by Grace Barone
Apps have become an integral part of people's everyday lives. Where would we be without them? We rely on these digital wonders more than we'd like to admit. Can you even remember the last time you didn't use an app to navigate your day-to-day life? Social media, games, banking, fitness, GPS. There's an app for everything under the sun. The apps you choose to download are usually personal to your needs. Modern-day POS systems have taken note. They have realized the power that apps hold and how helpful they are to everyday life. The Clover app market was created exclusively for use with the Clover POS systems. The Clover app market provides a wide range of apps that can be downloaded and installed on Clover devices, allowing businesses to tailor their POS system to their specific requirements.
Clover App Market
The Clover POS app market is a versatile solution that allows businesses to easily take control of their operations. The app market enables business owners to focus on growth and efficiency by providing a variety of apps that cater to their business needs. The Clover POS app market has you covered whether you need to manage inventory, track sales, or recognize loyal customers. This app marketplace is the go-to choice for businesses trying to boost efficiency and production because of its user-friendly layout and robust features.
Not to mention that it is the most extensive cloud-based app market for POS systems. While there is basically an app for every business needs, merchants can develop their own apps as well. If they have an app idea, they can easily reach out to a developer and create their own. The cost to do that has greatly decreased as well. The Clover app market is constantly being updated so merchants are sure to have a current version of the marketplace.
Just like the Apple app store and the Google Play store, some apps are awesome, and some apps are not so great. It's important to look at reviews and read the features of each app before you commit. All apps have a free trial so even if you do end up downloading one that's not quite right for your business, you can get rid of it before the free trial ends. With that being said, I've created a list of some of the best apps for some of the main business types.
Top 3 Clover Apps
Since there are thousands of apps on the marketplace, it can be hard for business owners to narrow down which ones are the best for their business. Here are the top 3 Clover apps that make great additions to any business's POS system.
1. Cash Discount
Processing fees are something that every business needs to pay if they want to accept card payments. With the Cash Discount App, businesses are able to lower and even eliminate credit card processing fees altogether. When businesses have a cash discount program in place, their items are priced in a way that accounts for the processing fees. This is the price that is posted within the business and the processing fees are paid by the customers. If a customer chooses to pay with cash, the items are discounted since there are no processing fees involved with cash payments. The Cash Discount app easily sets up a cash discount program and allows businesses to save a huge chunk of change while also increasing their cash flow.
2. Time Clock
Homebase offers a super helpful employee management app, Time Clock. This app has free scheduling that business owners can access whenever they want. Schedules are easily shared with employees and has built-in messaging to further communication between your team. Employees are able to clock in and out on your Clover device. No more paper time sheets or third-party websites. Time Clock also has payroll capabilities. The app is able to calculate paychecks, send payments, and file payroll taxes. It will also help business owners hire new employees. Time Clock has HR tools that include job posts, applicant tracking, onboarding tasks, and employee paperwork. This makes employee management easy and convenient for managers, business owners, and employees.
3. Automated Sales Tax
Similar to processing fees, sales taxes are an expense that business owners can't get around. Tax season is confusing and time-consuming. Sales taxes are difficult to manage and if they aren't paid correctly, there are major consequences. The automated sales tax app by Davo can be downloaded onto your Clover device and will make paying your sales taxes a hassle-free process. All you need to do is download the app, set it up, and forget about it. Seriously. The app will collect and set aside your sales tax daily and file and pay them on time and in full. Business owners never need to worry about setting aside the right amount of money again or accidentally filing late. State sales tax discounts are calculated, collected, and refunded too. Taxes have never been easier than with the Davo Automated Sales Tax app. This app is so great that we have a whole blog just about it!
Best Apps Based on Industry
Whether it's a sit-down, quick serve, or a bar. Restaurants have specific needs that other businesses don't.
Smart Online Order
If your restaurant isn't set up to accept online orders, you should start! Online ordering is incredibly popular and can increase your restaurant's revenue tremendously. With Smart Online Orders you can easily integrate your inventory to show on your website in real-time. This will allow you to accept Online Orders from your website and have them sent to your Clover POS and kitchen printer or both. It can also convert into kiosk mode. Set up is easy and the app work with all websites, Wix, Square Space, WordPress, Weebly, Godaddy, etc. This app allows your customers to order directly from your website, rather than routing them to a third-party site that lists you among competitors. Some more features of the app are;
- Coupon Codes
- Works with both single and multiple locations
- Automatically notify each of your pickup locations the moment they receive a new order
- Money is deposited into the bank account associated with your Clover
- Allows Customers To Order Online and Pickup From Your Physical Store
- Customers can also pay cash in store
- And more!
The Clover Dining app aims to provide a five-star customer experience, ensure smooth staff communication, transact securely, and do it all fast. The software is built with the team in mind, providing various functionalities for hosts, bartenders, servers, and managers. It also allows customization of floor plans and management of customers and tables, ensuring flexibility and a smooth service experience for parties of all sizes. With preauthorization payments and easy order sending to the back-of-the-house printers, the software eliminates card wrangling and enables smooth communication from front- to back-of-the-house. It can also work across multiple devices and comes with built-in Clover security.
Just like restaurants, there are a lot of different versions of salons. They each offer different services so naturally, they each have different requirements.
