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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

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HungerRush

HungerRush is a food delivery solution that enables restaurants of all sizes to streamline operations related to online ordering, loyalty programs, reporting and more. Professionals can utilize the platform to create custom order ... Read more

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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 gen... Read more

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Hippos POS

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 fu... 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... 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 man... Read more

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SpotOn Restaurant

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

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NetSuite

NetSuite is a business management software suite offered as a service that performs enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) functions. It is a horizontal package designed for an extensive rang... Read more

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Shopify

Shopify is a web-based e-commerce platform that offers a mobile POS (mPOS) system. The mPOS enables users to manage their business and complete transactions in-store as well as at markets, pop-ups, and trade shows. The e-commerce ... Read more

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KORONA

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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Epicor Retail Solutions

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

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Revel Systems

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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Ordorite

Ordorite offers a fully end-to-end management software solution for furniture, bedding and related retailers. The system can manage every aspect of your business from point of sale, inventory control, warehouse management, deliver... Read more

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CAP Retail Point of Sale

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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Smartwerks

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 sa... Read more

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HelmBot

HelmBot is a cloud-based solution designed to help small to midsize businesses manage various administrative operations, such as appointment scheduling, project management, marketing automation, inventory tracking and more on a ce... Read more

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Envision Salon & Spa

Envision Salon is a cloud-based salon management solution that provides hair salons, nail salons and spas with tools and functionalities to manage their staff, booking, inventory, client interactions and more. Envision Salon ... Read more

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CStore Office

CStoreOffice is a cloud-based inventory management solution by Petrosoft that helps businesses to keep track of their inventories and manage other back-office operations. CStoreOffice helps managers to eliminate dead inventor... Read more

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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

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STORIS

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 a... Read more

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Buyers guide


Last Updated: June 4, 2021

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.