Top 7 Add-Ons For Shopify POS
Although it has since reached giant status, Shopify had humble origins. This eCommerce platform was founded in Ontario, Canada as a more efficient solution for selling snowboards online. Now, Shopify caters to 300,000 active stores and has produced $20 billion worth of sales.
If you have hopped on the Shopify POS bandwagon, you’ve definitely made a smart choice. But now you might be wondering what extra features you could use to further expand your business, engage with customers, and streamline or automate some processes. Well, you’ve come to the right article.
I have assembled the highest-rated Shopify POS integrations in seven categories, listed below. Without further ado, I give you the winners of the Shopify POS integration Hunger Games:
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Loyalty Programs: LoyaltyLion
LoyaltyLion was founded as recently as 2012 but has already made its mark on the world of loyalty programs. Through LoyaltyLion, you have access to a multitude of options for your point-based reward system; points may be awarded to your customers when they make purchases, create an account, visit your store, sign up for your newsletter, make a social referral, buy specific products, and/or like your social media sites. There are multiple types of discounts available as well (such as $10 off, 15% off, or BOGO). With LoyaltyLion, your rewards program can be set in any language and require any currency.
LoyaltyLion allows you to make informed decisions via advanced analytics, manage your program, and automatically send out email notifications when customers have accrued enough points to receive rewards. If you use it with Shopify Plus, you will have access to exclusive features like a gift card API, voucher API, and custom rules – which grant you the ability to reward any customer activity such as photo uploads, comments, reviews, shares, etc. If you’re still unsure about whether or not LoyaltyLion is the right rewards solution for you, I should mention that the LoyaltyLion add-on is free!
The Takeaway: LoyaltyLion is fairly new to the loyalty program game; however, it has risen above its competitors in the industry by providing innovative features and proven services.
Email Notifications: Spently
Although Shopify POS offers notification capabilities, they are highly limited. Fortunately, Spently is your free, one-stop shop for email notification templates. With Spently, your customers can receive emails for refunds, POS e-receipts, password resets, order confirmations, shipping confirmations, shipping updates, shipment delivery, order cancellation, order invoices, abandoned checkout, gift card notification, customer activation, customer welcome, and customer contact. All of the notifications are completely customizable to your company.
Spently gives you the choice of a number of email themes, all of which include marketing tools meant to drive repeat purchases. Spently also allows you to create unique discount codes as well as social media icons. The “Recommended Products” feature helps you create confirmation emails that suggest products to your customers based on their purchases. To keep people returning, the auto follow-up feature allows you to check in on your customers days, weeks, or months after every purchase, shipment, or abandoned checkout. Spently also measures email open rates, click rates, and return on investment (ROI) with their reporting system so you can be smarter about how you engage your customers. There is free support for you whenever you need it.
The Takeaway: Spently offers merchants a sweet blend of customer engagement and efficient usability via professional and attractive email notification services.
Membership Programs: Memberships by Supple
If you want to go further than just a loyalty program, Supple Memberships is the integration for you. With Supple Memberships, you can set up tiers for loyal customers and they will be automatically notified when they are promoted to memberships. For instance, you can create memberships based on customers creating an account, how many times they order, how much they spend, or what they buy, or even establish memberships that require paid subscriptions. You can also assign specific discounts for each one that are automatically applied (and confirmed with automatic notifications).
Through Supple Memberships, customers can be informed of how much more they need to spend to get to the next level and get bigger discounts. The loyalty program is not nearly as robust as that of LoyaltyLion but provides the fundamentals of a point-based reward system, offering points for creating a customer account, spending “x” amount of money, or referring a friend.
Before deciding to take on memberships as a part of your business, I would suggest contacting the support staff at Supple Memberships. According to the customer reviews, the staff is willing to help customize the app to meet your specific needs and will advise you as to whether or not memberships are the right move for you.
The Takeaway: Supple Memberships goes out of its way to ensure that your business will thrive by offering customizable membership plans.
Wholesale Pricing: Wholesale Pricing by Supple
I know – it’s Supple again – but hey, they’re good at their jobs. The services of Supple Wholesale Pricing (like those of Supple Memberships) will not be useful for every business, unless you are specifically looking for ways to manage wholesaling in your company.
