Finding software can be overwhelming. We've helped many shoe stores choose the right retail POS software so they can maintain stock of shoes in various sizes and track customer data.

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Epos Now

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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ShopKeep

ShopKeep is an iPad and Android POS system for retail businesses, restaurants, bars, franchises and quick-serve businesses. The POS software offers a touch screen interface, when used on an iPad or Android tablet device, which allows... Read more

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Talech Register

Talech POS is a cloud-based retail, restaurant & bar and professional services solution that offers point-of-sale (POS), inventory and customer management, appointment scheduling and deep, real-time analytics. The solution stores data... Read more

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Cash Register Express

Cash Register Express (CRE) by pcAmerica is a point of sale solution for retail stores and small businesses including liquor stores, convenience stores, grocery stores, and other specialty retailers. CRE offers inventory management,... Read more

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NetSuite

NetSuite for Retail is a cloud-based multi-channel retail management solution for retailers that combines e-commerce, POS, and order management functionalities. The software provides a unified retail system with back office management... Read more

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AmberPOS

Pacific Amber’s AmberPOS offers a point of sale software solutions to a variety of retail specialties, ranging from small to midsized, in the United States and Canada. In addition to point of sale functionality, AmberPOS includes... Read more

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Lightspeed Retail

Lightspeed Retail is a cloud-based POS solution that is suitable for retailers in industries such as apparel, footwear, bike, jewelry, pet, sporting goods and home decor. The solution offers retailers tools including inventory management,... Read more

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Agiliron

Agiliron cloud-based point-of-sale (POS) solution is designed to serve both in-store and mobile businesses as well as online sales channels. The system offers a host of features that work in tandem with the point-of-sale solution,... Read more

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Rain POS

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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HIPPOS

Hippos is an on premise point of sale (POS) can be operated with or without the internet. The internet is only used to sync data between the POS and Cloud (web portal). Hippos solution is designed for cafes, bakeries, quick and full-service... Read more

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Retail Pro

Retail Pro is a specialty retail management software platform featuring POS, replenishment, inventory management, promotions, customer management, back office, performance, and KPI reporting capabilities. Retailers can use Retail... Read more

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ACCEO Smart Vendor

ACCEO Smart Vendor is a retail point of sale (POS) and inventory management system that helps small and midsize retailers to manage stocks and process customers’ orders. It serves a variety of single and multi-locations retailers... Read more

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Clover POS

Clover POS is an integrated point-of-sale (POS) system with custom hardware designed for several types of retailers. This POS system is available in both web-based and server-based deployment versions and offers countertop hardware... Read more

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Chondrion Retail

Chondrion’s cloud-based selling and fulfillment suite is designed with a focus on automation instead of manual intervention. Integrated modules include Inventory Management, supply-chain optimization, Customer Service, Point-of-Sale... Read more

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Heartland Retail

Heartland Retail, formerly Springboard Retail, is a web-based retail solution designed for multi-channel and multi-store retailers. Heartland's point of sale system is fully accessible through any modern web browser on any device.... Read more

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RICS

Both independent and chain footwear retailers looking for a retail management suite should evaluate RICS. In addition to point of sale, this solution offers inventory management, CRM, accounting, e-commerce, and merchandising. Read more

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iVend Retail

iVend Retail is an omnichannel retail management solution that helps businesses manage various aspects of a brick and mortar retail shop and e-commerce store. It covers from point-of-sale (POS) to back office to head office operations.... Read more

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S2K Retail Management Software

S2K Enterprise Management solution by VAI is a cloud-based, integrated ERP system designed to manage midsize and enterprise businesses in the wholesale distribution, manufacturing and speciality retail industries, across many vertical... Read more

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Visual Retail Plus

Visual Retail Plus is an integrated system that gives retailers a single centralized location to manage Point of Sale, Inventory Management and more, all tailored to each retailer's unique needs. With more than 20 years in the industry,... Read more

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LS Retail

LS Retail is a retail management system consisting of point of sale (POS) and enterprise resource planning (ERP). Key features include inventory management, customer management, retail accounting, e-commerce, warehouse management and... Read more

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Buyers guide


Last Updated: July 4, 2020

Footwear is difficult inventory. A single shoe in three colors in standard sizes and widths could be as many as 108 different stock keeping units (SKUs). There may be matching accessories, which may also be in colors and sizes. Then there are special orders for the styles and sizes that are not in stock. There are even shoes that can be dyed to match the color of a particular outfit. Shoe sales are fiercely competitive; programs to encourage customer loyalty are common. So, shoe stores are adopting electronic communications as part of maintaining customer relationships.

