9 POS Systems With Great Mobile Apps
There are times when you are unable to be present at your business. Things come up. Kids get sick. Dogs run away. Life intervenes, and you have to step away. It happens. When it does happen, though, you can still effectively manage your retail or restaurant business. Many point of sale (POS) software vendors offer mobile apps that allow you to keep an eye on things while you are away.
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Why Use A Dedicated Mobile App?
Pretty much every phone nowadays comes equipped with an internet browser. And with a mobile internet browser, you can access most cloud-based POS software systems just like you would on your PC or register. This raises the question: why use a dedicated mobile app at all if the POS can simply be accessed from a mobile browser?
The answer is pretty simple, actually. These systems are not optimized for mobile internet browser use. POS software is generally designed for larger screens and faster processors. While the browser on a mobile device can access your backend, you may encounter certain errors and inefficiencies.
Downloadable apps, on the other hand, are designed specifically for use on mobile devices. They are made to work with a smaller screen and a less powerful processor. (Don’t always expect a complete POS system, however. Mobile apps are often limited in functionality and are more commonly used for simple managerial tasks.)
Now that we know why mobile apps can be useful, let’s explore nine POS systems with great dedicated mobile apps.
Shopkeep’s (see our review) mobile app is called Shopkeep Pocket; it is available for both iOS and Android. The iOS version of Pocket works with iOS 8 and above and will run on either iPhone or iPod Touch. Pocket connects your mobile device to Shopkeep’s back office servers. With it, you can view recent sales numbers by the day and by the hour. Sales are displayed by store and even by register, showing you the top-selling items as well. Pocket also provides up-to-date information on each of your register’s current tenders.
iConnect’s (see our review) mobile app is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. These apps offers a robust array of features, including appointment booking, customer management, and a cash register. You can also customize aspects of your business from within the app.
Shopify’s (see our review) mobile app is available for iPhone, iPad, and Android. The app provides a real-time, constantly updating report of how your store is doing. According to Shopify’s website, the report includes your total sales and the number of visitors for the day, week, or month. You are also provided with a personalized feed that drives business growth by offering insights, suggested tasks, and notifications.
Lightspeed (see our review) offers the Lightspeed Dashboard App as a mobile solution. The app is available for download on iPhone and iPod Touch and provides you with real-time sales data feedback. You can also quickly scan and retrieve inventory data using the built-in camera on the iPhone or iPod Touch. After scanning an item’s barcode, the app retrieves inventory quantity, inventory orders, and inventory totals per store.
Ring it Up’s (see our review) software is only built for use on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch. If you’re still using older technology, you may be in luck here. Ring it Up is compatible with older iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch models. Ring it Up’s mobile app is a complete POS solution that handles sales transactions, receipt issuing (email or print), inventory management, payment tracking, expense tracking, and sales reporting.
Revel’s (see our review) mobile app is called Insights. The app is currently only available on iPhone. It is designed to help you monitor the performance of your store while on the go and, according to Revel’s website, “allows you to create employee shifts, analyze sales and labor trends, and track payment activity for all transactions processed at an establishment.”
Upserve Live is the mobile app of Breadcrumb POS (see our review). It provides you with everything you’ll need to monitor your business while on the go. With it, you can check on sales and real-time data from anywhere.
Imonggo’s mobile app is called Imonggo Sales Dashboard. The app is only compatible with iOS 8 devices. The dashboard shows you daily, weekly, and monthly sales data and even lets you compare the sales over time. Other information displayed is the total quantity sold, number of invoices, and average amount per invoice.
If you are a business owner who travels frequently or who is unable to always be present at your business, a POS solution that offers a robust mobile app is something to consider. And while a dedicated mobile app shouldn’t be the only thing on which you stake your decision to buy a particular POS system, mobile apps are a useful way to remotely access managerial functions and stay in-touch with your business’s growth.
As we’ve seen above, when it comes to the apps themselves, there is little variation with regard to the capabilities and functionality each vendor’s app boasts. Still, make sure that the app you land on is able to perform the actions you want it to perform. Mobile apps are designed to make your life easier, but they can only do that if you know how to get the most out of them.