Revel Systems POS begins at $99 per terminal per month, which is somewhat expensive considering this is supposed to be a small business-oriented point-of-sale (POS) system. The software is designed to handle three specific business types: retail, quick food service or bar, and restaurants. Within those three types, you can drill down a bit on the company website to find specifics about categories such as a pizza shop, coffee shop, and event locale or nightclub. If your business fits into one these target groups, then Revel Systems POS is a solid POS system, but a relatively high price tag and
Starting at $69 per month, ShopKeep isn’t the cheapest tablet-based point-of-sale (POS) system we reviewed as part of this roundup. It’s also not the only one built especially for small businesses, typically those with only up to 20 locations, though the company says it can handle more. According to a company representative, ShopKeep is geared toward three specific vertical segments: retail, quick-service (counter) restaurants, and full-service restaurants and bars. In other words, it’s geared toward businesses that often work with temporary or part-time help and which, as a result, need a very clean, easy-to understand user interface (UI). The service
Shopify POS, which starts at $29 per month, handles a similiar customer in the point-of-sale (POS) space as does its e-commerce site sibling in the web retailing space. The two work well together and are both flexible and easy to use. The POS product integrates tightly with the website platform, which makes it an excellent solution for budding online retailers, but it’s especially useful to those who have both online and brick-and-mortar outlets. It’s one of relatively few POS solutions we reviewed that’s just as capable online as it is in a physical store. Finally, its emphasis on mobility is
Starting at $79 per month, NCR Silver stands apart based on the scope of its service. Rather than focusing solely on point-of-sale (POS) and inventory management as most of our small business-oriented competitors are doing, NCR bills itself as a “complete payment, marketing, and management solution for entrepreneurs.” It offers two major platforms: NCR Silver, which handles POS duties as well as the sales and back-office functions of a smaller store with less complex needs—a boutique store or coffee store, for example. NCR Silver also has a rather nifty-looking desktop commerce station called NCR Silver Quantum which runs on dedicated
Many point-of-sale (POS) entries, especially those new to the market, try to aim themselves at small to midsize businesses (SMBs) with the goal of being a one-size-fits-all solution. However, Lightspeed offers three very distinct products to its customers: Lightspeed Retail POS, Lightspeed E-Commerce, and Lightspeed Restaurant POS. The aim, according to company representatives, is to give SMBs the right tools to will let them compete with larger, less local companies. For this review, I looked at Lightspeed Retail POS (which begins at $99 per month, billed annually). I found it to be an excellent POS system, though a busy, sometimes
Square Point of Sale
Modern and Mobile Payments
- Straightforward pricing.
- Many customer support channels available.
- Outstanding hardware options.
- Android and iOS compatibility.
- Can run in offline mode.
- Account freezes may occur with rapidly growing businesses due to the appearance of fraudulent activity.
- Lacks modules for reporting or inventory management.
- Larger organizations may have to pay high fees.