Customer library: If you’re selling to the same customers, you can add their details in Shopify so it’s quicker to associate an invoice or other sales to individuals.
Discounts, taxes and tips: Add discounts and taxes to items at checkout, and give customers the option to leave a tip.
Analytics and reports: All sales are synced, but not only that: you can see which items are bestsellers, and group transactions by customer, time periods and more. Export sales data to Excel, or if you upgrade to a higher Shopify plan, integrate all sales with an external accounting platform.
The iPad app has more features than the smartphone app, so using an iPhone could present some limitations.
If you upgrade to the ‘Shopify POS Pro’ plan for $89 a month per location, you get additional iOS features like analyzing staff sales, giving store credit instead of refunds and monitoring cash register shifts. Lite only allows one user account, but you can add unlimited POS users on POS Pro.
Suffice to say: the free Shopify POS Lite is best for individual merchants. With teams of staff – say, on a shop floor – you probably need more features.
The basic features for Shopify Lite users are usually enough for casual selling, but we recommend a POS upgrade if you sell a lot face to face. The Lite POS features could, for example, be ideal for merchants going on trade shows, selling on farmers’ markets or occasionally in pop-up stores.