Finding software can be overwhelming. We've helped hundreds of retailers choose the right clothing store software so they can track sales data and maintain optimal stock levels.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

RICS Software is a POS and Inventory Control platform for footwear, apparel, and accessory retailers as well as single-store, multi-store, and franchises. RICS provides easy to implement, learn, and use Point Of Sale, Inventory Management,... 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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MyPOS Connect

Designed for independent and enterprise retailers, MyPOS Connect is a cloud-hybrid POS solution that provides businesses with a centralized database, securely protected in the IBM Cloud, along with a local copy of that database stored... 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 3, 2020

What is clothing store inventory software?

Clothing store inventory software automates old school retail processes such as physical inventory counts and reorder point calculations. Often integrated or included with retail POS systems, these systems keep accurate, up-to-date analytics that help smoothly manage an apparel business. Common features of clothing store inventory software include inventory reports, backordering, inventory optimization, multichannel sales, order management, and sales reports.

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Common features of apparel POS and inventory software

In addition to core business functions, retailers should evaluate the following functions to meet their unique requirements of a clothing POS solution:

Layaway The POS system should allow customers to put products on layaway and identify the item as such in the inventory system. The layaway payments should be treated as deposits in the general ledger.
Holds The clothing store POS system should allow merchandise to be placed on hold, and identify it as such in the inventory. The hold should automatically expire after a defined time if the item is not purchased or placed on layaway by the customer.
Store transfer If the store is part of a chain, the inventory system should have up-to-date information on inventory in all of the stores. If a customer needs an item that is not in stock at a particular store, the system should check all other stores. The customer should have the option to hold the item for pick up at another store or have it transferred to a store of the customer’s choice.
Inventory matrix The key to a successful apparel inventory system is a matrix of modifiers. The general description is entered once, and the sizes and colors are listed as modifiers to the basic description. The inventory must track each item as a separate SKU and maintain a separate reorder point.
Customer relationship management Because of competition from online stores, warehouse stores and department stores, these retailers 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. It is important to track special dates for targeted, personalized sale opportunities.
Customer loyalty program As part of CRM and to further solidify customer relations, many stores have customer loyalty programs. The store system should track sales history and monitor loyalty program points awarded and redeemed.
Seasonal planning Fashions and accessories change from season to season. The inventory should make recommendations for new orders. In addition, it should track existing inventory and make sales-versus-storage recommendations.
Accessory coordination Many clothing manufactures provide matching accessories, such as belts. In other cases, different manufacturers make accessories to "coordinate" with outfits. The inventory and POS system should list matching accessories on hand and available as special orders.
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.

Online customers and apparel retailers

Apparel is one of the fastest growing ecommerce segments. Online research firm eMarketer predicts revenue around $40.9 billion in 2012, a 20% increase in growth over 2011. There are a number of reasons for this, including greater sophistication of online tools for shopping and a growing number of traditional retail clothing chains moving to online retail.

To be successful today, apparel shops owners can react by investing in one of the following strategies:

Produce an online storefront: Store owners can enter the online shopping game themselves. Some apparel management software vendors offer ecommerce and shopping cart integration with their system. Other software vendors offer third-party shopping cart solutions. Retailers can then build out and optimize their website for local, regional, or national customers. In this scenario, it may be worthwhile to invest in online marketing services, such as consulting firms that specialize in pay-per-click advertising, to gain visibility.

Improve the customer experience: Another option for retailers is to focus on differentiating from online apparel websites and improving the in-store experience. A number of POS vendors offer clothing inventory software that works on tablets and smartphones to help associates answer customers' questions and look up apparel options from the floor. Some mobile apparel store software can even process payments from the device. One national apparel retailer—Nordstrom—is moving to a mobile point-of-sale solution in all of its stores. Another option is to improve the experience for customers through improved signage, a more open and inviting store layout, and better-trained associates.

Customer attainment is also an important consideration for these retailers. As customers transition to websites and social media to find promotions and deals, smaller clothing retailers should meet these consumers online to offer similar promotions and store information.

Market trends to understand

  • CRM-enabled POS: Customer relationship management (CRM) functionality is increasingly integrated with traditional POS systems. More and more apparel retailers are finding they're able to fulfill their CRM and POS requirements with a single system. (Some of the benefits of integrated systems are discussed in the first section above.)
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  • Internet of Things: While the IoT is very much still a nascent technology, some of its more compelling use cases are in the realm of retail. Inventory management, for example, can be improved—and to a degree automated—with peripherals such as RFID tags and scanners. Expect these systems to be more tightly integrated with other retail technologies, including POS systems, as a larger variety of stores begin exploring their use.