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6 top retail POS apps

05 Aug, 2022 | Uncategorized

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What’s POS for retail? What’s a POS app?

In the world of retail, a point-of-sale (POS) system is a system that allows customers to purchase and pay for a product for which the retailer normally issues a receipt. A POS app augments the POS system to make the system readily available.

 

History of POS

Early software, called electronic cash register (ECRS), was developed with limited options. ECRS allowed retailers to track their sales and calculate profit margin, among other related tasks. However, retailers had to work carefully as one mistake could create major issues in final reports.

For years, retailers didn’t have other options, and there were complaints about errors (including incorrect and sometimes lost records) in their daily sales reports. This resulted in frustration and new POS technology was developed to upgrade the process.

 

The advent of cloud-based systems and POS apps

The advent of cloud-based solutions gave birth to POS systems that are deployed and accessed directly using the Internet. Such systems are compatible with a wide range of hardware including tablets, iPads, and mobile devices. There’s no installation for a cloud-based system (hence a low start-up cost), and information can be accessed from anywhere, anytime as long as there is an Internet connection.

 

6 top retail POS apps

DEAR POS

DEAR POS is easy to deploy and helps in organizing your retail inventory. It works online as well as offline. Backup and storage are included in the package and data are securely stored on the server.

If you have multiple stores, then DEAR POS is ideal, as it allows you to register unlimited outlets at no extra cost. You can accurately track the revenue of each store without incurring additional charges.

POS key features:

1. Customer management

  • Creates customer profiles.
  • Rewards frequent buyers with loyalty points.
  • Allows layaway purchases.
  • Emails purchase receipts.

2. Return management

  • Issues refunds through original payment methods.
  • Adds store credit to customer accounts.

3. Payment processing

  • Offers Credit/Debit card payments.
  • Syncs payments with customer accounts.
  • Accepts multiple payment methods.
  • Provides discount management.

4. Security

  • Provides end-to-end encryption for payments.
  • Restricts employee access based on roles.
  • Auto-locks POS screens after time intervals.

5. Reporting

  • Generates sales’ summaries.
  • Creates product performance reports.
  • Generates reports for store credit, surcharges, and payment types.

6. Inventory management

  • Provides barcode scanning.
  • Uses quick keys.
  • Organizes inventory.

Shopify

The Shopify POS enables Shopify retailers to integrate their physical stores along with their online stores, which makes it easy to share and track products and sales easily between both. More retailers are adopting their virtual sales initiatives with a payment processor and in-store POS.

POS key features:

1. Products

  • Offers product organization.
  • Includes inventory management.
  • Gives product variations.
  • Provides barcode support.
  • Sells unlimited products.

2. Customers

  • Syncs online and retail customers.
  • Tracks history.
  • Allows email marketing.

3. Store management

  • Includes accounting integration.
  • Issues refunds.
  • Provides order history.

4. Payments

  • Offers a credit/debit card facility.
  • Includes offline ordering.
  • Issues store credits.
  • Issues partial payments.

5. Checkout

  • Applies discounts.
  • Adds notes.
  • Customizes sales.
  • Calculates taxes.
  • Prints receipts.

NetSuite POS

NetSuite POS is a cloud-based management suite that enables streamlining and integrates  in-store retail needs of multichannel and multi-location retailers with their POS system, while delivering personalized customer service. Offering a complete view of inventory and customers, NetSuite POS delivers a quality shopping experience and builds strong customer loyalty.

POS key features:

1. Omnichannel retail experience

  • Allows online purchase/pickup in store.
  • Lets customers buy online and return products to the store.
  • Allows in-store orders to be fulfilled from anywhere.

2. Store experience

  • Gives cross-channel customer interaction with supporting business systems.
  • Leverages data across business.
  • Gains insight for personalized service.

3. Mobile POS

  • Infuses traditional retail POS workstation into a mobile device.
  • Provides sales transactions and secure payments.
  • Reviews customer information.
  • Includes item lookups.
  • Tracks stock-on-hand.

Vend

Vend is a cloud-based iPad and POS management system trusted by thousands of retailers. Vend has an advanced, easy-to-use interface, and its responsive dashboard makes it quick and easy to sell products to customers. Designed to work with either a mouse, keyboard, or touchpad on a Mac or iPad, Vend is compatible with barcode scanners, receipt printers, and cash drawers.

POS key features:

1. Products and Inventory

  • Adds and sells products.
  • Tracks inventors.

2. Customer loyalty

  • Provides insights into loyal customers.
  • Offers rewards.

3. Real-time reporting

  • Generates reports on staff performance.
  • Tracks sales.

4. Payments

  • Accesses credit card and debit card payments.
  • Sets up PayPal using online wizard.

Erply

Erply is a cloud-based, iPad-oriented POS system with 10,000 stores on its platform. Designed to support multichannel operation, this POS system allows retailers to focus more on business and less on back-end management. Offering a complete integrated back-end and front-end functionality, Erply is a strong platform that allows customers a seamless shopping experience.

POS key features:

1. Add/Edit products

  • Adds product details.
  • Captures product images.
  • Upsells products.

2. Quick transactions

  • Processes orders quickly.
  • Sells from anywhere.
  • Includes automatic back-office synchronization.

3. Returns

  • Easily tracks customer receipts for returns.
  • Processes voids and refunds.

4. Printing

  • Adds signature  to receipts.
  • Auto-prints receipts and reports in seconds.

5. Customers

  • Gives insights into customers with an integrated CRM.
  • Adds customers on-the-go.
  • Tracks loyal customers and offers loyalty.

Revel Systems

Revel Systems iPad POS system is considered the new standard in the point of sales. Its POS system offers real-time insights that allow business owners to track sales from anywhere. Revel’s cloud computing secures data, stores inventory, and updates software.

This POS system exceeds PCI compliance standards, and with mobile device management, you can manage your iPad POS system remotely, eliminating mobile fraud.

POS key features:

1. Inventory management

  • Tracks inventory.
  • Manages and edits products.
  • Locates inventory.

2. Employee scheduling

  • Emails schedules.
  • Receives color-coded confirmation.

3. mPOS

  • Provides floor sales.
  • Allows inventory check.

4. Loyalty program

  • Tracks loyal customers.
  • Attracts new customers.

 

Using DEAR Systems POS for your retail business

A POS system makes it convenient to manage sales, save time, and allow orders for multiple products. Each customer has the ability to choose from multiple payment options ensuring no customers will have to leave your store for one of your competitors just because you don’t provide their preferred method of payment.

If you’d like to test DEAR Systems POS, you can get a 14-day free trial. Sign up now. 

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