by Stephanie Miles
Published on 31 July 2013
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
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