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Lightspeed Retail logo
 
Lightspeed Retail is a cloud-based point of sale (POS) solution that is suitable for retailers in industries such as apparel, footwear, bike, jewelry, pet, sporting goods and home decor. The solution enables retailers to manage inventory... Read More
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Lightspeed Retail is a cloud-based point of sale (POS) solution that is suitable for retailers in industries such as apparel, footwear, bike, jewelry, pet, sporting goods and home decor. The solution enables retailers to manage inventory... 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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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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TouchBistro is an iPad-based point of sale (POS) solution for restaurants of all types. Specifically designed to meet the unique needs of the restaurant industry, TouchBistro comes complete with food service specific features and advanced... Read More
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TouchBistro is an iPad-based point of sale (POS) solution for restaurants of all types. Specifically designed to meet the unique needs of the restaurant industry, TouchBistro comes complete with food service specific features and advanced... Read More
 
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Built exclusively to provide a POS system for the restaurant and food service industry, Toast POS is a robust solution for all types of food service businesses, including bars, quick service, and full-service restaurants. For restaurants... Read More
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Built exclusively to provide a POS system for the restaurant and food service industry, Toast POS is a robust solution for all types of food service businesses, including bars, quick service, and full-service restaurants. For restaurants... Read More
 
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Lavu is a Point of Sale solution designed for use by restaurants, bars, and nightclubs - from full-service, quick-service, and franchise restaurants, to food trucks, coffee shops, and lounges. Users can choose between bar, restaurant,... Read More
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Lavu is a Point of Sale solution designed for use by restaurants, bars, and nightclubs - from full-service, quick-service, and franchise restaurants, to food trucks, coffee shops, and lounges. Users can choose between bar, restaurant,... Read More

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Breadcrumb POS logo
 
Breadcrumb POS by UpServe is an iPad-based point of sale (POS) system designed for restaurants and bars by service industry veterans. With this cloud-based program, servers are able to view available tables, modify menu items and split... Read More
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Breadcrumb POS by UpServe is an iPad-based point of sale (POS) system designed for restaurants and bars by service industry veterans. With this cloud-based program, servers are able to view available tables, modify menu items and split... Read More
 
Phorest Salon logo
 
Phorest is a salon management software solution designed for small and midsize businesses that features appointment bookings, point-of-sale, inventory management and reporting. The software offers cloud-based deployment and a salon-branded... Read More
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Phorest is a salon management software solution designed for small and midsize businesses that features appointment bookings, point-of-sale, inventory management and reporting. The software offers cloud-based deployment and a salon-branded... Read More
 
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ORDYX Standard from ORDYX POS is a cloud-based solution designed for bars and restaurants. The program allows users to stay connected to their business from anywhere around the world and includes the flexibility to use their own existing... Read More
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ORDYX Standard from ORDYX POS is a cloud-based solution designed for bars and restaurants. The program allows users to stay connected to their business from anywhere around the world and includes the flexibility to use their own existing... Read More
 
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Established in 1999, The Consignment Shop by SBS Solutions was developed for small to mid-sized consignment businesses in a variety of segments such as jewelry, furniture, books, apparel and more. The system offers a suite of tools... Read More
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Established in 1999, The Consignment Shop by SBS Solutions was developed for small to mid-sized consignment businesses in a variety of segments such as jewelry, furniture, books, apparel and more. The system offers a suite of tools... Read More
 
Cash Register Express by pcAmerica logo
 
Cash Register Express (CRE) by pcAmerica is an integrated point of sale solution for retail stores and quick-service restaurants. CRE offers inventory management, customer loyalty, time cards, permission levels, advanced reporting,... Read More
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Cash Register Express (CRE) by pcAmerica is an integrated point of sale solution for retail stores and quick-service restaurants. CRE offers inventory management, customer loyalty, time cards, permission levels, advanced reporting,... Read More

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The NCR Counterpoint solution includes an e-mail marketing tool, integrated e-commerce, mobile alerting, built-in gift card and customer loyalty programs and hardware specifically designed for the retail environment. The NCR Counterpoint... Read More
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The NCR Counterpoint solution includes an e-mail marketing tool, integrated e-commerce, mobile alerting, built-in gift card and customer loyalty programs and hardware specifically designed for the retail environment. The NCR Counterpoint... Read More
 
