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Which POS System should you choose?

Sat, March 27, 2021 8:20 PM | Shana (Administrator)

Which POS System should you use?? 

Shopify holds great reputation in the retail market space for a long time. It is evidently one of the premier and high-potential web-based POS systems.

Features

  • It offers efficient inventory management. 
  • Recorded database and profiling of customers 
  • Allow you to offer different variations of the product
  • Detailed product and retail reports 
  • Assigning barcodes to customers 

Pricing 

Shopify Lite – $9/month ,Basic Shopify – $29/month ,Shopify – $79/month ,Advanced Shopify – $299/month 

Strengths 

  • Basic subscription is highly affordable 
  • Provide good value for small businesses
  • Free 14-day trial 
  • Easy to setup and customize
  • Robust & efficient e-commerce tools 

Weaknesses 

  • No free subscription plans 
  • Glitches in offline mode
  • Limited customizations on the basic plan 
  • Advance subscription plans are costly
  • Additional cost for third-party payment providers

Square POS  is certainly amongst the best choices for POS systems for small businesses to pick. 

Features 

  • Square POS offers strict data security and protection against any fraudulency. 
  • You get detailed reports on sales as well as real-time analysis. 
  • It allows you to view, track, manage, edit as well as update the item quantity. 
  • Whenever you get low on your stocks, you will receive alerts. 
  • The Square POS dashboard helps you manage administration 

Pricing

  • No monthly fees 
  • All the tapped and swiped payments cost 2.6% + 10 cents 
  • Card-on file and key-in payments cost 3.5% + 15 cents 
  • Square register payments, purchased before 8/20/19 cost 2.5% + 10 cents. 
  • For specific restaurant businesses :  $60 per month per location 
  • Retail plans :  $60/month per locations & 2.5% + 10 cents ( in-person payment) 

Strengths 

  • Free POS, value for small businesses 
  • Transparency in transaction cost 
  • Faster to set up, use and manage
  • Easy to setup and use 
  • No monthly cost on their basic plan 
  • It can grow with your business 

Weaknesses 

  • Transactions fees are costly as compared to other major processors 
  • Not ideal for high-risk small businesses 
  • Costlier fees for manual entries 
  • You get limited control on inventory


This is certainly the best POS system serving the accounting system of businesses for a long time.  

Features 

  • QuickBooks primarily equip your business to  accept payments, track income and expenses, send invoices and more.
  • You also get more account management tools such as cash flow management, maximize tax deductions, track time, miles and inventory.
  • Lot of additional advanced features like tracking sales and taxes, accounting, bookkeeping and more 
  • It also integrates with quickbook ecommerce where you can list and manage products from different platforms.
  • The account management with QuickBook POS is very easy to use due to its user-friendly interface. 

Pricing 

  • Basic One-time  :  $960 
  • Pro One-time :  $1,360
  • Multi-store one-time : $1,520

Strengths 

  • One-time purchase with no monthly charges 
  • Easy and quick integration with Intuit accounting software 
  • Easy compatibility with Windows & Tablets 

Weaknesses 

  • Expensive for all features 
  • Not compatible with iPads 
  • Lack of advanced options in inventory management 

This particular POS system is the best for high-end inventory management. Even in the case of speciality shops, it can help you manage custom orders. 

Features 

  • It offers a flexible and robust cloud-based POS system that can be easily run on desktop as well as on iPad.
  • Best inventory management service offering to create bundles, track unit costs, manage layaways, variants and custom orders. 
  • The inventory management feature allows you to streamline purchase orders along with their in-built product catalog.
  • It offers extensive, powerful and detailed analytics including over 40 different types of reports, visual data such as charts and graphs and suggestions on how to improve it.
  • You get more than 50 professional efficient themes with all order and shipping management tools, SEO tools, CRM and much more. 

Pricing 

  • Basic plan :  $69/month
  • Starter plan :  $99/month (+ ecommerce)
  • Standard plan: $199/month ( + accounting features)
  • Advanced plan  :  $169/month ( + loyalty program) 
  • Pro plan:  $229/month (+ analytics)
  • Additional registers : $29/month
  • Payment processing charge for cards per transactions : 2.6% + 10 cents

Strengths 

  • Free payment terminal 
  • Efficient, Robust & Effective E-commerce platform 
  • Offering more than 40 retail analytical reports
  • Detailed inventory management and analytic tools 
  • Multiple choices for iPad equipment
  • 24/7 support 

Weaknesses 

  • Could be a bit on the expensive side, especially for small businesses 
  • Need to make a call to get complete info about plan features
  • The user-interface is a bit complex to navigate 
  • No offline mode

PayPal Here is a free mobile POS brought by finance giant PayPal. It allows small businesses to accept payments from their customers and clients.  

