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Shopify POS System Released

By: Joshua Bolt

Have you heard the news? Shopify, one of our favorite eCommerce solutions, has released their very own POS system. As their promo video states, “it’s the first iPad point-of-sale system designed to let you sell in-store and online using the Shopify platform”.

Screen Shot 2013-09-09 at 2.31.11 PMSo what does this mean for retailers that run their web shop through Shopify and are looking to accept customer payment in-person? Well, if Shopify walks their talk, it means these retailers can avoid a whole separate platform to sell in-store, avoiding messy API’s, expensive integration development, or even manual updates. This is potentially revolutionary, seamlessly connecting the worlds of brick-and-mortar and eCommerce.

This all sounds pretty sweet if well-executed, so we decided to swipe on over to the app store and check out “Shopify POS” ourselves. We wanted to see if Shopify’s new POS system measures up to the robust online-only eCommerce platform that they started with, or if this will be similar to when LightSpeed tried to expand their amazing POS system to a not so amazing web shop solution.

User Interface & Ease of Use
If your products are already configured in the Shopify admin area, it’s only minutes before you can start accepting customer payments live and in-person. The app interface is clean, very easy to use and self-explanatory.

Shopify’s extensive App Store allows merchants to gain customizable control over their selling and reporting needs. You won’t be able to make use of many of these apps through the Shopify POS iPad app itself, so use the desktop backend to install and manage.

How Shopify POS Compares
Shopify Comparison* We called Shopify and they said it is only a matter of weeks before they roll out gift cards, a feature they say is an extension of their new POS system’s store credit function. That brings on a whole new conversation. What will the gift card creation and management system be like? What will the user experience entail when receiving the gift card? Will customers be able to check their balance online themselves?

** We called ShopKeep and they said that their developers are working on an API, but it won’t be released anytime soon.

The Shopify POS system integrates very nicely with the Shopify back-end/dashboard. Shopify POS is not a realistic comparison to on-the-go card reading apps like Square and PayPal Here. Although much less expensive, those payment accepting apps do not offer inventory management, robust sales reporting and most importantly, a seamless in-sync web shop integration. Shopify POS is a nice solution for small single location businesses. Whether or not to utilize the Shopify POS system should be case-by-case and based on sales volume, budget and the retailer’s specific needs.

Read more about Shopify’s new POS system. What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

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