Best Point of Sale Software for Retail Store
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Having an easy to use point of sale system for your business is an overlooked but vital part of creating a perfect retail experience. Your employees will thank you for not overwhelming them with an unnecessarily complex system and your customers won’t be mad waiting to be checked out. If your system looks like the below system, you might want to consider an upgrade.
There are more systems that can be mentioned out on the market. Some are excellent but might not be the right call for a retail store (TouchBistro is an excellent example of this). You might want to take a look at other articles if you do have a different type of business, but you will probably get some good ideas nonetheless.
Here are a few of the top choices:
If you already have a tablet or desktop you want to use for your business’ point of sale system, then QuickBooks Point of Sale is the software you should look at first. Here are some of the features and aspects you should know about:
- It allows your device to still work and save sales during offline activity, syncing up later. This makes it the best choice for those businesses that can’t (or don’t want to) entirely rely on constant internet service.
- It has great integration with other QuickBooks products, meaning that you don’t have to spend a day and a half fixing up a system and another few days training any employees in how to use this new system. It will probably only take several days to increase efficiency to acceptable levels.
- The monthly subscription fees you’ll pay (never more than $40 a month even with the top plans) include constant software updates, so you fortunately won’t have to worry about finding a new product anytime soon.
- It has some easy to use features for returns and store credit, so employees don’t have to worry about unusual situations.
- It might not be good for certain types of stores such as liquor stores and restaurants. Any standard physical retail store should find this to be a great fit however.
ShopKeep is a simple and streamlined system that was designed with all sizes of retail store in mind. Here’s what you should know:
- It has a simple $50 per month per register plan, with no tiers. The equipment packages you can get will be unlikely to cost you more than $1,000.
- The inventory tracking is simple and allows you to speed through the organization process. Getting to know what you need to reorder and what isn’t selling so well is as simple as making a few clicks.
- They have packages available for those starting their businesses. You can get one with integrated label makers and scanners to streamline your process.
- There is even a ShopKeep app available for your smartphone so that you can keep track of your store when at home or on the road. If you see something that needs fixing right away, you can use the data to call up your manager back at the store and make the most of an opportunity.
- It is a cloud service, so you might want to take that into consideration given the number of attacks on cloud services happen each year. For that reason you will want to equip your devices with a Virtual Private Network (VPN), such as ExpressVPN, so that you can remove the threat of hackers getting into your network. The encrypted connection the VPN provides will take care of that.
Bindo is the perfect fit for those wanting to use an iPad as well as those who know exactly what they want from a POS system and are willing to spend time customizing it. Here is what you need to know:
- Being based on iPad, Bindo is highly mobile. If you need to take some merchandise on the road with you, then you probably won’t find an easier fit.
- Bindo can be quite a bit more expensive than the other systems mentioned (or any that you’ll find), but there are a lot of features that go into it. Some of most popular ones include setting up a rewards program, an online dashboard, online store integration and different analytics you can use.
- Their register setup might just be the simplest out there, only integrating touchscreen controls (if that’s what you want) and having a crisp layout on any screen.
- Setting up will probably require getting a quote from a Bindo representative. They are very nice to work with and working with people to find the perfect solution is how POS software should be done from here on out.
- If you want to manage your business more closely, then Bindo is probably the right call for you. No competitor can collect and analyze as much data.
Of course, everyone will have a different opinion on the matter, but the above choices are all excellent options for a retail store looking to streamline their processes. That leaves more time for people to spend interacting with employees and customers. Do you have a thought on what the best point of sale software would be for a retail store? Do you have any experience with a product mentioned above? Please leave a reply as we’d love to hear your opinion on the matter.