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Aloha POS - NCR
  • Deployment: Windows Install, Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad
  • Restaurant POS
  • Contactless/Chip Payment
NCR Aloha POS is cloud-based, on-premise software with mobile capabilities designed for businesses in the restaurant industry. Software can be installed on fixed POS terminals and used with on-premise handheld devices and consumer mobile devices to process orders anywhere. It also integrates with popular online food delivery platforms like Uber Eats and DoorDash. Key features include:

  • Payment Acceptance: Cash, credit, debit, EMV, gift card, RFID contactless, EBT and mobile wallet payments

  • Secure Payment Processing: PCI-compliant processing; card data is never stored on the POS; and uses point-to-point encryption and tokenization to protect data during processing

  • Takeout Operations: Process call-in, takeout, repeat and future orders with integrated loyalty programs, automated kitchen scheduling and customer profiling.

  • Systems Management: Remotely access and monitor systems and manage menus and POS, kiosk and back office machines from anywhere.

Other essential features include barcode scanning, inventory management, kitchen management, advanced reporting, real-time alerts and multi-location management.

Pros & Cons

Aloha POS can be used on fixed POS terminals and handheld devices, self-service kiosks, mobile apps and online food delivery platforms, making it easy for employees and customers to take orders from literally anywhere. It offers a free demo but doesn’t provide pricing to compare value prior to ordering.

Pros

  • Free demo offered
  • Well-rounded deployment options

Cons

  • Unknown pricing
  • No free trial

What Customers Are Saying

Customers commend Aloha POS for offering a wide array of features but still manages to present them in an easy-to-use platform. One customer said, “I, thoroughly, enjoy the ease of use when working on the back end (Admin) side and also the employee facing side when completing orders.”

Summary

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Aloha POS - NCR
  • Starting Price
    • Not disclosed
  • Deployment
    Installed - Windows
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
  • 24/7 Support
    yes
  • Inventory Management
    yes
  • Kitchen Display System
    yes
Features
  • Deployment: Windows Install, Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad
  • Restaurant POS
  • Contactless/Chip Payment
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Bindo POS
  • Deployment: Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad
  • Retail & Restaurant POS
  • Contactless/Chip Payment
Bindo is a cloud-based iPad POS system that instantly gives brick-and-mortar stores an eCommerce storefront with one-click Bindo Market setup. The all-in-one, fully mobile POS solution improves businesses’ efficiency on-premise and online. It accepts cash, debit, credit, Apple Play and a wide range of other mobile payment options and ensures PCI compliance with fortified protocol modules enabled with military-grade security. Credit card data is always fully encrypted and tokenized at the point-of-sale, and Bindo works with 99% of credit card processors to accommodate all types of retail merchants. It offers more than 300 features, including:

  • Register and Card Terminal

  • Credit Card Processing

  • EMV Card Support

  • Apple Pay Support

  • Electronic Signature

  • Mobile POS

  • Gift Card Management

  • Discount Management

  • Online Dashboard

  • Inventory Management

  • Purchase Order Management

  • Invoice Management

  • Multi-Store Management

  • QuickBooks Integration

  • API Integration

  • Barcode Scanning

  • Customer Account Profiles

  • CRM and Customer Loyalty

  • Analytics and Reporting

  • eCommerce Integration

  • Time Clock Management

Pros & Cons

Bindo offers a fully mobile POS software solution that businesses can use anywhere to improve their operations at brick-and-mortar and online outlets. However, it must be used with an iPad and doesn’t offer an on-premise deployment via Windows or Mac. Bindo offers a 14-day trial but doesn’t disclose pricing information

Pros

  • 14-day trial offered
  • Fully mobile for use anywhere

Cons

  • Unknown pricing

What Customers Are Saying

Customers like its ease of use and full range of features. One customer said, “The app is intuitive and easy to use, it only took the staff 15 minutes to get started.” Another said, “It has helped us cut down on excess inventory and improved the way we run our operations.”

Summary

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Bindo POS
  • Starting Price
    • Not disclosed
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
  • 24/7 Support
    yes
  • Inventory Management
    yes
  • Kitchen Display System
    no
Features
  • Deployment: Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad
  • Retail & Restaurant POS
  • Contactless/Chip Payment
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Epos Now
  • Deployment: Mac Install, Windows Install, Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Retail & Restaurant POS
  • Contactless/Chip Payment
Epos Now delivers POS hardware and all-in-one, cloud-based POS software with the Epos Now AppStore for integrations with payments, marketing, accounts, inventory and other essential business tools. The industry-specific POS software allows retail and restaurant owners to access and manage their businesses from anywhere and with any device and leverage real-time insights to boost efficiency and profit margins. Key features of retail and restaurant POS include:

  • One-on-One Onboarding

  • Barcode Scanning

  • Customer Account Profiles

  • Discount Management

  • Electronic Signature

  • Gift Card Management

  • Loyalty Programs

  • Multi-Location Capability

  • Returns Management

  • eCommerce Integration

  • Real-Time Inventory Management

  • Online Ordering and Delivery

  • Table and Kitchen Management

  • Mobile Access

  • Reporting and Analytics

  • eCommerce Integrations

  • Staff Management

POS systems also offer complete payment flexibility through integration with every major payment processor to benefit from competitive rates. Epos Now’s scalable systems are tailored to individual business needs and come with full training and 24/7 premium support.

