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Search Through 368 POS / Retail Management Software Systems and Find Your BEST Choices in Minutes (DEMO)

NOTE: This is a DEMO of the search tool included in our buyers guide.

This is a tool that allows you to plug in your needs and see a list of POS systems that match those needs. It literally allows you to search through hundreds of POS systems and logically narrow down your choices to just a handful.

It should save you an enormous amount of time and make it easy to come up with your "short list" of software programs to evaluate.

You also have the option to do a simple side-by-side comparison of the POS systems that fit your needs.

If you have any questions about using this tool or if you have any suggestions, please drop us a message.


To build your "short list", please answer the following questions and you'll instantly see which POS systems best match your needs:


1. What type of business do you have?
We suggest that you start by selecting your specific type of business below and review your matches. Then select the "General Merchandise" category and see if any of those systems match your needs.




2. Which "tier" best matches your situation?
We suggest that you read each "tier" description closely and experiment with different selections to find your best fit. Some retailers need to move up or down, depending on their needs.

Tier 5 - Shrink Wrap Market: POS software packages in this tier will cost around $200 to $1,500 for 1 to 5 computer users. The training and implementation of the software is generally done in-house - to keep costs down. You can often find these systems bundled with hardware and sold on the internet. Retailers that choose software in this category usually range in size of 1 to 20 employees with annual revenue of $0 to $3 million.
Tier 4 - Lower Market: POS software packages will cost around $1500 to $75,000 for 1 to 40 computer users. The implementation costs are usually .5 to 2 times the cost of the software. Retailers that choose software in this category usually range in size of 1 to 100 employees with annual revenue of $.5 to $50 million. These are smaller companies that have outgrown the Tier 5 solution.
Tier 3 - Mid Market: POS software packages will cost around $25,000 to $250,000 for 5 to 200 computer users. The implementation costs are usually .75 to 5 times the cost of the software. Retailers that choose software in this category usually range in size of 50 to 1000 employees with annual revenue of $25 million to $250 million.
Tier 2 - Upper Market: POS software packages will cost around $250,000 to $1.5 million for 30 to 1000 computer users. The implementation costs are usually 2 to 4 times the cost of the software. Retailers that choose software in this category usually range in size of 1000+ employees with annual revenue of $100 million to $500 million.
Tier 1 - Enterprise: POS software packages will cost around $750,000 and up. The implementation costs are usually 3 to 10 times the cost of the software. Retailers that choose software in this category usually range in size of 2000+ employees with annual revenue of over $250 million.
If you fall into the Tier 1, 2, or 3 categories, you're solution will be very complex and beyond the scope of this guide. Most businesses of this size utilize consultants to help them define criteria and select software. To learn about the availability of these services go to: http://www.possoftwareguide.com/selectionservices.html
3. Where is your business located?
United States
Canada
Africa
Asia
Southeast Asia (including the Far East and Japan)
Australia / New Zealand
Europe (east, central, and south)
Europe (west and north, including the United Kingdom)
Latin America (Mexico, Central America, and South America)
Middle East


4. What operating system(s) do you prefer?
* Unless you have specific reasons to choose an operating system, we suggest skipping this question and leaving these unchecked.
DOS
Windows
Unix
Linux
MAC
Java
Dot NET
Web-based
AS400 / IBM iSeries
Proprietary


5. Which database(s) do you prefer?
* You'll probably want to skip this question too. This question is only important to certain technical individuals with unique requirements. Unless you have specific reasons to choose, we suggest skipping this question and leaving these unchecked.
4D
Adabas
Adaptive Server Enterprise
Apache Derby
Corel Paradox
C-tree
Dataflex
Dataphor
DB2
FileMaker
Firebird
Helix database
HSQLDB
Cloudscape
Information Management System
Informix
Ingres
Interbase
Intersystem Cache
Kx
Microsoft Access
Microsoft SQL Server
Microsoft FoxPro
MySQL
Netezza
OpenOffice Base
Oracle
OpenLink Virtuoso
Pervasive SQL
PostgreSQL
Progress
Rel (DBMS)
SQLite
Sybase SQL
Teradata
VistaDB
Other Server Based Database
Other Desktop Based Database


6. What are your required software features?
* We recommend that you start by only selecting features that you must have. You'll find that these selections will quickly shorten your list and sometimes eliminate very good POS systems that perhaps only lack one feature that is important to you.