Lightspeed Restaurant logo
 
Lightspeed Restaurant is a cloud-based point of sale (POS) solution for restaurants suitable for full- or quick-service restaurants, bars, nightclubs, hotel restaurants, cafes and more. Key features include floor management, customer... Read More
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Lightspeed Restaurant is a cloud-based point of sale (POS) solution for restaurants suitable for full- or quick-service restaurants, bars, nightclubs, hotel restaurants, cafes and more. Key features include floor management, customer... Read More
 
Retail Management Hero logo
 
Retail Management Hero is a point of sale (POS) solution for small to midsize businesses and single-store operations in industries such as convenience, grocery, apparel, sporting goods, wine and spirits, gift and specialty. Both cloud-based... Read More
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Retail Management Hero is a point of sale (POS) solution for small to midsize businesses and single-store operations in industries such as convenience, grocery, apparel, sporting goods, wine and spirits, gift and specialty. Both cloud-based... Read More
 
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Acme Point of Sale by Total BusinessWare is a comprehensive Point of Sale solution for companies of any size - it can be used effectively on-premise by a single store with a single user, all the way up to a larger establishment with... Read More
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Acme Point of Sale by Total BusinessWare is a comprehensive Point of Sale solution for companies of any size - it can be used effectively on-premise by a single store with a single user, all the way up to a larger establishment with... Read More
 
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Data Age provides point of sale (POS) solutions for pawn shops, and other specialty retailers. The systems offer optical identification scanning, barcode/UPC scanning, biometric validation, and law enforcement reporting. The system... Read More
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Data Age provides point of sale (POS) solutions for pawn shops, and other specialty retailers. The systems offer optical identification scanning, barcode/UPC scanning, biometric validation, and law enforcement reporting. The system... Read More

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Rapid Gun Systems is a custom POS that can be deployed on-premise or accessed through the cloud. It's designed specifically to meet the needs of firearm retailers, with several features that help to ensure compliance while handling... Read More
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Rapid Gun Systems is a custom POS that can be deployed on-premise or accessed through the cloud. It's designed specifically to meet the needs of firearm retailers, with several features that help to ensure compliance while handling... Read More
 
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Instore is an iPad-based point of sale (POS) solution supporting small to midsize retailers. It offers features such as sales reporting, gift cards and employee time tracking. In addition, Instore’s real-time business performance... Read More
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Instore is an iPad-based point of sale (POS) solution supporting small to midsize retailers. It offers features such as sales reporting, gift cards and employee time tracking. In addition, Instore’s real-time business performance... Read More
 
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mPower Beverage manages point of sale (POS), inventory, customers and pricing levels for liquor stores with industry-specific features. mPower Beverage is designed specifically for liquor and beverage retailers. It includes features... Read More
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mPower Beverage manages point of sale (POS), inventory, customers and pricing levels for liquor stores with industry-specific features. mPower Beverage is designed specifically for liquor and beverage retailers. It includes features... Read More
 
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ERPLY is a cloud-based retail solution built for small and midsize businesses. Key features include point of sale (POS), customer database and inventory management. The solution can run independent from web access and data is auto-synced... Read More
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ERPLY is a cloud-based retail solution built for small and midsize businesses. Key features include point of sale (POS), customer database and inventory management. The solution can run independent from web access and data is auto-synced... Read More
 
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Rezku POS by Guest Innovations is an all-inclusive point of sale (POS) system designed for bars/nightclubs and restaurants. The solution is available through on-premise terminals and cloud-based iPad tablets. Key features of the system... Read More
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Rezku POS by Guest Innovations is an all-inclusive point of sale (POS) system designed for bars/nightclubs and restaurants. The solution is available through on-premise terminals and cloud-based iPad tablets. Key features of the system... Read More

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Buyer's Guide

by Justin Guinn,
Market Research Associate
Last Updated: November 14, 2017


Apple's iPad is being eagerly adopted by retailers in all segments. It's expected that by 2017, over 3.6 million iPads will have been shipped for use in North American retail and hospitality operations. Its attractive design, user-friendly interface and relatively affordable setup and maintenance costs are making iPad POS systems an appealing choice for retail operations. As a result, more and more point-of-sale vendors are releasing iPad applications for their POS systems. However, no iPad POS solution is perfect. Each type of deployment has its benefits and drawbacks. In this guide we'll cover:

Deployment Options
Benefits and Potential Issues
Market Trends to Understand
Hardware

Note: This guide covers POS systems specifically with respect to Apple's iPad. For POS solutions that may work for other tablets, see our tablet POS guide; and for systems that can run on any mobile device (including smartphones), see our mobile POS (mPOS) guide.