Pros & Cons

Epos Now offers a low monthly cost, or businesses can buy a POS software license upfront. It has a free demo to see the program before buying and multiple deployment options to use it on. It does not offer a free trial period, however.

Pros

  • Low cost
  • Free demo offered
  • Multiple deployment options

Cons

  • No free trial

What Customers Are Saying

“Both front end and back end of this software works well, ease of use and the ability to customize is what I like most,” said one customer. Other customers often remark on the value of the full reporting system and the many features it offers.

Summary

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Epos Now
  • Starting Price
    • $39/monthly
  • Deployment
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
    Android
  • 24/7 Support
    yes
  • Inventory Management
    yes
  • Kitchen Display System
    yes
Features
  • Deployment: Mac Install, Windows Install, Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Retail & Restaurant POS
  • Contactless/Chip Payment
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Erply
  • Deployment: Mac Install, Windows Install, Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Retail POS
  • Contactless/Chip Payment
Erply is a hybrid cloud-based POS system that allows retailers of any size to operate online and offline. Business data auto-syncs each time the system reconnects online to ensure offline transactions are captured. The POS interface is accessible from stationary and handheld POS devices, iPads, iOS and Android devices and computers with Windows or Mac operating systems. Erply POS software is hardware agnostic, so it works with different systems without compatibility issues and easily imports data from existing POS software. Key features include:

  • Interactive, Customizable Reports

  • Comprehensive Inventory Management

  • Built-In Loyalty Programs and Promotions

  • Barcode Scanning

  • Commission Management

  • Discount Management

  • Customer Account Profiles

  • Electronic Signature

  • Gift Card Management

  • Multi-Location Capability

  • Return and Refund Management

  • eCommerce Integration

  • Encrypted Data

  • SAS 70/SSAE 16 Compliance

Erply provides phone support seven days a week as well as dedicated onboarding agents, one-on-one demos and training tutorials to help businesses get set up quickly and easily.

Pros & Cons

Erply has low starting costs with monthly and annual contracts available and discounts on annual contracts or longer. It offers various plan options with and without inventory capabilities and a free demo on all software. Erply POS is specifically for retail establishments and doesn’t offer any software solutions for restaurants.

Pros

  • Low cost
  • Discounts for annual contracts
  • Free demo offered

Cons

  • No restaurant POS
  • No free trial

What Customers Are Saying

Customers comment on Erply’s responsive customer service department, ease of use, comprehensive features and the advantage of accessing the POS system on the road from phones and tablets. One customer said, “So easy to use, but extremely powerful and deep. Great for our ever-expanding company of online and retail sales.”

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • $39.00/month/user
  • Deployment
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
    Android
  • 24/7 Support
    yes
  • Inventory Management
    yes
  • Kitchen Display System
    no
Features
  • Deployment: Mac Install, Windows Install, Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Retail POS
  • Contactless/Chip Payment
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KORONA POS
  • Deployment: Mac Install, Windows Install, Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Retail & Restaurant POS
  • Contactless/Chip Payment
KORONA provides POS system and cloud-based software with advanced inventory tracking, CRM and eCommerce integration to help small to medium businesses manage all aspects of their retail operation. Key features include:

  • Barcode Scanning

  • Commission and Tip Management

  • Customer Account Profiles

  • EMV and Mobile Payment Integration

  • Electronic Signature

  • Gift Card Management

  • Loyalty Program

  • Promotions and Discounts

  • Marketing Tools

  • Multi-Location Capability

  • Refund and Return Management

  • eCommerce Integration

  • Payroll and Accounting Integration

  • Advanced Inventory Management

  • Automated Ordering Features

  • Employee Management

  • Comprehensive Reporting and Analytics

  • Offline Transactions and Back-Office Access

KORONA never requires a contract or credit card processing agreement and offers 60-day money back guarantee. With KORONA’s software-as-a-service, business owners automatically receive software updates and upgrades without having to request or pay for them. It also includes 24/7 in-house and phone support and training in a flat monthly rate, starting at $49. Customers never pay more than their monthly software subscription fee.

Pros & Cons

While KORONA touts itself for all types of businesses, restaurant features are limited to smaller quick service establishments not full-scale eateries. Its biggest pros include unlimited free trials without any contract or CC processing agreements and everything, including software upgrades and 24/7 customer service, included in one flat monthly fee.

Pros

  • Low cost
  • Unlimited free trial and free demo offered
  • No hidden fees

Cons

  • Fewer features for restaurants

What Customers Are Saying

“I love that this software is flexible enough to conform to any business workflow. Most of the popular cloud-based point of sale solutions that I have tried are very rigid in their ability to adapt to your needs,” one customer said. Customers also like its comprehensive reporting and inventory capabilities.

