What is the Best POS System?
If you don’t know where to start with selecting the right POS system for your business, you aren’t alone. There are hundreds of options in the marketplace: some are big, long-term players, some are industry-specific, some are companies expanding services because of the trend away from traditional, PC-based payment cash registers. We offer a selection of products because it allows us to find the right fit for your business.
We also wanted to save you some time by recommending the right system for different situations below. Take a look.
Best All-in-One POS System for Small Business: Clover
Clover is an advanced POS system for businesses that require more complex and highly customizable software. We like that you can start with the basic features, then add apps for other capabilities, such as staff scheduling, customer management and loyalty programs, either from the start or as your business grows. Even better, Clover has its own API, so your developers can create custom integrations if needed. clover.com
Best Mobile POS System for iPad: Lavu
Lavu is an iPad POS system for restaurants, food trucks, coffee shops, bars, pizzerias and other types of eateries. We like how intuitive and easy to use the software is and that it comes with many features, including order management, inventory tracking, employee hours, customer data, analytics and sales histories. Setup is also a breeze – you just download the app from the Apple App Store or contact a Lavu specialist to get started. lavu.com
Best POS System for Retail: ShopKeep
ShopKeep is a budget-friendly, cloud-based iPad POS system packed with all the time-saving features retailers need to run and grow their businesses. It comes with a wide range of advanced yet easy-to-use tools to help you save time and boost sales, without any long-term contracts required, though signing a contract may qualify you for discounted rates. The company provides free 24/7 phone and email support and also has live chat, a searchable knowledgebase, small business resources and more. shopkeep.com
Best POS System for Restaurants: Lavu
A repeat winner here. Lavu is an easy-to-use restaurant and hospitality POS system designed for small and midsize businesses. It is flexible in design and can easily 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. There is also a remote access tool which lets business owners securely access the system, management tools and real-time data from any browser. lavu.com
Best POS System for Countertop Sales: Poynt
With a unique design that doesn’t require flipping or turning a screen, Poynt is poised to change the over-the-counter transaction. An all-in-one smart terminal that allows the business owner to take the checkout experience to the customer. Ideal for small retail stores, restaurants for a pay at the table solutions and lodging, Poynt is particularly ideal for simple, high ticket frequency businesses. This cutting-edge mobile payment terminal has a modern design and offers a simplified transaction experience. poynt.com
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 also read customer reviews to see what users with firsthand experience think about them.
We then compiled a comprehensive list of POS systems from several sources, including customer research, review sites and business websites, those we knew about or that were previously pitched to us, and some from our previous research on the best credit card processors for small businesses. In the end, we had more than 50 POS systems to choose from.
Next, we researched these vendors and narrowed down our list based on use cases for the Best Picks categories above. Our methodology included browsing each vendor’s website, 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.
Here are the criteria we used to evaluate each POS system:
- Cost, such as monthly fees (or swipe rates, where applicable)
- Contracts and service terms
- Merchant services options
- Ease of setup and use
- Back-end features, such as reporting and inventory management
- Built-in solutions, such as customer relationship management (CRM) software
- Industry-specific tools, such as online ordering for restaurants
- Customization options
- Third-party integrations
- Customer service
We are point-of-sale experts
If you aren’t a customer already, it’s a pretty simple process to get started with us. It’s not an exaggeration to say that most of our clients wish they had made the change years ago, but were reluctant because they thought the process was difficult. We have streamlined the process to eliminate pain points and are able to guide you through the process with a ton of respect for your time. Check out our current POS solutions.
Our motto is “Moving Forward” and it is our desire to help your business positively grow in many ways. Get started today by calling us at 608-819-8666 or visit us online anytime at www.MotusCC.com.