Because of the complexity of the inventory, order entry and inventory receiving are critical functions. Payroll is standard, although commissions sales are the rule. Accounts receivable, accounts payable and general ledger are also standard. While most systems are premises based, software as a service (SaaS) is a small but growing option for retail shoe store systems.

There are some interesting customer relationship management (CRM) issues. Usually, one of the benefits of being a supporting member of the organization, for example, a contributing member of a museum, is a discount at the gift shop. Another factor is subscription sales. Some gift stores sell limited-edition items; patrons can subscribe to the items and receive a notification when a new group is in stock.

What is Footwear and Shoe Store POS Software?

Point of sale (POS) software is a business management solution for retailers that helps them manage their inventory control, point-of-sales operations and retail accounting operations. POS software allows users to manage both in-store as well as online purchases and transactions.

Most of the products offer a barcode scanner integration that allows retailers to read product information using the barcode labels. This functionality enables faster and efficient checkouts at the payment counter. Some vendors in the market also offer POS hardware along with the software set, which comprises of cash registers, a printer, customer screen and barcode reader. Alternately, users can also choose to deploy their software on their personal devices, such as PCs, Mac computers and iPads.

There are both cloud-based and on-premise products in the POS software market. While cloud-based systems offer ease of use for non-technical business users, the on-premise systems offer lower costs for long-term use.

Common Features of Footwear and Shoe Store POS Software

In addition to the core accounting functions, footwear and shoe store operators should evaluate the following functions to meet their unique requirements:

Size, width and color matrix The key to a successful footwear inventory software system is a matrix of modifiers. The general description is entered once and the sizes, widths and colors are listed as modifiers to the basic description. The inventory must track each item as a separate SKU and maintain separate reorder points.
Accessory coordination Many shoe makers provide matching accessories, such as belts and handbags. In other cases, different manufacturers make accessories to “coordinate” with shoes. The inventory and POS system should list matching accessories on hand and available as special orders.
Customer relationship management Because of competition from online, warehouse and department stores, shoe specialty stores have aggressively adopted CRM. In particular, they are adopting social networking by establishing Facebook pages and tweeting coupons to registered customers. The system should also track color, style and designer preferences to notify customers when new shipments are due.
Customer loyalty program As part of CRM and to further solidify customer relations, many shoe stores have customer loyalty programs. The store system should track sales history and monitor loyalty program points awarded and redeemed.
Prescription management If the shoe store offers orthopedic supplies, the system needs to track prescriptions for clients and doctor contact information. The system should also notify customers if prescriptions should be updated, for example, as children grow they need to have their prescriptions changed.
UPC database Because of the large number of shoes, other footwear and accessories from numerous vendors, the system needs to provide a catalog of products and UPCs. The catalog must be updated frequently or better yet, available online.
Split tender The system must be able to accept payment over several different methods. For example, a customer may want to pay with cash and two different credit cards. The system must properly apply the split payments to the correct ledger accounts.
Package sales The system should support combining different inventory items into a single package. The POS should treat the package as a single SKU, but correctly adjust the inventory level for each item.
Inventory images Since many shoes are similar, the inventory system should show pictures of the inventory. Advanced systems will be able to show each item in the inventory in all available colors.

Market Trends to Understand

The landscape of footwear retail is constantly changing due to advances in both POS hardware and software technologies. Below are a few trends that are shaping up the footwear and shoe retail software market:

  • E-commerce integration: According to the NDP Group, a market research firm, footwear and shoe retail market alone accounts for 23 percent of total online sales in the United States. This poses a significant business opportunity for shoe retailers to sell their products online. As a result, many vendors in the market have started offering website integration in their product offerings. Some products also allow users to set up an e-commerce website to manage their online presence.
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  • Gift cards and loyalty programs: Gift cards have become highly popular gifts in the past couple of years. Gift cards, therefore, occupy a vital space in the retail marketplace. Leveraging this trend, POS software vendors are offering loyalty programs and gift card integration. This trend is expected to pick up further as the gift card market completely transitions to online mode from the traditional paper format.
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  • Tablet POS: This software helps users conduct transactions using their tablets. Tablet POS is gaining popularity as an alternative to traditional hardware-based POS solutions due to the lower costs and ease of use. Also, it’s more convenient to use tablet POS applications than mobile POS software because of the bigger screen size. More and more stores are expected to offer this feature in the future.