Summary

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KORONA POS
  • Starting Price
    • $49.00/month/user
  • Deployment
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
    Android
  • 24/7 Support
    yes
  • Inventory Management
    yes
  • Kitchen Display System
    no
Features
  • Deployment: Mac Install, Windows Install, Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Retail & Restaurant POS
  • Contactless/Chip Payment
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Lightspeed POS
  • Deployment: Mac Install, Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad
  • Retail & Restaurant POS
  • Contactless/Chip Payment
Lightspeed is a cloud-based, intuitive POS software for retail stores and restaurants that’s compatible with any device or platform, allowing users to ring up sales on any desktop or iOS and Android device. Whether the retail operation is a single store or has multiple branches, users can access real-time data from all locations and pull reports on revenue and sales anytime. Retail POS also provides:

  • Inventory Management

  • Customer Account Profiles

  • Barcode Scanning

  • Discount Management

  • Gift Card Management

  • Loyalty Program

  • Returns Management

  • Ordering and Invoicing Tools

  • Timesheet Capabilities

The omnichannel retail POS system includes eCommerce integration. Lightspeed eCom syncs inventory between the eCommerce site and physical store. It also offers tools to boost SEO, integrate shipping options and enhance marketing capabilities. Lightspeed restaurant POS has additional features, including delivery, customizable floor plans, quick-edit menus, bill splitting and contactless payments. Its LiteServer feature provides an offline mode that prevents service interruptions.

Pros & Cons

Lightspeed offers a 14-day trial with free one-on-one onboarding and unlimited 24/7 support. Monthly pricing plans are confusing, with restaurant POS starting at $59 and retail POS starting at $69 and additional registers are $34 and $29, respectively. Some features cost extra with add-ons costing $12 or $39 per month.

Pros

  • 14-day trial offered
  • Free 24/7 support

Cons

  • Some features cost extra
  • Pricing differs between retail and restaurant

What Customers Are Saying

Lightspeed customers praise its varied tools that help manage the entire business, the POS system stability and the operational freedoms. “With its open API, Lightspeed gives us the freedom to do business in a superior way. We’re not held back by any systematic constraints,” said one customer.

Summary

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Lightspeed POS
  • Starting Price
    • $12/monthly
  • Deployment
    Installed - Mac
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
  • 24/7 Support
    yes
  • Inventory Management
    yes
  • Kitchen Display System
    yes
Features
  • Deployment: Mac Install, Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad
  • Retail & Restaurant POS
  • Contactless/Chip Payment
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Linga POS
  • Deployment: Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Retail & Restaurant POS
  • Contactless/Chip Payment
Linga POS is a cloud-based platform with a fully customizable interface to meet retail and restaurant businesses’ specific needs. Users can access data on any device, and the system is processor agnostic, so business owners can choose their own card processor while benefiting from a system that’s PCI compliant and EMV-ready.

Linga restaurant POS includes essential features like tableside and online ordering capabilities and third-party delivery integrations. Restaurant managers benefit from ingredient inventory that calculates exact costs of each ingredient and menu item, inventory comparisons that take advantage of bulk ordering discounts and food cost analyses that evaluate historical purchasing data.

Linga retail POS helps store owners grow their business while increasing brand recognition and customer loyalty. Essential features include inventory control for on-demand inventory visibility, low stock alerts for internal use and vendors, automated stock replenishment, customer insights to promote upselling and cost analysis based on historical purchasing data.

Pros & Cons

Linga POS has multiple service plans for retail and restaurant owners with deep discounts for paying annually. Basic plans costing $39.99 per register/month when paid monthly drop to $19.99 when paid annually. Linga doesn’t offer a free trial, but it does offer free demos to see how the system works.

Pros

  • Free demo offered
  • Multiple service plans available
  • Low cost

Cons

  • No free trial offered

What Customers Are Saying

“I loved that I could pull real time reports at anytime from anywhere. Full inventory package. I could add/remove menu items instantly. Built in online ordering and loyalty,” one customer raved. Other customers frequently remark on the user-friendly interface, competitive rates, in-depth reporting and analytical tools and full inventory package.

Summary

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Linga POS
  • Starting Price
    • Basic – $19.99/register/month
    • Pro – $49.99/register/month
    • Enterprise –$89.99/register/month
    • Linga One – By quote
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
  • 24/7 Support
    yes
  • Inventory Management
    yes
  • Kitchen Display System
    yes
Features
  • Deployment: Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Retail & Restaurant POS
  • Contactless/Chip Payment
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LS Retail
  • Deployment: Mac Install, Windows Install, Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Retail & Restaurant POS
  • Contactless/Chip Payment
LS Retail delivers all-in-one business management software solutions, including LS One for retail establishment and restaurants. Each POS program offers specialized functionality for the industry it serves and can be used as a standalone POS solution or be connected to an ERP. LS One POS devices have a local SQL database, so the POS continues working when offline and automatically updates data when reconnected. Because LS Retail was designed with open source architecture, businesses can easily add more tools as needed.

LS One retail POS meets the unique needs of retail businesses and can be integrated with any eCommerce platform and will place online orders into the stationary POS to be shipped. LS One mobile POS runs on any Android device and lets retailers sell from anywhere. LS One for restaurants offers specialized features for food establishment, including linking kitchen and floor staff, table handling and guest management.

Pros & Cons

Users have the flexibility to purchase a one-time perpetual license or a monthly or annual subscription for LS Retail POS software. However, some features are sold separately. This includes LS Pay for payment processing, which seamlessly integrates with LS One POS and provides PCI and EMV compliance when accepting cards.

Pros

  • Free demo offered
  • Multiple deployment options
  • Pay once or monthly

Cons

  • Pricing unknown, quote required
  • Pay processing sold separately

What Customers Are Saying

Customers like that LS Retail POS software is adaptable to fit industry needs and rich in features that are easily implemented. One customer said, “The ability for the software solution to work for you straight out of the box and then provide the adaptability and also extensive modularity is amazing.”

