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Epos Now

Epos Now POS system is an effective business management, sales, and payment system for single-site, multi-site and online businesses. The system offers an extensive range of management and sales tools, with the option to expand t...Read more about Epos Now

3.3 (359 reviews)

31 recommendations

Rain POS

Rain is an all-in-one point-of-sale, website, and marketing system for small to midsized retailers. Music, dive, sporting goods, paddle, craft, sewing, quilting, and clothing boutiques will find Rain is an excellent fit for their...Read more about Rain POS

4.2 (128 reviews)

31 recommendations


With an integrated system that includes ERP, financials, commerce, inventory management, HR, PSA, supply chain management, CRM and more – NetSuite enables fast-growing businesses across all industries to work more effectively by a...Read more about NetSuite

4.1 (1416 reviews)

26 recommendations

Bravo Store Systems

Bravo Store Systems empowers small businesses innovative point of sale solutions. Bravo is the leading provider of an all in one Point of Sale (POS) solutions tailored for a diverse range of industries. With a deep understanding...Read more about Bravo Store Systems

4.7 (40 reviews)

25 recommendations

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Toast POS

Toast POS is a flexible system built exclusively for restaurants and the food service industry. Offering tools like online ordering, delivery, takeout, mobile app ordering, contactless payments, and e-gift card purchasing, this so...Read more about Toast POS

4.2 (491 reviews)

17 recommendations


CAKE provides an easy-to-use POS that owners will learn like a pro in a short amount of time. The restaurant management system takes care of everything in one place with integrated online ordering, curbside pickup, reservations, ...Read more about CAKE POS

4.6 (502 reviews)

14 recommendations


TouchBistro is an all-in-one POS and restaurant management system that makes running a restaurant easier. Providing the most essential front of house, back of house, and guest engagement solutions on one powerful platform, TouchBi...Read more about TouchBistro

3.9 (389 reviews)

13 recommendations


SpotOn Restaurant is a cloud-based point-of-sale solution that enables businesses to streamline processes related to food ordering, tableside payments, customer retention and more. The online ordering functionality enables busines...Read more about SpotOn

4.4 (284 reviews)

12 recommendations

Rezku POS

Rezku is the premier POS, used by successful restaurants, bars and pizzerias to compete at a higher level, earn new business and eliminate headaches. Rezku comes complete with everything modern food and beverage concepts need for...Read more about Rezku POS

4.5 (27 reviews)

10 recommendations


STORIS is the leading provider of modern technology solutions for home furnishings, bedding, and appliance retailers. From your showrooms and eCommerce website to your distribution centers, STORIS will enhance the customer experie...Read more about STORIS

4.3 (48 reviews)

7 recommendations

Epicor for Retail

Epicor retail POS and business management solutions are designed to help independent retailers work smarter, not harder. With more than 45 years of experience built-in, Epicor retail solutions help retailers in nearly 8,000 locati...Read more about Epicor for Retail

4.0 (5 reviews)

7 recommendations


KORONA POS 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 ...Read more about KORONA POS

4.7 (65 reviews)

6 recommendations

Paladin Point of Sale and Inventory Management

For over 40 years, Paladin Data Corp. has been helping independent retail businesses run better. Paladin point of sale (POS) and inventory management software automates time-consuming inventory chores and provides business owners ...Read more about Paladin Point of Sale and Inventory Management

4.6 (21 reviews)

4 recommendations

Epicor for Automotive

Epicor for Automotive provides powerful on-premises or cloud-based business management solutions, including Epicor Eagle for the Aftermarket software, built specific to the needs of independent automotive aftermarket and commercia...Read more about Epicor for Automotive

2.0 (1 reviews)

4 recommendations

DaySmart Salon

DaySmart Salon (formerly Salon Iris) offers packages designed to fit the needs of beauty businesses of all sizes. Simple subscription plans enable savvy salon managers to optimize their day-to-day operations and expand their br...Read more about DaySmart Salon

4.4 (348 reviews)

3 recommendations

IT Retail

Retail MARKET is a cloud­-based point of sale (POS) solution built especially for independently-run grocery stores and retailers. Key features include inventory management, customer management and mobile device support. R...Read more about IT Retail

4.9 (8 reviews)

3 recommendations

Acme Point of Sale

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 about Acme Point of Sale

5.0 (3 reviews)

3 recommendations


Winpharm from Datascan is a pharmacy management solution for independent retail pharmacies, hospital pharmacies, outpatient pharmacies, doctors, dispensaries and long-term care management businesses. It helps users manage the need...Read more about Winpharm

4.9 (145 reviews)

2 recommendations

Rx30 Pharmacy System

Rx30 Pharmacy System is a cloud-based, end-to-end pharmacy management solution designed to help pharmacies of all sizes streamline processes related to prescription dispensing, workflow management, point-of-sale (POS) transactions...Read more about Rx30 Pharmacy System

4.2 (62 reviews)

2 recommendations


In a constantly evolving pharmacy landscape, PrimeRx developed by Micro Merchant Systems guides pharmacies with innovative technologies that change patient behaviors and industry trends to build healthier communities. Pharmacist...Read more about PrimeRx

4.0 (47 reviews)

2 recommendations

Buyers Guide

Last Updated: March 16, 2023

Mobile devices are saturating the retail and hospitality industries. Nearly 4 million tablets will have been shipped for use as mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) systems in North American retail and hospitality operations by 2017. Furthermore, mobile POS systems are expected to reach almost 80 percent market penetration by 2019.

