The market for tablet and iPad POS solutions has exploded, with a multitude of apps currently available.
Each caters to a certain type of business size or sector, with features designed around the unique requirements of food trucks, fashion retailers and beyond. But with so many to choose from, it is vital to pick the perfect system to suit your business needs.To get you started, here are a few of the most popular POS platforms currently on the market:
Vend loves retail! Specialising in small-to-medium sized retail stores, they offer a simple user interface with core functionality like inventory management, loyalty system and reporting tools. Vend has offices in Auckland, Melbourne, San Francisco and Toronto, working with more than 10,000 retailers around the world. Vend also offers a tiered, monthly pricing model from $69, depending on the size of your business. Email support is included, but phone support and ongoing training is extra. You can choose the maximum amount of registers, with the flexibility to scale down the road – additional registers are extra on each plan.
Once installed, the self-service and infotainment stations let customers interact and engage with customer-friendly technologies throughout the duration of their meal. While these tablet kiosks improve the customer experience and help increase dwell time, McDonald’s is able to create more sales opportunities – a win-win for everyone.
Killer feature: No need to start from scratch – Vend connects to all the latest hardware, including barcode scanners, receipt printers and cash drawers.
Mainly focused on the retail industry and supporting businesses of all sizes, Lightspeed has two offerings; Lightspeed Cloud and Lightspeed Pro. Cloud is an HTML5, web-based system, whereas Pro is designed exclusively for Apple devices.
Starting at $99 a month, Cloud appears to be the more convenient and flexible of the two platforms, offering a slightly enhanced workflow and interface. Both systems incorporate the usual inventory management, loyalty and reporting features that are commonplace for many tablet POS platforms.
Killer feature: Connect your inventory to sell both in-store and online, whilst managing your business remotely using any device from wherever you are.
Shopkeep is focused primarily on the hospitality market, in particular the quick serve restaurant (QSR) industry. Incorporating the usual combination of stock inventory management, data reporting, loyalty programs and basic CRM capabilities, Shopkeep’s interface is clean, simple and easy to use.
With a straightforward $69 per month per register fee, Shopkeep also offers a free hardware setup for one register, when you sign up for a trial. The company sells hardware packages through their Shopkeep Store, which can be tailored specifically to your needs.
“ShopKeep provides a holistic, merchant-focused solution through the cloud on non-proprietary hardware,” said Jason Richelson, founder and co-CEO at ShopKeep. “I founded this company because as a retailer, the systems on the market were hurting small businesses like mine… I wanted to find a cloud-based point of sale system that would allow me to run a better business — and that’s precisely what the ShopKeep platform does.”
Killer feature: Quickly captures customer info to see what they buy and when, allowing you to order in new products based on their preferences and build up your marketing database.
Similar to Shopkeep, Revel caters to the hospitality and QSR industries. The company’s platform is segmented by store type, providing specific solutions for different businesses (Coffee Shops POS, Pizza Restaurant POS, Food Truck POS, etc.).
The cloud-based system is the most customizable POS platform on the market. This differentiation is reflected in its price point, however this is not disclosed on their website. Additionally, Revel offers a wide array of hardware accessories including cash drawers, credit card swipes, scales, barcode scanners and network equipment.
Killer feature: Continue processing payments even when the internet goes down, as this cloud-based system is also accessible offline.
Kounta originated in Australia and quickly expanded to the UK and the US. The company is primarily focused on the hospitality sector, with their core customers being small coffee shops, bars or restaurants (here’s an article from them on improving service, with self-service!).
The cloud-based platform can run on any device, as you’re using Safari or Chrome. Kounta does not sell hardware, but has a network of partners that can help guide customers to purchase a complete system.
Killer feature: Kounta’s add-on feature allows you to plugin specific 3rd party apps, making it a truly vendor-agnostic system that can be fully customised to your needs.
With so many options on the market, make choosing your tablet POS system simple using this guide: 8 things to Consider when choosing a Tablet-based POS Platform.