ShopKeep, the cloud-based iPad point-of-sale system that was named “best POS for retail stores” by Business News Daily, has added updates for small retailers.
Version 2.8.8, released this August, lets you use the iPP320 card reader screen as a customer-facing display. That means the customer can see each item as you ring up their purchase—and the total. When it’s time for payment, the screen will work in the normal way. Also, with this version, if the storeowner forgets to print out an end-of-day summary (Z report) at shift end, it can now be printed anytime for up to 48 hours.
ShopKeep is also streamlining the ordering and re-ordering of gift cards with its new partnership with eCard Systems, a leading provider of gift card software and services. You’ll be able to order personalized or completely custom cards more easily and quickly online.
Business Tips, Too. With the end of the tax year approaching, storeowners using ShopKeep who haven’t integrated their POS with their bookkeeping program may want to refer to ShopKeep’s “Point of Sale University” guide on the subject (shopkeep.com/resources/integrating-your-pos-software). It details how storeowners can save on taxes with proper integration of their POS with their accounting system. For instance, you’ll get more accurate tracking of income and sales tax information and be able to maximize your cost-of-goods-sold deduction.
Business News Daily chose ShopKeep from a dozen or so POS systems it reviewed, singling it out as a system “packed with big-business features at a small-business price.” (The current flat monthly fee is $69 for the first register and $39 for each additional one; a two-week free trial is available. No long-term contract is necessary.) ShopKeep, which has powerful inventory management tools, can now maintain up to 30,000 SKUs.
Heads Up, Athleisure Sellers
Lululemon announces new store format
Athleisure leader Lululemon Athletica is opening some new smaller-format stores across North America that it’s calling “locals.” The stores will be 1,000 to 2,000 square feet and include event space; the first one opened in August in Fort Collins, CO. “These innovative, hyperlocal community stores will allow us to come to life in front of influencer communities that we would not otherwise reach, offering events and programming that are relevant to the local community,” CEO Laurent Potdevin said on a conference call with analysts about the company’s second-quarter results.
The takeaway? As a local independent retailer, you already know your community intimately. How can you take advantage of that to create a unique shopping experience for your customers? Year-end is the perfect time to brainstorm fresh approaches and bold ideas.
Shopify Announces Apple Pay
Coming this fall to the web
This fall, brick-and-mortar owners who use Shopify for online sales on their store’s website will be able to accept payments through Apple Pay, adding just one more level of convenience for their shoppers.
Customers will be able to access Apple Pay using Safari on a Mac, as well as through the mobile app or using Safari on an iPad or iPhone. For more information, see: help.shopify.com/manual/payment-settings/apple-pay.