With hundreds to choose from, figuring out which point-of-sale system has the features you need at an affordable price is tricky. We looked at dozens of POS systems to determine the best ones for small businesses in 2018. We focused on cloud-based systems that you can access from any browser, letting you check your sales data and run back-office tasks wherever you are. These systems often run on tablets, making them more affordable and easier to install, set up and use than legacy POS systems. Our top recommendations are below, but if you want to take a step back and learn more about POS systems, check out our guide: How to Accept Credit Cards Online, In-Store or Anywhere.
Our Best Picks
To help you find the right POS system for your business, we researched and analyzed dozens of options. Here's a roundup of our 2018 best picks for POS systems and an explanation of how we chose them.
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The best POS systems do more than just process sales and accept payments. They make it easier to run your entire business, with features that help you analyze sales data, track inventory, connect with customers and manage employees. They include or have integrations for email marketing, loyalty programs, and other capabilities that streamline processes and save you time. The best POS vendors provide reliable customer support that you can contact around the clock, so even if your business keeps irregular hours or you're working late, you can receive help when you need it.
As you compare POS machines and software, look for systems that give you maximum flexibility, with month-to-month software subscriptions, a choice of payment processors and compatibility with third-party POS hardware that you can purchase upfront. This way, you're not locked into a system or a lease for several years, but can instead switch out whatever parts of the system you want, when you want – whether you are missing features, feel services aren't meeting your expectations or find a better deal elsewhere.
Best All-in-One POS System for Small Business
Epos Now is an affordable, versatile POS system that nearly every type of business can use. Both retail and hospitality versions of the software are available, each with a robust selection of features to help you run your business. It also has more than 80 integrations, so you can add extra capabilities and connect to the business programs you already use. Epos Now gives you a choice of payment providers, is compatible with third-party POS hardware, and runs on iPads, Android tablets and touchscreen terminals.
Devices: iPad, Android tablet and touchscreen terminal
Support: Email and chat support; 24/7 phone support with Premium plan
Lightspeed is an iPad POS system that has solutions for retail stores, restaurants and online businesses. It's fully mobile, so you can check inventory from anywhere in the store, show customers product images and descriptions, and ring up orders and accept payments on the sales floor or, for restaurants, tableside. Lightspeed has month-to-month and annual service contracts available, gives you a choice of credit card processors, and works with third-party POS equipment. It also integrates with numerous third-party apps, allowing you to customize the system to fit your business.
Support: 24/7 phone, email and chat support
Vend has everything you need to run and grow a brick-and-mortar store. Beyond processing transactions, it has reporting and inventory management features and provides access to a variety of integrations that can help you run your business, save time and boost sales. This POS software is suitable for nearly every type of store. Whether you run a clothing store, a sporting goods store, or a specialty service-based business such as a car wash or computer shop, Vend has the features you need.
Support: 24/7 phone, email and chat support
TouchBistro is a simple and affordable POS system that focuses on the unique needs of restaurant owners, with table, reservation and delivery management features. It's suitable for all types of food establishments – fine dining, casual eateries, cafes, pubs, food trucks and more. It has month-to-month subscriptions, offers a choice of payment processors, and runs on the iPad, iPad Pro and iPad Mini, giving you flexibility and mobility, no matter which type of restaurant you own. TouchBistro offers 24/7 phone and email support, video tutorials, and setup guides.
Devices: iPad and Apple AirPort router
Support: 24/7 phone and email support
To help you find the right POS systems, we researched and analyzed dozens of options. Here is a roundup of our 2018 best picks for POS systems and an explanation of how we chose them.
Locating the Best Services
To find the best POS systems for small businesses, we asked small business owners which systems they use and what they like and dislike about them. We then compiled a comprehensive list of POS systems from several sources. We listed the POS systems we were familiar with from our previous research, those mentioned by the small business owners, and systems from companies that reached out to us and asked us to consider them. We also looked on reputable customer research, review and business websites to find additional POS systems to consider.
Choosing the Best Services
We then conducted additional research on the remaining vendors and narrowed our list further based on use cases for the best-pick categories above. Our methodology included trying out demos, watching video tutorials, and reviewing how-to guides, installation manuals, articles and other available resources. Additionally, we contacted vendors and asked several questions as small business owners in the market for a new POS system.
