Among business community, no one can deny the effectiveness and productivity of Magento 2 POS system. Especially, if you want to grow your business and open your marketplace. When thinking about Magento 2 POS provider, we may bounce out 2 trusted providers – Magestore and BoostMyShop?
Check it out on this article!
Table of Content
1. Using POS in-store (or with an online store)
POS Usability (UI/UX)
If you have once tried BoostMyShop and Magestore System, you can have a bigger impression on Magestore (or at least, some have that feeling)
In addition to using the “Magento casual theme” for POS, Magestore also designed their own theme with highly UX button helping staffs process sales order quickly without any doubts.
As you can see from these two pictures, the action buttons are easy-to-see and easy-to-use. You don’t have to put much time to train your staffs and they still can work accurately for you.
Besides, this type of theme is also friendly with iPad using. So that, your staffs do not need to control a big computer system during the transaction time. They only need a small and portable iPad to complete any orders quickly and accurately.
However, with POS backend Management, Magestore seems to keep their faith in Magento 2 casual theme as they do not have any much change on design.
Wrap up! Magestore front-end POS highly improves user experience (with their own UX/UI design), while the backend POS (where managers use most of the time) still keep the traditional Magento 2 design.
And “How about Boost My Shop POS Interface?” (You may ask now)
As some other solution providers, BoostMyShop still gets a high belief on Magento casual theme. Of course, they got their own features (and some little designs on Magento 2 POS interface but if you take a quick glance, you can hardly realize it. Here is the image of BoostMyShop Interface:
If you are a big fan of “Traditional Magento 2 UX/UI” and you feel “lazy” to try new interface, then BoostMyShop will get a plus for your final decision.
|Bonus: Download this comparison chart features 7 POS systems from Magestore, BoostMyShop, Ebizmarts, ConnectPOS, Webkul, MicroBiz Cloud, and Quickbooks POS.|
The Internet now is widespread and connected all over the world. However, you cannot avoid the moment when the Internet shuts down. Or if you mostly sell products in events, then the Internet connection may get you mad. So, how to solve this annoying situation?
With more than 10 years experience in Magento, Magestore found out the ultimate solution – the Point of Sales Offline Mode (I guess, it is hard to find a better solution than Magestore). With the Offline Mode, you can sell anytime and anywhere. No more fear of losing Internet connection anymore.
When you are offline, the transaction will still process normally with no interruption. Then when you are back online, all the offline data will be synced to the POS system. Even better, with new Magestore POS, the offline data can be synced to the whole system, which means product database in physical stores, online stores and warehouses will be automatically updated.
Unfortunately, Boost My Shop, like many other POS providers, does not provide this brilliant feature. More detail, get a Free demo of Magestore POS here:
Order Processing, in other words, Time on each Transaction is an essential factor to compete with other retailers. While BoostMyShop POS hasn’t given out any solution to this hard quiz, recently Magestore Team have released a new POS feature – “on-hold and multiple orders”.
In the checkout process, Magestore allows users (known as a salesperson) hold on the order. Customers can hold their order while adding or removing some products. They can keep holding until they get the most satisfied choice. In addition to the on-hold feature, Magestore POS also allows multiple-orders. It means your customers don’t need to wait for “indecisive” customer in front of them. Your staffs can minimize customers’ waiting time by checking next customers while waiting for the on-hold customer.
Magestore POS can handle 3 orders at a time
How fast it will be! Saving customer time means raising customers’ satisfaction.
Both BoostMyShop and Magestore support paying in cash, cash-on-delivery, credit card, or even split payment (which is also known as multiple payments)
However, Magestore also has Custom Payment option – allowing customers to pay in various personalized methods.
Besides, Magestore POS is integrated with Paypal, Paypal Here, Authorize.net, and Stripe.
Especially, Magestore POS is also integrated with Bambora. Customers can make any types of online payment with Bambora Device at the store (even cancel an order paid).
Using Bambora, your staffs don’t need to re-enter the price of the order, card information, or type of card. They just need to swipe card, then all information will be automatically filled on Magestore’s POS Screen.
This is a fast, secure and effective method that most successful businesses are using.
Notice: you need to get Bambora Terminal to use this
Meanwhile, when using BoostMyShop POS, you have to build up your own payment system. It does not get integrated with various payment party as Magestore POS.
2. POS Management
Management is a very important part that no store owners can ignore. However, Magestore and BoostMyShop have different ways to help you solve business management puzzles. So how different is it?
Reports is one of the most vital and reliable parts for managers. Both Magestore Magento 2 Web POS extension and BoostMyShop Magento 2 POS module provide detailed reports on your POS activities.
The Magestore Magento 2 POS provides 10 different reports divided into the following groups: Staff Reports, Location Reports, and Payment Reports.
In Staff Reports, you can view sales by staff, daily sales by staff, and order list by staff. The same indicators are available in location reports but related to each offline location: sales by location, daily sales by location, and order list by location.
