Shopify is a huge retail brand. The company’s eCommerce platforms have been widely adopted for years. More recently, Shopify’s point-of-sale (POS) system has become increasingly popular. Within the POS space, Vend is one of its most notable competitors. When assessing different potential POS systems for your business, it helps to compare Vend vs. Shopify.
Let’s take a look at core differences and overall ratings for the two platforms. Then we will assess Vend and Shopify in two charts: ratings in various categories and available features.
4 Core Differences
Here are four basic differences between these two platforms:
- Shopify is a comprehensive solution for online and offline sales, while Vend is more of an “add-on.”
- As your company grows, you may want Shopify upgrades. However, the initial monthly cost for Shopify is lower than it is for Vend.
- Shopify is a widely recognized commerce brand, while Vend is relatively new.
- Shopify is a complete sales platform. Its POS integrates directly with the eCommerce system. Vend is specifically a point-of-sale technology.
Ratings are a critical piece of the puzzle when you are determining the right POS for your business. For that, we look at a third-party that analyzes software impartially, Quebec’s Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC). TEC’s analysis of Vend POS vs. Shopify POS finds that Shopify ratings are higher:
- Shopify POS — 4.5 stars (965 reviews)
- Vend — 4.0 stars (33 reviews).
Furthermore, TEC found that Shopify has more features than Vend does. TEC did note that often features are available through plug-ins. Shopify is especially well-known for having an incredible number of integrations.
Comparing Shopify vs. Vend Reviews
Here is a comparison of the two systems in six different areas:
|Ease of Doing Business||4.8 (11)||4.4 (20)|
|Ease of Admin||4.8 (12)||4.4 (19)|
|Ease of Use||4.5 (963)||4.3 (32)|
|Product Direction||4.7 (33)||4.0 (31)|
|Customer Service||4.5 (11)||4.3 (20)|
|Meets Requirements||4.4 (31)||4.2 (32)|
A Features Comparison
Simply looking at merchant reviews of these POS options is insufficient if you need certain features. Here is a comparison of the feature sets for each platform:
|Credit Card Payments||Yes||Yes|
|Customer Account Profiles||Yes||No|
|Gift Card Management||Yes||No|
|Shift & Log Notes||No||Yes|
|Inventory Management Integrations||No||Yes|
|Multi Location Inventory Tracking||No||Yes|
|Multi Device Payments||Yes||Yes|
|Payment Refunds & Voids||Yes||Yes|
Based on the above information, you should have a clear sense of whether Shopify POS or Vend is right for you. The key reason we prefer Shopify over Vend is that Shopify gives you a fully integrated in-person and online platform, while Vend is a standalone POS. Plus, our Shopify eCommerce Development services specialize in leveraging the technology’s powerful features – such as omnichannel selling capabilities – to expand your business.