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Epos Now logo
 
Epos Now is a retail management system for small to mid-sized businesses. In addition to its Point of Sale module, the solution also offers integrated Inventory Management, Customer Management, and Retail Accounting, including general... Read More
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Epos Now is a retail management system for small to mid-sized businesses. In addition to its Point of Sale module, the solution also offers integrated Inventory Management, Customer Management, and Retail Accounting, including general... Read More
 
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Lightspeed is a leading POS system for Apple devotees from Xsilva Systems. Retailers that require a web-based solution can access inventory and CRM functions in addition to the core POS features on Mac, iPad or iPhone.
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Lightspeed is a leading POS system for Apple devotees from Xsilva Systems. Retailers that require a web-based solution can access inventory and CRM functions in addition to the core POS features on Mac, iPad or iPhone.
 
TouchBistro Restaurant POS logo
 
TouchBistro is a modern iPad-based POS designed for quick service and fast casual restaurants, bars, coffee shops and more. The platform includes built-in reports to help companies manage staff, payments and business tasks.
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TouchBistro is a modern iPad-based POS designed for quick service and fast casual restaurants, bars, coffee shops and more. The platform includes built-in reports to help companies manage staff, payments and business tasks.
 
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Breadcrumb is an iPad-based Point of Sale (POS) system designed for restaurants and bars by service industry veterans. With this cloud-based program, servers are able to view available tables, modify menu items, and split checks while... Read More
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Breadcrumb is an iPad-based Point of Sale (POS) system designed for restaurants and bars by service industry veterans. With this cloud-based program, servers are able to view available tables, modify menu items, and split checks while... Read More
 
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Comcash offers a complete cloud-based point of sale, inventory management and CRM system, with functionality for the system to run locally to remain reliable in times of connection loss.
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Comcash offers a complete cloud-based point of sale, inventory management and CRM system, with functionality for the system to run locally to remain reliable in times of connection loss.

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Toast POS logo
 
Built exclusively to provide a POS system for the restaurant and food service industry, Toast POS is a robust solution for all types of food service businesses, including bars, quick service, and full-service restaurants. For restaurants... Read More
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Built exclusively to provide a POS system for the restaurant and food service industry, Toast POS is a robust solution for all types of food service businesses, including bars, quick service, and full-service restaurants. For restaurants... Read More
 
Revel Systems logo
 
Revel is a cloud-based business platform that integrates operations and customer channels with point-of-sale (POS) functionality in a single dashboard. It is suitable for stores and restaurants of all sizes and provides users with... Read More
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Revel is a cloud-based business platform that integrates operations and customer channels with point-of-sale (POS) functionality in a single dashboard. It is suitable for stores and restaurants of all sizes and provides users with... Read More
 
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Springboard Retail’s web-based POS is suitable for retail operations with single or multiple locations. Handles transactions and discounts, inventory tracking, purchase orders and customer history from any web-enabled device.
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Springboard Retail’s web-based POS is suitable for retail operations with single or multiple locations. Handles transactions and discounts, inventory tracking, purchase orders and customer history from any web-enabled device.
 
Lavu iPad POS logo
 
Restaurants, bars, liquor stores, and nightclubs can benefit from the sleek interface and robust tools offered by Lavu's iPad-based Point of Sale. It offers users free 24/7 support and upgrades without a contract.
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Restaurants, bars, liquor stores, and nightclubs can benefit from the sleek interface and robust tools offered by Lavu's iPad-based Point of Sale. It offers users free 24/7 support and upgrades without a contract.
 
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NetSuite is one of the premier providers of cloud enterprise software. Their Multi-Channel Retail Management Suite can be accessed via any browser. Includes very strong accounting, order management, and e-commerce functionality.
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NetSuite is one of the premier providers of cloud enterprise software. Their Multi-Channel Retail Management Suite can be accessed via any browser. Includes very strong accounting, order management, and e-commerce functionality.

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Quetzal's mobile web-based POS systems is a good option for retailers on-the-go. In addition to point-of sale, inventory management and customer information features, the tablet-ready system features can be accessed offline.
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Quetzal's mobile web-based POS systems is a good option for retailers on-the-go. In addition to point-of sale, inventory management and customer information features, the tablet-ready system features can be accessed offline.
 
