As local merchants look to cut costs anywhere they can, an increasing number are doing away with traditional retail hardware and software — which typically include point-of-sale systems, barcode scanners, and inventory management platforms — in favor of mobile solutions. Android retail management mobile apps offer many of the features that small business owners need to manage their shops, but without the high startup costs. Although cost is a major factor driving adoption rates of Android retail management mobile apps, ease-of-use and portability are also important to local business owners. Mobile apps are often easier for cashiers and salespeople to use, when compared to hard-wired POS systems, because they rely on smartphone and tablet technology that people are comfortable using in their everyday lives. To help guide merchants through the process of deciding which Android retail management mobile apps are worth checking out, we have come up with a list of the very best. For each mobile app mentioned in our list, we’ve included a brief description, compatibility requirements, and basic pricing information.
Shopify is THE name in online shopping, automating and mobilizing your eCommerce, online retail, store design and more with more than 30,000 online retailers! With Shopify, you probably offer your staff the most efficient way to build and maintain and online store; and then you offer your clients a smooth and intuitive shopping experience. The slogan is “If you can send an email, you can start a store with Shopify.” And now you can do it from your Android. Not too shabby, eh? Price: Fremium
LightSpeed is committed to building not just a great point of sale app but a top-notch retail management app. It starts by, of course, allowing you to make a sale and get paid for that sale, but then also lets you import your current inventory into the system. With LightSpeed’s integrated payments, you can swipe credit cards and process payments without even needing a credit card terminal, allowing you to to get paid without even leaving your Android or iPhone. Price: Starting at $79/month.
While Brightpearl may not have an official Android app, it’s responsive and ready to be on-the-go from your Android app as you walk around your shop or run your online store from home while doing other things. It allows you to manage your orders, inventory, and shipping, while also letting you control your point of sale, pricing and quoting, all in one app. Price: Starting at $99 per user.
The ShopKeep Dashboard app is the handy complement to your ShopKeep POS iPad Register that allows you to keep tabs on your store’s sales and transactions. With a quick tap, the new app lets you see live sales data for each of your iPad POS registers. With a swipe of the finger, you’ve got yesterday’s total sales summary report, so you can monitor cost of goods sold and gross margin to make sure you are making money on a daily basis. Price: Free
POSSimpleBar can be adapted to any trade; hotel, Bar, Restaurant, Pub, etc . It serves both point to a waiter order a table to manage your business, is very simple and easy to use. POSSimpleBar email sent orders to the cook, and tickets to customers by creating a relationship between clients can send you offers and news in a fast and economical. You can send the tickets directly to a printer eprint by email. Price: $2.65
QuickMark is a mobile barcode scanner app that allows auto-scanning of multiple barcode formats from your phone. (Quick Code, QR Code, Data Matrix, EAN 8/13, Code39, Code128, Interleaved 2of5) Use mobile barcodes to access web links, add contacts, navigate maps, and much more. Works with QuickMark’s Chrome browser extension. Lite version also available with slightly less permission requirements. Price: Free
Enders POS is a line item Point of Sale system ideal for any small retail environment. Unlike a cash register, it does not have predefined buttons for items. By line items you can adjust the name, description, price, department, quantity and barcode for each item. US and Canadian Stores are able to process credit cards through BluePay using Enders Point of Sale. This is a basic system usable for one device. It can not synchronize to another system. Price: $24.95
StockProManager is the most complete and the most intuitive solution of management of stock, orders, customers, suppliers and products/articles. This application is going to make your life easier by offering you a variety of management features like generation, monitoring, export and statistics of your orders. Price: $6.60
Registroid Point Of Sale System is the base application that turns you phone or tablet into a full Point of Sale (POS) system. This free app includes all of the cash register functions you need to get started controlling your business. The Registroid app is a single device POS. Price: Free
Barcode Scanner App and inventory management: XSCANPET is the perfect inventory manager. It is a barcode scanner and uses an Excel as product database. It uses the camera on your phone to read barcodes and look up item information in an Excel spreadsheet. Price: $2.45
ZingCheckout is a fast, modern and easy-to-use point of sale system that lets you run your business anywhere you can take your Android tablet. Setup is quick and easy. You’ll be ready to start accepting sales through the POS within minutes of downloading. Price: Free
This application is a QR and Barcode reader that does not require personal information details, unlike most other scanner applications. If you don’t want to give permissions to read Contact and History Bookmarks, then this is going to be the secure QR and Barcode reader of your choice. Price: Free
SCANPET is the perfect inventory manager. It is a barcode scanner App and inventory management. It is a barcode scanner and uses an Excel as product database. It uses the camera on your phone to read barcodes and look up item information in an Excel spreadsheet file Price: Free
i-nigma turns your camera into a sophisticated barcode reader. Thanks to exceptionally quick and robust scanning, it is regularly ranked as top performer in this category. Price: Free
Norton Snap keeps you a step ahead of potential threats and takes the gamble out of using QR codes. It’s the first QR code scanner that protects you, your identity, and your stuff from online threats by checking the safety of websites linked to QR codes before they load on your mobile device. Price: Free
Full-featured, multi-language QR utility. now available on Nexus 7. Get the ultimate QR code solution with this comprehensive productivity app for Android, and you can “optically” share just about anything! Scan a QR code in a magazine and watch a video immediately. Create a code from a Contact or Bookmark and let a friend scan it to their device—no typing needed. Price: Free