Many small to midsize businesses (SMB) and retailers are having a difficult time adjusting their businesses during this pandemic. Sustained social distancing and shelter-in-place (SIP) protocols have forced various retailers to pivot to online sales that rely on e-commerce and local delivery, shipping, or curbside pickup services.
To help merchants adapt and rebuild for the demands of our current reality, Shopify today launched an all-new Point-of-Sales (POS) system that allows them to organize and manage their businesses more effectively from one interface.
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“We are releasing our new Shopify POS to give retailers — especially small, local businesses — every possible advantage. Retailers deserve a point-of-sale that helps them shift their sales from in-store to online, easily offer curbside pick-up and local delivery, and be ready for growth when in-store customers start to return,” said Ian Black, Director of Retail at Shopify.
The omni-channel approach to retail, which enables retailers to connect their online stores with their brick-and-mortar retail outlets, has proven to be a resilient solution for this challenging time since it manages inventory and organizes sales and payments.
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Shopify says its POS customers saw revenue increase by 30 percent year over year, fueled in part by merchants that adopted buy-online and pickup-in-store as well as local delivery. Over a two-week period last month, Shopify POS users saw a 10-fold increase in retail stores on Shopify adapting to social-distance selling by offering local delivery or buy-online-pickup-in-store.
The all-new Shopify POS includes: offline and online sales, orders, products, and payments that are integrated into one unified customer experience; flexibility for increased selling through in-store or curbside pickup and local delivery; the ability to manage inventory in real-time across all channels in retail locations and online; and mobile checkout functionality that allows the Shopify POS to help staff serve customers faster and check out anywhere in the store or curbside.
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Shopify POS is included with all Shopify plans and merchants with brick-and-mortar locations can use Shopify POS Pro, an advanced set of tools built specifically for retail stores.
Shopify POS Pro will be free until Oct. 31, 2020, and $89 per month for each location thereafter.