by Rhian Davies
Published on 2 December 2016
Ordering takeout, splitting a bill with friends, and managing those pesky monthly outgoings are not the only tasks we can complete with handy, time-saving, and efficiency-boosting apps. Apps are only becoming more smart and powerful, and store owners have been doing away with traditional retail hardware and software in favor of Android retail management apps to manage and grow their businesses.
In retail management, mobile apps are often easier to use than hard-wired POS systems and inventory management hardware for cashiers and salespeople, as they rely on smartphone and tablet technology that people are familiar with in their everyday lives.
Android retail management mobile apps offer many of the features that small business owners need to run their stores, but without the high setup costs. Although cost is a major factor driving the increase in use of retail management mobile apps, ease-of-use and portability are also important to small retail business owners.
With small businesses in mind, we've come up with a list of retail management mobile apps for Android, covering everything from POS to inventory management, helping you to concentrate on knocking those sales-figures out of the park.
Shopify is one of the most popular eCommerce platforms on the market, supporting almost 250,000 retailers selling their wares online. Shopify's Android retail management app is designed to help you manage your orders and products, collaborate with your team, and monitor your sales from your smartphone or tablet. The app also allows you to customize your storefront, contact customers, and view sales reports and trends. It's a great app for teams and individuals alike, and one reviewer in the Google Play store says, "Why can't I leave 10 stars. Since the recent super improvement to this it's now flawless."
Pricing: Shopify's Android app is free with a Shopify account, starting from $14.00 a month.
Pepperi is a mobile sales suite, designed specifically for sales reps and managers who are on-the-go. Pepperi's Sales Rep Android app enables in-the-field salespeople to manage mobile ordering, track sales orders, prepare sales reports, and manage contacts. With the route and activity planning function, you can plan which in-store activities, such as stock-taking and customer satisfaction surveys, each salesperson should perform, as well as schedule store visits, and plan routes to these visits.
A Pepperi user writes in the Play store, "The app is backed by an excellent support and implementation team. Our deployment was one of the easiest integration projects I've ever seen. Decreased paper reliance and improved workflow efficiencies were realized almost immediately".
Pricing: The app is free with a Pepperi account, starting at $48.00 per month on a subscription basis.
With over 81,000 ratings on the Play store - producing a staggering overall score of 4.6 out of 5 stars - the Square Register POS app is well worth checking out. Square allows you to manage and grow your business through your smartphone or tablet, its features allowing you to send and track invoices, track real-time inventory, manage employees, as well as its original POS function.
A user in the Play store raves about Square, saying that it, "Increased my business and revenue with the ability to accept credit card payments. Inexpensive hassle free service. I can't complain."
Pricing: The app is free with a Square account. Square is available on a freemium basis, with a flat-rate model of 2.75% per card swipe, and 3.50% + $0.15 per manually entered transaction.
Orderhive is a multichannel inventory management application which takes first place in GetApp's Category Leaders ranking for inventory management solutions. The Orderhive app for Android lets you track the status of orders, track real-time shipment, sort and filter orders, and receive discounted rates for shipping with USPS, straight from the palm of your hand.
A user in the Play store says of Orderhive, "Superbly easy and intuitive. Quick plug and play solution that solves all your worries of cash to order cycle in the eCommerce world. Very easy to understand the interface and manage operations efficiently."
Pricing: The app is free with an Orderhive account, which start from $49.99/month.
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Looking for a fully-fledged inventory management solution? Be sure to check out our Category Leaders ranking of inventory management software.
This article was originally published in July 2013 and has been updated.