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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
 
 
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
 
 
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
 
 
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
 
 
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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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
 
 
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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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
 
 
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
 
 
Bindo POS is a cloud-based point of sale (POS) system that offers inventory management, customer management and e-commerce within a suite. The solution integrates with online marketplaces so that shoppers can purchase products directly... Read More
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Bindo POS is a cloud-based point of sale (POS) system that offers inventory management, customer management and e-commerce within a suite. The solution integrates with online marketplaces so that shoppers can purchase products directly... Read More
 
 
W3bstore is a cloud-based point of sale (POS) system that offers inventory management, customer management and e-commerce on a single, shared back office. Retailers and restaurants can offer customer pickup or delivery from any store... Read More
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W3bstore is a cloud-based point of sale (POS) system that offers inventory management, customer management and e-commerce on a single, shared back office. Retailers and restaurants can offer customer pickup or delivery from any store... Read More

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AIMsi is a secure end-to-end point of sale (POS) business solution that can be used in any retail environment. This retail management solution features customizable menus and screens, inventory management, complete POS activity and... Read More
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AIMsi is a secure end-to-end point of sale (POS) business solution that can be used in any retail environment. This retail management solution features customizable menus and screens, inventory management, complete POS activity and... Read More
 
 
Upserve is a cloud-based point of sale (POS) solution that caters to restaurants and bars, helping them manage their interaction with the customers. Key features include shift notes, tip adjust, spilt checks, logbook and more. Upserve... Read More
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Upserve is a cloud-based point of sale (POS) solution that caters to restaurants and bars, helping them manage their interaction with the customers. Key features include shift notes, tip adjust, spilt checks, logbook and more. Upserve... Read More
 
 
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
 
 
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 the iPad.... 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 the iPad.... Read More
 
 
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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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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Nobly POS is supported in over 20 countries including the US, UK, and Canada. Merchants use Nobly POS to manage inventory and staff, gather business insights using more than 30 reports, set up loyalty schemes, and take credit card... Read More
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Nobly POS is supported in over 20 countries including the US, UK, and Canada. Merchants use Nobly POS to manage inventory and staff, gather business insights using more than 30 reports, set up loyalty schemes, and take credit card... Read More
 
 
Fattmerchant is a cloud-based retail solution suitable for businesses of all sizes across industries such as e-commerce, healthcare and retail. Key features of the solution include point of sale integration, mobile processing, online... Read More
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Fattmerchant is a cloud-based retail solution suitable for businesses of all sizes across industries such as e-commerce, healthcare and retail. Key features of the solution include point of sale integration, mobile processing, online... Read More
 
 
Square for Retail is a cloud-based point of sale (POS) and retail solution for all retailers. Key features include inventory management, customer relationship management, reporting and employee management. The solution comes with built-in... Read More
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Square for Retail is a cloud-based point of sale (POS) and retail solution for all retailers. Key features include inventory management, customer relationship management, reporting and employee management. The solution comes with built-in... Read More
 
 
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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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
 
 
STORIS provides integrated retail software solutions for furniture, bedding, and appliance retailers. STORIS has been serving the home furnishings industry for 30 years. STORIS’ technology platform enables retailers to implement... Read More
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STORIS provides integrated retail software solutions for furniture, bedding, and appliance retailers. STORIS has been serving the home furnishings industry for 30 years. STORIS’ technology platform enables retailers to implement... Read More
 

Buyer's Guide

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Over the past decade, technology has brought disruption in customer expectations, as can be seen in the following statistics:

  • Sixty-five percent of the customers prefer to purchase products from businesses that know their purchase history and therefore provide better product recommendations.
  • Eighty-one percent of customers expect businesses to provide them with relevant offers and discounts.

Today's complex customer expectations can only be met with the right technology. For this reason, small businesses need to invest in the point-of-sale (POS) software that best helps them:

  • Record customer transactions and purchase history
  • Recommend products based on the customers' purchase preferences
  • Support payment methods such as online and credit card
  • Offer discounts to customers based on sales trends and purchase history

To meet the expectations of today's customers, small businesses must invest in point-of-sale (POS) tools that help them analyze customer transactions and provide discounts and recommendations accordingly.

To give you an understanding of small business POS market, we've created this guide that includes necessary information related to the purchase of a POS solution.

Here's what we'll cover:

What Is Small Business POS Software?
Common Features of Small Business POS Software
What Type of Buyer Are You?
Market Trends to Understand

What Is Small Business POS Software?

