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Last updated: October 9, 2014

Top 10 Most Recommended Convenience (C) Store POS Software Systems

 
AmberPOS Pacific Amber Technologies offers a POS system for a range of retail specialties, including convenience stores. Its full reporting capabilities allow users to analyze sales numbers, helping you improve and grow your business.
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LightSpeed Running on the Apple platform, Lightspeed allows convenience store owners to improve front counter and back-office operations with its scalable point of sale and inventory management capabilities.
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NCR Counterpoint POS and Retail Management NCR enables convenience store owners to more effectively manage any and all locations. With an integrated e-commerce solution and built-in gift card and customer loyalty programs, you'll be sure to stay ahead of the competition.
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COMCASH Retail ERP This solution is a good fit for convenience stores with multiple locations and a need for multi-channel management. Comcash's complete POS system allows for the creation of inventory reports and tracking with loss prevention.
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iVend Retail CitiXsys's iVend system provides end-to-end POS features for convenience stores of all sizes. The system includes a wide range of features, including those for managing customer loyalty programs, inventory and even e-commerce.
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Microsoft Retail Management System Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System offers an effortless checkout with its point of sale application. A great choice for convenience stores, as it allows companies to analyze inventory data for multiple locations.
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RetailSTAR RetailSTAR offers a full suite of applications for retailers across many segments, including convenience stores. With inventory management, merchandise planning, and a user-friendly POS, you'll stay ahead of the competition.
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Celerant Command Retail We really like that Command Retail from Celerant is an expandable retail solution for both single stores and chain convenience stores. The system is backed by a vendor that has continuously ranked in the Top 5 by RIS.
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Bindo POS Bindo POS is a web-based register system offering integrated payment support for credit cards and cash, customer management for loyalty programs and supplier management features. This solution is designed with retailers in mind.
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Fishbowl Inventory Fishbowl Inventory POS is a solution that meets the demands a large inventory and quick transactions bring to convenience store operations. Features include a pool margin calculation and spoilage reporting.
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Buyer's Guide

The hallmark of a convenience store is quick transactions. Customers want to get in and get out. Inventory turns are quick, but many items are also perishable. Adding gasoline and diesel sales to the mix makes both the transaction size and the documentation complexity increase. Gasoline sales are regulated and price changes are a continuing challenge; prices must be set at the pumps, on signs, and in POS software; calculating inventory costs is also problematic as different-priced deliveries are mixed in the same tanks.

Accounts payable, payroll and general ledger are the same for convenience stores and gas stations. Accounts receivable is generally limited to handling credit card charges. Cash handling is a particular problem for both. Inventory is a challenge for both because of the amount of inventory for convenience stores and pricing for fuel for gas stations. Customer relationship management plays a very limited role.

Key Requirements for Convenience Stores and Gas Stations

In addition to the core accounting functions, gas station and convenience store operators should evaluate the following functions to meet their unique requirements:

Pool margin calculation Gas stations need to calculate the pool margin and track costs and profitability of fuel sales. This process needs current tank levels, current pool margin, current inventory price, and new delivery amount and price. It is updated with every delivery for each type of fuel sold.
Spoilage reporting Convenience stores sell perishable goods; the “sell by” dates must be tracked, expired inventory must be collected and disposed of, and the process properly documented.
Gasoline price calculation Gas prices fluctuate frequently; the system must make certain the prices are correctly calculated and are within legal specifications.
UPC code catalog Convenience stores carry small amounts of many items. Building an inventory from scratch could take weeks; a convenience store inventory software system must include a UPC code catalog with descriptions for common items to save time in building the inventory.
Bottle deposit tracking Eleven states have beverage bottle restrictions; Twenty-two have plans under consideration. The system needs to track deposits and bottle sales, and produce compliance reports.
Safe drops The POS system must track safe drops. It must record drop amounts and compliance with drop policies by store employees. It should also track cash-in-drawer amounts and notify employees when cash drops are necessary.
House account tracking Many gas station chains, large and small, provide services to corporate fleets. These are usually handled by house accounts, which need to be tracked separately and reported to the central office.
Employee auditing Inventory shrinkage is a problem for convenience stores. An accurate and up-to-date employee audit, done frequently, is one tool to help curb the problem.
Compliance reporting Gas stations are subject compliance reporting. The same requirement applies to a lesser degree to convenience stores. The software should prepare all compliance reports.
Security system integration Both convenience stores and gas stations benefit from integration between the POS system and security systems, linking security recordings with transaction records.

 



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