So, you’re in the market for a new grocery POS system, tired of that old rickety, half alive thing you call a POS.  Or maybe you just want to see what advice there is to be given.  Or maybe you accidentally stumbled upon this page, and have idea what a POS system is, well then for your betterment I suggest that you finish this post.

First things first when choosing a Grocery POS Software system for your grocery store, what operating system do you want to use: Windows, Linux, DOS, Java, .NET, OSX. Windows is by far the most used operating platform, thus there are hundreds of POS solutions to choose from if you would like to use windows. Other platforms do have some great POS solutions, but with Windows you have such a wide variety, so if you are willing to do the research you will be able to find a POS solution that fits your company perfectly. And even if you are not willing to do the research, you can hire a consultant to do the research for you.

After choosing the operating system that you would like to use, you will need to determine what you are looking for in your POS software. Where you would like to go. What you would like to do. Things that your POS system must have. Develop a list of 5-10 items, ordering them from most important to least important. (examples: price, web reporting, 24/7 support, easy to use, warranty, Data mining, Gift cards etc.). The complete solutions allow customers to get a better deal on hardware, unless you already have hardware.

Now that you have your list filter through the list of Point of Sale software and find the software that best meets your needs. Surprisingly eBay has a very helpful Point of Sale software buying guide. Narrow your list down to around 3 companies. From there you should initiate contact with each of these companies and ask them to give you a demo of their software.

This is the final decision making stage. Here you want to increase the items on your list, and weigh the cons and the benefits of these three software companies against each other. Find out which one is willing to give you the best deal financially, which company is innovative, which company will provide you with exactly what you want?

Good Luck

Author: Luke Henry

Luke Henry is a Project Manager of Retail Next – a cloud-based POS solution for specialty grocers. He has over 10 years of experience in the grocery POS space and is committed to delivering solutions that enable independent grocers across the world to compete against the grocery conglomerates.