Summary

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LS Retail
  • Starting Price
    • Quote-based plan
  • Deployment
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
    Android
  • 24/7 Support
    no
  • Inventory Management
    yes
  • Kitchen Display System
    yes
Features
  • Deployment: Mac Install, Windows Install, Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Retail & Restaurant POS
  • Contactless/Chip Payment
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NetSuite SuiteCommerce
  • Deployment: Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad
  • Retail POS
  • Contactless/Chip Payment
SuiteCommerce InStore enables businesses with separate in-store and online retail outlets to create an integrated commerce solution that combines eCommerce and in-store POS to order management, merchandising, inventory, financials, customer service and marketing. By unifying the physical and digital shopping experiences into a single, cloud-based commerce platform, retailers can engage customers more effectively and drive more sales. SuiteCommerce is a full-featured POS system that performs all traditional POS transactions, but is designed for mobility. The touch tablet UI screen lets sales associates engage customers anywhere in the store, and omnichannel servicing lets customers to add items in their eCommerce shopping carts or wish lists to in-store transactions. Key features include:

  • PCI-Compliant Payments

  • Order Management

  • Barcode Scanning

  • Return and Refund Management

  • Inventory Management

  • Loyalty and Rewards Programs

  • Multi-Location Management

  • Customer Profiles

  • Dynamic Merchandising

  • Built-In Reporting

Pros & Cons

NetSuite SuiteCommerce fully integrates in-store and online channels into one commerce solution with full-featured POS that tracks sales and inventory from all locations. However, it’s built specifically for retail establishments, not restaurants. Although it doesn’t offer a free trial, it does offer a free demo.

Pros

  • Free demo offered
  • Integrates in-store and online POS tools

Cons

  • No restaurant POS
  • Pricing unknown

What Customers Are Saying

One customer listed their favorite features in a review: “Ease of use, Flexibility, Customizable, Ability to perform your work duties even when you are traveling outside the country, Professional.” Customers also applaud SuiteCommerce for its inventory management, ease of use and customer support.

Summary

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NetSuite SuiteCommerce
  • Starting Price
    • Not disclosed
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
  • 24/7 Support
    yes
  • Inventory Management
    yes
  • Kitchen Display System
    no
Features
  • Deployment: Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad
  • Retail POS
  • Contactless/Chip Payment
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Oracle Retail Xstore Point-of-Service
  • Deployment: Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
  • Retail & Restaurant POS
  • Contactless/Chip Payment
Oracle Retail Xstore Point-of-Service is an enterprise POS solution that consists of Xstore POS, Xstore Office and EFTLink applications. It allows retail and restaurant owners to perform day-to-day transactions and daily business activities. Oracle retail hardware, including credit card machines and barcode scanners, are fully integrated with Retail Xstore to provide a cohesive solution that offers a lower total cost of ownership and consistent user experience.

  • Payment Processing

  • PCI Compliant

  • Loyalty and Rewards Programs

  • eCommerce Integration

  • Online Order Processing

  • Order Management

  • Automated Ordering

  • Inventory Management

  • Menu Management

  • Barcode Scanning

  • Price Adjustments

  • Multi-Location Management

  • Self-Order Kiosks

  • Reporting


Oracle Retail Xstore has a graphical user interface and stores important customer information, including profiles, previous purchase histories and loyalty data to better understand customers’ needs. Its refund management features include centralized transactions to manage returns from multiple locations, including cross-store and cross-channel returns and returns presented without a receipt.

Pros & Cons

Oracle is a well-known provider of various software solutions and offers a free demo of its Retail Xstore Point-of-Service software and after sale support by phone and an online customer support portal. Although the POS solution is web-based and offers eCommerce integration, it doesn’t offer a mobile app.

Pros

  • Free demo offered
  • Phone and online support

Cons

  • No mobile app
  • No free trial

What Customers Are Saying

“XStore is user friendly and is very easy to train out to any new hire. I like the interface and how organized it is,” said one customer. Ease of use is one the most touted perk by customers and they also remark on the functionality, real-time data and report capabilities.

Summary

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Oracle Retail Xstore Point-of-Service
  • Starting Price
    • Not disclosed
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
  • 24/7 Support
    yes
  • Inventory Management
    yes
  • Kitchen Display System
    yes
Features
  • Deployment: Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
  • Retail & Restaurant POS
  • Contactless/Chip Payment
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Primaseller
  • Deployment: Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad
  • Retail & Restaurant POS
  • Contactless/Chip Payment
Primaseller is a cloud-based POS software that works on all platforms through any browser. It integrates with popular eCommerce channels and centralizes inventory from multiple locations, including physical locations, web stores and online marketplaces. This allows a single, centralized catalogue for all SKUs across all channels. Primaseller allows retailers to configure as many payment methods as desired. Other key features include:

  • Barcoding

  • Multi-Currency Transactions

  • Simplified Taxation

  • Invoice Generation

  • Inventory Management

  • Customer Account Profiles

  • Discount Management

  • Multi-Location

  • Returns Management

  • eCommerce Integration

  • Purchase Orders

  • Reporting

Pricing for Primaseller starts at $100 per month for one standard location with up to 20 users, 500 online orders per month and 10,000 SKUs. Additional POS locations are billed at $50 per standard location and additional online orders are charged $0.10 per order in 500-order increments.

