Is your store still running a cash register, rather than an ePOS system? If you are looking for a new ePOS system to replace your old cash register or traditional POS system, it can seem overwhelming with so many choices and different feature sets. The important thing to remember is to purchase a system designed for your business type. While there is a significant crossover between ePOS systems for retail and restaurants, they are far from being the same product.
This is going to be perhaps the most significant difference between the two types of ePOS systems from a retail perspective. While both systems will offer inventory management built into the product, restaurant systems specifically designed systems for tracking recipes and determining which dishes will provide the most profit. You do not need this functionality in retail. Retail systems are designed to store more unique data types. Where a restaurant may only need to store 100 different products, a retail establishment may need to save several thousand. Retail inventory systems are designed to handle massive amounts of data as fast as possible to reduce your wait time and increase productivity.
A retail ePOS inventory system should also be able to remove a product from your inventory when it is purchased, unlike a restaurant system which will make assumptions based on the dish that is wrung up.
Another difference to consider is how purchases are handled by both typed of establishments. When you go to a restaurant and sit down, you do not usually order everything at once.