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The newest POS offering from Lightspeed, aptly named Lightspeed Restaurant, delivers the same interface found in their flagship product for retail stores. Since it’s cloud-based, management can create schedules and track labor,... Read More
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The newest POS offering from Lightspeed, aptly named Lightspeed Restaurant, delivers the same interface found in their flagship product for retail stores. Since it’s cloud-based, management can create schedules and track labor,... Read More
 
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Instore is an iPad POS system designed to help small to midsize retailers streamline their sales processes. The system contains custom reporting features and gives users the ability to track inventory from anywhere.
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Instore is an iPad POS system designed to help small to midsize retailers streamline their sales processes. The system contains custom reporting features and gives users the ability to track inventory from anywhere.
 
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Smartwerks_USA is an web-based accounting and POS solution. We recommend this vendor to retailers of all sizes and numerous specialties, including hobby and jewelry stores. Includes inventory reporting and tracking functionality.
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Smartwerks_USA is an web-based accounting and POS solution. We recommend this vendor to retailers of all sizes and numerous specialties, including hobby and jewelry stores. Includes inventory reporting and tracking functionality.
 
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Talech Register is a retail solution that offers point of sale, inventory and customer management, and analytics. All data is stored in the cloud, and can be accessed from a computer or iPad in real time. The iPad point of sale allows... Read More
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Talech Register is a retail solution that offers point of sale, inventory and customer management, and analytics. All data is stored in the cloud, and can be accessed from a computer or iPad in real time. The iPad point of sale allows... Read More

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ONsight is a cloud-based point of sale (POS) solution suitable for grocery stores of all sizes. It offers a variety of features including warehouse management, merchandising, and allocation. The solution allows users to customize all... Read More
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ONsight is a cloud-based point of sale (POS) solution suitable for grocery stores of all sizes. It offers a variety of features including warehouse management, merchandising, and allocation. The solution allows users to customize all... Read More
 
Cybex Enterprise Retail Suite logo
 
Founded in 1986, the retail software suite from Cybex includes point of sale, inventory management, distribution and replenishment, warehouse management, CRM, and e-commerce. The Cybex Enterprise Retail Suite focuses on information... Read More
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Founded in 1986, the retail software suite from Cybex includes point of sale, inventory management, distribution and replenishment, warehouse management, CRM, and e-commerce. The Cybex Enterprise Retail Suite focuses on information... Read More
 
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Offering a suite of applications to help streamline workflow and improve the sales process in retail, eCommerce, wholesale, and distribution, Agiliron can manage both in-store and mobile Point-of-Sale, scale easily to multi-stores,... Read More
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Offering a suite of applications to help streamline workflow and improve the sales process in retail, eCommerce, wholesale, and distribution, Agiliron can manage both in-store and mobile Point-of-Sale, scale easily to multi-stores,... Read More
 
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CORESense’s cloud-based e-commerce and POS features make it ideal for web-based retailers. See transactions in real time, utilize online shopping cart features and manage content and navigation across one or more websites.
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CORESense’s cloud-based e-commerce and POS features make it ideal for web-based retailers. See transactions in real time, utilize online shopping cart features and manage content and navigation across one or more websites.
 
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ORDYX Standard from ORDYX POS is a cloud-based solution designed for bars and restaurants. The program allows users to stay connected to their business from anywhere around the world and includes the flexibility to use their own existing... Read More
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ORDYX Standard from ORDYX POS is a cloud-based solution designed for bars and restaurants. The program allows users to stay connected to their business from anywhere around the world and includes the flexibility to use their own existing... Read More
 

Buyer's Guide

by Justin Guinn,
Market Research Associate
Last Updated: June 14, 2017


Web-based point of sale (POS) software is the Software as a Service (SaaS) solution to a retailer’s needs, and it’s a rapidly growing market, especially as more and more businesses turn to the Web to support their sales and/or marketing strategies.

There are a number of advantages and disadvantages to selecting this deployment model, particularly in the retail software market, so we’ve written this buyer’s guide to help you understand the benefits, potential pitfalls and popular vendors associated cloud point of sale software.

Here’s what we’ll cover:

What Is Web-Based POS Software?
What Type of Buyer Are You?
Benefits and Potential Issues
Market Trends to Understand
The Web-Based Vendor Landscape

What Is Web-Based POS Software?

Traditionally POS systems have all been on-premise, designed to help retailers increase the speed and efficiency of their checkout process and to alleviate much of the administrative burden associated with retail management.

