mPower Beverage POS
mPower Beverage Software is a full-service point-of-sale solution specifically designed for beer and wine sales and liquor stores. The company has offices in Dallas and San Antonio, but serves clients across the United States and can install or troubleshoot software remotely.
Since it’s geared toward a specific niche, mPower offers features that beverage sellers need, like the option to sell by case or by individual bottle or utilize license scanners to verify age.
Check out this introduction video from mPower:
Additional videos that dive more deeply into specific features are available on mPower’s website, but we’ll also cover them in the rest of this review.
mPower Beverage POS Features
As mentioned earlier, mPower is designed for liquor stores, so it includes a number of features that are unique to that type of selling. You can optionally use 2D scanners to scan licenses for age verification prior to a sale, and customize your ordering and selling processes to account for items by case or by individual bottle/pack. These features are in addition to the functions you’d expect from a POS system, including an employee time clock, inventory management, reporting, customer management, and more.
When you start using mPower, you have the option to import your current inventory or use an available pre-loaded database. The pre-loaded database includes more than 10,000 beverages and is populated with UPCs, descriptions, case pack quantities, and more. The software is also compatible with barcode scanners for quick receiving or customer cash out.
For those of you with multiple locations, you can use mPower to track pricing for each separate location, transfer items between your stores, and search inventory at all of your locations at once. You can even place consolidated orders for multiple locations. An ordering module lets you order intelligently based on stock levels and sell rates. When making orders, you can easily review order and sales histories, edit quantities, and create purchase orders.
With mPower, you can choose from over 70 pre-made reports or create your own, and use options like filtering by date or category. Here’s a screenshot from the reports section of the mPower site:
You can export reports to excel, import data into QuickBooks, or view results as charts for quick, professional insights. If you prefer automation, you can enable the auto report feature, which will email reports directly to your email every day.
Business owners know that customer management is a key component to why people come back. With mPower, you can offer rewards cards and keep track of points (even offering higher reward points for certain categories) that customers can redeem in the future. You can also view stats on your best customers, see what items they’ve purchased, and keep track of email addresses, mailing addresses, birthdays, and phones numbers, allowing you to create tailored marketing pieces or offer discounts for special occasions.
If you run a website for your liquor store, you can also connect it to your mPower POS system, allowing you to include inventory levels on your site so customers can see what’s currently in stock and check up-to-date pricing on their favorite alcohols.
With mPower, you can also enjoy remote access from any internet-connected device. You’ll be able to run reports, create orders, and handle any other back office tasks from anywhere. Note that accessing mPower from an external device requires installation of the mPower Remote point of sale software and setting up an external static IP address at your liquor store.
Compatible Hardware for mPower
The mPower software works with Windows-based machines. The company recommends XP Professional, Windows 7 Professional, or Windows 8 Professional. If you don’t currently have a Windows system, you can optionally purchase hardware through mPower. A touchscreen mode can be enabled on touchscreen-capable devices.
mPower recommends using the DLI 8300 tablet if you choose to install the software on a portable device, but many tablets using a Windows operating system will work.
Integrated Credit Card Processing
The mPower website references an integrated credit card processing solution, but doesn’t provide any details. It’s not clear if the software must be used with a particular processor(s) or if it is universal. We reached out to mPower for clarification, and were told only that the company works with 3 processors. mPower would not disclose which 3, so we can’t provide details on what processing platforms mPower will work with.
In any case, pricing for accepting credit cards will be set by the processor. This pricing is different than costs for the mPower software and for any hardware you choose to purchase, including tablets, barcode scanners, cash registers, etc.
Costs for mPower Software
The costs for mPower software aren’t disclosed on the company’s website. If we’re able to clarify this information from mPower, we will update this section to reflect the current costs.
Note that costs for software are separate from costs for equipment/hardware and from the costs of accepting credit cards through your POS system.
|Product Category||POS Systems|
|Features||Mobile device management, Gift cards and customer loyalty tracking, Inventory management, Sales reports, Employee tracking & management, Quickbooks data export, Integrated CRM (customer relationship management), Windows-based system, Bar Code Scanners, Card Readers, Cash Drawers, Receipt Printers|
Review posted: 01/21/17
Title: niche system for liquor sales
Specialty retail like liquor sales can benefit from a POS system specifically designed for those needs. mPower Beverage POS offers functions for liquor stores.