Easy-to-use interfaces, consumer familiarity and affordability make mPOS systems great options for retailers and restaurants. Thus, many vendors are offering (or moving entirely to) mobile POS options.

But not all of these systems are created equal: Be it an iPad tablet, Android tablet, mobile phone-based system or something else, each POS system offers benefits and drawbacks. Making a decision can be difficult, especially when considering how central the POS system is to the success of the business. That’s why we’re here to help you find the best one for your business. In this guide, we’ll cover:

What Is mPOS Software?

Benefits of mPOS Systems

Common Functionality of mPOS Software

Typical Hardware for mPOS Systems

Market Trends to Understand

What Is mPOS Software?

Mobile POS software systems are the convergence of legacy counter-top POS systems and sleek, easy-to-use consumer devices. The difference between legacy and mobile systems is that mPOS software is built to function on tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices—turning your entire store into a point of sale. What’s more, some systems even offer customer-facing functionality that benefits businesses while improving customer experiences.

While mPOS software can run on any mobile device, buyers looking exclusively for a tablet-based system should check out our tablet POS guide.

Benefits of mPOS Systems

Mobile POS systems are fantastic options for smaller retail and restaurant operations. They are much more affordable than standard POS systems and are relatively easy to implement. And of course, they can be used on the go—allowing merchants to set up shop at markets, street fairs and other remote locations

Apart from the advantages listed above, there are many other benefits to mobile point of sale systems. These can include:

Affordability. Prices for mobile POS systems vary based upon hardware requirements and number of terminals/mobile needed. After upfront costs, merchants can typically expected to pay a monthly fee depending on how many users need to access the system. Regardless, it’s very affordable compared to traditional POS systems.

Increased mobility. Aside from offering remote functionality for use outside the store, mobile POS systems empower your employees to engage customers and complete transactions from anywhere within the store, as well. With an mPOS on hand, employees can search inventory to find items in a different color or size, upsell customers with other items they might like and place online orders for out-of-stock items right on the spot.

Reporting and analytics. Much the same as standard POS systems, mPOS software also offers detailed reporting and analytics capabilities. These translate customer and transaction data, which is often difficult to record and understand, into more decipherable charts, graphs and other types of reports. Through these reports, you’ll be able to better understand your business and more confidently make important decisions.

Common Functionality of mPOS Software

For the most part, mPOS systems offer the same standard functionality as their terminal-based counterparts, including:

Point of sale

Expedites the checkout process by automatically assigning prices, calculating change, printing receipts and adjusting inventory counts for the back office.

Reporting and analytics

Centralizes and articulates sales data into easily understandable charts and reports. Gives business owners a snapshot into top-selling items, busiest hours and more.

Inventory management

Automates product/stock counting. Notifies staff when items are running low so they can order more.

Customer management

Tracks valuable customer information and purchase histories. Serves as the jumping-off point for POS-driven loyalty programs.

Employee management

Includes scheduling, time clock and wage management functionality. Some systems allow employees to swap and trade shifts online.

Typical Hardware for mPOS Systems

Many mPOS solutions can also operate as stationary systems. Most mPOS vendors offer hardware enabling their systems to complete additional, crucial operations. Here is a typical list of mPOS hardware add-ons you should make sure your system includes:

Cash drawers

Cash drawers are an affordable must-have for any business accepting cash.

Barcode scanners

Most mobile devices have built-in cameras that can work as barcode scanners. However, merchants relying heavily on barcode scanning should consider hand-held or mounted scanners.

EMV card readers

Card readers for mobile POS systems have not traditionally been EMV compliant chip-card readers. But now that the EMV standard is in place, you’ll want to consider a chip-card reader, especially if you sell high-priced items.

Receipt printers

Receipt and label printers are valuable time-saving tools (not to mention communication tools for food and beverage operations).

Market Trends to Understand

Chip-and-pin credit and debit cards. As mentioned above, the new EMV standard is finally in place in the United States. As a result, consumers are increasingly making purchases with their new chip-and-pin cards. Keep this in mind when shopping for a mobile point-of-sale system, as you’ll likely decide you need one that includes the hardware (a chip-card reader) necessary to process EMV payments.

Android Pay and Apple Pay. Though slow to catch on, consumers in the US are warming up to the idea of paying for offline purchases with their Android smartphones and Apple iPhones. As a retailer that doesn’t want to miss out on these sales opportunities, you’ll need to have a payment terminal that includes Near Field Communication (NFC) functionality and ensure that its “contactless” payment feature is enabled.

RFID and Internet of Things technology. The tech world is buzzing with talk about the Internet of Things (IoT) and it’s safe to say that more and more “things” are going to be internet-enabled and digitally connected. RFID is one of the main technologies behind many early IoT initiatives and, incidentally, the world of retail helped popularize RFID in the first place. But now isn’t the time to rest on their RFID laurels: smart retailers continue to look for opportunities as new IoT innovations continue rolling out.