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According to The Point of Sale User Research Report, 77% of users are satisfied or very satisfied with their point of sale (POS) software. If you’re just starting up a business or you’re one of the 23% who isn’t happy with their POS system, you may be having a hard time deciding which one is really the best. While it may not be as challenging as choosing the right home among Mississauga real estate or anywhere else for that matter, as it is an important business decision you may want to consider one of these options that consistently rank among the top.
The best POS systems have the ability to do more than process sales and accept payments – they can make it easier to run your entire business.
Square is one of the most commonly used POS systems for retailers. It’s known for its free iPad POS software that manages sales and inventory in addition to tracking customer services and emailing receipts. It also offers systems for larger operations for a relatively cheap price, starting at around $60 a month plus fees per each sale. Email support is available 24/7 and phone support is offered 12 hours a day, 7 days a week. It’s the most simple and quickest way to accept credit cards using a tablet or smartphone. You can start with a simple credit card reader and then as your business grows, transition to a SQUARE POS system.
Lightspeed is ideal for more complex inventories with inventory management options that allow managers to order from preloaded catalogs, important items, group items by type and add details like color, size and style. It offers solutions for restaurants, retailers and online businesses and is fully mobile. Its most popular plan starts at $99 a month and incudes easy onboarding features, 24/7 support, basic analytics and one registered with up to five employee accounts. Hardware packages include iPad stands, cash drawers, scanners and receipt printers. It can be run on a desktop or iPad, and as it integrates with multiple third-party apps, it allows you to customize the system to fit your business.
Shopify is an ecommerce company itself – it offers a retail POS system with excellent ecommerce integrations. A great choice for businesses that use the Shopify platform to sell products, which can use Shopify Payments to accept debit and credit card payments. It offers outstanding support, 24/7 via phone, live chat and email, and can also be used to accept payments through social media channels like Pinterest, and in person by using a mobile card reader. Starting at $29 a month, the price is great, although if you’re a growing business the $79 a month package may be the better choice as it offers access to more advanced reporting functions.
ShopKeep is often rated No. 1 for mobile app users. It covers all the essential features necessary for retail POS in a clean and simple interface that’s great on a smartphone. Managers can keep up with daily reports even when they’re out of the office, and employees can use its iPad app to track inventory and sales. It has a ton of time-saving features for busy small business owners, along with 24/7 live support.