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Revel Systems logo
 
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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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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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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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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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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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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Springboard Retail is a web-based retail solution designed for multi-channel and multi-store retailers. Springboard’s point of sale system is fully accessible through any modern web browser on any device. The solution is designed... Read More
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Springboard Retail is a web-based retail solution designed for multi-channel and multi-store retailers. Springboard’s point of sale system is fully accessible through any modern web browser on any device. The solution is designed... Read More
 
Lavu iPad POS logo
 
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 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
 
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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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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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The Booker cloud-based platform was designed for service and class-based businesses who want to continue the lines of engagement with clients. It manages the processes for finding new clients, booking appointments, selling services,... Read More
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The Booker cloud-based platform was designed for service and class-based businesses who want to continue the lines of engagement with clients. It manages the processes for finding new clients, booking appointments, selling services,... Read More
 
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Rapid Bev POS is a point-of-sale solution that can be deployed on premise or accessed through the cloud. It's designed to meet the needs of liquor stores, wineries and breweries, with features to track product attributes, ratings and... Read More
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Rapid Bev POS is a point-of-sale solution that can be deployed on premise or accessed through the cloud. It's designed to meet the needs of liquor stores, wineries and breweries, with features to track product attributes, ratings and... 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
 
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Smartwerks_USA is a point of sale and accounting software application. It is best suited to small and midsize specialty retailers like mattress stores, gift shops, patio stores, and jewelry stores. Key features include point of sale... Read More
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Smartwerks_USA is a point of sale and accounting software application. It is best suited to small and midsize specialty retailers like mattress stores, gift shops, patio stores, and jewelry stores. Key features include point of sale... 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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EdgePOS from SilverEdge LLC is a comprehensive, cloud-based point of sale program that integrates key features without significant out-of-pocket expenses. All of their packages include iPads or all-in-one touchscreens and accompanying... Read More
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EdgePOS from SilverEdge LLC is a comprehensive, cloud-based point of sale program that integrates key features without significant out-of-pocket expenses. All of their packages include iPads or all-in-one touchscreens and accompanying... 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
 
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
 
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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Buyer's Guide

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


Tablet POS systems are finding a home at more and more retail and hospitality businesses. Reports indicate that by 2017, 4 million tablets will have been shipped to be used specifically as POS systems in North American businesses. These systems are replacing bulky, legacy POS systems as a slender, more affordable offering.

Given that tablets have become ubiquitous among U.S. consumers, it’s smart for retailers to adopt a POS option with which customers are so familiar. In addition to this, easy-to-use interfaces, relatively low prices and a newfound ability to operate from anywhere make tablet POS systems a great fit for retailers and restaurants alike.

Still, it’s important to keep in mind the many different tablet options on the market. Android, iPad and proprietary tablets may all offer varying degrees of functionality, integrations and durability. And the actual POS software offerings have their own benefits and drawbacks, too. But we can help you find the best system for your business: Contact us, or read on to learn about:

What Is Tablet POS Software?
Benefits of a Tablet POS System
Common Functionality of Tablet POS Software
Typical Hardware for Tablet POS Systems

What Is Tablet POS Software?

Tablet POS systems package all the functionality of countertop POS systems into refined, affordable consumer devices. Some of these tablet-based systems are designed to be true mPOS (mobile POS) systems, which you can carry around to take orders and complete transactions from anywhere inside (or outside) your store.

Other tablet systems are designed to be stationary: Many of these are mounted in cases and set atop a cash drawer or counter. Other stationary designs include sleek stands that swivel around to offer customer-facing functionality. This functionality can benefit businesses and help improve customer experiences, as our report indicates.

Benefits of a Tablet POS System

Tablet POS systems are great options for smaller restaurants and retailers. For starters, the implementation and onboarding processes are usually quicker and easier with these tablet systems, due largely to the level of familiarity most people have with tablets, as mentioned previously.

In addition, most tablet POS systems offer the following benefits:

Affordability. As already stated, a tablet option will usually cost you much less than a traditional POS. There are various hardware add-ons that can affect pricing (see section below). The number of terminals or tablets needed can also drive the price up and down. Since tablet POS tools are most always cloud-based, they offer much cheaper upfront costs with low monthly subscription payments.

Customer-facing functionality. Utilizing a customer-facing tablet is a great way to create and sustain engagement. The most common reason for customers to use the POS is to complete the payment process. Many tablet POS systems enable the customer to review their order, choose a tip amount (if applicable), digitally sign for the payment and choose their preferred form of receipt.

Insight into sales data. Similar to standard POS systems, tablet POS software includes capabilities for in-depth sales reporting and analysis. Using these tools, you can pinpoint crucial information such as your most popular item, most valuable item, busiest and slowest times of day and a myriad of other data. With this information in hand, you’ll be able to make more accurate adjustments to your business.

Common Functionality of Tablet POS Software

For the most part, tablet systems offer similar capabilities as traditional, terminal-based POS systems do. These capabilities include:

  • Reporting and analytics: Articulates valuable sales data into simple analysis, charts and graphs. Enables you to see a snapshot of your store’s biggest revenue generators and where you have room for improvement.
  • Inventory management: Automatically records and manages inventory levels. Alerts you when it’s time to reorder a certain product. Manages supplier information.
  • Customer management: Enables you to build customer profiles to track purchase histories and contact information. These profiles are the foundation of successful customer loyalty programs.
  • Employee management: Centralizes staff schedules, payroll, time clocks and other employee-related information into one manageable, easily adjustable system.
  • Point-of-sale: Increases the accuracy and speed of the checkout process by auto-assigning prices. Enables staff to look up products and prices for customers.

Typical Hardware for Tablet POS Systems

To reiterate, many tablet POS solutions operate as stationary systems. Thus, many vendors and third-party providers offer unique stands and cases. There’s also a plethora of hardware add-ons available. Here’s a list of essential hardware you’ll want for your tablet POS system:

  • Barcode scanners: Most tablet systems packages include barcode scanners. Some are built in or onto the tablet’s stand or case, while others are wireless.
  • EMV card readers: With the recent EMV standard going live in the U.S., you’ll need to be EMV-compliant and accept chip cards, especially if you sell high-priced items.
  • Receipt printers: Though consumers can now get their receipt texted or email to them, printers are still a must-have for retailers and a great communication tool for restaurants.
  • Cash drawer: Not to be overlooked, this is a must-have for securely storing cash during the day.

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