Researching Each Service
List in hand, we began our research. We browsed each vendor's website to learn about each system and read customer reviews to see what users with firsthand experience think about their POS systems. We began narrowing our list based on qualities valued by industry experts and small business owners.
Frequently Asked Questions About POS Systems
What is a point-of-sale system?
A point-of-sale (POS) system is used to record the products or services a customer intends to purchase, add up the items' cost, calculate tax, accept payment and generate a receipt. It differs from a cash register in that it has advanced features that make it easier for you to manage sales data, inventory, customers and employees. POS systems have three parts: software, hardware and a credit card processor.
What is point-of-sale software?
Most POS systems are designed for either retail or hospitality businesses, though some vendors offer solutions for both. Additionally, most vendors offer multiple POS plans, with service levels based either on the number of registers you need and how many people will be using the system or on the features that are included.
What is point-of-sale hardware? How many register terminals does each location require?
A typical POS terminal has either a tablet, touchscreen or computer monitor, as well as a cash drawer, credit card reader and receipt printer. A retail POS system may also include a barcode scanner and customer-facing screen. Other peripherals such as scales, kitchen printers and kitchen display systems (KDS) are often available.
The number of registers, or POS terminals, that each location requires depends on the specific needs of your business. A single POS terminal may be enough for small and new businesses, but you may want to add more if your business is busy and you need to reduce wait times.
What credit card processors work with POS systems? If I buy a POS system, does that make me PCI compliant?
The best POS systems integrate with multiple credit card processing services so you can shop around for the best value. However, some vendors offer their own credit card processing service and bundle it with their POS software and hardware.
There are multiple factors in achieving PCI compliance, including the POS system and credit card processing service you use, whether your business stores cardholder data, and whether your network and internet connection are secure. Your credit card processor can help you with PCI compliance; you will likely need to complete an annual PCI self-assessment questionnaire and may also need to submit to system scans.
When does your business need a point-of-sale system?
As soon as you begin selling goods or services in person, your business needs a POS system, no matter how small your operation is. A POS system makes the checkout experience easier and faster for both your cashier and your customer, reducing the time it takes to ring up a sale and decreasing human errors such as miscalculations.
It helps with inventory management, tracking the items you have in stock, and some can even assist with purchase ordering. POS systems with advanced inventory management tools can track sales from both your e-commerce platform and your physical retail store in real time, or across multiple locations.
Real-time reporting gives insight into your ROI, showing which items are your best and worst sellers, so you can reorder popular items and offer promotions on those that are underperforming. It can also help you identify your busy and slow hours, days, and seasons so you can optimize how you staff your business.
A POS system also plays an important role in reducing theft, as it records every transaction, and you can choose whether or not a manager must approve returns and voids. Shift reports and blind cash reconciliation discourage employees from stealing from the cash drawer. Mobile POS systems allow employees to mingle with your customers on the store floor, deterring shoplifting.
Features and Factors to Consider When Choosing a POS System
As you evaluate POS systems, you need to look at the costs, terms and features for each part of the system: software, hardware and payment processing. Here are some things to keep in mind as you decide which POS system is the best fit for your business.
POS SaaS vs. Licenses
As in other software industries, many POS vendors have cloud-based SaaS (software as a service) plans that you subscribe to. These tend to be the most affordable options. This type of plan usually includes customer support and regular updates, so you always have the most up-to-date version of the software. If you choose to purchase a software license instead, you pay a large upfront fee for the license, a monthly fee for maintenance and customer support, and an annual update fee.
POS Software Plans
Month-to-month software subscriptions are the best option, especially when you first begin using a system, because if you decide that the system isn't a good fit for your business, you can cancel your subscription relatively easily. Some companies charge more for monthly plans or offer a discount if you pay in advance annually. But, before you take the discount, use the software long enough to feel comfortable with it and confident that you'll continue using it for at least a year so that you won't be locked in to a system you don't like.
POS Software Features
There's a lot of variance in feature sets between systems, and even between the service plans for each system. You want to look at both the front end of the software, which you use to place orders and accept payments, and the back-office features that you use to manage the system. Here, again, cloud-based POS systems are desirable because they allow you to access the software on any device with a browser, so you can perform back-office tasks wherever you are. Some of the features sets you want to look for are inventory, customer and employee management.
