Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Best Point of Sale Systems for Thrift Stores Like Goodwill

Update 7/12/2017: More updated version of this post (new solutions/options and multiple discount offers for non-profit organizations) can be found here: http://www.pospondering.com/2017/07/best-point-of-sale-systems-for-thrift.html

I've received calls and emails from several thrift shops and second hard stores over the last month or so.  Because thrift shops and second hand stores tend to only track inventory at a department or category level (version tracking inventory at an item level), the current generation of mobile point of sale solutions works quite well.  Bindo Point of Sale (www.bindopos.com) is one great solution for the following reasons:
  • Designed solely for retail unlike Revel POS and NCR Silver which are also designed for use in food service business as well as retail stores.
  • Bindo has multi-location options.
  • Timeclock function.
  • Easy to train your staff and volunteers on how to use Bindo.
  • Unlike Clover, Intuit, and HarborTouch, Bindo lets you "pick, choose, and change" who handles your merchant services - no costly long term merchant services commitment.
Another route many Goodwill stores have taken is to use a special version of NCR CounterPoint SQL which has been modified to use in the thrift shop/store environment (using iPads at donation sites, able to sell by category/department color, etc) To learn more about this special version of NCR CounterPoint SQL, please get in touch with me so I can connect you with the correct contact.

A third route is moving to Cloud Retailer which has proven to be very popular with Microsoft Dynamics RMS users due to large discounts as well as thrift stores in general.

Be sure to contact me if you are in need of unbiased point of sale advice or even paid onsite consulting as I have worked with several Goodwills and am listed with Goodwill HQ as a point of sale consultant that is completely vendor neutral.

Are you  in the US and in need of no cost retail point of sale advice?  I'm happy to help and can be reached on my cell at 208-340-5632 (I am on Mountain Time) or via email at kevinantosh@gmail.com. There is also a contact form to the right that can be used to reach me.

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