Pros & Cons

Primaseller offers a free demo, 14-day trial and discounts for paying annually. The monthly fee covers all POS orders in brick-and-mortar locations but only includes 500 online sales in any month. Primaseller charges extra for additional online sales with fees in increments of 500, no matter how many sales occur.

Pros

  • 14-day trial and free demo offered
  • Discount for paying annually

Cons

  • Charges for online sales over 500 orders

What Customers Are Saying

“We were looking for a one stop shop for our order management & inventory processing, and Primaseller helped us … The app is seamless with its systems and the team behind the app is hands on with support,” one customer said. Customers also like the integration and swift customer support.

Summary

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Primaseller
  • Starting Price
    • $100/month/user
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
  • 24/7 Support
    yes
  • Inventory Management
    yes
  • Kitchen Display System
    yes
Features
  • Deployment: Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad
  • Retail & Restaurant POS
  • Contactless/Chip Payment
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Revel System
  • Deployment: Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad
  • Retail & Restaurant POS
  • Contactless/Chip Payment
Revel Systems is a POS and business management platform built for retailers and restaurants. The Revel Essentials™ solution is designed for the needs of small chains and the Revel Enterprise® solution is tailored for large chains. Key features include:

  • Open API

  • Always On Mode

  • PCI-Compliant Cloud Technology

  • Point-to-Point Encrypted Payments

  • EMV Compliance

  • Electronic Signature

  • Self-Service Kiosk

  • Online Ordering

  • Mobile Order Takers

  • Employee Management

  • Kitchen Management

  • Table and Delivery Management

  • Barcode Scanning

  • Return and Refund Management

  • Discount Management

  • Commission Management

  • Multi-Location Management

  • Loyalty Programs

  • Customer Account Profiles

  • Customer Display System

  • Customer Relationship Management

  • Gift Card Management

  • QuickBooks Integration

  • eCommerce Integration

  • Reporting and Analytics

Revel Systems’ feature-rich, scalable POS solution is designed to maximize security and stability, while offering ease of use on an intuitive iOS-based platform. It integrates into numerous Revel-developed services and third-party partners to meet all the needs of various businesses, including accounting, CRM and workforce management.

Pros & Cons

Revel Systems has a higher-than-average monthly fee with annual billing and a three-year contract required. It also requires purchasing Revel Advantage, its payment processing platform, but it offers transparent flat rates. It provides 24/7 phone and online support, free automatic products updates and secure cloud backups.

Pros

  • Free demo offered
  • 24/7 phone and online support
  • Free automatic product updates

Cons

  • Higher cost
  • Separate payment processing required
  • Doesn’t support Android devices

What Customers Are Saying

Revel Systems’ customers frequently commend the product’s overall ease of use and reliability, and the company’s ongoing support. One customer said, “Revel makes a huge difference in terms of the reliability, the consistency, of our customer service and the experience to the guests.”

Summary

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Revel System
  • Starting Price
    • $99.00/month/user
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
  • 24/7 Support
    yes
  • Inventory Management
    yes
  • Kitchen Display System
    yes
Features
  • Deployment: Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad
  • Retail & Restaurant POS
  • Contactless/Chip Payment
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ShopKeep by Lightspeed
  • Deployment: Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Retail & Restaurant POS
  • Contactless/Chip Payment
ShopKeep by Lightspeed is cloud-based POS software that lets retailers and restaurants manage every aspect of the business. It allows them to sell in person, accepting all types of payments, from cash to cards to contactless using a secure tablet register, and sell online. ShopKeep by Lightspeed also lets businesses manage employees by keeping track of their hours and productivity and managing inventory to ensure products never run out of stock. Other key features include:

  • Invoice Management

  • Barcode Scanning

  • Customer Account Profiles

  • Loyalty and Rewards Programs

  • Multi-Location Management

  • Discount Management

  • Gift Card Management

  • Electronic Signature

  • Returns Management

  • Menu Management

  • eCommerce Integration

  • Reporting


All ShopKeep plans include POS software, plus ShopKeep Register to ring up sales, ShopKeep BackOffice to manage businesses from one dashboard, ShopKeep Pocket App to stay connected to the business 24/7 using a mobile app and a free credit card reader. ShopKeep provides 24/7 customer service via phone, text message or email.

Pros & Cons

ShopKeep by Lightspeed’s basic subscription plans run $69 monthly and essential plans run $99, for one register license. Advanced plans are $199 with unlimited register licenses. However, all plans receive a $20 per month discount when paid annually.

Pros

  • Free demo offered
  • Discounts for paying annually

Cons

  • No free trial

What Customers Are Saying

“We love that [ShopKeep by Lightspeed] is affordable and yet complex enough to do all of the reporting that we need at the touch of a button,” said one customer. ShopKeep is also frequently recommended for its ease of use, customer support and scalability.