Avoid Leasing Equipment
Plan to buy your equipment, even if that means starting with a very basic setup that you add to as you can afford it. This will save you money and frustration. Some vendors offer "free" POS hardware if you sign a contract, or give you the option of leasing or renting POS equipment rather than buying so that you pay less upfront. As attractive as these options are, it's going to cost you more over the life of the contract or lease – often many times more – than if you buy the POS equipment upfront.
If you decide to lease or accept free equipment, the terms are usually 3-5 years and noncancelable – so even if you sell or close your business and return the equipment, you must continue paying on it until the contract or lease expires. Then, if the contract or lease has an automatic renewal clause (and most do), you have a very short timeframe to cancel – usually 30 days, and usually in writing – before the contract or lease renews for another year (or three, or five).
Unlocked vs. Proprietary Hardware
Choosing a system that uses unlocked POS hardware can save you money because, if you decide to switch systems, you may be able to continue using the unlocked equipment. If you choose a system with proprietary hardware, you'll have to buy new equipment when you switch systems.
Setup and Installation Costs
Some vendors charge a fee to help you get your POS system up and running, and this ranges from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, depending on the scope of the work and whether it's remote or onsite. If you choose a tablet POS system, this is usually an optional service. Installation services may include configuring hardware, migrating data, or setting up your product catalog or menu. Many companies also offer training services, which may be included with an installation package or available as a separate service.
If you plan to integrate your POS system with other software and services – such as accounting software, CMS platforms, customer loyalty programs and appointment management apps – you'll want to find out ahead of time if the integration costs extra, and whether it's a one-time or recurring fee.
Payment Processing Costs
The best POS systems give you a choice of credit card processing companies to work with, and you'll pay whichever processor you decide to use various fees, such as a percentage of each sale plus a per-transaction fee. In most cases, you'll also pay a monthly fee, an annual PCI compliance fee and possibly a monthly gateway fee.
Several POS companies have in-house payment processing services and either require you to use it with their POS system or pay an additional monthly fee or an additional percentage of each sale if you choose to use a different processor. No matter which processor you choose to use, you should be able to accept EMV chip cards and NFC payments such as Android Pay and Apple Pay.
Full List of POS Systems
Here is a full list of POS system providers and a summary of what each company claims to offer. This alphabetical list also includes our best picks, which are marked with badges.
Acme Point of Sale
Acme Point of Sale from Total BusinessWare Inc. is an on-premises POS system built for specialty retailers such as grocery, hardware, hobby and pet stores. It's an affordable POS system with a complete back-office solution built into the software. It works with all major credit card processors and POS equipment.
Aireus is an advanced iPad POS system for restaurants. Besides floor features like tableside ordering and payment acceptance, happy-hour mode, and bill splitting, it comes with back-end features like reporting, built-in CRM software, a time clock with payroll exporting, offline mode and web ordering.
Three POS systems are available from Aldelo. Aldelo Express iPad POS is free cloud-based software that you receive when you use Aldelo Pay as your payment processor. It can be used for bars, restaurants, retailers and professional service providers. The company also offers Aldelo Restaurant POS for small and midsized restaurants and XERA Restaurant POS for large and high-volume establishments.
Ambur is an iPad POS system for restaurants that also works on the iPhone and iPod Touch. Like many tablet-based systems, Ambur charges a monthly subscription fee, with three tiers based on the number of devices you add to the system. A discount is available with annual prepayment. Ambur also sells POS hardware, including iPads.
Bepoz provides POS systems to businesses in multiple industries, including restaurant, retail and hotel. It can be used by businesses with a single location or thousands, and can link to accounting programs, property management systems, gaming and casino systems and liquor dispensing systems. It has month-to-month subscriptions for its software and provides 24/7 customer support.
Big Hairy Dog Information Systems is a reseller that offers Retail Pro and QuickBooks POS software as well as hardware, supplies, implementation and training services, and technical support. It works with specialty retailers in the United States and Canada.
Bindo comes with a bevy of tools to help you process transactions and run your business straight from your iPad, all at a small business-friendly price. It can be used by retail, restaurant and salon businesses with one or multiple locations, and has an inventory database, e-commerce solutions, built-in timeclock and 24/7 customer support.
