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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

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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

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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

4.3 (126 reviews)

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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)

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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

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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 (478 reviews)

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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

4.0 (386 reviews)

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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 (63 reviews)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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

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Envision Salon & Spa

Envision Salon & Spa software is an all-in-one business management solution. Envision provides features such as review management, appointment setting, inventory management, reporting, and so much more. Envision Salon & Spa helps ...Read more about Envision Salon & Spa

4.1 (38 reviews)

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Rapid Garden POS

Rapid Garden POS is a point of sale (POS) solution designed to assist users with managing their greenhouse, garden centers, nurseries, and landscaping businesses. Key features include multiple pricing and promotion schemes, plant ...Read more about Rapid Garden POS

4.4 (8 reviews)

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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

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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

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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

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Hippos POS

Hippos is an on premise with Cloud access point of sale (POS) solution that can be operated with or without the internet. The internet is only used to sync data between the POS and Cloud (web portal). The Hippos solution is design...Read more about Hippos POS

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Phorest is a salon management software solution designed for small and midsize businesses that features appointment bookings, point-of-sale, inventory management and reporting. The software offers cloud-based deployment and a salo...Read more about Phorest

4.8 (362 reviews)

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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 about IT Retail

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Buyers Guide

Last Updated: March 16, 2023

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.