Category Review: retail management apps for Mac OS X, part three
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Category Review: retail management apps for Mac OS X, part three

This MacNews Category Review is the third and final part of our multi-part look at retail management software for the Mac. Products covered include Quick Business, Quick Pallet Maker, Rental, ResellerPower, SafariGuide, Sales & Inventory, Sales Organizer, SalesForce, SalesSmartz Standard, SalesPro, ShopKeeper Software, ShopManager Cash Register, Sixth Sense Cafe, Studio Organizer, STX, SuperPro, System 1, TakeCharge, TaxTron, TrueShip, WebClerk, WholeSale Organizer and Xpert Accounts.

Quick Business

Quick Business (http://www.yellowstone-soft.com/default.aspx)is software for contacts management, sales forces management and prospecting. Modules include: prospects files and customers, contacts management, list of actions, diary, mailings, faxes, e-mailing, simple and multi-criteria searches, customizable index cards etc. The pro version includes sales cycles, cost and rate estimates, sales projections, sales analysis.

Quick Pallet Maker

Quick Pallet Maker (http://www.scamecanica.com/) is packaging design software that allows the user to calculate the secondary packaging dimensions and pallet arrangements to ship a product at an optimized cost.

Rental

Rental (http://www.ramdesign.net/) is a system of FileMaker Pro databases for rental or lend tracking for video stores, equipment rental, or school lending. You can use it as a front end system to check items in and out, or to make sales. It can report on what items are out, due, or late. You can check items back in, individually or an entire transaction at once, by clicking in a list, or by entering an item code.

ResellerPower

ResellerPower (http://www.dsoft.com/) is an integrated solution for computer resellers and value-added resellers. It performs many tasks including quoting, order entry, purchase order and prospect management.

SafariGuide

SafariGuide (http://www.visionled.com/) is office management software with tools for customer relationship management, order entry, production, eBusiness, and sales force automation. SafariGuide customers can manage their contacts, activities, accounts, campaigns, surveys, calendaring and group scheduling, correspondence, email, estimates, quotations, orders, invoices, receivables, inventory, purchasing, production, eBusiness, web interface to their customers, time and expenses, and more. SafariGuide is a FileMaker-based system.

Sales & Inventory

Sales & Inventory (http://www.ramdesign.net/) is point-of-sale software designed to track retail, wholesale, and/or consignment sales. The system is a set of databases to be used as a standalone "runtime" or with FileMaker Pro.

Sales Organizer

Sales Organizer (http://www.sysfak.com) is an all-purpose management tool for the retail and sales industry. It manages inventory, invoicing, daily cash reconciliation, customer records, account receivable and more. Sales Organizer runs as a stand-alone software. You can connect scanners, receipt printers or laser printers. You can also connect a cash-drawer through a receipt printer. It comes with an optional accounting suite and more.

SalesForce!
SalesForce (http://dmadataman.com/DMA_INDEX.html) sales tracking solution for the small business. It contains files that track sales (with automatic shipping calculation), purchase orders (with auto-notification of low inventory), inventory (with automatic updating from a sales module), customer info, vendor info, rep info, A/R follow-up, checking, and a suite of over 30 reports. The software can be served by server software throughout a sales enterprise. An on-line help system as well as an illustrated PDF User Guide is included.

SaleSmartz Standard

SaleSmartz Standard (http://www.salesmartz.com/) lets you manage and catalog products and inventory. It has contact management, sales force automation features and more.

SalesPro

SalesPro (http://www.maceasycomputing.com/) is a FileMaker Pro-based solution for managing all sales information from invoices through to customer tracking.

ShopKeeper Software

ShopKeeper Software (http://www.posdirect.com/) is a package designed for small businesses to handle inventory control and point-of-sale.

ShopManager Cash Register

ShopManager Cash Register (http://www.riemannpartner.de/) is an add-on to ShopManager, which realizes an interface between the cash registers and the inventory control system.

Sixth Sense Cafe

Sixth Sense Cafe (http://www.sixthsensepos.com/) is software for restaurants that lets you use your Mac to place orders, print guests checks, keep track of employees hours, report on activities in your restaurant and keep track of your inventory. You can print to a maximum of 12 printers for orders. This allows automatic printing to the hot kitchen, cold kitchen, bar, station and anywhere else you like.

Studio Organizer

Studio Organizer (http://www.sysfak.com) is a dance studio point-of-sale tool and organizer. It can manage up to nine teachers to create a group list. You can connect a cash-drawer through a receipt printer. It comes with an optional accounting suite and more.

STX

STX (http://www.salontranscripts.com/) is integrated package for managing a salon and spa that handles everything from appointments to point-of-sale operations, payroll to client history. This package uses the FrontBase Database engine.

SuccessWare

SuccessWare (http://www.successware.net/index2.html) is business management for photography studios. It tracks studio inquiries, clients and their family members, prospects, sessions, and orders. SuccessWare manages checking, savings, cash and credit accounts.

SuperPro Client Manager

SuperPro Client Manager (http://www.superprosoftware.com/) is a contact management solution for business to people sales that allows for an unlimited number of contacts per customer. It has correspondence templates for pre-merged business letter, proposals, and estimates and includes a label generator and the ability to fax or e-mail from within the program. The Appointment Setter is a daily calendar for appointments and important daily to do tasks.

System 1

System 1 (http://www.deos.de/) is stock control and point of sale system for pharmacies.

TakeCharge

TakeCharge (http://www.merchantconsulting.com/) is client/server credit card processing software that can process several terminals through a single server or act as a standalone application. The server may be automated through XML commands sent through an SSL socket connection. TakeCharge also supports recurring and batch transactions as well as generating receipts and reports. All transaction data is securely stored in an encrypted database.

Taxtron

Taxtron (http://www.taxtron.ca/) is Canadian tax software. It has software for the retail and professional tax preparer market and government approved forms. It's bilingual with an interface that reflects tax forms. The tax summary is constantly displayed.

TrueShip
TrueShip's Express1 module (http://www.trueship.com/partners/express-1) gives USPS postage discounts on Priority, Flat Rate and Expedited shipments. Its a free add-on, and there are no volume minimums. There are no transaction fees or additional monthly charges.  You can ship as much as you want and pay only for your discounted postage.

WebClerk

WebClerk (http://www.webclerk.com/) makes a variety of retail applications.

CommerceClerk is a database program. CommerceExpert is an enterprise sales and operations solution for companies that sell business to business. It's an intranet flow for the selling process: from the marketing effort to the check clearing the bank. It has web support for outside sales representatives and customers.

WebSalesExpert enables outside sales people to work with their own data while on the road.
RetailClerk is an enterprise wide Point-of-Sale and operations solution for companies that sell retail. NetworkSuite for integrating legacy systems with eCommerce, EDI, self-hosting, ASP, Intranet and Internet technologies.

SupplyChainSuite is designed to let you empower your distribution channel to sell using traditional and web-based tools. You can create a flow in your trading community and drive your transaction costs towards zero using common tools and common data.

DataClerk lets you sell and track virtual inventory. MallClerk and SavingMainStreet
are communication technologies. These technologies blend the customer care of your physical stores with web convenience and virtual inventory.

WholeSale Organizer

WholeSale Organizer (http://www.sysfak.com) is software for managing retail and wholesale businesses. This POS enables the user to process retail and wholesale at the same time. A click will switch the user to a new screen. WholeSale Organizer can be plugged to a scanner. It enables the user to generate labels with barcodes, to print packing slip and will calculate freight fee (DHL - UPS-USPS).

Xpert Accounts

Xpert Accounts (http://www.mac-pos.com/) is an accounting system module fully integrated into XpertMart. There are versions for credit card processing, POS, eBay auctions, pharmacies and clothing, shoes, sporting goods, jewelry and accessory stores.

Xsilva LightSpeed 2

Xsilva LightSpeed (http://www.xsilva.com) is a point-of-sale system for Mac that offers retail stores retail tools in an iTunes-like Browser, and a "floating" POS interface. LightSpeed's integrated Web Store module (sold separately) can help stores take their product catalog online and download orders right back into LightSpeed. All of this functionality is built on a multi-user database that will scale.

 
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