Bluestore is a simple and affordable POS system that works on different types of hardware, including iPads. Its plans support unlimited products, users and customers, and updates and maintenance are included in the low month-to-month subscription fee. The company is based in the U.K., but the POS system is available to U.S. customers.
Breadcrumb POS by Upserve is a feature-rich iPad POS system for restaurants, bars, clubs and similar establishments. It comes with hundreds of capabilities, including ingredient-level inventory management, and also integrates with more than 40 third-party restaurant tools so you can tailor the system to make it perfect for your business. Upserve offers 24/7 customer support.
Brilliant POS is a reseller that offers Clover, Cash Register Express and Restaurant Pro Express software along with hardware, setup, training and support. E-commerce solutions are also available from this company. It works with many business types, including retail and grocery stores, bars and restaurants, and salons. It provides its merchants with account managers and 24/7 support.
Cake is an all-in-one restaurant POS system from Sysco. Suitable for both full-service and quick-service restaurants, Cake has table and guest management features such as reservation and waitlist management as well as a mobile OrderPad solution that helps your staff take orders and payments quickly. Cake is cloud-based and provides 24/7 support.
Cashier Live bills itself as smart online POS software for retailers. With web-based access and an iPhone and iPad app, Cashier Live is available seamlessly across a variety of devices. The software helps you quickly ring up sales, track inventory, manage employees, access data, generate reports and more. Cashier Live works with all retail stores, but has special features for boutiques, hardware stores and pharmacies.
Clover is an advanced POS system for businesses that require highly customizable software. You can start with the basic features, then add apps for advanced capabilities such as staff scheduling, customer management and loyalty programs, either from the start or as your business grows. Clover has its own API, so your developers can create custom integrations if needed.
Comcash offers cloud-based POS software for retailers and a mobile POS app for the iPhone and iPod Touch that can be used as a line buster in retail stores or to take orders tableside in restaurants. It also offers e-commerce, CRM, mobile inventory and retail ERP solutions.
Cougar Mountain Software offers a POS module for its Denali accounting software. It also sells POS hardware and e-commerce websites. The POS module supports businesses of all sizes, including those with multiple registers and several locations, and also integrates with the company’s inventory module.
Cumulus Retail from CAM Commerce is cloud-based POS software for smaller retailers that has inventory, CRM, loyalty, promotions, reporting and e-commerce features. It integrates with third-party software such as QuickBooks and Shopify, marketplaces like Amazon, eBay and Walmart, and gives you a choice of payment processors.
Datio POS is an iPad POS system for retail stores, salons, small cafes, quick-service eateries and full-service restaurants. The company charges a monthly subscription fee for its software, and there's no contract, so you can cancel at any time. The company provides payment processing through Vantiv, and you can purchase its POS hardware either directly from the company or from Amazon.
Dinerware is a restaurant and hospitality POS system designed for small and midsize businesses that can be set up to support a broad variety of restaurant concepts and workflows, including fine dining restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, pubs, wineries, breweries, golf clubs, hotels and casinos. It has cloud-based management and reporting tools, so you access the system remotely from any browser.
Dinlr Waiter is a POS system for restaurants that runs on iPads and iPhones. With it, you can take orders, manage tables and reservations, split checks, and accept payments. It manages inventory at the ingredient level, and its purchase-ordering system can automatically reorder supplies. Using Dinlr Table, your guests can place their own orders from iPad menus at each table.
ECR Software’s Catapult is a unified POS platform for grocery stores, supermarkets, convenience stores, pharmacies, and specialty food and beverage stores. It has traditional, accelerated and self-checkout systems, as well as mobile and e-commerce solutions. Features include inventory, purchase ordering, loyalty, gift cards, reporting and multi-store management.
Enlite POS from Dark POS is designed for dry cleaning businesses with one or multiple locations. It supports automated assembly systems, emails customers when pick up is ready and has a Driver Mobile App for dry cleaning delivery and laundry routes. It integrates with top payment processors, accounting and email marketing software and social media platforms.
Erply is a cloud-hybrid POS software for retailers that can be used by independent stores as well as large chains. It runs on iPads and Android tablets, as well as any device with a browser. In addition to its register features, it has inventory management tools, timeclock, loyalty program, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and CRM solutions built right into the software.
