If you are a small business retail store selling in-store, online or both, Hike retail POS software is all you need.
Sell in store & online. It’s all-in-one, streamlined
With Hike’s built-in eCommerce & ability to integrate renowned eCommerce software like Bigcommerce, Woocommerce & Shopify, all your inventory and sales channels are always in-sync. Now no more multiple messy inventories. Process all your orders using Hike.
Designed with small retail stores in mind
Hike retail POS is perfect for most retailers like you
Sell from Multiple locations
With ability to manage multiple inventory locations and staff access, Hike is a true multi-store retail POS system. You can use it at all your store locations including pop-up stores.
Anywhere, any device.
It’s on cloud so you can access it from anywhere and with ability to sell using web browser and built-in iPad app, you can use any device to access your Hike POS.
Shift reports & more
Manage daily cash flow & shift reports
View report on all cash register adjustments made throughout the day. Print takings report on an employee shift or daily basis, whichever works for you!
There are many retail POS software, Why Hike?
Types of retail POS software and reasons why you should choose cloud retail software like Hike.
Your choice in a retail point of sale software is important to the success of your business. Having an intuitive, easy to use retail software means a feeling of flexibility and ease that you can pass on direct to your customers. After all, your retail software is responsible for recording and safekeeping of your shop’s important transactions. You’ll rely on your retail software for everything from orders and inventory management to staff roster records.
Here are some important aspects you should consider before choosing your next retail software system:
What is your business type?
Retail POS software systems are mainly grouped in 2 categories: 1. Hospitality/Restaurant and; 2. Retail. Once you are clear about the type of POS system you need, it eliminates the other options, hence narrowing down your browsing list which makes your decision making a bit easier.
In this article we’ll mainly focus on retail POS software. However, a similar screening process may apply in selecting a hospitality/restaurant POS software.
Retail POS for your business
If we further divide retail software in segments, there are mainly 3 types of retail management software: 1. Traditional POS software, 2. New generation retail POS software and; 3. Omnichannel retail systems.
The omnichannel retail systems like Hike POS are amongst the most advanced and intuitive retail management software. However, please don’t take our word for granted. Herewith we have provided a bit of background story on retail management systems. We hope this evolution story of the retail management software industry will help you in making an informed decision.
Traditional retail POS software
Traditional POS systems are installed on business computers as software packages. In most cases these are windows based computers with retail management software installed on computer’s hard drive, just like Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint on Windows computers. Most of these systems will connect a barcode scanner and receipt printer through a USB port and cash register that connects to your printer.
The traditional POS systems cost thousands of dollars in setup and a considerable amount of maintenance and software licensing costs are incurred on a regular basis. Some of the traditional point of sale software could be used to centrally manage multiple stores. However, this would require a central server setup to create a private network between stores. Obviously, the server will cost additional thousands of dollars in setup, maintenance and licensing costs.
Unfortunately, other than costs, these traditional POS systems also presented many issues and vulnerabilities that SMEs have found overwhelming. For example, software update costs and things like complete data loss if computer breaks.
New generation cloud-based retail POS software
New-generation cloud-based point of sale systems arrived in the market as a revolutionary solution to the problems offered by traditional cash registers and POS systems. Retailers were no longer required to install software on their local computers. Instead, everything ran through a cloud and there was no need for IT maintenance or regular backups. It was all on cloud. Most importantly, multiple stores management was easier and very cost effective.
The cloud-based point of sale solved many limitations of a traditional POS system. However, the positive change also brought its own list of limitations. For example, if internet was lost, the cloud-based point of sale system will stop working. Similarly, retail space was changing at the same time. The brick and mortar shop was not the only way to sell. The online sales are now a more prominent sales channel. Now retailers started demanding a central retail management system that helps them manage sales from all channels.
OmniChannel retail POS systems
Omnichannel retail management software came to the rescue and became the successor of cloud-based POS with ability to manage in-store, online and on-the-go orders using one central system.
Some good Omni-channel POS software like Hike POS also offered ability to work online and offline. So the biggest limitation of a cloud-system, internet dependency, was now overcome. Your point of sale system will continue to process orders even when you are offline and data will sync to the cloud when you are back in your internet zone.
Most new generation Omnichannel retail software systems offer a number of useful new features such as built-in ecommerce, accounting system integration and so on. Please visit our point of sale features page to view a detailed list of features offered by Hike.
Hike for retail, service and quick service industry
Hike was born with one objective – to make the sales process easier. It’s a cool objective and the journey to get there was even better!
It all started with retail industry related features. We added a robust inventory and hardware support so that it could become one of the best iPad POS software. Hike seamlessly integrates with retail industry’s best regarded barcode scanner, printer and cash drawers. Our inventory system is robust and intuitive.
The journey further progressed with the idea of making it equally compatible for quick service industry. We looked at some of the renowned existing cloud POS software and realised that there has not been much research in the industry when it comes to POS software. We further expanded Hike POS compatibility and features by adding bump screen for parked sales. With this, as soon as a sale is processed at the counter, kitchen can see the order in the queue. It is a feature that you normally see in enterprise grade point of sale software placed in large fast food chains like McDonalds and Subway. It was great to be one of the first – if not the first – to be able to introduce such a cool feature for small restaurants and coffee shops.
Getting started with Hike is very easy
With automation tools, rich support articles (plus step-by-step instruction videos) & 24/7 support, its lot easier to get started than you think.
Import your data
You can upload all existing products & customers data in one go with our intuitive DIY data import feature.
Hike is fully customizable and lets you set your currency, time-zone, tax-rules & even language settings
If you get stuck, our 24/7 support team is here to help - We'll respond promptly even if you are not our paid customer yet.
John PavlakosDirector at Response Digital Media, FL, USA
“I set up Hike In five retail locations for my client Mattress Barn.
After spending a year struggling with a well known but overly complicated POS we luckily found Hike. Hike is intuitive, simple to set up, and easy for both the cashier and the administrator to use. And their customer service is second to none. I cannot recommend Hike enough! ”
Bhavin NandasanaOwner at Flavors, Melbourne, Australia
“We’re using Hike at our food truck for over 2 years now. It’s very easy to use, has everything you need for quick service industry retail and very effective from the counter space point of view. We surely love it and recommend it to other food truck & quick service businesses. ”
Greg HillsAccounts officer at ENZED Bundaberg, QLD, Australia
“I would recommend Hike to anyone who is looking for an effective inventory and point of sale system that integrates seamlessly with Xero.When I chat with the staff at Hike, they always respond promptly and courteously. They go the extra mile to resolve any issues”
Chris YoungStore Manager at D&J’s, FL, USA
“Before moving to Hike we've used 2 other cloud-based POS. They’re similar in functionality.
However, the one thing that totally sets Hike apart from the bunch is their customer service. ”
Darren ClarkeOwner, Melbourne.
“Really like Hike POS. Looked at several systems before deciding and Hike stood out as the best mix of features and simplicity.”
Stephen WhiteOwner at Whoopsie Daisy Clothing, Trussville, AL, USA
“It's a excellent POS, by far the best Shopify integration I've seen. If you’re in need of a POS that has great robust inventory management built in to it then I suggest you give the Hike a test and consider it. It has pretty much everything a store needs and can grow with you as well since it has multi-store capabilities. its priced good too.”