Offering a sleek iPad-based point of sale system, ShopKeep is designed for businesses in both retail and food service industries. The system works with a range of optional accessories to allow you to put together the right combination of hardware for your needs. What else can it do? Keep reading, and his ShopKeep review and profile will tell you everything you need to know.
Payment Acceptance with ShopKeep
Take credit and debit cards, cash, gift cards, and PayPal when you use ShopKeep. Support for Apple Pay and EMV cards is also available with a separate optional card reader.
While ShopKeep pushes its “ShopKeep Payments” option for your credit card processing account, it’s not currently required. That means that you can use ShopKeep with any compatible credit card processor.
In addition to accepting payments, ShopKeep offers the following features:
You can choose to print or email receipts to your customers, and receipts are customizable with your business logo and information.
Reporting and Management
Secure, cloud-based business management functions such as reporting and inventory management are available from any computer with an internet connection and web browser for convenience. Robust real-time reporting is available, ensuring you have the up-to-date information needed to make business decisions. Sales reports can be run for individual employees in addition to overall totals. Reports are also available for top selling items. QuickBooks integration is available to help you seamlessly reconcile accounting information if you’re a QuickBooks user.
Inventory management for retail includes the ability to track the same item in variations, such as by size or color, adjust pricing, and monitor costs of existing and new items.
ShopKeep also offers the ability to manage employees by using sales metrics to create intelligent staffing. Owners can assign permissions to individual employees, such as cashier-level functions or manager-level functions, ensuring that each employee has access to the functions they need without compromising security. An employee time clock is also available to track hours worked.
Additionally, ShopKeep offers customer relationship management (CRM) tools to help build loyalty with repeat clients. Available CRM tools include custom email receipts, gift cards, customer-specific reporting, and in-app notes that servers can update to keep track of information like a customer's favorite cocktail.
For restaurants and food service, ShopKeep offers industry-specific features, such as the ability to add special requests and notes to kitchen orders, split checks, and open and manage tabs. For quicker service, servers can take orders tableside on the iPad and send them to the kitchen.
Inventory management for restaurants and bars includes the ability to track the number of pours left in an open bottle or ingredients in dishes, along with pricing and margin information.
ShopKeep works with MagTek to provide encrypted card swipers to ensure card data is secured. MagTek swipers connected to iPads with ShopKeep comply with PCI DSS requirements.
If you just want the quick tech details on ShopKeep POS, here’s the scoop.
ShopKeep is cloud-based and uses internet connections for transaction processing. When a connection isn't available, ShopKeep offers the ability to ring up an offline sale to be fully processed when a connection becomes available.
Size and Display
ShopKeep works with a variety of iPads, including iPad 2, 3, 4 and Air. Size, screen size, display, and memory will vary depending on the model of iPad used as the point-of-sale device.
Equipment and Accessories
If you need equipment, ShopKeep offers a number of hardware kits. Basic and complete hardware kits are available for retail, restaurant and bar, and quick service businesses. Kits are available for iPad Air, iPad 2, iPad 3, and iPad 4.
Shopkeep also supports a bunch of accessories, meaning you can customize your solution for your specific business needs. Optional accessories include card readers, printers, cash drawers, barcode scanners, iPad enclosures, and scales. ShopKeep sells equipment directly through a ShopKeep online store, but may also be able to support other models.
Card readers are ideal for speeding up transactions and taking advantage of lower swiped card processing rates. ShopKeep currently supports the following card readers:
- MagTek readers
- iCMP Bluetooth Credit Card Reader
- iDynamo 5 Lightning Credit Card Swiper
- iDynamo 4 30-Pin Credit Card Swiper
For convenient receipt printing, ShopKeep is compatible with the following printers:
- 650II Bluetooth Printer
- 650II Ethernet Printer
- TSP100 Ethernet Printer
- SP700 Ethernet Printer
- LabelWriter 450 Professional USB Printer
- LabelWriter 450 Turbo USB Printer
- SM-t300i Bluetooth Printer
If you need a secure location for cash payments, ShopKeep currently supports the following cash drawers:
- 1616 Standard Duty Printer Driven Cash Drawer
- 1416 Standard Duty Printer Driven Cash Drawer
- 1416 Standard Duty Stainless Front Printer Driven Cash Drawer
- 1313 Standard Duty Printer Driven Cash Drawer
- 1816 Heavy Duty Printer Driven Cash Drawer
Need to scan barcodes? ShopKeep supports the following models:
- 7Xi Bluetooth Barcode Scanner
- 7Qi Bluetooth Barcode Scanner
- 7Pi Bluetooth Barcode Scanner
- 7Mi Bluetooth Barcode Scanner
iPad stands and enclosures
To hold iPads in a steady stand or case, ShopKeep offers the following options:
- Freeform Wooden iPad Air POS Stand
- Simplicity iPad Air Enclosure (for iPad and iPad Air)
- Simplicity iPad Air Enclosure for iDynamo (for iPad and iPad Air)
- WindFall Stainless Steel iPad POS Stand
- Strata iPad Enclosure
- i7 Handheld Enclosure
- WindFall iPad POS Stand (for iPad Air and Mini)
- WindFall iPad Frame (for iPad, iPad Air, and iPad Mini)
- Tilt and Swivel Arm Mount
If you sell products by weight, such as frozen yogurt or produce, Shopkeep supports scales. ShopKeep currently supports the following models:
- PD-2Z POS Interface Scale
- 6710U POS Interface Scale
ShopKeep also offers accessories such as cash drawer keys, tills, network cables, printer paper, and more.
ShopKeep costs $59/month per register.
That monthly charge is in addition to the costs for credit card processing, which will vary depending on your processor. If that’s not specific enough, you can use CardFellow’s free quote request tool to get private, no-obligation quotes to see what it would cost you to use ShopKeep.
|Product Category||POS Systems|
|Features||Tableside Ordering, Tableside Payment Processing, Gift cards and customer loyalty tracking, Inventory management, Sales reports, Employee tracking & management, Quickbooks data export, PayPal acceptance, Integrated CRM (customer relationship management), iPad-Based System, Bar Code Scanners, Card Readers, Cash Drawers, Receipt Printers, Kitchen Printers & Monitors, Checkout Scales, Portable Receipt Printers|
Review posted: 03/24/16
Title: iPad POS with choice of processor
With ShopKeep you don’t have to use a specific processor. Also, lots of equipment options to add to the iPad to make the right system you need.