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The focus of this category is on software designed for use in the retail industry, with the exception of e-commerce, which is covered in a separate category.

The type of software applications that would be appropriate for this category may include inventory control software, which is a system that handles all aspects of managing a retail company's inventory, such as tracking, managing and organizing product sales, material purchases, and other processes. Inventory management software often makes use of barcodes, radio-frequency identification (RFID), and wireless tracking technology, some of which may also be covered in the Barcodes category.

Point-of-sale (POS) software would also be appropriate for this category. Payment processing software is vital for retail businesses, as well as the ability to accept credit card payments. Like many other types of software, POS software may be installed on a computer at the retail store, on a computer network, or cloud-based. It may be purchased outright, licensed, or available through a software-as-a-service (SaaS) subscription plan. Suitable POS software can lead to more accurate operations, increased efficiency, faster service, and better tracking of inventory. Generally, POS systems will include barcode support, allow for product searches, and a tax feature that automatically calculates applicable taxes. It should also integrate with other businesses applications used by the company, such as accounting software.

Payment processing software allows retail businesses to accept credit cards and other payment methods, providing a secure platform for transactions. Reporting capabilities should also be included.

A retail management system includes an integrated set of tools that retailers can use to run their businesses, either as modules or through integration with third-party applications. In larger organizations, enterprise resource planning (ERP) software can integrate all data and other processes across an organization. ERP software is covered in a category of its own, but ERP solutions designed specifically for the retail industry may be appropriate in this category, as well.

Except where a more specific category is in place, any software designed for use in retail businesses is appropriate here.

Retail software designed for other uses should be submitted to the category that corresponds to the topic that the software was designed for. For example, game software would be listed in the Computer & Video Games category.



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