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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 gen... Read more
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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 man... Read more
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KORONA provides point of sale software, inventory management, and CRM services for all types of retailers, such as convenience stores, liquor shops, and QSRs. The POS software also caters to museums, theme parks, and wineries 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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COMCASH ERP is a cloud-based retail management solution that caters to multi-channel and multi-location retailers. The point of sale module utilizes multi-touch capabilities allowing users to navigate the menu similarly to th... Read more
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CAP Retail Point of Sale is built to support retailers, including specialty businesses such as tobacco and vape shops, liquor, wine and beer stores, lawn and garden centers, hardware stores, convenience stores, groceries and marke... Read more
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BottlePOS is a cloud-based POS system built specifically for liquor stores. Primarily, this solution aims to help store managers automate inventory management. BottlePos can integrate with several distributors across many states, ... Read more
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mPower Beverage is an on-premise liquor store point of sale (POS) solution for single and multi-store retailers. The solution also helps to manage inventory, customers and pricing levels for liquor and beverage retailers. mPo... Read more
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Acme Point of Sale by Total BusinessWare is an on-premise POS solution that helps businesses across various industries including grocery stores and supermarkets, sporting goods shops and pet supply stores to manage POS, transactio... Read more
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Liquor stores are subject to some of the most arcane rules in retailing that vary dramatically by state or county. For example, certain types of liquor may not be sold at certain times. As a result, record keeping is complicated and the costs for not complying can be very high. Additionally, in some states, distributors are assigned by the state to particular retailers. Further complicating matters, different tax rates may apply to different products, making point-of-sale transactions even more complex.
General ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable and payroll are all software features that are typical to general retail. And while there may be some customer relationship management issues specific to liquor store retail, inventory management presents the biggest challenge because of the number of different items on-hand.
Because of the complexity this particular type of retail can introduce, this buyer’s guide is designed to help you understand how a liquor store POS system can help. We’ll discuss:
What is Liquor Store POS Software?
Your neighborhood liquor store is beholden to more regulation than most other establishments, so the POS system needs to include the capabilities to meet these requirements.
First, a POS should be easy-to-use and fast, as most people picking up a bottle of wine are on their way to an event. Second, inventory management in a liquor store is critical: these retailers have hundreds of SKUs to manage, and inventory features can track the suppliers of each product to comply to certain regulations.
Liquor stores often offer loyalty programs to keep customers returning. Some POS systems can manage customer information, like contact details and purchase history, so that stores can reward their most valuable visitors with compelling perks.
Many other POS features are available to a liquor store manager or owner, such as the ability to scan IDs, auditing to avoid theft and loss or price management. We’ve listed the most important ones below.
Common Features of Liquor Store POS Software
While evaluating systems, buyers should consider the following functions to meet their unique requirements:
|Localization||Liquor laws vary greatly, sometimes even within the same state. Compliance is particularly challenging to chain stores where each location may have different regulations. The system needs to support localization to support any required compliance reporting.|
|Inventory management||In addition to typical inventory management, liquor store inventory software must show the supplier for each bottle. Jurisdictions have different requirements for how long records must be kept.|
|Integration with distributors||The inventory system should integrate with distributors’ systems to make ordering easier, and to provide advance shipment notice (ASN) to make receiving inventory more accurate and less prone to shrinkage.|
|ID scanning||The system should scan and retain ID information for buyers and verify that the format of the ID is correct. However, it is often impractical to validate the IDs against government databases.|
|Employee auditing||One of the key management reports is the employee audit, which looks at profitability and transactions by employee. This helps protect the bottom line and helps prevent inventory shrinkage by holding employees accountable.|
|Security system integration||These stores in particular benefit from integration between the liquor store POS system and a security system, linking security recordings with transaction records.|
|UPC code database||Liquor stores carry small amounts of many items. Building an inventory from scratch could take weeks; the inventory system must include a UPC code catalog with descriptions for common items to save time in building the inventory.|
|Price maintenance and sale management||Prices in stores usually change by manufacturer or by class of item. The system should accept percent or dollar amount price changes across these areas.|
|Gift set packaging||One of the key promotions for liquor stores are gift sets. The liquor store POS system must support gift set sales for a single price but correctly decrease inventory levels for the individual items when a gift set is sold.|
|Gift cards||Gift cards are a popular present for birthdays and holidays, and liquor store POS systems can activate and redeem balances for customers.|
Market Trends to Understand
The retail industry is constantly adapting to new consumer trends and government requirements, so POS systems are always susceptible to changes. Here are some trends in the market you should be aware of:
Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and point of sale. When evaluating liquor POS software, there are two main deployment models buyers can choose from. With an on-premise deployment, buyers commonly purchase a software license up-front. Retailers are typically responsible for hardware maintenance and software updates. With a SaaS deployment, vendors maintain and host the solution, which is accessed via a Web browser. SaaS POS solutions are often a good fit for independent stores that don’t want to invest in IT or hardware. If buyers are interested in a web-based solution, they should ensure it has the features and functionality listed above to work in a liquor-store environment.
Mobile point of sale. Vendors like Square and PayPal have made mobile payment processing a popular option for business owners looking for another option outside of traditional point of sale software. For liquor store owners, this is probably not a viable option, as ID scanning and liquor inventory control are necessary components, and many of these solutions lack these and similar functions. However, many vendors now offer mobile versions of their point of sale solutions, or additional modules that can run on tablets and smartphones. This is a better option for liquor store owners that would like to use an iPad, android tablet, smartphone or any other mobile device in the store.
Integrated retail CRM. Other than using social media, businesses can improve their marketing capabilities if they deploy a point of sale solution with integrated customer management features. mPower Beverage, for example, includes loyalty program management so store owners can provide rewards cards to its customers. In addition, this POS vendor allows users to store customers’ purchase histories, addresses, phone numbers and birthdays.