The company that created the popular business management app for online storefronts, Shopify, recently announced that it will be going physical with a point-of-sale solution that uses the iPad as a terminal. Now, you can keep track of your online business and sell stuff in your brick-and-mortar store in one app.
Shopify is a finance management app designed specifically to keep track of payments and invoices for small business online stores. Today’s announcement brings the POS service to physical locations and will enable existing Shopify users to share information on inventory and sales between online and in-store information.
I have a friend who owns a comic shop. He also has a healthy Internet sales market. In fact, the only reason he made it through the darkest times of the economy downfall was by selling stuff online to supplement what wasn’t selling in his store. He keeps separate record books for his online and in-store sales. Shopify would be great for his business. It would help streamline his bookkeeping and inventory needs so that he wouldn’t have to double up his efforts every time something came into or left the store.
Shopify POS lets you sell your Shopify’s online store’s products in a brick-and-mortar store. Simply browse the catalog to find the product that the customer is purchasing, swipe their credit card with the Shopify card reader, and print or email their receipt.
When you use the app, it will automatically sync with your online store so that you can keep track of everything in one location instead of having to mark multiple inventory sheets.
The Shopify dashboard allows users to track customer activity and daily sales made online and in the store. You can also purchase cash drawers, locking iPad mounts, and receipt printers through the Shopify website.
Shopify is on track to be direct competition with services like Square. Only this POS provider has a leg up on the competition because their service already integrates an online storefront with a physical retail store.