Besides, there are 4 payment reports: Sales by payment method, Sales by payment method (Daily), Order list by payment method, and Sales by payment method for location.
This is the example of the “Order list by staff” report. You can choose a time interval, a staff member, and an order status.
All reports are informative, customizable, and provide deep insights into all POS operations.
And what about BoostMyShop Magento 2 POS? It offers a more limited report system with just 4 report types: Totals, Payments, Best Sellers, and Sales by Vendor. You can select a time diapason for all reports, and there are no daily stats.
Magestore Magento 2 POS extension offers a separate screen with staff. Here, you can add new managers and assign roles to the existing ones. BoostMyShop does not provide such feature.
Besides, there is a screen, where you can create roles. It is possible to set a limit on discounts a manager with the role can apply, customize resource access, and assign the role to administrators right from the grid.
Sales and Customers
While Magestore provides all sales data via reports, BoostMyShop has a separate page with all sales performed via the Magento 2 POS module. For someone, this feature can be very convenient.
And there is a page with all customers related to the BoostMyShop Magento 2 POS extension.
Magestore does not provide a separate section for POS customers, is it a drawback? Definitely, no. It can be even a plus because all customers who are already registered on your website can be connected to the POS system.
3. POS Integration with other Extensions
Although both two gives you an amazing experience with POS features, each has different ways to provide their solutions.
Let’s check out the difference and pros. vs cons. from each offer!
First, we will start with POS BoostMyShop
Customize your own
BoostMyShop offers a standalone extension, which means you can buy POS BoostMyShop separately (without any other extensions). However, BoostMyShop did not get any eCommerce package so that if you want to build your Management System, you have to buy and integrate with other extensions and other providers (3rd party).
In a nutshell, you can see the Pros. and Cons. of the BoostMyShop Offer:
- Pros: You can customize whatever you want, integrate with whichever 3rd party.
- Cons: However, the Pros. will soon turn to be a nightmare if you want to integrate with other management modules (most of the time, you never use only POS for our business). Buying only BoostMyShop POS to integrate with other modules can cause your system meet more bugs and get some troubles with synchronization among these extensions. Besides, you lose time to choose extensions that are compatible with BoostMyShop POS. And of course, it will raise your fee to build system
And that is BoostMyShop! How about Magestore?
Get a full pack of what you need
Magestore no longer offers standalone module, which means if you buy Web POS, you will get the default integration with Magestore Inventory Management. There are 3 types of Magestore Package:
- Starter: POS with Inventory Management
- Growth: POS with Inventory Management and Loyalty Programs
- Growth Plus: POS with Inventory Management and Loyalty Programs, Order Fulfillment, Dropships
However, you can still get the Magento POS Extension alone if you have some negotiation with Magestore Team.
And how can you earn benefit from this offer?
- Pros: All data in your business system (especially between POS and Inventory Management) will be synchronized and updated automatically. You don’t need to enter the same information twice. You only need to pay once, and still get all extensions that you want. Besides, this also helps you reduce time to fix bugs because there are not so many 3rd party integration with your system.
- Cons: Perhaps, there are still some extensions that you want to integrate with but Magestore did not provide so that you still need to find some 3rd parties. Besides, because this is a big system so that it will take time to configure it at first.
So which one sounds cool to you?
If you still wonder than check the next part to figure it out!
4. Price and Support Policy
This part, we will take a clear look through Price and Support Policy from these two amazing POS Providers.
The price for a Magento 2 POS (Community Version) is $290.00.
You will get 3-month free support.
Besides, if you want some extra services, you need to pay an extra fee. For example, with Installation Service, you need pay $89.00 more. The fee of online training is $149.00
However, this is a small note you may remind yourself: Recently, many BoostMyShop Customers have complained that BoostMyShop could not customize the POS extension as what customers wanted and the fee to customize was quite expensive.
The price for Magestore POS is remarkably higher (because you have to buy POS as a package with other extensions)
The Starter Package (which has 1 POS and 1 Inventory Management) will start from $299.
However, you will get 1-year free support, and free Online Training (they also get some tutorial videos and User Guide, which are very easy-to-understand and implement).
Especially, you will get the ready-to-use integration between Inventory Management and Web POS. No more worry about choosing the 3rd party and other extensions.
Afterall, you may ponder a little bit about which one to buy. So here, we will wrap it all for you:
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It is obvious that Magestore Web POS has more competitive benefits over BoostMyShop POS. But the big pain point here is the Price.
The selection always depends on your business plans, budget and especially, the future of your business.
Maybe now your budget is limited but it does not mean you should choose the one with lower POS price. As I said above, a business does not use only POS, you also need other Management Extensions, such as Inventory Management.
Whatsoever! Nothing is better than trying. So before taking to the last step, take a demo from two providers, then you will get your best answer.
Magestore Demo here: https://www.magestore.com/features/magento-pos