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The Best POS Systems For Food Trucks

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Julie Titterington

Julie Titterington

Managing Editor at Merchant Maverick
Julie Titterington is a writer, editor, and native Oregonian. She graduated from George Fox University in 2004 with a BA in Writing/Literature. Julie has appeared in a variety of industry publications, including YFS Magazine, PM Times, and SmallBizClub. For the last five years, she has specialized in SMB software and services, particularly project management, point of sale, and small business lending.
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    ShopKeep vs Square:
    I’m just catching up on this thread as I prepare to open shop in about 6 weeks with my first food truck venture. I’m curious to know why ShopKeep is $69/month where the others have little or no monthly fee. Is it because it offers the capability of not having to have Internet access to take payments, where the Square systems would require your iPad to have a service plan? Those are about $30-$50 a month I think.

    Also, I see that Square offers customers the capability to pre-order online. Does ShopKeep offer the same service. I’m certainly wanting that capability! 😎

    Thanks for your help.

      Jessica Dinsmore

      Hi Trey! Thanks for your question.

      Overall, Square is going to be a slightly more cost-effective option to ShopKeep, although ShopKeep is still very reasonably priced considering the depth of its features. Square has its free app which gives you more than its other free competitors in terms of reporting etc… However, depending on what you need for you business, you may find a few holes in the software. You have to purchase add-ons for additional employees and for its loyalty program for example. You may find it more cost effective to go with Square for Retail if you like Square’s platform which is $60 a month and fills in a lot of those gaps. Overall, it’s tough to go wrong with either system.

        Kyle Gagnon

        If I will only be selling a handful of SKUs (so no need to have massive inventory tracking) which should I use? I don’t really understand why you are recommending Shopkeep when other services don’t hit you with that $69/month charge. Also, do any of these have a CRM where they will identify a return customer and have their email ready to send the receipt to?

          Jessica Dinsmore

          Hi Kyle,

          ShopKeep is actually pretty affordable comparatively but, if you don’t have a lot of inventory, I would think Square would be the way to go.

            Dana G Fisher

            Hi, after reading your article it sounds like TouchBistro is the way to go for a Food Truck POS system, however, in the comments someone specifically called out Shopkeep as the best bet(June 5 2017). So which is it? What’s the major difference in the two systems?

              Matt Sherman

              Hi Dana! You really can’t go wrong with either ShopKeep or TouchBistro here. For one terminal, they are the exact same price and are both among the most affordable on the market. While ShopKeep is our top-rated system overall and has some rich features, particularly when it comes to inventory, TouchBistro has specifically thought of food trucks with some of its offerings. They integrate with virtually any payment method, are customer friendly with a customer-facing function, and conveniently mobile. It’s honestly difficult for me to pick between the two in this instance but, if I had to, I’d probably take TouchBistro. ShopKeep offers a free consultation for food truck vendors too which might be valuable.

                Michael G Rosenband

                Thank you, Julie!

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                  Are there any stand alone POS to purchase outright? $49/month $588 annually is a lot of money.

                  Are all POS systems cloud based where the providers take control and ownership of business and accounting information? Both ShopKeep and Square will not allow any information to be deleted.

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                    Jessica Dinsmore

                    Hi Derek,

                    There are a number of stand alone systems that you can purchase outright. Square Register is new to the market, and at $999, it’s a good investment if you think you’ll stay with it for a while. It’s likely the best stand alone system you can buy right now. Regarding your second question, we aren’t too sure what the answer is, and we’d rather not give you an answer that we’re not too certain about.

                      Ruben Estrada

                      Need information if there exists software for Food Trucks ?

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                        Jessica Dinsmore

                        Hi Ruben,
                        Thanks for your question! Your best bet is Shopkeep Best of luck to you!

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