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7 Cloud-Based POS Systems for SMBs

7 Cloud-Based POS Systems for SMBs

The-Cash-RegisterCloud-based point-of-sale systems offer a number of benefits over traditional hard-wired systems, the most important of which (to many small business owners, at least) is a reduction in costs. Whereas the costs involved in a closed legacy system can be anywhere from $3,000 to $50,000, SMBs can be up and running with a cloud-based system for less than $1,000 (and even much less in some cases).

Taken at face value, POS systems that run on mobile devices can seem very similar. Dig a little deeper, however, and you’ll see that many of these systems offer their own unique value propositions for merchants. Cloud-based POS platforms differentiate themselves from one another by their advanced integration with digital loyalty programs, accounting tools, and mechanisms for creating gift cards and coupons, in addition to their varying price structures. Here are seven POS systems, each with its own features for merchants:

1. Leaf:  Manage operations with a custom POS tablet.
Many cloud-based systems rely on iPads to process transactions, but Leaf has taken a different route. The company has created its own mobile tablet, called the LeafPresenter, which merchants can get for free. LeafPresenter tablets are ready to go right out of the box and accept all forms of cash, credit, and debit payments. Employees can process payments from anywhere within a store and send receipts to their customers’ mobile phones. Leaf receipts are “interactive,” which means they solicit feedback and encourage customers to share information about their purchases on social media. Leaf charges a flat rate of $50 per month.

2. NCR Silver: Use register data to build an email marketing campaign.
NCR Silver is a mobile POS system that operates on iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touch devices.  NCR, the company making the system, differentiates it from competitors by offering 24/7 customer service and marketing tools that SMBs can use to thank first-time customers and send automated emails to longtime ones who’ve stopped coming by. Merchants can use NCR Silver from inside or outside their establishments and can start it up by downloading the app on their mobile devices. Use of NCR Silver costs $79 per month (for one register, at one location), plus $.10 per transaction on each additional device (with a $29 monthly maximum). The company also sells a hardware bundle for $499.

3. Shopkeep: Continue processing transactions when the Internet goes down.
Cloud-based POS systems rely on a strong Internet connection to process transactions, which can be a real problem in the event of an Internet outage. Shopkeep has found a way around this issue, allowing businesses to ring up sales on in-store iPads and sync that data when the system goes back online. In addition to processing basic transactions, Shopkeep’s system can also be used for inventory management and business analytics and it integrates with loyalty programs like Perka. Shopkeep charges $49 per month for businesses with one register and sells a complete hardware package for $1,155.

4. Revel Systems: Use iPads for fast table service.
When they utilize Revel’s native iPad application, restaurants and retail stores can quickly process transactions from anywhere inside their business (versus having to stay at the front desk or counter), manage inventory levels at multiple locations, and track sales volume by employee. Revel has partnered with Honeywell, which enables retailers now using Honeywell’s bar code scanners to avoid switching to a new device. In addition, Revel works with almost all credit card processors through its USAePay payment gateway. Revel’s software licensing costs $1,000 per iPad for retailers and $1,500 per iPad for businesses offering table service.

5. QuickBooks Point of Sale: Connect your POS system to QuickBooks.
Businesses that already use Intuit’s QuickBooks for accounting can leverage that financial data and quickly set up a point-of-sale system. Once a business owner activates an account, he or she can begin authorizing transactions from an iPhone or tablet, or through the company’s POS software. By integrating with GoPayment, merchants can process transactions outside their establishments and charge the correct sales tax based on their current geolocation. They can also send email or text receipts with maps showing where the transaction took place. The QuickBooks Point of Sale costs from $1,099 to $1,799.

6. Breadcrumb: Manage your restaurant with a cloud-based system.
Rather than trying to be all things to all people, Breadcrumb offers an industry-specific POS platform. Since being acquired by Groupon last year, Breadcrumb has focused primarily on serving businesses in the restaurant industry, letting merchants split checks, manage table zones, comp meals, and control the timing of multiple meal courses in the same platform used to accept payments. Merchants can accept cash or credit payments through the platform, which runs on the iPad. Breadcrumb’s pricing plans range from $99 to $399 a month and include a full-service set-up.

7. Square: Accept payments on the go.
Square is now the 800-lb. gorilla in the mobile payments world, with more than 2 million merchants using the company’s card reader to date. Businesses that use Square’s platform can process credit card and gift card transactions using iPhones, iPads, and Androids, and offer digital receipts via text or email. They can also reward loyal customers with an in-app punch card and publish a menu on Square’s public directory. Thanks to a recent partnership with Angie’s List, merchants who use the mobile Angie’s List Business Center can accept payments within the iOS app. Merchants who use the Square platform can pay 2.75% per swipe or $275 a month. The company offers its card reader for free.