Summary

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ShopKeep by Lightspeed
  • Starting Price
    • Quote-based plan
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
  • 24/7 Support
    yes
  • Inventory Management
    yes
  • Kitchen Display System
    no
Features
  • Deployment: Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Retail & Restaurant POS
  • Contactless/Chip Payment
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System Five - Windward
  • Deployment: Windows Install, Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
  • Retail & Restaurant POS
  • Contactless/Chip Payment
Windward System Five’s advanced POS software includes core functionality, plus accounting, inventory and CRM operating in real time to help retail and restaurant establishments increase profits. It delivers tighter inventory control to reduce costs, automates ordering to save time, processes returns quickly to boost customer satisfaction and provides real-time reports so business owners can analyze business performance. Other key features include:

  • Barcode Scanning

  • Payments on Account

  • Pricing Management

  • Layaways

  • Customizable Form and Invoice Layouts

  • Sales Tracking

  • Estimates and Quotations

  • Work Orders

  • Customer Profiles

  • Multi-Location Management

  • Electronic Signature Capture

  • Commission Management

  • Discount Management

  • Gift Card Management

  • Loyalty Program Support

  • eCommerce Integration

Windward’s integrated credit card processing lets businesses process debit, credit and gift card transactions quickly and securely with greater accuracy. System is compatible with EMV chip and PIN cards. Windward provides phone support and virtual assistance, as well as on-site support with certain plans. One-time implementation fees are based on the user account.

Pros & Cons

Windward’s POS software offers a wide array of features that can be accessed on-premise via a Windows install or online using the cloud-based platform from anywhere. However, it doesn’t provide a mobile app. It provides phone and virtual support but has higher-than-average fees and tacks on implementation fees.

Pros

  • Free demo offered
  • Provides phone and virtual customer support
  • Multiple deployment options

Cons

  • Higher cost with extra fees
  • No mobile app
  • No free trial

What Customers Are Saying

One customer said, “Their software is secure, robust, and has many great reporting features for detailed analysis which range from inventory reports, to customer/product sales reports and charts.” Windward customers also speak highly of its sales and technical support staff, inventory tracking and overall POS capabilities.

Summary

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System Five - Windward
  • Starting Price
    • $92.00/month/user
  • Deployment
    Installed - Windows
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
  • 24/7 Support
    yes
  • Inventory Management
    yes
  • Kitchen Display System
    no
Features
  • Deployment: Windows Install, Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
  • Retail & Restaurant POS
  • Contactless/Chip Payment
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Tillpoint
  • Deployment: Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad
  • Retail & Restaurant POS
  • Contactless/Chip Payment
Tillpoint provides POS and management software for every part of a retail or restaurant business, from simple ePOS to advanced business management suite, all on one platform. Accessible on any device, Tillpoint works on PCs, Macs, iPads and tablets. Key features include:

  • Sales: Orders, price lists, quotations and invoices

  • Promotions: Discounts, special offers, loyalty points, punch cards and gift cards

  • Operations: Inventory, CRM, cash management, purchases and suppliers

  • Finances: Accounting, expenses, balance sheets and profit and loss reports

  • HR and Staff: Time clock, time sheets, payroll, staff targets and access rights

  • Reporting: Analytical, sales, staff, customer, supplier and user activity reports

Tillpoint offers a software-only solution for businesses with existing POS hardware or full POS hardware and software solutions. Hardware includes an integrated card reader or external payment terminal that accepts cash, debit, credit, Apple Pay, Google Pay, gift cards and contactless payments.

Pros & Cons

Tillpoint offers a 30-day trial and low monthly costs. Starter plans are $29 per and Advanced plans $49, but both plans receive a $120 discount for paying annually. Tillpoint’s cloud-based system works on PCs and Macs, but it doesn’t offer a downloadable on-premise version and doesn’t support Android devices.

Pros

  • Low cost
  • Deep discounts for paying annually
  • 30-day trial offered

Cons

  • Doesn’t support Android devices

What Customers Are Saying

Tillpoint customers often commend it for its top-notch customer service and say the software is “cost-effective,” “feature rich” and “user friendly.” One customer said, “The system’s super easy to use and lets us run our whole business from one place. It really is a time and money saver!”

Summary

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Tillpoint
  • Starting Price
    • $29.00/month/user
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
  • 24/7 Support
    yes
  • Inventory Management
    yes
  • Kitchen Display System
    yes
Features
  • Deployment: Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad
  • Retail & Restaurant POS
  • Contactless/Chip Payment
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Toast POS
  • Deployment: Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
  • Retail & Restaurant POS
  • Contactless/Chip Payment
Toast POS is a cloud-hosted, tablet-based mobile POS software created specifically for U.S.-based restaurants. The commercial restaurant-grade hardware is IP54 spill-proof rated to protect it from food and beverage spills. Toast’s Android-based software is full of restaurant management tools, including exclusive features like:

  • Toast Now™ to set up online ordering, e-gift cards and other digital channels

  • Toast TakeOut to access potential guests through a commission-free, mobile ordering app

  • Toast Delivery Services™ to dispatch local drivers through an on-demand delivery network

  • Other standard features include:

  • Multi-Location Management

  • Email Marketing

  • Customer Account Profiles

  • Loyalty Programs

  • Gift Card Management

  • Kitchen Display System

  • Self-Service Kiosks

  • Inventory Management

  • Discount Management

  • Electronic Signature

  • Employee Management

  • Commission Management

  • Sales Monitoring

  • Reporting and Analytics

Credit card processing includes competitive flat rate pricing with no hidden fees. Monthly plans include first hardware terminal subscription with additional charges for subsequent devices. Business owners receive free 24/7/365 support via Toast Central.

Pros & Cons

While other POS systems are split up between industries, Toast caters to restaurants only. It also only serves businesses in the United States, leaving out the global market. Toast doesn’t offer a free trial but does offer a free demo and always provides 24/7/365 customer support.