Deployment Options

Web-based systems. With this deployment option, users access a vendor's point-of-sale application by logging into the system via a Web browser (e.g., Chrome, Firefox etc.). The benefit of this type of application is that retailers don't have to worry about software updates and backups. While many Web-based point-of-sale applications are responsive-developed to be viewable on a variety of devices at different resolutions—they may not be developed specifically for iPad, so the experience may not be flawless.

Remote access. In a remote access point-of-sale environment, the system is hosted in a central location and is accessed remotely via a virtual private network (VPN). It's important to note that remote managed applications are prone to "back door" attacks and should comply with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards, more commonly referred to as PCI compliance. This deployment option is becoming less commonplace.

Native iPad apps. Native iPad point of sale applications are developed specifically for iOS powered devices and deliver the best possible user experience. Native applications are installed directly to the iPad or other Apple device. The benefit is these applications are typically fast and reliable. The downside is they may require fees to upgrade and manual updating.

Benefits and Potential Issues

iPad POS systems are often great solutions for retail start-ups, small retail operations and mobile retailers (e.g., food truck vendors) because they're easy to implement, scalable and affordable compared to traditional POS systems.

Product grid view in Lightspeed

Product grid view in Lightspeed

However, reporting and inventory management for some point-of-sale solutions, Square for example, are limited or non-existent. Retailers who handle large amounts of cash, require detailed reporting capabilities or use many external devices, such as signature pads, bar code readers and displays, may prefer a traditional POS system for handling transactions. Fortunately, many traditional providers now offer iPad applications or support via one of the deployment models mentioned above.

Retailers that adopt the right types of iPad POS software for their operations stand to benefit in many ways, such as:

Low upfront costs. Equipment and software for a single user iPad POS system can cost between $1,000 and $3,500, depending on hardware requirements and number of terminals.

Increased mobility. Because iPad devices are portable, retailers are free to move the checkout to the customer to provide faster service. This is especially important in restaurant operations and non-traditional storefronts, such as food trucks and pop-up markets, where a traditional POS system that lacks portability is inconvenient.

Improved data management. With an iPad POS system, retailers can efficiently manage receipts, credit card information and customer data. Additionally, these types of systems often include real-time tracking of sales data, so managers always have up-to-date information for making operational decisions.

Retailers that fail to realize some of these core benefits often do so because they:

  • Do not have the right infrastructure in place to support integration of software systems from different vendors.
  • Do not adequately prepare staff for adoption of new software.
  • Fail to properly train staff on how to leverage the software's full scope of features and functionality.

Markets Trends to Understand

E-payments and mobile wallet. In a Hospitality Technology report on POS software trends, 62.5 percent of respondents said enabling new payment options was a key motivator for pursuing a POS upgrade. At the same time, 35.6 percent of respondents said mobile wallet integration is a top feature they will look for when purchasing new point-of-sale software. There are many iPad POS systems available on the market which include electronic payment options.

Cloud software. From the same report, 40.7 percent of respondents said they want to centralize their POS data and will look at cloud and hosted software solutions to meet that need. Cloud-based point of sale software makes it easier for retailers to operate using new and secure technology, have instant access to sales data and scale up by way of integrating value add modules, such gift cards and loyalty reward programs. With a cloud-based system, there's no need to manage a secure server, schedule data backups or depend on administrators for upgrades.

Hardware

When calculating the cost of iPad point-of-sale software, it's important to include hardware equipment costs. Make sure hardware choices are compatible by contacting the vendor. Common POS hardware components include:

Tablets iPad POS software typically supports iPad, iPad Mini and iPad Touch. Apple's tablets are often considered pricy compared to others, with costs ranging from $229 for an iPad Mini to $499 and more for iPads.
Stands and mounts iPad stands and mounts position and protect the devices. Costs typically range between $49 and $349, with high-end models reaching price points from $500 to $1,000 range.
Card reader Most iPad POS software packages include a credit card reader. When purchased separately, card readers typically have price tags between $10 and $100.
Barcode scanner iPads have a built-in camera that can serve as a barcode scanner. Retailers who scan barcodes frequently may prefer a handheld or mounted scanner, however. Costs typically range from $170 to $529 per device.
Receipt printer iPad compatible receipt and label printer costs range from $299 to $479.
Cash drawer Depending on your security requirements, cash drawer prices typically range between $100 and $299.

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