If you are currently using Quickbooks Point of Sale system, you've probably heard the news - starting in October of 2023, it will no longer be supported. The program will still operate for a while, but you will lose access to tech support, security updates, and software improvements.
Since a store's Point of Sale system is near the heart of operations, this is big change for many stores. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you evaluate new system options:
Integration with your website
If you've got a transactional website for your customers to shop on, then finding a POS system that integrates with your website is imperative to save a lot on time, headaches, and frustration.
This may seem obvious - but ensure you are asking about costs of any add-ons or integration points with other systems you use, cost of tech support in the long run, or other potential 'hidden fees'.
Reporting and Analytics
Consider a POS system's reporting and analytics capabilities. High quality, easily accessible data can help you make informed business decisions and identify opportunities for growth.
Ease of Use
Top systems today all incorporate user experience (UX) into their design - but be sure to have your whole team that will be using the system see a demo, and give them the chance to ask questions, before signing up.
With those factors in mind, the big question is - what systems should you investigate? We've rounded up some of the most popular systems for retailers in the Gift and Home industry, to help you discover options for your transition.
This platform is one of the most popular options for independent retailers, particularly among those who are investing in their e-commerce presence. Shopify is offering a deal right now on your first year's service when you transition from Quickbooks Desktop POS - this is especially helpful if you will continue using the Quickbooks Accounting Software.
Learn More: https://www.shopify.com/pos/quickbooks-bundle
Square is one of the most commonly used POS systems among independent gift and home retailers, with a user-friendly experience and a host of available tools. If you will continue using Quickbooks for accounting purposes, they offer a connection tool to sync your data.
Explore the Sytem: https://squareup.com/us/en/point-of-sale/retail-a
Connect with Quickbooks Accounting: https://quickbooks.intuit.com/online/integrations/square/
A top-3 system among gift and home retailers, Lightspeed offers Point of Sale capabilities, along with a host of other options. Their X-Series system option does offer integrations with Quickbooks, as well as Shopify.
NCR's technology offers a variety of whole-store solutions
ARBA Retail Systems provides an alternative Point of Sale solution to the Quickbooks tool, offering in-store and online sales management. They do have a special offer for existing Quickbooks POS customers.
Heartland is a versatile, cloud-based point of sale software with a variety of hardware options.
Learn More: https://www.heartland.us/solutions/retail
The Retail Pro POS system offers a variety of tools needed to run your business. Shopify and Quickbooks integrations are available, however they may require outside consultants to implement.