Top 11 Add-Ons For Revel Systems POS
Revel POS (see our review) has established itself as a reliable POS system with clients such as Smoothie King, Belkin, Goodwill, and Cinnabon. So congrats! You have chosen a POS system that big chain stores rely on to run their franchises. The main reason Revel appeals to such giants of the retail world is because it provides innovative features and a multitude of integrations.
Revel POS offers 50 integrations – yes, you heard me right – and they can all be separated out into the 11 categories listed below. It would be all too easy to become overwhelmed by all the options; I know I did. So to save you the trouble of scouring through countless websites and reviews, I’ve assembled the highest rated Revel POS integrations for each category (or as I like to say, the winners of the Revel POS Hunger Games):
Table of Contents
- Reporting: CTUIT RADAR
- Accounting: QuickBooks
- Online Ordering: Open Dining
- Mobile Ordering: PayPal
- eCommerce: Shopify
- Loyalty Programs/Gift Cards: Synergy Loyalty
- Employee Management & Payroll: Homebase
- CRM Services: MailSync
- Payment Processors: Adyen
- Payment Gateways: USAePay
- Security Services: DTT
- Final Thoughts
Reporting: CTUIT RADAR
Ctuit’s RADAR is a restaurant-specific integration that extricates essential information from inventory, recipes, and accounting and seamlessly integrates it into comprehensible reports. Groups of reports are emailed on a schedule that fits you – daily, weekly, monthly, or any custom length of time. RADAR reports are relevant to any size business, and cover everything from single location reporting to franchise royalty reporting. What’s more, whether you want your reports to be specific to a single location, to groupings of locations, or to your entire company, Ctuit’s RADAR is willing to accommodate your needs. My favorite thing? Using reporting charts, you can drill down all the way to the check level – allowing you to trace trends to particular transactions.
The Takeaway: Ctuit’s RADAR reporting software allows you to glean crucial data from Revel, and provides information you need to make advantageous business decisions.
Accounting and QuickBooks (see our review) go together (much like peanut butter goes with jelly or Batman goes with Robin), so it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that QuickBooks holds the title for best accounting integration. With QuickBooks, you can perform basic tasks like tracking your income and expenses, printing checks, and recording transactions. More impressively, you can import data from Excel or QuickBooks desktop, access your data from a tablet or smartphone, and integrate with available applications – and that’s just with the least expensive package.
The Takeaway: QuickBooks leads the industry in accounting POS integrations due to its smooth and comprehensive analysis of business and sales data.
Online Ordering: Open Dining
Open Dining is basically the “Renaissance man” of online ordering POS integrations – it performs virtually all the functions you need to keep your online ordering system running like a well-oiled machine, and with panache. Open Dining enables customers to order from your website or Facebook page; they can even select a future date if they want to order in advance. This integration allows you to accept credit card payments and saves the information on file to expedite future ordering.
If your store hasn’t opened yet, you can take advantage of the “Coming Soon” mode, which displays the menu and allows you to collect the email addresses of potential customers. Then, when your online ordering system is up and running, you will have a list of customers ready to go. I’m not even going to go into Open Dining’s customer engagement, revenue building, customization, and security services, but rest assured they’re more than on par.
The Takeaway: Open Dining knows how to make an online ordering POS integration that simplifies what could be a headache for businesses.
Mobile Ordering: PayPal
PayPal (see our review) is a fast, safe method by which your customers can pay with mobile devices and/or order ahead to pick up in-store. With PayPal, pricing is clear and simple, and there are set percentages for US card swipes, keyed-in cards, invoices, and cross-border transfers. It accepts all payment types instantly – credit or debit. Live customer support is always available via phone or email to answer your questions. Also, there is no long-term commitment required – you can just download the app, set up quickly, and pay as you sell your merchandise. There are no monthly fees, setup fees, cancellation fees, or processing minimums.
The Takeaway: PayPal is a proven POS integration that will boost customer satisfaction with the convenience of mobile ordering.
This Canadian-based eCommerce integration (see our review) specializes in creating aesthetically pleasing and user-friendly online stores. With Shopify, you have access to hundreds of themes so you can make your online store mirror the unique style of your business. Shopify also allows you to track sales and growth trends, manage limitless amounts of items and inventory, add new channels in seconds, fulfill orders with a single step, and completely personalize your online store. It is Shopify’s mission to handle all of the eCommerce work for you so you can focus on running and expanding your business. They juggle everything from payments and marketing to shipping and secure checkout.
The Takeaway: Shopify excels at making eCommerce hassle-free and profitable so you can spend your time and money on growing your client base.
Loyalty Programs/Gift Cards: Synergy Loyalty
Founded in 1995, Synergy Loyalty has developed pioneering loyalty programs that draw new customers, engender customer loyalty, and boost revenues. Rewards programs vary and include auto rewards (1 point per $1 spent), rebate rewards (10% of each purchase put on account for next purchase), increasing discounts (discounts that escalate as they return), and tiered rewards (greater rewards for premium packages).
