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Last updated: October 9, 2014

Top 10 Most Reviewed Hardware and Building Materials Store POS Software Systems

 
Fishbowl Inventory Fishbowl Inventory is an integrated inventory management, warehouse management and POS system. Integrates with QuickBooks, making this an ideal solution for retailers upgrading from using mostly cash registers.
        83 Reviews
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LightSpeed LightSpeed POS is compatible on Macs, iPads, and Apple mobile devices, making it a great choice for retailers that wish to outfit the mobile sales employee. Inventory management is built on a platform similar to the iTunes UI.
         57 Reviews
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Retail Pro Built on an Oracle database, Retail Pro is a server-based retail application that we recommend for hardware shop owners. The user interface is easily customizable, and the solution is strong in inventory management functionality.
        40 Reviews
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NCR Counterpoint POS and Retail Management Radiant Systems’ retail solution includes point of sale, inventory management, accounting, e-commerce, CRM, and merchandise planning functionality for specialty retailers. One of the largest retail software vendors.
        20 Reviews
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AmberPOS Point of sale application for hardware stores. Offers vendor management, multi-vendor support, automated ordering, inventory tracking and customer order functionality. Also includes warehouse management and merchandising features.
        19 Reviews
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RetailSTAR We like that Cam Commerce’s RetailSTAR is a end-to-end solution for retailers, offering inventory management and reporting, CRM, and accounting modules in addition to the main POS management application.
         15 Reviews
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Bindo POS Bindo is a Web-based POS system that allows users to manage and track their online inventory. The solution gives users access to in-store inventory in real-time and can be viewed on any device with an Internet connection.
        9 Reviews
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Microsoft Retail Management System Microsoft RMS is a great system for both single-store shop owners and those with a handful of locations. A good fit for store owners looking for advanced inventory features such as reporting and inventory tracking.
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Visual Retail Plus In addition to point-of-sale functionality, Visual Retail Plus includes an inventory management features such as an inventory matrix, price lookup, UPC database, barcode printing, and physical inventory reporting.
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iVend Retail We find that the inventory management features found within CitiXsys's iVend make it a good fit for retailers that sell building materials and other hardware goods. CitiXsys also offers an e-commerce platform for online retailers.
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Buyer's Guide

Much of the inventory in a hardware store is small, difficult to distinguish from each other, easily mixed in the bins by customers, and challenging to price mark. Some of the products sold by a hardware store must be accompanied by a material safety data sheet (MSDS), but only under some circumstances. There are literally hundreds of thousands inventory items in a large hardware store. Inventory, point of sale (POS), order entry, and inventory receiving are the accounting system components most important to a hardware store. There is also a need to support the physical inventory counting process. Aside from MSDS documents, there is little inventory that is strictly regulated.

Accounts payable, accounts receivable, general ledger, and payroll are standard. There are some peculiarities for the customer relationship management (CRM) and POS. These are primarily in the areas of job costing and estimating. They affect both contractors and do-it-yourselfers.

Key Requirements for Hardware Stores

In evaluating software, hardware store owners should evaluate the following functions to meet their unique requirements:

Integrated parts database and UPC catalog Because of the large number of hardware inventory items, the system needs to provide a catalog of products and UPCs. The catalog must be updated frequently or better yet, available online.
Sell by measure Hardware stores sell many bulk items that are sold in cut portions. Examples include lumber, chain, rope, and wire. The system should handle selling by measure for these items. The inventory should be accurately tracked, including accounting for all scrap.
Shelf and bin location The inventory and POS systems should support locating inventory by shelf and bin location. In addition to providing better customer support, having inventory location assists with the physical inventory process.
Estimating The POS and inventory system should allow estimates to be prepared. If the customer accepts the estimate,the system should be able to generate a customer order easily. It should generate orders for stock not on hand and special orders as necessary.
Contractor sales The system should support contractor sales. It should calculate discounts, track terms, and provide billing. It should also track lines of credit and notify the customer and back office staff when credit thresholds are reached.
Job costing The system should be able to track multiple jobs, for both contractors and do-it-yourselfers. The job costing should be part of the POS. A single transaction should be able to be split over multiple jobs. The job should include the customer’s job number. Each customer should be able to have multiple jobs concurrently.
Seasonal orders The system should recommend or order seasonal merchandise, for example salt and holiday decorations for the winter and barbecue grills in the summer. The system should also support inventory sell-versus-store decisions at the end of each season.
Kit sales Hardware stores often sell plans and materials as a single kits, for example, to build a storage shed or a play set. The system should correctly decrease the individual parts inventory counts when a kit is sold.
Special orders The system should handle special orders. It should track deposits, integrate with order entry to place orders, and notify the customer when the order is received.
Work orders Many hardware stores offer special services. Examples include rescreening and engraving. The system needs to track the work orders, post deposits, and notify the customer when the work is complete.
Material safety data sheet (MSDS) handling OSHA requires that the required MSDS for a product be delivered by the seller, but only for certain customers. The systems should have a repository of MSDS The POS and CRM systems should printout required data sheets at the time of sale.
Gift registry For a variety of reasons, hardware stores are starting to maintain gift registries. Customers should be able to register for desired merchandise by name and event. The system should track which items have been purchased and what is still on the list.
Rental management The system should have a rental management module. It should track costs, billing, maintenance, and equipment life cycle management.
Lookup by description Since many hardware items are similar, the POS needs a look up by description, which can narrow the range of items. The the clerk or customer then can select from a limited list.
Inventory images The system must show pictures of the items. The images should be available during ordering, receiving, selling, and physical inventory.
Case/unit breakdown Many hardware parts are ordered in cases and sold in as cases, boxes, or singles. The POS system should decrease the inventory properly how ever the items are sold.
Physical inventory system The system should support physical inventory. It should interface with handheld devices to record the count. It should create physical inventory sheets by location as well as item number. The count sheets should have the option to display the image.

 



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