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Lightspeed Retail logo
 
Lightspeed from Xsilva Systems is one of the premiere point of sale solutions designed for Mac OS X. Retailers can deploy the system on mobile devices, integrate with the e-commerce platform, and develop apps with the custom API.
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Lightspeed from Xsilva Systems is one of the premiere point of sale solutions designed for Mac OS X. Retailers can deploy the system on mobile devices, integrate with the e-commerce platform, and develop apps with the custom API.
 
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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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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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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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AIMsi by Tri-Technical Systems offers POS, inventory management, accounting and e-Commerce functionality for sporting goods stores. In addition, retailers can track employee time records and sales commissions in this system.
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AIMsi by Tri-Technical Systems offers POS, inventory management, accounting and e-Commerce functionality for sporting goods stores. In addition, retailers can track employee time records and sales commissions in this system.
 
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Springboard Retail’s sporting goods POS system, which was designed by retailers, offers intuitive web-based options for features such as inventory and purchasing, revenue totals, and reporting- all accessed from wherever you are.
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Springboard Retail’s sporting goods POS system, which was designed by retailers, offers intuitive web-based options for features such as inventory and purchasing, revenue totals, and reporting- all accessed from wherever you are.

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COMCASH Retail ERP logo
 
COMCASH ERP is a complete retail management system ideally suited for multi-channel and multi-location retailers. The software is cloud-based, allowing access to the administrative functions from anywhere on any device. The Point... Read More
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COMCASH ERP is a complete retail management system ideally suited for multi-channel and multi-location retailers. The software is cloud-based, allowing access to the administrative functions from anywhere on any device. The Point... Read More
 
Quetzal POS logo
 
Quetzal is an integrated cloud-based, mobile point of sale (POS) solution that’s primarily deployed on iPad, but can operate offline if necessary. It’s suited for operators of apparel and footwear boutiques, but can also service... Read More
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Quetzal is an integrated cloud-based, mobile point of sale (POS) solution that’s primarily deployed on iPad, but can operate offline if necessary. It’s suited for operators of apparel and footwear boutiques, but can also service... Read More
 
Cybertill RetailStore logo
 
Cybertill offers a full-featured point of sale system that can be utilized by growing companies with at least three stores, as well as multinational enterprises. The cloud-based, touchscreen system offers a variety of features including... Read More
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Cybertill offers a full-featured point of sale system that can be utilized by growing companies with at least three stores, as well as multinational enterprises. The cloud-based, touchscreen system offers a variety of features including... 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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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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Instore is a comprehensive iPad point of sale (POS) solution supporting small to midsize retailers. It offers essential features such as sales reporting, gift cards and employee time tracking. In addition, Instore’s real-time business... Read More
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Instore is a comprehensive iPad point of sale (POS) solution supporting small to midsize retailers. It offers essential features such as sales reporting, gift cards and employee time tracking. In addition, Instore’s real-time business... Read More

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RetailSTAR offers layaway management, a customer database with purchase history, targeted marketing lists, detailed purchase orders, as well as accounting and financials reporting within its main point of sale software suite.
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RetailSTAR offers layaway management, a customer database with purchase history, targeted marketing lists, detailed purchase orders, as well as accounting and financials reporting within its main point of sale software suite.
 
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The CORESense POS system supports multiple-inventory management, credit card processing and more. Sales reports by time period and gift certificate and promotional processing make it well-suited for sporting goods retailers.
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The CORESense POS system supports multiple-inventory management, credit card processing and more. Sales reports by time period and gift certificate and promotional processing make it well-suited for sporting goods retailers.
 
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MultiFlex RMS is well-suited for small to mid-sized sporting goods retailers looking to maximize automation and management of their business. MultiFlex is a good-fit for retailers who frequently travel or have limited internet acc
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MultiFlex RMS is well-suited for small to mid-sized sporting goods retailers looking to maximize automation and management of their business. MultiFlex is a good-fit for retailers who frequently travel or have limited internet acc
 
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This system integrates retail and supply chain operations to uncover the most effective inventory management levels. Netsuite is an online solution we recommend to mid-sized grocery stores with multiple locations.
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This system integrates retail and supply chain operations to uncover the most effective inventory management levels. Netsuite is an online solution we recommend to mid-sized grocery stores with multiple locations.
 
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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Rain retail software is a cloud-based point of sale (POS) and integrated website solution that is Mac OS and Windows compatible. Rain is an all-in-one platform designed for small to medium sized specialty retailers that offer sales,... Read More
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Rain retail software is a cloud-based point of sale (POS) and integrated website solution that is Mac OS and Windows compatible. Rain is an all-in-one platform designed for small to medium sized specialty retailers that offer sales,... Read More
 
Celerant Command Retail logo
 
Celerant offers an on-premise retail suite that we recommend to resellers. In addition to its core POS features, integrated e-commerce and in-store management modules are included in this system. Great for speciality stores.
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Celerant offers an on-premise retail suite that we recommend to resellers. In addition to its core POS features, integrated e-commerce and in-store management modules are included in this system. Great for speciality stores.
 