Point of Sale (POS)
Bar code scanning at the POS
Integrated credit card processing/authorization from the POS
Ability to issue, track, and redeem gift certificates from the POS
Customer loyalty card support (ability to swipe and authorize loyalty cards at POS)
Frequent buyer program support (ability to track points for each customer)
Issue, track, and redeem gift cards at POS
Create, track, and view quotes from POS
Integrated gift registry system
Create work orders (repair/service orders)
Create and track customers (name, address, email, etc)
Track and calculate commissions for each sales person
Marketing promotion & advertising campaign tracking (track promotions at the POS so you can tell which ads pull the best)

Inventory
Track inventory by category/classification
Track inventory by department
Track inventory by matrix or color/size tables (at least 250 tables)
Track inventory by serial number
Support kits (allows you to group products together and sell them all at once)
Handle gasoline pricing (to 3 decimal places)
Consignment inventory tracking
Handle special order tracking
Automatic purchase order generation based on order levels
Interface to a 3rd party Open to Buy Planning application
Integrated (built in) Open to Buy Planning module

Accounting & Bookkeeping
Integrated (built in) accounts receivable module
Integrated (built in) accounts payable module
Integrated (built in) bank reconciliation
Integrated (built in) general ledger module
Integrated (built in) payroll module
Interface to QuickBooks Accounting software
Interface to Peachtree Accounting software
Interface to MYOB Accounting software
Interface to MAS 90 Accounting software
Interface to Microsoft Dynamics GP (formerly Great Plains) Accounting software
Interface to Simply Accounting software

General
Report generator / writer (ability to create custom reports)
Ability to create mailing lists based on customer demographics and sales history
Customer activity scheduling (ability to schedule phone calls, appointments, and tasks for customers)
Password protection security for each module
Touch screen capabilities
ODBC compliant database (allows you to connect and read the database from other applications like Access, Crystal Reports, etc.)
Multi user (network) support
Network fail safe features (ability to keep ringing sales when network is down)
Multi-store data sharing features (ability to share, view, and update various database information from more than one store location)

Peripherals
Cash drawer support (pops drawer automatically)
Signature capture pad support (for credit card approval)
Stores digital receipt and signature for future retrieval/reprint
Integrated weighing scale (sends the weight of an item to the POS)
Pole display (displays purchase information for the customer to see)
Receipt printer support
Bar code printer (generates barcodes for scanning at POS)
Supports portable hand-held terminals for physical inventory counting
Supports portable hand-held terminals for invoicing/order entry
Integrated MICR check verification support (Magnetic Ink Character Recognition)

eCommerce / Shopping Cart Interface
Ability to import eCommerce orders from the website into the POS system
Ability to export inventory information (product number, description, on-hand quantity, price) from the POS software to the website shopping cart
Orders and inventory are updated automatically in real-time (updated almost instantly and does not require manual importing/exporting)
Ablity to integrate with Yahoo Stores

Restaurant Industry Features
Supports Kitchen Video Display
Menu Management Module
Drink Management Module & Reporting
Reservations and Seating Management Module
Ability to Split/Combine Bills
Take-out/Delivery Service Management
CallerID Integration
Delivery Dispatch & Routing
Labor scheduler and Management Module

Additional Modules
Integrated (built in) work order & service management module (robust work order module that includes ability to track symptoms, requested repairs, work order status, completed repairs, technician, requested service date, delivery date, and so on.)
Integrated rental & reservations module
Integrated service scheduling calendar (ability to schedule services like massages, repairs, on-site services, hair cuts, etc.)







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