Pros

  • Free demo offered
  • 24/7 support

Cons

  • Exclusively for restaurants
  • Only available to U.S.-based businesses

What Customers Are Saying

“As a GM, I’m grateful that Toast is not only cloud-based, but allows me to access the back end from my laptop or smartphone so I don’t have to be onsite to make system changes,” one customer said. Customers also like the flexible pricing and helpful customer support.

Summary

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Toast POS
  • Starting Price
    • $79.00/month/user
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
  • 24/7 Support
    yes
  • Inventory Management
    yes
  • Kitchen Display System
    yes
Features
  • Deployment: Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
  • Retail & Restaurant POS
  • Contactless/Chip Payment
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TouchBistro
  • Deployment: Mac Install, Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Retail & Restaurant POS
  • Contactless/Chip Payment
TouchBistro is an iPad POS system designed for restaurants, cafes, food trucks and other businesses in the food service industry. Whether the business is a quick-service or full-service restaurant, owners can optimize their operations with all the tools needed to manage orders, process payments and provide superior customer service. Standard and food service specific features include:

  • Tableside Ordering System

  • Floor Plan and Table Management

  • Menu Management

  • Staff Management and Scheduling

  • Restaurant CRM Software

  • Inventory Management

  • Delivery Management

  • Gift Card Management

  • Loyalty and Discounts Programs

  • Online Ordering

  • Separate and Split Checks

  • Tips Management

  • Reporting and Analytics

TouchBistro lets business owners choose the payment processor from top-tier payment partners and get integrated payment processing solutions. Pay-at-table options allow staff to collect payments anywhere, including EMV and PIN payments. Single POS licenses start at $69 per month with free integrations, unlimited users and logins and 24/7/365 customer support.

Pros & Cons

TouchBistro offers a 28-day trial and free demos with monthly costs that are slightly higher than average. It has a Mac install for on-premise downloads but doesn’t offer a Windows version. However, the mobile app is compatible with iOS and Android devices. TouchBistro also offers 24/7/365 customer support.

Pros

  • 28-day trial and free demo offered
  • Multiple deployment options
  • 24/7/365 customer support

Cons

  • Mid-range pricing
  • Doesn’t support Windows devices
  • Only offers Restaurant POS

What Customers Are Saying

One customer said TouchBistro was “slick, powerful & user-friendly in a small package.” Customers also like the notable improvements their businesses benefit from, including one customer who said, “Our sales have increased roughly 25% since implementing TouchBistro. Our inventory tracking has much improved, with 20% less losses and missing items.”

Summary

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TouchBistro
  • Starting Price
    • $69.00/month/user
  • Deployment
    Installed - Mac
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
    Android
  • 24/7 Support
    yes
  • Inventory Management
    yes
  • Kitchen Display System
    yes
Features
  • Deployment: Mac Install, Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Retail & Restaurant POS
  • Contactless/Chip Payment
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Vend
  • Deployment: Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad
  • Retail POS
  • Contactless/Chip Payment
Vend is a hybrid web and mobile POS software for brick-and-mortar businesses in the retail industry. Built for use with the iPad, Vend serves as the centralized data repository for easier record keeping. Vend is compatible with existing POS systems, hardware and equipment, including cash drawers, barcode scanners and receipt printers. Stores can continue selling during internet outages because Vend works offline and syncs sales when it comes back online. Vend delivers a suite of sophisticated tools and features, including:

  • Inventory: Barcodes and labels, inventory counts, stock orders, pricing and promotions and inventory control

  • Customer Profiles: Loyalty programs, central customer database and customer purchase history

  • Cash and Payment Management: Mobile and contactless payments, split payments, partial payments, layaways and on-account sales, return and refund management, discounts and notes and customer receipts

  • Reporting: Mobile retail dashboard, report exports and product, sales, employee performance, inventory, end of day and customizable reports

Pros & Cons

Vend offers multiple service plans, and each includes one register with additional registers may be added for $49 per month billed annually. Business owners have their choice of payment processors to securely accept all types of payments. It also offers 24/7 support via email and live chat.

Pros

  • 14-day trial and free demo offered
  • Multiple service plans
  • 24/7 email and live chat support

Cons

  • Higher cost
  • No restaurant POS
  • Doesn’t support Android deployment

What Customers Are Saying

“Our staff are always impressed with how easy Vend is to use,” one customer said. Other favored features include being able to access multiple shops’ information from anywhere with an internet connection and being able to use an existing cash drawer and receipt printer with Vend software.

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • LITE-$99/month
    • PRO-$129user/month
    • Enterprise-*quote-based
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
  • 24/7 Support
    yes
  • Inventory Management
    yes
  • Kitchen Display System
    no
Features
  • Deployment: Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad
  • Retail POS
  • Contactless/Chip Payment
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Webnexs POS
  • Deployment: Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad
  • Retail & Restaurant POS
  • Contactless/Chip Payment
Webnexs delivers POS solutions with over 100 features to let offline establishments manage sales, orders and inventory from a single dashboard. Businesses that want their Webnexs POS hosted on the cloud can get service separately. Popular POS features include:

  • People: Add a customer database, manage shippers and add billers

  • Products: Print barcodes, get stock counts, adjust inventory quantities and list, add and import products

  • Sales: Ring up POS sales, add sales manually, import sales using CSV files and check out sales totals

  • Transfers: Manage multiple warehouses, transfer products between warehouses, enter products by scanning barcodes or manually enter them with SKUs or by name

  • Payment Gateway: Close orders, accept cash and use integrated default online payment processors, including PayPal, Authorize.net and Stripe

  • Reports: Run reports in 21 different areas and keep analytics at your fingertips

Three different versions of Webnexs POS software are available for a one-time fee.