Synergy Loyalty’s Gift Card Pooling system accommodates businesses with multiple sites so that gift card sales can easily be moved between locations. This software does all the heavy lifting for you through features such as email campaigns, mobile apps, text campaigns, e-list builder, and birthday club.
The Takeaway: If you want to inspire loyalty in your customers and promote revenue with gift cards, Synergy Loyalty is the solution for you.
Employee Management & Payroll: Homebase
This free add-on includes features such as employee scheduling, time clock, timesheets, labor cost reporting, and many more. The employee scheduling feature is customizable and accessible from anywhere; it allows you to manage time-off, availability, shift trades, and covers – it even has advanced scheduling tools that inform you on labor, sales, and the weather forecast. Homebase tracks missed shifts, missed clock-outs, missed breaks, tips, overtime, labor cost, etc. But it goes above and beyond by providing a free employee app where the whole team can view their schedule, request time off, and even get reminders before their shift starts.
Other innovative perks include the ability to collect employee feedback after a shift, the mobile manager tool, real-time alerts about no-shows, etc., the ability to message your team through broadcast messaging, and free live support.
The Takeaway: With Homebase, you no longer have to worry about tracking time-clock errors, missing emailed requests for time off, or not being able to get a hold of someone if there are technical difficulties. Homebase has got you covered.
CRM Services: MailSync
MailSync makes email marketing seem like a piece of cake. Through MailSync, you can automatically sync your Revel customer data to Constant Contact, GetResponse, MailChimp, AWeber, or Campaign Monitor. This way you no longer need to manually import and export with CSVs, you can email more customers, and your mailing list is always up-to-date. The MailChimp partnership, in particular, allows you to use ecommerce360 and automation workflows to extract detailed customer and order information, set up segments, and generate targeted email campaigns based on the purchase history of your customers.
The Takeaway: MailSync automatically syncs your mailing list data with services such as MailChimp so that you don’t have to waste time and energy manually transferring that data.
Payment Processors: Adyen
Though only established in 2006, Adyen (see our review) is the leading payment processor for global commerce. Adyen supports over 250 payment methods and over 150 currencies – aiming to accommodate the payment methods of any potential customer. With Adyen, you don’t have to pay for multiple suppliers and you can streamline operations. All of your payments are processed in one system so you can visualize payment activity in your stores, mobile app, and online – all in a single dashboard. They have also revitalized their infrastructure so that you can see the entire payment flow from the time of purchase to the time of settlement leading to less interruption, higher revenue, and better rates of success.
Note: If you are looking for mobile payment processors, Revel POS integrates with Pepper, Zapper, PayPal, LevelUp, and Apple Pay. All of these options are so unique and varied in their functions that there is no clear winner; check them out yourself and see which one best suits your needs.
The Takeaway: Adyen’s vision was to create a uniform payment processing system that homogenizes the transactions with different cards and currencies to simplify the process for you and allow you to expand your customer base.
Payment Gateways: USAePay
USAePay (see our review) facilitates the acceptance of safe and secure credit card payments through Revel POS. With USAePay, merchants get access to live customer support, customer management tools, fraud tools, a card account updater, and inventory management tools. The customer management tools offer merchants secure data storage, the ability to modify records, and tools for report generation. The card account updater automatically updates credit card expiration dates on specific secured platforms. USAePay also allows merchants to bill their customers periodically with recurring billing and is Level 1 PCI Compliant – meaning that all processed and stored credit card data is kept in a secure environment.
The Takeaway: USAePay distinguishes itself from the competition with features like the card account updater and fraud tools which protect both the merchant and the consumer so that all transactions are swift and secure.
Security Services: DTT
Speaking of security, DTT is a hospitality- and retail-specific Revel POS integration that provides video-based surveillance systems and loss prevention solutions. DTT’s suite of services includes the MyDTT portal, background checks, video exception reports, Smart Safe integration, off-site storage of data (cloud), and case management. They also have the SmartAudit™ feature, which combines audio, video, and POS data to flag potential suspicious activity for review; the Forensic Investigation feature, which is a more in-depth version of the SmartAudit™ feature; an employee tip line; temperature alerts that warn you when your coolers or freezers fall outside of a specified range; and the SCREAM™ feature that allows unhappy customers to share complaints with you so you can remedy the relationship.
The Takeaway: DTT has mastered the art of ensuring that your customers and employees feel safe and secure in your store due to the advanced features they offer.
Hopefully, this article has helped you figure out which add-ons will integrate most effectively with your Revel POS account. If you have any questions or suggestions about Revel POS integrations that have worked well for you in the past, let us know. We’d love to hear from you!