Years ago my Dentist said “You don’t have to floss all of your teeth, just the ones you want to keep.”*  Your data files are the same way.  Although a full system backup is recommended, backed up DATA files are a must.  Insight Retail Software has a diversified group of customers ranging from smaller Mom and Pop Stores to larger chains of stores.  The common thread between Big Stores, Little Stores, Liquor Stores, Convenience Stores, Hospital Gift Shops, Retail Stores, Beauty Supply or Flea Markets is valuable computer data.

Doesn’t matter if you are using Gilbarco Passport, VeriFone Ruby or Sapphire, Datasym, Sam4S [for example] backOffice™ Software’s “SCHEDULER” will allow you to automatically save a copy of your very valuable backOffice™ data.

My Monday morning advice is:  Floss your teeth and backup your computer!

* “You don’t have to floss all of your teeth,

just the ones you want to keep.”

~ Dr. Edwina Hunter

Junk you can toss right now!

October 13, 2011

Are you holding on to paperwork ‘just in case’ it’s needed? Know what you really need, and you can confidently shred the rest.

It can be tricky to figure out what paperwork you need to keep and what you can toss. Too often we cling to paper because we may need it “someday.”

This article from  By Liz Weston, MSN Money  has some helpful tips.

“It’s all fear, baby!” said professional organizer Monica Ricci of Catalyst Organizing in Atlanta. “We often fear what we are unsure of or don’t understand. . . . If you’re uncertain about the value or whether you’ll need it again, you tend to err on the conservative side and keep it.”

That can lead to overstuffed filing cabinets and paperwork clutter that weighs on your psyche.

But so much of what we keep is really unnecessary. To relieve your soul, and your filing cabinets, here’s a list of paperwork you can live without. Such as:  Read entire article by clicking here



September 30, 2011



Using the Mix and Match feature in backOffice™ your store can quickly and easily maximize your profits!  Review your prior year promotions and strategies – What worked?  What failed?  Why?  What were your busiest days?  backOffice™ can help you to answer all of these questions.

If you are NOT a backOffice™ customer – call us today.  backOffice™ can provide you the tools to start these promotions for the 2011 holiday season AND start to gather this important sales data for next year!

C-Stores, Retail Stores and Gift Shops using Gas Pump Controllers or ECR’s all have the same goal, sell – sell – sell!

Promotion Ideas for the 2010 Holidays using backOffice™ Software

October 8, 2010

  1. Halloween Mix and Match [Soda and Candy]
  2. Early Bird Thanksgiving Sales
  3. Black Friday Sales
  4. Cyber Monday Promotions IN-STORE to compete with on-line stores
  5. Cross-Channel Promotions [$10 off your next in-store visit]
  6. Promotions to encourage repeat visits [Gift Cards with purchase of $100 or more]
  7. Charitible donation tie-ins [Walk for a Cure, Local School Fundraiser, etc]
  8. TGIF” or “HUMP DAY” specials
  9. Time-sensitive promotions to encourage sense of urgency
  10. Mix and Match promotions using a Loss Leader product


Preparing for the holiday shopping season is an annual necessity that can’t be avoided or ignored by most retailers.  backOffice™ can help to maximize your Holiday sales results during this critical selling period.  backOffice™ will make your Holiday promotions easy to create and profitable for your business.  If you are a new backOffice™ customer, create your promotions and save them for next year.  If you are an existing backOffice™ customer, leverage what’s worked in the past by reviewing your sales numbers from last year and see which promotions worked best for you.




Do you want to recreate your entire database?

September 17, 2010

I doubt it!   backOffice™  has an automatic backup feature that will protect you in the event of  a CRASH.  Protect your data files just like you would protect your home, vehicle, etc.   backOffice™ gives you this “insurance” at no extra charge.  So don’t get caught off guard, take advantage of the  backOffice™  scheduler for daily backups!

Fall is in the air!

September 15, 2010

SAM4s SPS-500 selected a Best Channel Product!

August 2, 2010


backOffice™,  from Insight Retail Software, integrates with the Sam4S SPS-500 to provide Pricebook, Reporting and Inventory functionality for single and multiple store locations!

King Cork, Schenectady, New York

March 15, 2010

Insight is thrilled to see King Cork Liquor Store in Schenectady, NY go LIVE today with their new Sam4S registers and backOffice Software.  Insight was able to recover and convert their data after a PC crash, install Sam 4s Registers and go live within a few short days!  Tom quickly scanned all items in his store giving him the ability to clear over 2,000 old PLU’s from his database!

Welcome King Cork!

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