We have been selling online (primarily Amazon and a Volusion website) and working out of a small warehouse for 2 years now, and finally are moving into a bigger space that has a large retail showroom attached (that we might as well use!)
While Volusion and our current way has been ok, it seems Magento/M2Epro is the way to go to really grow into Ebay, continue on Amazon, and have a website that can integrate everything so we can keep our growth efficient.
My question is related to what is the best POS direction to go for the in person sales….? Something that kept the whole operation efficient and not too spread out. Something efficient to use in person and that can handle a handheld barcode scanner too.
We have about 8,000 skus yet will be adding more this coming year to about 12,000
So what software and gear would you go with? I’d like to set things up in a way that will last. For instance, I wish I knew about magento and the m2e extention previously or I would have never gone with and spent time setting up Volusion… and don’t want to make the mistake of not doing it right the first time again!!
We use Quickbooks currently btw.
Thanks for everyones time regarding this, and my apologies for dumb questions in advance! :)
Right now we haven’t done a lot with POS as we just haven’t reached that level yet, but back in December myself and Matt spent some time looking at what was on offer. When it comes to Magento there are a few options.
Our favourite was POS by Ebizmarts. I trialled the Beta and it works really well, and is based on an iPad app. You can find out more here: http://pos.ebizmarts.com/
eBizmarts are Magento experts and no what they are doing, so that shouldn’t be dismissed without looking into it.
Every expert was once a beginner
I installed ebizmarts POS and didnt really like it, but have been unsuccessful at uninstalling it, completely killing my shop.
Contacted ebizmarts for help and there fix was to reinstall it and turn it off in magento. I would have preferred to remove it completely.
There is lightspeed and one bit of software I have bookmarked is Easify
http://www.easify.co.uk/ which can hook into your magento shop, but you need the server software for this and and integration. Easify quoted me about £400 to integrate this into my shop if i went down this route. Or yo can get your own developer to do this.
There are a collection of POS apps available for Magento and they vary in detail and functionality greatly.
Last year were we were investigating POS systems that hook up to Magento we ran into some fun, generally the traditional EPOS providers really don’t Magento and the whole online world. The ones that did know that eCommerce existed had some very funky ways of dealing with Magento.
I cam across this one while research POS systems last year.
To be honest we liked the one from ebizmarts much more here http://pos.ebizmarts.com/
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I’ve started testing POS modules recently. I agree with Matt–Ebizmarts’ seems to be the best. It is not the most robust POS I have used (we are currently using Quickbooks POS, which allows for work orders, layaways, etc.), but it is simple and seamless. SimiPos is another to check out: http://pos.simicommerce.com/. Very similar to Ebizmarts’ offering, but overall less expensive for more devices. I like Ebizmarts’ better due to a better discount handling and other minor features, however.
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