Gina Obert
By Gina Obert on October 01, 2020

How to Find the Best Grocery Store POS System

If you're searching for the best grocery store POS system for your growing business but worried about overspending on an ineffective POS system, you're not alone.

The fact is that hundreds of businesses overspend on ineffective POS solutions. In most cases, these POS providers don't offer the very latest features needed to serve your unique business, industry, and customers. So how can you make sure you're investing in the very best grocery store POS system?

How to Find the Best Grocery Store POS System in 3 Easy Steps

In this article, we'll give you the step-by-step guide to finding the best grocery store POS system for your business. As an industry-leading POS provider, we've helped thousands of businesses orient towards sustained POS success.

1. Take Stock of Your Current POS

Start by taking stock of your current POS system. When replacing an existing POS tool, document the tool's shortcomings. By performing this simple assessment, you can better identify the features that you really need in a POS system.

In most cases, modern POS systems deliver the following:

  • Cloud-Based Features/Access
  • Seamless Inventory Management
  • Processing
  • Integration
  • Support

Related: 5 Features of an All-in-One POS System

2. Create a Shortlist of POS Providers

Next, create a shortlist of POS providers. We recommend consulting third-party software resources, including Capterra, ConsumerAffairs, and others.

In your preliminary search, identify and prioritize the following:

Business Type: Unfortunately, not all POS systems are created equal. In fact, some POS providers specialize in particular business types. Make sure that you've identified vendors that serve your unique business/industry.

Cloud-Based POS vs. Local POS: In most cases, cloud-based POS systems offer greater flexibility and cleaner data.

Ease of Use: Getting started should be simple and intuitive. When unforeseen issues do arise, prioritize vendors that offer round-the-clock support.

Features: Most modern POS systems come equipped with the following features:

  • Product Grouping
  • Scale Integrations
  • EBT and Debit Support
  • Hot Keys With Photos
  • Coupon Support
  • Employee Management and Payroll

Pricing: Avoid overspending on POS solutions that don't serve your business' unique needs. POS Nation starts at just $99/month. Are you ready to get started?

Reviews: Be sure to consult third-party vendor resources, including Capterra, Consumer Affairs, and others. Use these resources to capture first-hand software and hardware reviews.

Again, it's important to note that there are POS solutions designed for specific business types. For example, a retail-oriented POS solution might not work well for a grocery or convenience store. In this pursuit, it's important to take the time to really understand the unique features/functions that will benefit your business.

Related: The 5 Best Rated POS Systems of All Time

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3. Ask for a Software Demo

Finally, ask for a product demonstration.

Use this as an opportunity to ask the following questions:

  • What features do you offer that will serve my unique business/industry?
  • How does the POS system manage inventory?
  • What kind of reporting capabilities does the POS system provide?
  • Does the POS system come equipped with training and support?
  • Is the system cloud-based or local?

Additionally, ask the product demonstrator to show you how to perform simple or common tasks. By taking the time to understand the inner-workings of the product now, you can situate yourself for rapid success once you finally make the investment.

Schedule Your POS Nation Demonstration

Are you ready to schedule your POS Nation software demonstration?

POS Nation makes it easy to improve checkout, create happier customers, and grow your business. Whether you're making your first POS system purchase or upgrading a legacy system, POS Nation offers all the features that your business needs.

During the demonstration, you'll get a guided tour of our POS software. An expert product specialist will be available to live-answer any questions you may have and show you the feature most used by business owners just like you.

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Published by Gina Obert October 1, 2020
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