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ChainDrive by MultiDev technologies is an Integrated Cross-Channel Retail Management Solution that allows retailers the ability to offer their customers an “Omni-Channel Retail Experience”.  ChainDrive delivers seamless functionality,... Read More
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ChainDrive by MultiDev technologies is an Integrated Cross-Channel Retail Management Solution that allows retailers the ability to offer their customers an “Omni-Channel Retail Experience”.  ChainDrive delivers seamless functionality,... Read More
 
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iVend Retail is an end-to-end omnichannel retail management solution that covers everything from point-of-sale (POS) to back office to head office operations. Setup can range from a single outlet to a multi-geography store environment,... Read More
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iVend Retail is an end-to-end omnichannel retail management solution that covers everything from point-of-sale (POS) to back office to head office operations. Setup can range from a single outlet to a multi-geography store environment,... 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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Buyer's Guide

by Justin Guinn,
Market Research Associate
Last Updated: May 26, 2017


Sporting goods store managers and employees require nearly as much quick thinking and situational awareness as the athletes who purchase their goods.

They contend with multiple seasons. Not just summer, winter, spring and fall, but also baseball, football, ski, soccer, hockey and back-to-school. That’s in addition to sports like golf, tennis and cycling that happen all year long.

To further complicate matters, much of the inventory for these recreational activities is available in different colors and sizes. Stock can span from pocket-sized to forklift-required and can cost from a few cents to five figures. In some cases, inventory is age restricted. Many stores also do custom work, from team jersey monogramming to custom-fitted golf clubs. It is also common for sporting good stores to sell government-issued licenses for hunting and fishing.

Given the wide range of products and services that they offer, sportings goods stores need the right software to keep it all organized and accounted for. This Buyer’s Guide details everything you need to know about sporting goods point of sale (POS) software.

Here’s what we’ll cover:

What is Sporting Goods POS Software?
Common Features of Sporting Goods POS Software
Market Trends to Understand

What is Sporting Goods POS Software?

Sporting goods POS software can help put a store’s front and back halves in sync.

On the front-end, POS software allows cashiers to process sales and returns with a variety of payment methods, lookup order histories, print receipts and manage customer contact information for things like rewards programs. Then, on the back-end, the software can update things like inventory, the accounting general ledger and any relevant customer relationship management information as transactions occur.

When implemented correctly, the result is seamless, real-time communication between the many facets of your store, with less error and more automation than manual methods such as pen and paper or spreadsheets.

Common Features of Sporting Goods POS Software

In addition to core business functions, store owners should evaluate the following functions to meet their unique requirements:

Team and league management As part of CRM, the system should track required gear for teams and leagues. Many teams have particular uniform colors. Leagues often specify gear like shoes, pads and other equipment. The POS system should also track appropriate discounts for members and coaches. Some systems allow authorized league officials to create an equipment list online, complete with UPC codes. The list can be printed on request at the store and posted on the team’s website.
Seasonal sports ordering Sports equipment and general merchandise change season to season. The sporting goods inventory software should make recommendations for new orders. In addition, it should track existing inventory and make sales-versus-storage recommendations.
Work order management Sports equipment stores offer a variety of personalizing and customizing services. These range from monogramming and silk screening shirts and jackets to ordering custom made titanium shafts for golf clubs. The work order system should integrate with POS for deposits and the CRM for history and tracking.
School list management Many school districts have specific requirements for physical education uniforms. Participants in school athletics approved uniforms and equipment. Identical in concept to team and league management, school list management tracks the equipment that students need by school. Some systems allow authorized school officials to create the list. The list can be printed on request at the store and posted on the team’s website.
Size, width and color look-up Many items come in different sizes and colors. The system needs to provide answers to questions like “Do you have this jersey in black?” or “Are these cleats available in 10D?” or even “Is there a 31” version of this bat?” The system also needs to track historical size and color sales as a guide for reordering and ordering new, similar stock.
Integrated Internet sales Many independent stores are expanding online. The store system should integrate inventory and checkout functions with the online system, updating quantities and pricing as necessary. Advanced systems will also support team, league and school list management for online purchases.
UPC code catalog The items available to a sporting goods store are many and varied. Keying item descriptions in manually is labor intensive and time-consuming. The system should have an extensive catalog of items and descriptions and links to suppliers’ online catalogs to download inventory information.
Law enforcement reporting If the store sells firearms or age-restricted items (for example, paintball markers or spray cans of field marking paint), it should provide all required reports for local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
ID scan In addition to law enforcement reporting, stores with restricted merchandise should perform ID scans. The system should scan and retain ID information for buyers and verify that the format of the ID is correct.
Spoilage reporting Many sporting goods stores have perishable goods. Examples include bait and biological attractants. The inventory system should alert when the stock is expired and should provide spoilage reports. It should also generate restock orders to keep the inventory fresh.
License sales Many states and the federal government allow sporting goods stores to sell licenses and specific hunting endorsements. Duck stamps are an example. The system must track such sales and provide any necessary reporting. In advanced software, the CRM system will notify customers when licenses will be available.

Market Trends to Understand

Retail analytics. Sporting goods POS systems are increasingly including sales reporting and inventory analytics features to help small business owners make better sense of their numbers. Using this information, stores can better promote best-selling items, forecast seasonal demand, identify valuable customer demographics and more.

Mobile POS. If you’re looking to make your checkout process more efficient, mobile POS systems are quickly becoming a must-have. Using a tablet or smartphone, your employees can meet customers where they’re shopping in the store to save time and increase the likelihood of purchase.

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