Small business POS software is a retail management solution that helps small retailers and other businesses manage their point of sale (POS) operations, including customer records, inventory, purchases and other transactions.

This type of software assists store operators in creating product entries, calculating total costs and taxes, creating bills and accepting payments.

POS software also integrates with useful retail hardware such as terminals, barcode scanners, card readers and iPads and other tablets.

There are four main types of POS solutions on the market:

  • Tablet POS: A cloud-based application that helps you manage transactions from a tablet device.
  • Mobile POS: Delivered through a mobile application, mobile POS helps manage retail transactions using smartphone devices.
  • Terminal POS: Helps you manage transactions from a check-out counter. These can be delivered either as cloud-based or as on-premise systems.
  • Online POS: This software is delivered via the cloud and can be accessed from a web browser by signing into the POS account.

Common Features of Small Business POS Software

Before you make a final purchase decision, you'll need an understanding of the features included in a POS solution. In this section, we're describing the most common POS software features to look for.

Order management Track and manage customer orders across all your business locations. Define stock keeping unit (SKU) codes and receive automatic prompts to reorder when inventory levels go below the set minimum.
Inventory management Receive real-time reports on inventory levels. Transactions are synced in real time as soon as an in-store or online sale is made.
Customer management Manage the customer registration process and add customer data to the database at the point of purchase. Marketers and business owners can use this information to create upselling and cross-selling campaigns.
Shift management Schedule available staff and log their attendance and work hours. This functionality also allows managers to track employee clock-in/out times, leave and shift-swap requests.
Reporting Generate real-time reports on sales, employee performance and inventory levels.
Payment management Integrate with card readers and other payment devices to support multiple modes such as cash, credit cards and debit cards. POS software also generates invoices and sends email receipts to customers once a transaction is complete.
Sales log in Square POS

Sales log in Square POS (Source)

What Type of Buyer Are You?

In this section, we've classified small retail businesses into three categories, each having different characteristics and unique POS software needs:

Single store business. Due to limited resources and staff, single-location business owners have to manage a number of business functions on their own. They must schedule employees, prepare sales reports, track inventory, manage payroll and calculate business taxes.

For this reason, if you operate a single-location store, you should invest in a POS solution that helps you automate operational tasks. Look for a product that includes inventory tracking, reporting and employee scheduling functionalities, as well as the ability to integrate with your accounting platform.

Multilocation chain. If you operate your business across multiple locations, managing inventory is a big challenge because you have to track sales, profits and purchases across each of these locations.

For this reason, POS software buyers that operate more than one store should invest in a product that specifically offers multilocation support. These products enable users to manage purchases across each business location, monitor inventory levels in real time and track sales and profits across all the locations.

Combined brick-and-mortar and online business. Businesses that sell their products both in store and online have significantly different needs compared to businesses that sell exclusively from physical stores. They have to manage their website, product listings on marketplaces (such as Amazon and eBay), online orders and online payments. They must also track in-store inventory in tandem with online orders.

For this reason, if you run a retail business that sells products online, you need to invest in a POS solution that offers e-commerce integration and website management functionality. You should also look for marketplace integrations such as Amazon.com and eBay that help you manage product listings and sales on these channels.

Market Trends to Understand

Artificial intelligence (AI) to power product recommendations in the future. "Product recommendations" is one of the most important parameters that today's customers value. In response, small businesses have started exploring AI technology to provide better and more relevant recommendations. An AI-powered recommendation engine processes a number of factors such as purchase history, retail trends and season to provide the most appropriate product recommendations. We expect to see an increase in adoption of AI-powered recommendation engines by 2020.

Digital receipts to replace paper invoices. The relevance of paper receipts is diminishing rapidly: Nine out of 10 paper receipts generated today end up getting scrapped. This trend is driving the rapid adoption of digital receipts in retail businesses. As digital receipts completely replace paper-based receipts, we expect digital receipts to become a core feature in all small business POS solutions by 2021.

IoT will completely disrupt customer expectations. With the proliferation of smart devices, IoT is already disrupting customers' purchase preferences. For instance, using IoT-based products such as Amazon Dash, consumers can place orders on Amazon.com using voice commands. Retailers have also started leveraging IoT devices to offer personalized discounts to customers based on the section of the store they're in. With these developments and the increasing adoption of smart devices, we can expect this trend to disrupt the retail industry significantly by 2023.

 

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