WinRetail Review - why 4.4 stars?

WinRetail Review
ITQlick Score: 82/100
ITQlick Rating: (4.4/5)
Pricing: 9.8/10 - high cost
Category: Retail Management POS -> WinRetail
Ranking:Ranked 6 out of 27 Retail Management POS systems
Company: Jds solutions
Pricing: starts at $10,000 per license
Typical customers: Small, medium and large size businesses
Platforms: Desktop
Links: WinRetail pricing, WinRetail alternatives

Shlomi LaviShlomi Lavi / updated: Aug 11, 2021

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What is WinRetail?

WinRetail is a software tool for enterprise and point of sale (POS) management designed for mid-size retailers. The main features of the product are point of sale and order management, mobile POS, ecommerce, multi-sales channels, merchandise and assortment planning, pricing and promotion, purchase order management, inventory control and management, business intelligence, replenishment, accounting, customer relationship management (CRM), reporting and warehousing. This is a Windows-based tool available for on-premise installation and as a client server solution.

WinRetail is a produce of JDS solutions. The company is based in Carlsbad, California and has offices around the US.

What is WinRetail rating?

The rating of WinRetail is 4.4 stars out of 5 and the total score is 82 out of 100. The ratings are based on our unbiased experts. Learn more in our rating methodology page

Who uses WinRetail?

WinRetail is an ideal solution for retail businesses of medium size. It is suitable for companies selling all kinds of tangible and intangible products and services. It is used by various companies from different industries. Some of the major users are The Coca Cola Stores, Akira and San Diego Zoo.

Is WinRetail the best Retail Management POS system?

WinRetail is ranked 6 out of 27 software in their category (Retail Management POS systems).

What are their main features and functionalities?

WinRetail enables you to provide a fast and efficient POS service even from a mobile platform and to track and control orders. It assists you with marketing and namely with pricing and promotion. It allows you to manage your inventory efficiently and with ease. The ecommerce feature enables you to update the inventory on your website and to create and use gift registry.

The CRM feature allows you to establish and run a customer database and use email marketing. The advanced reporting feature PowerCube which has a drag and drop function and allows you to combine data from different types of reports. The accounting module helps you manage accounts payable and accounts receivable.

What are WinRetail's pros? (5 Pros)

  • WinRetail is a fully comprehensive tool for retail businesses which allows you to manage all operations together.
  • WinRetail allows for mobile POS management for maximum flexibility of services and business operations.
  • The software comes with a comprehensive support service available 24/7 online, via email and over the phone.
  • WinRetail enables you to use advanced reporting for more efficient monitoring, control and management.
  • The software can be customized and developed further especially for your business to meet your needs over time.

What are WinRetail's cons? (5 cons)

  • WinRetail will not be able to grow with your business all the way without additional investment.
  • Not all modules of WinRetail can be used via mobile devices when you are on the go.
  • The accounting module of the product is not as comprehensive as that of MultiFlex.
  • WinRetail does not have the use and pricing flexibility associated with software as a service tools.
  • Support is available only in English and this may pose limitations to international businesses.

Who are their main alternatives?

WinRetail’s main competitors include Lightspeed and Shopify POS.

Lightspeed is a retail management solution that works on the Apple platform and supports both fixed and mobile POS stations. It is provided as a web-enabled application and can handle multi-store retail operations as well. The product’s main features include quotations & orders, invoicing and inventory management. For financial management it can be integrated to Quickbooks, but it also has an API which allows connectivity with a number of other third party applications. There is also support for customer management & loyalty programs.

WinRetail on the other hand can be bundled with POS hardware, or alternatively it can be integrated with existing customer POS infrastructure. While it does support mobile POS stations, it also includes procurement & warehouse management, replenishment & re-ordering, as well as business intelligence tools to evaluate performance. Additionally the product can handle multi-channel retailing with merchandise planning to address customer demand.

Then there is Shopify POS which is cloud based but offers offline mode operations when there is no internet connectivity. The product is designed to work with IPads unlike WinRetail, and these devices can be used as both fixed and mobile POS units. Additionally the product provides e-commerce enabled web stores to handle online shopping requirements, with customer management & loyalty programs to reward frequent buyers.

WinRetail however is hardware independent and is available only as an on premise solution. However it does provide its own CRM system to handle customers as well a rewards program, along with pricing optimization for sales & promotions based on historical buying & sales performance.

What is the cost of WinRetail?

The cost of license starts at $10,000 per license. On top of the total cost of licenses which is easy to calculate - what is the REAL total cost of implementation? You need to add the cost of training, customization, data migration, and other "hidden cost". ITQlick pricing score is 9.8 out of 10 (10 is most expensive). You can find here the REAL total cost breakdown for WinRetail.

What should you ask Jds solutions during a demo session? (65 questions)

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List of categories

Retail & POS
Clothing Store Inventory POS
Retail Customer Management
Retail Inventory POS
Retail Management POS
Retail Warehouse Management
Retail e-Commerce
Restaurant POS
Retail Merchandise Planning
Tablet POS Systems

List of features

Bar Code Scanning
Credit Card Processing
Customer Management
Employee Management
Gift Cards
Inventory Management
Layaways & Quotes
Mobile POS Capability
Price Lookup
Print Receipt
Sales Commissions
Shipping/Delivery Setup

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Shlomi holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Information System Engineering from Ben Gurion University in Israel. Shlomi brings 15 years of global IT and IS management experience as a consultant, and implementation expert for small, medium and large size (global) companies.