Know of other cloud-based POS systems that merchants should try? Leave a description in the comments.

Stephanie Miles is an associate editor at Street Fight.

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166 thoughts on “7 Cloud-Based POS Systems for SMBs

  1. EasyMercado is cloud based point of sale system that can help with inventory management and it also has a facebook based rewards system built in so that retailers can let their customers advertise for them.

  2. It’s worth bringing up that Revel Systems also allows for an offline mode–as a restaurant owner, it’s a huge relief knowing that even if the internet goes out, I can still operate my business.

  3. I have been looking into Vend as a POS system. It will intergrate with my eCommerce cart and an external accouning system. Has anyone used this system?

  4. Would also be worth looking at Tillify.com which offers superior performance, connectivity with consumers and works in real time.

  5. Inventory and Merchandise Management, Store Operations, CRM &
    Loyalty, BI Reports the all in one solution helps manage your single,
    multiple or corporate chain stores centrally. With the Cloud Advantage
    you are Assured of 24×7 availability, Anywhere/Anytime access to your
    secured business. Visit http://www.true-pos.com to sign for a 30 day evaluation or a personalized demo.

  6. Hi All,
    At Direct Dialogs we offer cloud based loyalty and campaign management irrespective of POS devices. Furthermore, we can customize loyalty programs and run group loyalty. Please let me know if someone can give me guidance as to how to market / work with retailers.
    Thank you in advance.

    1. Contact me I own a local Marketing firm that covers pretty much everything on the internet and am looking for a good loyalty program to market to my customers.

  7. We are using GiftRocker.com for our Online and offline GiftCards – runs outside of the POS and on the cloud – great addition to my biz – they also have Loyalty and Event management

  8. Those are quite good lists. I also know another inventory management which is Cyberstockroom (www.cyberstockroom.com). You can manage your inventory on the cloud with this one as well.

  9. http://www.bluestorelive.com is a cloud-based, real-time POS for small and medium sized enterprises. If your internet connection falters, Bluestore keeps working, so you can keep selling. Once the connection resumes, all your records are automatically updated. Bluestore also combines your ecommerce sales channel with a Magento plugin.

    1. what is distict feature about getpose compared with other cloud based software ?? am really interested in it ..

      1. Hi Rakesh,

        Thank you for the reply! In regards to Pose’s features, aside from unlimited customer support via phone and email at no charge, we also offer extensive customer loyalty programs and rewards. In addition, there are no limits to products or customers and everything is under one pricing plan with no contracts or hidden fees. Please feel free to check us out at http://www.getpose.com to get signed up for the free trial.

        1. I am currently using the trial version , it is very simple and the pictorial representation against the product gives a nice kick .. but i have certain issues in creating multiple sub-category for example i am customizing products under brand name i have varios products and under those products i have various sub category from size to colour ..
          and my second question is if i want to change the units “qty” to any other units is there any provision for it ..

  10. Clover! It takes all ofl the best features
    from the 7 that you listed, gives you an open app platform for unlimited expansion, pricing is jsut $79/month, it’s backed it by the largest global technology company and
    payments processor, bundle all the services SMBs need into one system at the
    most competitive pricing possible, (and simple pricing with no hidden fees),
    and you have the elite Clover Station by Ignite Payments! (both wholly owned subsidiaries of and
    leveraging the power of First Data!)

    1. Than what is it benefitting…the seller Cathy? Because if your ‘Monthly’ yes monthly commission…it cannot support a restaurant as it ‘clouds up’…cant just clear the memory when on serve…it freezes and stops!!!!! Just stops. May be fine for deli or donut shop but not a restaurant…not one with over 25 seats…people in the bank business should stick to banking. The monthly “rent” the sales person doesnt let you know about…and it gets higher the more systems you bring in..they get you lockef from first swipe…and you CANNOT shop other credit agencies…you ate stuck with whom they use..which is more typically than not, higher than anyone else by far…this is a big sales gimmick when introducing in restaurants…not good!

  11. POS
    equipment is really a complete solution to all my issues at my retail store. It
    helps me track sales and restock inventories.

  12. Take
    advantage of POS and enhance the Company growth. By the help of POS, you get a
    lot of profit which is beneficial for you.

  13. Processing Point just launched a complete all-in-one, cloud connected POS system called uAccept. It features text messaging, payment processing (including Bitcoin), and a customer loyalty program among other features.

  14. Another is Talech. Nice iPad solution.

    I would never recommend Clover to anyone. If the merchant becomes unhappy with his provider, the Clover becomes a doorstop, as it cannot be reprogrammed to anyone other than the company that sold it. And I don’t mean First Data, but the ISO that sold it. If one First Data reseller sells it, it is locked to that reseller, and can’t even be reprogrammed to another First Data reseller.