Pros & Cons

Webnexs POS is a software solution that businesses purchase for a one-time fee with Starter, Plus and Pro versions available. Cost only includes the software. Cloud-hosting must be purchased separately. It’s unknown whether a trial version or demo is available to get a feel for the software before purchasing it.

Pros

  • Multiple POS products offered
  • One-time fee

Cons

  • Unknown demo/free trial
  • Software only; cloud hosting sold separately

What Customers Are Saying

Customers often remark on how easy it is to use Webnexs POS and the support they received. One customer said, “I love this POS software, its simple, straightforward and Elegant. No complications involved.”

Summary

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Webnexs POS
  • Starting Price
    • Starter-$299/user/month
    • Plus-$499/user/month
    • Pro-$699/user/month
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
  • 24/7 Support
    yes
  • Inventory Management
    yes
  • Kitchen Display System
    yes
Features
  • Deployment: Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad
  • Retail & Restaurant POS
  • Contactless/Chip Payment

What Is POS Software?

Point of Sale (POS) software is primarily used by restaurant, brick-and-mortar and eCommerce stores to complete sales transactions, including processing payments. It can also be used to track and update inventory and manage customer and employee information. POS software comes in an array of options from the simplest processors to complex cloud systems to meet the requirements of various types and sizes of businesses.

POS software can be used anywhere goods or services are sold, but you can choose on-premise, cloud-based or mobile POS or a hybrid version that combines various combinations of the three. On-premise POS typically uses a stationery terminal and can be both software-based and hardware-based with add-on devices like cash drawers, barcode scanners and credit card processing machines. Cloud-hosted POS is a web-based system you can use with your existing POS hardware and can be accessed from anywhere. Mobile POS is also an on-premise solution, but it utilizes a handheld terminal that you can carry around and use throughout the establishment.

Benefits of POS Software

POS software benefits small-business owners who struggle to track and record daily sales, monitor and order inventory and manage customer and employee information. Large businesses can also benefit for these reasons and because a networked POS system lets them operate terminals located in different stores and sync all the data into one centralized system. POS software makes everything more consistent, accurate and convenient. Key benefits of POS software include:

  • Streamlining business operations
  • Improving in-store and online sales
  • Speeding up transactions
  • Boosting customer service
  • Managing inventory across all online and offline locations
  • Automating ordering
  • Optimizing record keeping
  • Improving financial reporting
  • Providing sales metrics
  • Enhancing shrinkage security
  • Tracking staff performance
  • Adapting to business needs with customizations

Analytic data provided by POS software can be especially useful by providing you with insights that help guide you in making important business decisions. POS systems can also enhance data security and PCI-compliance when processing credit and debit card payments, adding an extra layer of protection for your business.

Must-Have Features for POS Software

POS software can come with a wide array of integrations and features, depending on the specific needs of a business. The most important third-party integration is with credit card processing companies to facilitate payments. To ensure consistent and consolidated reporting, you must have POS software that integrates with your other business processes, including accounting, CRM, Enterprise Resource Planning and marketing systems. If you want to sell your products on-premise and online, your POS software must also integrate with eCommerce platforms. Key features your POS software must have include:

  • Multiple Payment Methods
  • Inventory Management
  • Low Stock Notifications
  • Auto-Order Capabilities
  • Searchable Customer Database
  • Order Histories
  • Loyalty and Promotion Programs
  • Employee Reporting
  • User Accounts and Permissions
  • Barcode Scanning
  • Returns, Refunds and Store Credit Capabilities
  • Mobile Registers
  • Customer Facing Displays
  • Robust Analytics and Reporting Capabilities

Other must-have features include pricing transparency and customer support. While some POS software providers charge a flat one-time or monthly fee for their software, many have numerous hidden fees that can drive up the cost. It’s important to get a complete list of all fees to ensure you know the exact cost of a product. Support after the sale is vital for any product that could cause problems with the fluid operation of your business. Look for POS software companies that provide 24/7 customer service to ensure you can get the help you need, anytime you need it.

The Cost of POS Software

There are two common pricing options for POS software: one-time purchases or monthly subscriptions. Although it can be a huge upfront cost, you may prefer to purchase your software’s license all at once. Only one company on our list strictly sold their software as a one-time purchase and offered a range of $299 to $699. Keep in mind, most companies who sell software straight out will charge upgrade fees that can add up each time you need to update to the newest version.

Most companies offer monthly subscriptions with varying costs based on the number of features included. Nearly all subscriptions are per register/per month, but sometimes, the charge for extra registers is lower. Low-cost options in our list ran between $19 and $49 per register/month. Higher cost options started at $69 and went up to $125. Lower cost subscriptions usually only include the most basic features that typically only work for start-ups or small companies with limited stock. Unless you’re purchasing an all-inclusive software, there may be various additional fees to add premium features.

Very few POS software companies offer a completely free version, and it’s unlikely a free version would include all the components you must have. One company offers an unlimited free trial, but they didn’t list the included features. Most of our companies offer free demos to try before you buy, and some offer a free trial ranging from 14 to 30 days.