Main differences to look for
Your brick-and-mortar shop may prioritise certain functions above others, but these things are more fundamental:
- Software device compatibility
- Intended users
- Billing frequency/contract
- Customer service
All of the below are cloud-based POS systems with a monthly subscription available. To save money, you can sometimes go for an annual or longer plan where you pay for the year(s) upfront, which works out cheaper per month. Just beware that any subscription payment is non-refundable.
You’ll also need to work out what operating system is best for your shop. Commercial Android tablets are cheaper upfront, but iPad is more universally used for small-business retail. Mobile merchants might prefer a POS app that also works on a smartphone, for impromptu sales. Those with the space might want a PC computer (touchscreen or not) or Mac for a stationery till on a roomy countertop.
Merchants new to the retail scene benefit from personalised support, while anyone can end up needing 24/7 support options if the till runs into trouble. Finally, each POS system suits different sizes and complexities of retailers.
Compare key aspects of each EPOS system for retail shop: