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SEP 2018

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SEPTEMBER 2018 ■ 9 POINT-OF-SALE SYSTEMS: REVIEW AccuPOS AccuPOS is a point of sale application designed to integrate with both QuickBooks and Sage Financial products. AccuPOS is best suited for niche retail businesses such as gift shops, restaurants, bars, convenience stores and liquor stores. There is even a membership edition for businesses that utilize a membership structure. Each AccuPOS version offered is designed specifically for a particular business type. AccuPOS is designed to be installed on a PC or laptop application, though users can also install the application on their Android smart phone or tablet. AccuPOS cannot be used with any Apple hardware or operating system at this time. A free 30-day trial of AccuPos is available. Pricing for the product can be obtained directly from the vendor, with a single-user system typically costing less than $1,000 per year, with optional add-on modules varying in price. Read the full review for this product online at: 12424831 4.5 2018 OVERALL RATING AddSum Advanced Accounting Advanced Accounting from AddSum offers complete front/back office functionality. Advanced Accounting is designed for retailers and manufacturers, and along with complete accounting functionality offers a solid point of sale module. Advanced Accounting is best suited for small to mid-sized brick and mortar businesses that do not need e-commerce functionality or touch screen capability. Along with the Point of Sale module, Advanced Accounting also includes GL, AP, AR, Sales Order, Inventory Control, Bill of Materials, Payroll, Quotes/Contracts, System Maintenance and Utilities. All modules are included when purchasing Advanced Accounting, which is designed to be installed on desktop, workstation, or network computer. There is a single version and multi-user version available for those that require multiple user access to the product. Affordably priced for even the tightest budget, Advanced Accounting from AddSum costs $299 per year for a single user system, and $899 for unlimited users, with support purchased separately. Read the full review for this product online at: 12424827 4 2018 OVERALL RATING Celerant Stratus Celerant Stratus Retail is a comprehensive suite of retail applications that are best suited for larger retail businesses with multiple locations that sell in-store and online, and it is well suited in an environment that processes a high volume of transactions. The Celerant Stratus Point of Sale module, part of the retail suite, is designed for flexibility and can be used on Windows, Linux, UNIX, and Mac operating systems. In addition, Celerant Stratus offers mobile apps for Android, Windows, and iOS smart phones and tablets. Celerant Stratus can be installed and hosted in-house, or users can opt to use Celerant’s hosting service if they wish to have the product hosted off-site. The product is also available as a SaaS solution. Pricing for Celerant Stratus is only available from the vendor. Read the full review for this product online at: 12424818 5 2018 OVERALL RATING Cougar Mountain Denali Point of Sale Denali Point of Sale from Cougar Mountain Software offers excellent point of sale capability and is an excellent fit for small to mid-sized retailers that already use Denali applications. Denali Point of Sale is offered in two of the three Denali accounting packages available, with users able to add additional applications to any of the available packages if desired. The latest version of Denali includes an enhanced interface that features both updated colors and icons. A new dashboard is also offered in the latest version of the application. There are also various report updates included in the latest release as well. Denali Point of Sale is available in both the Ascent and Summit versions of the product, with users also having access to the Inventory module as well, though only Summit offers Multi-Location Inventory. There are also a variety of add-on options available from Cougar Mountain, with complete pricing available upon request. Read the full review for this product online at: 12424838 4.75 2018 OVERALL RATING Cumulus Retail Cumulus Retail from CAM Commerce is a cloud-based point of sale application that is ideally suited for small to mid-sized niche retail businesses including apparel, footwear, gift and specialty stores, museum shops, and other vertical retail markets. Cumulus is scalable; offering three editions of the application, with mobile apps also available for its point of sale, e-commerce, and inventory modules. Cumulus Retail also offers integration with QuickBooks Online. The standard version is designed for a single user per store and costs $75 per month. The Advanced version is $125, and the Premier version is $199, with both the Advanced and the Premier versions designed for three users per store, though additional users can be added. The iCumulus eCommerce application is available in two versions, with the advanced version costing $129 per month. Read the full review for this product online at: 12424820 5 2018 OVERALL RATING

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