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Last updated: September 7, 2014

Top 10 Most Reviewed Touch Screen POS Software Systems

 
LightSpeed Retailers that want to run a POS solution on a Mac, iPad or iPhone should consider LightSpeed POS. In addition to core point of sale functionality, this solution includes inventory management, retail CRM and e-commerce features.
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Retail Pro The Retail Pro POS software application is compatible with most third-party touchscreen hardware systems. Offers employee management and merchandising in addition to sales processing and inventory management modules.
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NCR Counterpoint POS and Retail Management Radiant Systems’ CounterPoint can be customized and includes both touchscreen and physical entry hardware compatibility. The software can be integrated with either Radiant Systems’ hardware or a third-party’s hardware.
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RetailSTAR We recommend RetailSTAR from Cam Commerce for retailers that are looking for a touch-screen compatible retail application. Cam Commerce offers an integrated software package the pre-installs the software on HP POS hardware.
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Visual Retail Plus We recommend Visual Retail Plus for small to medium-sized retail operations. This on-premise, Windows-based system is compatible with both touchscreen and manual entry technology. Hardware can be provided by software vendor.
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iVend Retail CitiXsys’s iVend is a touch-screen compatible POS solution for speciality retailers, wholesalers and a variety of other operations. Ideal for retailers using Microsoft Windows hardware. Larger retailers can integrate with SAP.
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GiftLogic This touch screen POS system offered by GiftLogic helps simplify the sales process with a customizable and flexible end-to-end system that offers integrated modules for inventory, as well as sales and customer management.
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Teamwork Retail Teamwork Retail is a mobile ready, web-based Point of Sale with integrated functionality available for e-Commerce, Inventory Management, Warehouse Management, and Customer Management. Easy-to-use, it can be implemented quickly.
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Epicor Retail Solutions Epicor provides a complete suite with point of sale, inventory management, customer management and warehouse management applications. It also supports touch screen devices and hardware creating a streamlined user experience.
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MMS Retail Management Software Backed by twenty years of retail industry experience, MMS provides a retail management system that excels at point of sale interactions, inventory management, customer relationship management, and retail accounting.
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Buyer's Guide

Touch screen point of sale (POS) software plays a key role in running an efficient retail operation. However, it can be difficult to sort through the many available programs to find the right touch POS software for your type and size of store. Luckily, we put in the hard work of researching these systems, so you don’t have to. Our expertise allows us to match retailers with the right software based on their type of store, size, and unique requirements. We are committed to saving retailers valuable time, and costly mistakes.

The goal of this buyer’s guide is to help retailers understand the market and begin the research process. Here’s what we’ll cover:

What Is Touch Screen POS Software?
What Type of Buyer Are You?
The Touch Screen POS Vendor Landscape

Market Trends You Should Understand
Benefits & Potential Issues

What Is Touch Screen POS Software?

Retail software is designed to track sales, inventory, customer information, and more. The more advanced systems also support purchasing, manage employees and commissions, and control pricing for multiple stores from a central location.

There are many different types of POS systems, and of course touch screen is one of the primary deployment models. For these programs, the keyboard is an eliminated or secondary piece of hardware, as most or all of the use comes through an intuitive touch-sensitive interface. The software is customized to your store and products and is designed to be quick and easy to learn, since retailers have one the highest employee turnover rates of any industry.

What Type of Buyer Are You?

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

  • Small POS buyers. Businesses with one to a handful of locations typically want a straightforward POS system to ring up customers, update inventory, and provide basic reports. Many of these systems also provide CRM capabilities to develop marketing and buyer incentive programs, and a few also have accounting capabilities built in to provide a complete retail software suite.
  • Enterprise buyers. These buyers may be outgrowing their starter POS packages and are looking for more robust solutions. These solutions are typically targeted to larger retailers with multiple and/or very large stores, and include robust multi-location reporting capabilities and features like centralized pricing controls, 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.

The Touch Screen POS Vendor Landscape

This type of buyer:  Should look at these systems...
Small POS buyer TouchSuite, 2TouchPOS, Microsoft Dynamics RMS, Cougar Mountain Denali, Positive Retail Manager, Prophetline
Enterprise buyers Counterpoint, Retail Anywhere, Retail STAR, GoldTech, Iridium, Retail Pro, The Assistant Manager, Cybex, VuePoint, Cegid, Epicor

Market Trends You Should Understand

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 POS. Since many retailers conduct sales at tradeshows and other events, mobile POS applications are growing in popularity. Of course the iPad is a natural touch screen mobile POS application, but there are others designed to process payments and access inventory/sales data remotely.
  • Software as a service (SaaS). Not too long ago, a touch screen POS system would have required an on-premise installation. But with the explosion of the iPad, touch-sensitive desktop computers, and other tablet devices, there are a whole range of solutions that are now designed for a web-based deployment model. For these, the software and data are housed on a remote server, with the touch-sensitive user interface being the only on-premise use requirement. This could be a tablet device or a dedicated piece of hardware that you buy or lease from the software vendor.

Benefits, Potential Issues & Costs

The benefit of a touch screen POS is the intuitive design and high efficiency. New employees can learn the software extremely easily, since everything they need is just a couple of touches away, and once learned gets all purchases and/or orders registered very quickly and communicated to whoever else needs the information. In turn, this reduces checkout times, which increases sales and lowers costs of doing business.

Of course, training is a huge issue, and not all touch screen POS systems are created equal. So be sure to consider usability as you’re considering systems, to make sure the learning curve for new employees will be as low as possible.



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