  15. Openbravo Retail is a good solution for any who want to use retail with multi-channel sales and purchase.
    1. Regular
    2. Mobile
    3. E-Commerce

  16. Checkout pos2020.com – It’s also very stable system that would work when offline. Great apps that shows live transactions your staff are running while you are sitting at home.

  17. International Point of Sale made an Android POS app named Sircle POS specifically for quick service restaurants such as pizza, sushi, cafe, & ice cream. It has multiple user interfaces that are customizable by the merchant. It integrates with all major US and Canadian credit card platforms. It is starting out at less than $20 per month. Also available is a companion iOS app for physical inventory. The website is http://www.sirclepos.com

  18. Currently using for my small business eHopper. Paid $699 for hardware set. Software is free. Main advantage, software already includes all features, any additional payments. What is covered: inventory, orders management, employees management (tips), simple and understandable reporting. Advise you http://www.ehopper.com.

  19. Using for my QSR free pos software ehopper, this should be enough if you operate small business. Advantages: inventory management, reporting. Disadvantages: no integration with accounting systems, eCommerce and only for android.

  20. Aldelo Restaurant POS System from Gemini Computers is really very user-friendly and supports several languages. From POS to Back Office, it supports all screen interfaces. It also speeds up the process of payroll and checkout for easiest operations.

  21. Primaseller. It is one cloud based POS system that is very to use and has awesome features. The main thing that surprised me is that in spite of having so many features like barcode printing, multichannel view from a single panel, etc, they have kept the pricing pretty reasonable. For small and medium retail store owners, be it offline or online, Primaseller is totally affordable and a pretty useful software platform.

  22. Hey what a brilliant post I have come across and believe me I have been searching out for this similar kind of post for past a week and hardly came across this. Thank you very much and will look for more postings from you. happy wheels

  23. I’m looking for a POS system for a laundry route. We pick up and drop of coats for DR’s offices. We launder and press them. Any ideas? Maybe something that has POS, Mapping, and accounting integrated?

  24. POS system are the backbone of the most of retail market stores because no one is going to carry money in pocket because of fear of being theft over the streets.
    I liked this post and not only this post I l also read other posts also and they all are quite interested and informative. I’ll bookmark this blog in my favorite list. BY Cricbuzz live

  25. Today, most businesses perform various functions with their point of sale systems. Some POS system models can create sales reports, store purchase information,

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166 thoughts on “7 Cloud-Based POS Systems for SMBs

  1. EasyMercado is cloud based point of sale system that can help with inventory management and it also has a facebook based rewards system built in so that retailers can let their customers advertise for them.

  2. It’s worth bringing up that Revel Systems also allows for an offline mode–as a restaurant owner, it’s a huge relief knowing that even if the internet goes out, I can still operate my business.

  3. I have been looking into Vend as a POS system. It will intergrate with my eCommerce cart and an external accouning system. Has anyone used this system?

  4. Would also be worth looking at Tillify.com which offers superior performance, connectivity with consumers and works in real time.

  5. Inventory and Merchandise Management, Store Operations, CRM &
    Loyalty, BI Reports the all in one solution helps manage your single,
    multiple or corporate chain stores centrally. With the Cloud Advantage
    you are Assured of 24×7 availability, Anywhere/Anytime access to your
    secured business. Visit http://www.true-pos.com to sign for a 30 day evaluation or a personalized demo.

  6. Hi All,
    At Direct Dialogs we offer cloud based loyalty and campaign management irrespective of POS devices. Furthermore, we can customize loyalty programs and run group loyalty. Please let me know if someone can give me guidance as to how to market / work with retailers.
    Thank you in advance.

    1. Contact me I own a local Marketing firm that covers pretty much everything on the internet and am looking for a good loyalty program to market to my customers.

  7. We are using GiftRocker.com for our Online and offline GiftCards – runs outside of the POS and on the cloud – great addition to my biz – they also have Loyalty and Event management

  8. Those are quite good lists. I also know another inventory management which is Cyberstockroom (www.cyberstockroom.com). You can manage your inventory on the cloud with this one as well.

  9. http://www.bluestorelive.com is a cloud-based, real-time POS for small and medium sized enterprises. If your internet connection falters, Bluestore keeps working, so you can keep selling. Once the connection resumes, all your records are automatically updated. Bluestore also combines your ecommerce sales channel with a Magento plugin.

    1. what is distict feature about getpose compared with other cloud based software ?? am really interested in it ..

      1. Hi Rakesh,

        Thank you for the reply! In regards to Pose’s features, aside from unlimited customer support via phone and email at no charge, we also offer extensive customer loyalty programs and rewards. In addition, there are no limits to products or customers and everything is under one pricing plan with no contracts or hidden fees. Please feel free to check us out at http://www.getpose.com to get signed up for the free trial.