Features 

  • You can download mobile POS applications on any mobile device where it can accept all kinds of payments including debit, credit and PayPal.
  • It allows you to create invoices, customized receipts, calculate sales tax and also, manage product listings. 
  • The tool also allows to track sales with detailed reports and analysis. It provides a simple tool to process occasional payments. 

Pricing 

  • Mobile POS application :  Free
  • Swipe/Chip payment fees : 2.7% 
  • Invoice payment fees :  2.9% + 30 cents ( per transaction)
  • Keyed-in payment fees : 3.5% + 15 cents ( per transaction)

Strengths 

  • No Monthly Fees 
  • Ideal for accepting mobile payments 
  • Easy to quick to setup on multiple devices 
  • Predictable transaction fees, no hidden charges

Weaknesses 

  • Lack of account stability 
  • Not a full-featured POS system 
  • Not ideal for large transactions 

The Revel System POS is primarily built for quick-service restaurants, food chains, restaurants, bars and coffee shops. It offers CRM ( Customer relationship Management) tools which helps you to automate the system. 

Features 

  • Back-of-house features such as integrated online ordering, menu-building tools, centralized multi-location management and more.
  • Front-of-house features such as detailed permission setting, customizable setting on table mapping and management, and more.
  • Self-order kiosks, contactless service, discount tools, customer display system
  • You also get  real-time integrated inventory tracking, analysis, performance metrics and more. 

Pricing

  • Software :  Minimum $99/month per terminal 
  • Installation & Onboarding fees : Minimum $649

Strengths 

  • Tons of software integrations
  • Detailed reporting tools 
  • Highly customizable customer loyalty management services
  • Perfect for food & beverage small businesses 
  • Ideal for mobile management 
  • Easy back office management accessibility 

Weaknesses 

  • Lack of transparency in pricing 
  • Bit on Expensive side 
  • No free trials 
  • Not much user-friendly as compared to others 
  • More complex setup as compared to others 

Vend offers web and iPad-based POS systems specifically designed for brick and mortar retail stores only. 

Features 

  • It offers comprehensive inventory tools where you can track variants and bundles.
  • It offers a centralized product catalog with custom low-stock alert services.
  • The POS system features a user-friendly cloud system with utmost customization, flexible configuration and various tools.
  • It comes with a mobile barcode scanning application to process quick inventory counts, check product details and manage shipments.
  • It offers the best customer loyalty program with integration for third-party tools. 

Pricing 

  • Free Trial :  For 14 days 
  • Monthly Fees : $99 for turnover limit of $20,000 |  $129 for unlimited turnover
  • Additional charges : $49/month 
  • Setup & Installation Fees :  Based on Quote 

Strengths 

  • User-friendly system 
  • Easy to run on all operating systems 
  • Flexibility in checkout process 
  • 24/7 support 

Weaknesses

  • Reporting tools are basic
  • Ecommerce integration is weak
  • Lack of integrated email marketing 

It is a cloud-based POS system ideal for specialty shops and boutiques runs on iPad. 

Features 

  • You get efficient variant-level inventory management services  with barcode printing, bulk product upload and low-stock alerts.
  • The ShopKeep POS comes with a pocket app to view all the real-time reports and analysis while moving.
  • There are plenty of marketing tools including email lists, customer loyalty programs etc are there to optimize business listing.
  • You can integrate ShopKeep POS to your online store or business website 
  • It offers a user-friendly cloud-based interface or dashboard with easy configuration. 

Pricing

  • Monthly Fees :  $49-$179 (for annual billings)
  • Monthly Fees : $69-$199 ( for monthly billings)
  • Payment processing charges:  2.5% + 10 cents ( in-person sales) & 3.5% ( online & invoice payment) 

Strengths 

  • Easy to set up, configure and use 
  • Efficient back-office applications 
  • 24 / 7 support 

Weaknesses

  • Limitation with customization
  • No free trials 
  • Few reports on software glitches 

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