Franpos, formerly iConnect, is a cloud-based franchise POS system that works with businesses in the beauty, retail and quick-service restaurant industries. Features include inventory, purchase ordering, booking, online ordering, loyalty programs, employee management and reporting. It runs on Android tablets and integrates with third-party software.
GiftLogic is Windows-based POS software for retailers. In addition to processing sales, GiftLogic can help you manage inventory, generate purchase orders and run reports. With its built-in CRM software, you can create customer accounts, track purchase histories and offer a rewards programs. GiftLogic also comes with a full-featured inventory management tool that has automatic reordering and discount scheduling.
GoFrugal POS offers both retail and restaurant POS software that you can use as an on-premises system or as a web-based platform that you can access from a browser on any computer, tablet or phone. Based in India, it’s used by businesses in more than 35 countries, including the U.S. and Canada. It has integrations for e-commerce, loyalty programs and accounting software.
Gotmerchant provides credit card processing services and equipment to retailers, restaurateurs and online merchants. Its hardware options include credit card machines, wireless card readers, electronic cash registers and POS systems. It also offers touch tone credit card processing and integration with Yahoo Store Merchant accounts.
Harbortouch, now a Shift4 Company, includes "free" hardware with its POS system. We say "free" because, although you don't have to pay for the hardware, you sign a multiyear contract and pay a monthly POS software fee, along with fees for Harbortouch's processing service. Harbortouch has two POS systems, the Echo and the Elite, and both use touchscreen monitors.
Hospitality Control Systems, or HCS, is a reseller that supplies Focus, SofTouch and Cap POS systems and Berg Pouring liquor control systems to retail and hospitality businesses in Ohio, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania. It also provides installation services and tech support.
Imonggo is a retail POS system with a free plan for startups and very small businesses, specifically those with fewer than 1,000 inventory items that sell 1,000 products or less per month. A paid plan that supports an unlimited number of products and transactions is also available. Imonggo is web-based, so you can access it anytime, anywhere, from any browser. Features include inventory management, sales analytics, digital receipts and loyalty programs.
Instore is an all-in-one iPad POS system for restaurants, cafes, bakeries, delis, bars and retail businesses with one or multiple locations. With it, you can take orders and accept payments from anywhere in your store, manage your menu or product catalog, analyze sales data, track inventory, issue gift cards, and customize receipts with coupons and special offers.
Kounta is a POS system that works with both Android tablets and iPads, and can be used by hospitality businesses such as restaurants, cafes, bars, food retailers and hotels. It includes a strong mix of features, and integrations are available so you can connect to other business programs or augment the system's capabilities. There's no lengthy contract requirement for this system, and it's compatible with third-party hardware.
LivePOS is a hybrid cloud POS solution that can be used by retail, service and healthcare stores with one or multiple locations as well as franchises. In addition to register features, it has customer and employee management, inventory and reporting tools. It has an app marketplace and its own API, giving you plenty of options to fully customize the software. It has 24/7 phone support.
Loyverse is a free mobile POS system for iOS and Android devices that’s packed with features to help you ring up sales and run your business. It has a user-friendly back office with a dashboard that makes it easy to access sales analytics, track inventory, manage employees and launch marketing campaigns. Loyverse can be used by retail stores, salons, restaurants and cafes.
Meridian Star POS is a Future POS reseller that provides software, hardware, installation, training and support to restaurants in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. It has solutions for both full- and quick-service restaurants, as well as pizzerias, bars and nightclubs.
MicroBiz is retail POS software that can be used by many store types, including clothing, sports, toy, pet, garden, repair, liquor and vape shops, with single or multiple locations. Cloud- and Windows-based versions of the software are available, so you can store your data in the cloud or onsite. It integrates with QuickBooks and Magento.
NCR Counterpoint is a POS system for retailers of every size. It supports omnichannel sales and has tools for inventory management, tiered pricing, purchase ordering, and analytics, as well as email marketing and customer loyalty programs. This system is available from resellers, who provide installation, custom programming, training, support and cloud-hosted solutions.
NCR Silver is a cloud-based POS system that delivers big-business features on a small-business budget. It works on the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, or you can purchase its Silver Register, which is built on a closed Android system. It offers different versions of its POS software for retailers, restaurateurs and service providers.