In recent years, however, a number of online solutions have cropped up to perform this same function. These come with many of the advantages typically associated with cloud-based software: lower up-front costs and technical/hardware burdens. Web-based POS software is designed to meet the needs of the retailer, but with minimal hardware installation as compared to a traditional POS.

Screenshot of Lightspeed user interface

Screenshot of Lightspeed user interface

What Type of Buyer Are You?

Before digging into software, you will want to know what type of buyer you are. For Web-based POS systems, there’s basically two types of buyer:

Simple systems. Smaller businesses typically want a straightforward POS for customer checkout and inventory management. Many of these systems also have built-in CRM and accounting capabilities to manage everything a small business would need.

Enterprise systems. Larger companies may be looking for a more robust solution that has extra levels of functionality beyond those typically associated with a POS. These may include pricing controls and/or variations, merchandise planning and warehouse or transportation management. Not every enterprise solution will have all of these features, so consider carefully which features you want  and use those criteria to narrow down your search.

Cellular retailers. Businesses that specialize in cell phone and similar telecommunications have a ton of extra features specific to that industry: phone activation, tracking service plans (including family plans with multiple customers on one system), commission and vendor rebate calculations, feature comparisons and so on. These companies will want one of the many systems dedicated to this market.

Like for the cellular industry, specialty retailers may wish to consider the benefits of getting a solution that’s dedicated specifically to their market. These will be best-of-breed solutions with specific functionality that your store needs but may not be available in a generic POS system.

Benefits and Potential Issues

Web-based software solutions are growing in popularity, and for good reason. They come with lower up-front costs and fewer of the maintenance challenges, and these days almost all of the same functionality, making them the perfect choice for smaller businesses in particular.

In the retail market, SaaS has other very significant benefits, namely those discussed under “Market Trends” below: built-in customer portals to transform your brick and mortar shop into an ecommerce store as well; integration with social media to expand your sales and marketing strategy and mobile applications to let the user take the store anywhere it needs to go.

There are two main drawbacks to online POS software. First, are the hardware limitations or add-ons. Most retailers aren’t operating with a standard computer setup, rather you’re using a scanner, a touch-screen and receipt and credit card machines, and all of these require special hardware that then has to integrate with the software. The more of this hardware you want to purchase, the more carefully you should consider whether an on-premise system will make more sense.

Second, Web-based software relies 100% on a strong Internet connection on the store’s end in order to function properly. If the Internet goes down, so does the ability to conduct business in your brick and mortar environment. So a Web-based system is not a great solution if your Internet is spotty or unreliable.

The Web-Based POS Vendor Landscape

This type of buyer … Should look at these systems
Simple systems MMS, SmartWerks, Real Time
Enterprise systems RICS, RunIt Realtime, NetSuite, Jesta Vision Suite, Cegid, Epicor, Microsoft Dynamics
Cellular retailers RetailIQ, Multiflex RMS, Wireless Standard, MMS Wireless

There are also specialty systems available for other specialty retail markets, such as Granbury for restaurants and SWIM for jewelry. Keep in mind that many of the POS and enterprise vendors listed above have multiple different products tailored to specific industries, so as you’re performing your search, be sure to ask what markets they specialize in.

Market Trends to Understand

Though the fundamentals largely remain the same, many facets of Web-based POS systems constantly evolve to meet the changing demands of retail businesses. As you evaluate retail systems, keep these trends in mind. How your vendor fits within these trends could have a big impact on their viability.

  • Mobile. Since many retailers conduct sales at tradeshows and other remote locations, remote checkout applications that let users access sales/inventory data from the tradeshow floor are growing in popularity. This trend has exploded with the development of the iPad and other tablet devices, although there always have been and will be numerous deployment models for this.
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  • Online sales. The tight margins of traditional “brick and mortar” businesses are leading to more and more online sales channels, allowing retailers to develop a Web portal to sell their products online, which can ultimately be much more cost effective. These integrated ecommerce modules run the full range of functionality, integrating the shopping cart with the sales and inventory data. Web-based POS software is particularly well poised to take advantage of this trend.
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  • Social media. As Facebook and Twitter impact the way consumers and businesses interact online, Groupon and LivingSocial are enabling retailers to leverage that and turn it into concrete sales. Connecting your solution to social media is an outstanding way to grow your brand and increase sales, and online systems are designed to support this function.

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