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Another 5 POS Software Options

5 Recommeded point of sale aplications.

Posted by Andrea Baker on

The point of sale software market is packed full of promise and promotion, but when you're selecting a system to meet your business needs, choosing can prove a challenge. Here is a rundown of some of the biggest players on the current market and what they offer business.

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Vend

One of the most renowned names in the POS industry, Vend works via web browser on any device. That means business can use it with PCs, Macs, iPads and Android utilising a mouse, keyboard or simple touch screen. Vend also offers an iPad app, so retailers can take their POS to customers.

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Key features include inventory management with easy stock input, automatic re-ordering, customer lists and purchase history. The software integrates with e-commerce provider Shopify and also with Xero accounting.

Vend is designed to interface with already existing hardware like cash drawers and receipt printers, making this a solid system to upgrade to if you already have a shop in place but seek new POS software.

Available in monthly plans, Vend offers a 30-day free trial, with plans from AUD $49 per month for a starter package. Vend caters to business of all sizes. 

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Revel

Revel is designed specifically for iPad and offers a full point of sale system for retailers of all types - from bakeries to bookshops. Providing an all in one tailored solution, Revel spans the hospitality, retail, and events sectors via a series of POS options, and is one of the fastest growing POS providers on the market.

It features inventory management, multiple user capability, customer relationship management and detailed analytics. Although Cloud based, the system remains up and running even when an Internet connection isn't available.

Revel is renowned for its support, offering 24-hour customer service, help articles and web support. Pricing varies depending on business size and type, but a 30-day cash back guarantee is available on all software. 

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Lightspeed

Lightspeed offers POS systems for both the retail and hospitality sectors, and prides itself on its intuitive design. The software is heavily geared towards iPads to allow maximum portability and mobile POS. Like many on the market, it is Cloud based, and touted as a complete store management system.

Features include product input and returns, data analytics, customer relationship management, sales processing, and employee management. It also offers a mobile or fixed checkout with additional hardware like card readers, barcode scanners, and receipt printers, and has the option of integrating eCommerce with your bricks and mortar store.

On the hospitality front, Lightspeed boasts menu creation, floor planning, and table-side ordering.

Lightspeed's pricing starts at US$69 per month for small retailers, while medium-sized enterprises cost US$129 per month, and large businesses US$249 per month. All packages include 24/7 support.  

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ShopKeep

Designed by a merchant for merchants, ShopKeep boasts all the features retailers expect to find in a single package. From sales reports to inventory management and customer information, this is a point of sale system that allows retailers to access information anywhere at any time.

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ShopKeep is designed for iPad and Cloud based, with features including automatic inventory tracking, staff management, and payment processing of all types including ApplePay. It also features unlimited users and inventory items.

Behind the scenes, ShopKeep offers 24/7 support, and is acclaimed for its ease of use. It is utilized across the retail sector and even extends to quick serve restaurants and bars. Pricing starts from US$69 per month. 

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TouchBistro

Used by thousands of restaurants worldwide, TouchBistro boasts features specifically tailored to the demands of the hospitality industry. From easy menu creation to table-side ordering, this Cloud based software is created for iPads and enables staff to split bills, take orders from customers in a queue, and either print or email receipts.

The software integrates wirelessly with industry standard hardware like cash drawers and receipt printers and can operate with single or multiple iPads.

At the back end, TouchBistro provides solid reporting options and staff scheduling in addition to convenience. It's known for its ease of use and customer support.

Price-wise, TouchBistro offers a 45-day trial period which can be converted to monthly, quarterly or annual subscription with standard or pro options. 

Final Thoughts

Finding the right POS system to suit your business comes down to a host of factors including existing technology, preferred operating system and business size. The good news is the market grows daily and improvements are constant, and in most cases it's a matter of try before you commit to buy.