National Retail Solutions
National Retail Solutions' NRS POS+ system is designed for small, independent retail stores. It has dual touchscreens, a cash drawer, a scanner and a receipt printer. The software includes register features, vendor and inventory management, reporting, and a loyalty program. There's no contract requirement for this system, and the company can set up your payment processing, or you can work with the processor of your choice.
Nobly is an iPad POS system for restaurants, bars, coffee shops, delis and food trucks. Although its focus is hospitality businesses, it can also be used by salons and retail stores. With it, you can take orders tableside, track inventory at an ingredient level, manage customers, offer loyalty promotions and generate reports.
NorthStar from Custom Business Solutions in iPad POS system for quick- and full-service restaurants, cafes, bars, amusement parks and cruise lines. It has tableside, online and kiosk ordering solutions, supports multiple menus and happy hour, and has cloud-based reporting so you can accomplish back of house tasks anywhere you have browser access.
Ordyx is a POS system for restaurants with single or multiple locations. It tracks inventory and generates reports, has online ordering and delivery features. It also has a customer loyalty program and it integrates with several accounting, payroll, property management, email marketing applications.
PAR Tech provides cloud-based POS systems to some of the country’s most popular restaurant chains, including McDonalds, Subway, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut. Its Brink POS software is designed for quick-service and fast casual eateries and its PixelPoint POS is for full-service restaurants. The company also offers payment processing through PAR Pay.
PHP Point of Sale can be used by retail businesses, grocery stores, bakeries, coffee shops and museums. It runs on iOS phones and tablets as well as Mac and PC computers. It’s compatible with several processors and third-party hardware, so if you already own POS equipment, you may be able to continue using it.
POS Nation is a reseller that can set you up with a POS system. It offers a variety of POS software, hardware and processing options and works with many business types, including retail and grocery stores, vape shops, full- and quick-service restaurants, bars and nightclubs. It also provides employee training and 24/7 customer support.
POSGuys offers a wide range of products for retailers, restaurants and salons. Solutions include POS software, traditional POS hardware systems with touchscreen monitors as well as mobile POS options that use tablets. Peripherals such as barcode scanners and scales are also available.
Passport POS from Gilbarco Veeder-Root is a touchscreen POS system for gas stations and convenience stores. It includes employee management, access control and reporting features. It also supports third-party loyalty programs that allow you to reward customers. The company says employees can learn to use the system in 20 minutes, and customer service is available by phone 24/7/365.
PayPal lets businesses of all sizes, including startups and microbusinesses, accept credit cards with minimal application requirements. It's affordable, has transparent pricing and terms, and is easy to use for both in-person and online transactions. It also integrates with many POS systems and shopping carts.
Pioneer POS Solution Inc. designs and manufactures POS hardware such as tablets, all-in-one touch screens and printers. The company partners with software vendors (ISVs), system integrators (Sis) and value-added resellers (VARs) in many industries, including retail, healthcare, hospitality, kiosk, gaming and manufacturing.
Point OS is a POS system designed for restaurants and bars. Features include customer profiles, tab and table management, age identification, inventory tracking, time cards and payroll reports. It has automatic happy hour pricing, item and check discounting and you can send orders to the kitchen printer or the service bar. It also has an integrated music feature that you can use to create playlists for your establishment.
Posandro is an Android POS system built primarily for restaurants and other food-based businesses, though it can also be used for retail stores. It's affordable, has no lengthy contract requirement, is compatible with third-party POS hardware and has a good selection of features. There's only one payment processor integration, though you can use the system alongside your processor of choice.
Pose is a cloud-based POS system that can be used in stores, cafes, booths and salons and by service providers working on location. It's a web-based system, so you can access Pose on any browser, whether you prefer to use a desktop computer, laptop or tablet (a native iPad app is also available). This system gives you a lot of flexibility, so you can take your POS system with you anywhere you go.
If you’re a clothing or shoe retailer, Quetzal has a solution for you. This cloud-based iPad POS system is packed with features, such as inventory management that supports up to 10,000 items and 2 million SKUs, sales analytics that helps you identify buying trends, and customer engagement tools that help you understand your customers.
