TUAW Review: Checkout, top notch Point of Sale software for Mac
Whether you're starting a new store or transferring your current system to Checkout, it's the best Point of Sale I've worked with in my many years of retail. The creators explained that they designed Checkout to help small and mid-sized retail stores make sales, print receipts, manage stock, organize customers, and collect payments.
This application focuses heavily on ease-of-use in everything from installation to managing metrics and allows the user to remove "unneeded complexities" from the system they work with every day.
Read on for a full walk-through of the application.
One hidden feature that I want to mention right up front: in the above picture, you see the customer list. At the bottom, you can click the cog wheel and export individuals or all customers to your address book in vCard, CSV or other standard formats. I was looking for a way to get some customers on my iPhone and missed this feature... so I thought I would point it out.
Since we're talking about pricing, let's discuss some of the options that Checkout offers: the first is the single user license that costs $399. Don't forget to download the free trial [download app] before you buy. The fully functional trial lasts 30 days so you can learn the software (which is already very intuitive) before you decide to buy it.
Each sales station will need a copy of the application, but they can connect to the host database on your main machine with the addition of the Checkout Server add-on -- it's free. If you purchase 3-4 licenses, you get 10% off. 5+ licenses will get you 15%. They have hardware packages available from $999 (including a license) as well. Going one step further, you can integrate a credit card scanner and with the packages offered, process payments directly through Checkout. If you decide on one of those packages, you can basically get Checkout and other integrated applications to manage all aspects of your business without fighting between them.
That's the walk-through of the application; it does what it does very well. If you're looking to switch from your current POS to Checkout, they include a handful of import/export functions throughout the application that will make the transition easier... it still won't be a mirror image of the source and will require tweaking, but much better than moving everything by hand.
After using this application for a few weeks, I'd really like to see more invoice and web store templates available for the people who aren't that awesome with HTML code -- like me. After talking with the developers, I found that I'm not the only one who wants that (go figure) and they're currently working on getting more templates added. They're also working on automatic sync between EnStore and Checkout, improvements to the label printing feature, and product recommendations. If you've scanned an item into an order, Checkout would actually make recommendations for good add-ons for that sale. I'm really looking forward to that one... anything to help improve metrics! They also want to do "something something images at least" -- which, translated to English, means they've done a lot of work adding the ability to assign images to products for the web store and want to do more with it, but have yet to decide what that will be.
There's so much more to this application and there's no way I could realistically cover all of it in one post. If you have more questions about the application, leave them in the comments... I'll try to answer them and the developers may even chime in for a few.
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