        1. I am currently using the trial version , it is very simple and the pictorial representation against the product gives a nice kick .. but i have certain issues in creating multiple sub-category for example i am customizing products under brand name i have varios products and under those products i have various sub category from size to colour ..
          and my second question is if i want to change the units “qty” to any other units is there any provision for it ..

  10. Clover! It takes all ofl the best features
    from the 7 that you listed, gives you an open app platform for unlimited expansion, pricing is jsut $79/month, it’s backed it by the largest global technology company and
    payments processor, bundle all the services SMBs need into one system at the
    most competitive pricing possible, (and simple pricing with no hidden fees),
    and you have the elite Clover Station by Ignite Payments! (both wholly owned subsidiaries of and
    leveraging the power of First Data!)

    1. Than what is it benefitting…the seller Cathy? Because if your ‘Monthly’ yes monthly commission…it cannot support a restaurant as it ‘clouds up’…cant just clear the memory when on serve…it freezes and stops!!!!! Just stops. May be fine for deli or donut shop but not a restaurant…not one with over 25 seats…people in the bank business should stick to banking. The monthly “rent” the sales person doesnt let you know about…and it gets higher the more systems you bring in..they get you lockef from first swipe…and you CANNOT shop other credit agencies…you ate stuck with whom they use..which is more typically than not, higher than anyone else by far…this is a big sales gimmick when introducing in restaurants…not good!

  11. POS
    equipment is really a complete solution to all my issues at my retail store. It
    helps me track sales and restock inventories.

  12. Take
    advantage of POS and enhance the Company growth. By the help of POS, you get a
    lot of profit which is beneficial for you.

  13. Processing Point just launched a complete all-in-one, cloud connected POS system called uAccept. It features text messaging, payment processing (including Bitcoin), and a customer loyalty program among other features.

  14. Another is Talech. Nice iPad solution.

    I would never recommend Clover to anyone. If the merchant becomes unhappy with his provider, the Clover becomes a doorstop, as it cannot be reprogrammed to anyone other than the company that sold it. And I don’t mean First Data, but the ISO that sold it. If one First Data reseller sells it, it is locked to that reseller, and can’t even be reprogrammed to another First Data reseller.

  15. Openbravo Retail is a good solution for any who want to use retail with multi-channel sales and purchase.
    1. Regular
    2. Mobile
    3. E-Commerce

  16. Checkout pos2020.com – It’s also very stable system that would work when offline. Great apps that shows live transactions your staff are running while you are sitting at home.

  17. International Point of Sale made an Android POS app named Sircle POS specifically for quick service restaurants such as pizza, sushi, cafe, & ice cream. It has multiple user interfaces that are customizable by the merchant. It integrates with all major US and Canadian credit card platforms. It is starting out at less than $20 per month. Also available is a companion iOS app for physical inventory. The website is http://www.sirclepos.com

  18. Currently using for my small business eHopper. Paid $699 for hardware set. Software is free. Main advantage, software already includes all features, any additional payments. What is covered: inventory, orders management, employees management (tips), simple and understandable reporting. Advise you http://www.ehopper.com.

  19. Using for my QSR free pos software ehopper, this should be enough if you operate small business. Advantages: inventory management, reporting. Disadvantages: no integration with accounting systems, eCommerce and only for android.

  20. Aldelo Restaurant POS System from Gemini Computers is really very user-friendly and supports several languages. From POS to Back Office, it supports all screen interfaces. It also speeds up the process of payroll and checkout for easiest operations.

  21. Primaseller. It is one cloud based POS system that is very to use and has awesome features. The main thing that surprised me is that in spite of having so many features like barcode printing, multichannel view from a single panel, etc, they have kept the pricing pretty reasonable. For small and medium retail store owners, be it offline or online, Primaseller is totally affordable and a pretty useful software platform.

  22. Hey what a brilliant post I have come across and believe me I have been searching out for this similar kind of post for past a week and hardly came across this. Thank you very much and will look for more postings from you. happy wheels

  23. I’m looking for a POS system for a laundry route. We pick up and drop of coats for DR’s offices. We launder and press them. Any ideas? Maybe something that has POS, Mapping, and accounting integrated?

  24. POS system are the backbone of the most of retail market stores because no one is going to carry money in pocket because of fear of being theft over the streets.
    I liked this post and not only this post I l also read other posts also and they all are quite interested and informative. I’ll bookmark this blog in my favorite list. BY Cricbuzz live

  25. Today, most businesses perform various functions with their point of sale systems. Some POS system models can create sales reports, store purchase information,

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