QuickBooks' POS software transforms your desktop into a powerful POS system. Besides accepting credit cards and processing sales, QuickBooks POS lets you manage inventory, nurture customer relationships and perform other tasks to manage your business. As expected, QuickBooks POS easily integrates with QuickBooks' accounting solutions.
Rapid POS is a reseller and systems integrator that can set up your small retail business up with NCR Counterpoint software and POS hardware such as all-in-one terminals, receipt printers, barcode scanners and other peripherals. The company can configure and customize the POS system to meet your needs and provides 24/7 customer support.
Retail Pro is an enterprise-level POS system for specialty retailers. Features include customized workflows, personalized shopping recommendations for customers based on purchase history, CRM, inventory management, merchandising tools and accounting. Retail Pro is also a scalable POS system, so you can start with the basics and add capabilities as your business grows.
Rezku is an iPad POS system for restaurants, bars, breweries and nightclubs. It has drag-and-drop menu management that supports photos and color coding, ingredient-level inventory tracking, and seat and table management tools. It also has a built-in timeclock and sales reports that show your most popular items, busiest hours and top employees.
Sabor is a cloud-based restaurant POS system that runs on Windows 10 devices, including Microsoft Surface. It also has a companion app for Windows phones. The company notes that its POS system has more than 200 features. These include table management, kitchen processes, dashboard reports and a built-in CRM.
SalesVu, is a cloud-based, all-in-one POS system. Features include inventory management, employee scheduling, customer management, accounting, and email and social media marketing. SalesVu works on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch devices and is suitable for businesses in many industries, including retail, restaurant and professional services.
ShopKeep is a cloud-based iPad POS system for retail stores and restaurants. It has a ton of time-saving features that small business owners need to run their businesses and boost sales. It also has multiple customer support resources, including free 24/7 phone and email support, live chat, and community forums.
Businesses using the Shopify platform to sell products online can use Shopify Payments to accept credit and debit card payments. You can also use the service to accept payments via social media channels like Facebook and Pinterest, as well as in person using a mobile card reader. It has competitive flat rates and month-to-month terms, and you avoid paying an extra fee for using an external payment gateway.
Smartwerks is cloud-based POS software for specialty retail such as gift and hobby shops, jewelry boutiques, and furniture stores. It can be used by both small and midsize companies with either a single store or multiple locations. The software helps you manage your inventory, customers and staff, and includes loyalty tools and a timeclock app.
Springboard Retail is a cloud-based POS and retail management system that's built by retailers and is specifically designed for multi-store, multichannel businesses, helping you deliver consistent service across your locations and your online store. It works on iPads and has advanced features for inventory and customer management, purchase ordering, and customizable reporting. APIs are available for custom integrations.
Square is the simplest and fastest way to accept credit cards using a smartphone or tablet. It has clear, affordable pricing with no contracts, credit checks or complicated setup processes, so you can get started right away. You can start small with a simple credit card reader, then transition to a Square POS system as your business grows.
Swim's iPad POS system is made specifically to help jewelry retailers process sales and manage their businesses. It comes with jeweler-specific features like instant quotes, custom orders, and stock counting with RFID and barcode support, as well as marketing tools like the ability to collect customer data, including customer wish lists, and view purchase histories.
Talech is an iPad POS system that both retailers and restaurateurs can use. This POS has no long-term contract requirement, is compatible with third-party hardware and works with any major U.S. payment processor. Talech has a strong selection of features, including BOGO discounting, inventory tracking and reporting.
The General Store
The General Store is a POS and retail management system that you can use to process sales, track inventory, reorder stock, track employee time and commissions, and manage customers. It can be used by stores with one or multiple locations and is suitable for nearly every specialty, from apparel to sporting goods to furniture.
Thr!ve POS from Granbury Solutions is a tablet-based point-of-sale system for delivery restaurants and pizzerias. It can be used by independent establishments as well as regional and national chains. Features include order management, a delivery app for drivers, employee scheduling and timeclock, ingredient-based inventory tracking, and reporting tools.
TigerPOS is an easy-to-use, touchscreen POS system for bars and liquor stores. Features include age verification, shelf labeling, purchasing and receiving capabilities, reporting, and security camera integration. TigerPOS also has a retail-based POS system specifically for wine stores.