This app is the perfect solution for any salon. Easily manage your staff and your appointment all on one app. The software fully integrates with Clover and provides personal, one-on-one live training and support for its users. The software includes text reminders for customers and unlimited online appointment booking, with options to charge a deposit or keep a credit card on file for no-shows. All plans come with legally binding e-signature forms for online scheduling and online reports accessible from any mobile phone, tablet, or Windows 10/11 computer. The software allows customers notes and appointment notes, in-salon cash and credit deposits, and the ability to add a card on file. You can fully customize your services and your staff requirements on the app. If you want to read all about hair salon POS software check out our blog about it here!
Nail Salon POS
The Nail Salon POS app is specifically made to meet the needs of nail salons. While nail salons run similarly to a spa or a hair salon, there are slight differences. This app allows you to divide tips between multiple employees on the same ticket, easily set up appointments, and divide services among multiple employees, and it has advanced sales tracking and business reporting capabilities. I wrote a blog all about this specific app, check it out here.
This app is for dog groomers, specifically dog groomers. Groomer.io makes mobile grooming seamless. This app lets you schedule appointments and it will send out reminders to your clients. Not only can you schedule appointments but you can schedule them based on location. If you're traveling to different places all day, it makes more sense to schedule them based on where they're at. You don't want to be traveling all the way across town for every client. With Groomer.io you can efficiently schedule appointments and make sure your clients are getting groomed on a regular basis. Mobile grooming is gaining popularity and this app will make your mobile dog grooming business as efficient as possible.
Retail is a pretty broad term. But this applies to really any business that sells goods that isn't a salon or restaurant.
Retail by Aptimyz
This app is an all-in-one solution for any retail business. Retail by Aptimyz offers these great features;
- Comprehensive inventory management for single or multisite locations without limit to inventory size
- Industry-leading customizable reports, which can be saved and auto-emailed when you need them
- Seamless Commerce integration, with instant syncing of inventory and customers
- Live, intelligent stock takes so the store does not have to wait until after workings hours to do it Efficient stock transfer system giving easy movement of stock between locations & full audibility
Thrive is the ultimate inventory app for any retail business. This app has a huge range of features. Scan-to-count, smartphone barcode scanning, including multi-location and warehouse management, bundle management, stock analysis, and other inventory management functions. A fully searchable and customizable reporting interface that provides metrics such as inventories, dead stock, margins, sales channels, and vendor reporting. You'll never have inventory that sits on the shelves forever or run out of products ever again. Some other features include;
- Identifying slow-moving products
- Minimum and maximum levels with customizable alerts
- Sales channel and location comparison analysis
- Detailed profit margin tracking
- and so much more!
This is an automated bookkeeping app. I have it under the retail category but any business can benefit from this app. The app claims to save businesses 300+ hours a year by eliminating the tedious nature of bookkeeping. The app works by transferring your sales into QuickBooks Online, QuickBooks Desktop, and Xero on a nightly basis. More features include;
- Support for multiple locations into the same or separate QuickBooks / Xero accounts
- Sales by Category: transfer into distinct income accounts based on your categories or labels in Clover
- Payment Reconciliation: each tender you accept (cash, credit, etc.) is tracked with each sale.
- Credit and debit transactions are rolled up to match disbursements to your bank account.
- Sales Tax: including single, combined, and multiple rates / jurisdictions
- Transfer tips, discounts, refunds & more
Like salons, automotive businesses offer services. They are obviously a different kind of service but the concept remains the same.
Cojilio Booking Platform
This app is marketed as a scheduling app for salons. But, Cojilio is a comprehensive booking and customer loyalty platform for any service-based firm, specifically developed to meet the needs of complex service professionals. So car repair, car detailing, and car maintenance can benefit from the app. Cojilio allows your clients to book appointments, purchase packages, collect loyalty points, view your portfolio galleries, purchase digital masterclasses, interact with their service provider, and even submit digital consultations all in one spot. Other features include;
- Support multiple staff & locations
- One consolidated calendar to view all staff schedules across all locations.
- Advanced service rules to account for complex scheduling: specific equipment, staff, required consultations, pre-requisite services, and more.
- Reduce no-shows with automated deposits & cancellation fees
- Offer Mobile Appointments with GPS monitors added to your schedule & additional travel fees per KM.
- And More!
Clover Check Acceptance
Automotive businesses still regularly accept checks. Accepting checks can be risky sometimes because there are a lot of variables and your business may end up accepting a bad check. No one wants this to happen, especially if you just performed a costly service. Clover Check Acceptance by TeleCheck eliminates the risk of accepting checks. Clover Check Acceptance utilizes TeleCheck's warranty service to guard you against check losses, so you can accept checks with confidence. The app updates the tender types to include TeleCheck as a form of payment and uses the workstation camera on your Clover device to capture check images. Some other key benefits are;
- Lower processing costs than with most other payment types
- Get paid faster with approved checks paid within 2 banking days
- No monthly minimum
This app is perfect for car washes. The only catch with this app is that it's only compatible with the Clover Flex. It's not a huge downfall because a Clover Flex would be the ideal POS system for a car wash anyways. With this app, you can easily set up your menu, configure add-ons per package, and view car wash customized reports on their corresponding website. Your car can avoid costly hardware. Since everything runs on a handheld device, all the management can happen on the website from any other device.
Get your Business the Right apps With Clover
No matter what business type you are, the Clover app market has a solution for you. Running a business doesn't need to be time-consuming and confusing. With the right POS system and the right apps, your business can be running smart and efficiently!
If you're interested in all the awesome apps Clover has to offer or want to learn about even more apps on the market, visit us at getvms.com or fill out the form below. We can get you set up with a Clover POS system and make sure you have the perfect apps to run your business with.