With Supple Wholesale Pricing, wholesalers can create a normal customer account, login, browse your store, and purchase your items at wholesale prices. Only people tagged as wholesalers see discounts when they log in; normal customers just have access to regular prices. The integration helps you organize wholesale or member discounts by offering multiple strategies like discounting existing collections, creating collections with hidden margins, and setting fixed prices.
Supple is careful to guarantee that their app is 100% compatible with any and all inventory apps, so you won’t have to deal with annoying glitches or pauses. And just like with Supple Memberships, Supple Wholesale Pricing comes with wonderful support staff that is ready and willing to assist you in creating custom functionality for wholesalers or members. If you are undecided on which Supple app you should choose, they provide a handy-dandy table to simplify the process for you.
The Takeaway: Supple Wholesale Pricing offers specialized service for companies looking to expand their business through wholesaling in an easy-to-use and customizable format.
Gift Registry: Gift Reggie
If you’ve been wondering how to incorporate wish lists and gift registries into your store, then look no further. Gift Reggie offers a white label that automatically takes on the atmosphere of your store’s design so your customers feel like they are receiving services unique to your store. With one-click, you can install Gift Reggie onto your Shopify POS system.
Once you have customized your emails and altered settings to make the layout your own, you are free to go live, and your customers can instantly start creating wish lists and gift registries. Some of the best features include multi-lingual capabilities, smooth checkout integration, easy-to-use dashboards for both you and your customers, automated updates and email notifications, importing and exporting, social media sharing tools, and full customization with all templates.
Also, if you don’t want a pesky “Add to Registry” button to assail your customers on every product page, you can include a pop menu which allows customers to add products to their registry. Gift Reggie integrates with current customer accounts through Shopify so when they create a registry, they also create a Shopify account on your store. You will be alerted of all registry transactions via email and have access to your dashboard with a summary of all sales and activity.
The Takeaway: Gift Reggie provides an inexpensive means for you and your customers to create intuitive, custom wish lists and gift registries.
Printing: Order Printer by Shopify
This free Shopify POS add-on makes printing easy for you so you can focus on running and expanding your business. Shopify’s Order Printer allows you to print anything from custom invoices to labels to receipts and packing slips, and more. This app is easy-to-use and features customizable templates to suit your business. The Order Printer also saves you time by letting you print documents from many orders at once.
One thing to note: the app does require you to have limited HTML knowledge to be able to customize the template to your liking. If you need help with small customizations, Shopify Design Gurus are on hand to assist you. But any larger customizations should be done through an experienced third-party designer. From comments I’ve seen, however, larger customizations aren’t usually necessary and the Shopify Design Gurus have offered sufficient assistance in template customization.
The Takeaway: All in all, Shopify’s Order Printer app offers a simple solution for merchants looking to streamline their printing process while allowing extensive personalization to fit the store.
Automatic Invoices: Sufio
The idea behind Sufio is simple – merchants and customers alike want to know that their invoices are in good hands so nothing falls between the cracks on either end. Sufio automatically generates invoices when orders are created, paid, or fulfilled. These invoices are then sent to customers by email. This may not seem like that important of a process, but with Sufio you can get paid faster by accepting credit card payments for unpaid invoices.
This app includes and validates all necessary business information such as VAT registration numbers and GST numbers of your customers and your company. You can also set EU business customers as exempt from VAT in your store to simplify the process for you and them. Downloading multiple invoices, sending thank you notes, reminding debtors of unpaid purchases, creation of credit notes, delivery notes, and cash receipts – all of these things are not only possible, but automated by Sufio. The company is fully compliant with accounting laws in the US, Canada, Australia, Singapore, UK, New Zealand, Ireland, and countries of the European Union. Documents can be created in over 20 languages (including English, Chinese, Spanish, Arabic, German, Danish, French, Norwegian, Italian, Swedish, and Portuguese).
With Sufio, you can sell your products in multiple languages and accept payment with multiple currencies. If the words “invoices” and “taxes” together make you cringe, you may consider contacting Sufio’s excellent support service to help set them up for you. If you’re still undecided as to whether this service is the right fit for your business, try their free 14-day trial.
The Takeaway: Sufio specializes in automating a typically tedious process while providing great support staff and attractive invoices.
If you have any suggestions or comments about which Shopify POS integrations have worked best for you, feel free to contact us or leave a comment below. And when it comes to choosing a POS integration that best suits your business, all I can say is: may the odds be ever in your favor.