Tillpoint is an iPad POS system for retail businesses and restaurants that comes with a rich suite of features. In addition to register capabilities, it helps you manage your inventory, suppliers, and purchase ordering, as well as your customers and staff. It has a built-in time clock and accounting system. Its restaurant-specific features include reservations, table and delivery management tools and a kitchen display system.
TouchBistro is our pick as the best POS system for restaurants because it's designed to fulfill a restaurant's unique needs. It's well-suited for many restaurant types: fine dining, casual eateries, bars and breweries, food trucks and more. It runs on the iPad, has an impressive collection of features and offers 24/7 phone and email support.
TouchSuite offers multiple POS systems and business services. In addition to its TouchSuite Restaurant POS system, it resells Talech to quick service restaurants, QuickBooks POS to large retailers, Clover to small and midsize retailers, Booker to salons and spas, and Authorize.net to e-commerce businesses. It also offers credit card processing and SEO, working capital and marketing solutions.
uAccept POS systems from Workwell Technologies come with a touchscreen, card reader, receipt printer and cash drawer. Its POS software is for retail businesses and quick-service restaurants and comes with a loyalty program, reporting tools and more. You’ll need to add an EMV terminal to the system, as the built-in card reader only accepts magnetic stripe cards.
Veeqo is a POS and order management system that streamlines sales channels for multi-outlet e-commerce businesses. The system is cloud-based and has iOS and Android apps that allow you to access your sales data from anywhere. It integrates with your e-commerce platforms, online marketplaces and shipping partners to automatically update and sync inventory, fulfill orders, and create invoices.
Vend is our top pick for the best retail POS system. It's affordable, easy to use and packed with features for all types of retail businesses, including fashion boutiques, car washes, computer shops, bike shops and other specialty stores. It's cloud-based and works on any device with a browser, and an iPad app is also available. Vend goes beyond the basics with features like inventory management, a built-in CRM solution and real-time reporting.
mPower Beverage Software
Designed specifically for wine, beer, and liquor stores, this POS software has inventory and customer management tools, more than 70 reports and a built-in time clock. It runs on Windows-based hardware, including full-service Microsoft tablets, and integrates with QuickBooks. Cloud hosting is available for a monthly fee if you prefer not to manage a local server.
Epos Now offers full-featured POS systems for retail and hospitality businesses. Systems include mobile and tablet-based POS systems for iOS and Android, as well as software-based systems for Mac and PC. The company has its own app store, where you can find more than 80 integrations for the business solutions you already use, including account, booking and loyalty programs.
Lightspeed is a full-featured, cloud-based iPad POS system that offers solutions for retail, restaurant and online businesses. Both versions have a rich assortment of back-office tools to help you manage your business, with inventory, purchase ordering, reporting and CRM features. The retail version has preloaded catalogs and supports product variants, and the restaurant version has menu, table and self-order tools.
Lavu is an iPad POS system for restaurants, food trucks, coffee shops, bars, pizzerias and other types of eateries. Features include order management, inventory tracking, timeclock, and sales analytics. Lavu offers a basic package for new restaurants and established businesses can take advantage of advanced features such as kitchen display systems, digital menu boards, online ordering and self-ordering kiosks.
Linga POS is an iPad POS system for restaurants from Benseron Hospitality. It has features for all types and sizes of restaurant and is competitively priced. There's no lengthy contract, you can choose from multiple processors, and it's compatible with third-party POS hardware. One unique feature is that you can connect Linga POS to your IoT devices, like Nest thermostat controls and security cameras.
Besides register capabilities, Revel comes with a ton of additional features, such as ingredient-level inventory management, analytics and QuickBooks integration. The company offers solutions for all business types and sizes, including retailers, coffee shops, restaurants, wineries and event companies. Revel also lets you create custom POS integrations using its API, so you can tailor the system to your business's needs.
If you're looking for an Android POS system for your restaurant, Toast has you covered. This all-in-one restaurant management solution is packed with features like online ordering, delivery tracking and real-time reporting. It's fully customizable and can be used for all types of food establishments, from full-service restaurants to quick-service ones, cafes, bakeries, bars, nightclubs and more.
Poster is a restaurant POS system with prices starting at $29 per month. The system includes inventory management and menu features. According to the company's website, setting up the service can take as little as 15 minutes.
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