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Oliver POS vs. Hike POS

September 18, 2020

It’s time for another WooCommerce POS comparison! We know it can be a challenge to find the right WooCommerce POS for your shop. It’s such a pain to have to install a new POS, sync your shop, test it out, only to realize it’s not the one. So we’re doing it all for you! We tested out Hike POS to see how it compares to Oliver POS. Here’s what we found.

Installation

Oliver POS

To install Oliver POS, all you have to do is log in to your WordPress account and install Oliver POS from your plugin library. Hit activate, and launch Oliver POS. That’s it. Your POS is up and running, fully synced to your entire shop within seconds.

Pros:

  • Quick & easy set up

Hike POS

Hike’s installation is pretty painless, but slightly more involved. To install Hike, you first create a Hike account. Then, you have to activate their WooCommerce integration. To do this, you have to log into your WordPress account to fetch your WooCommerce Consumer Key and WooCommerce Consumer Secret. You are then prompted to fill in your shop sync settings, and manually sync your WooCommerce products.

Pros:

  • Easy Set up

Cons:

  • Requires WooCommerce Consumer Key and Consumer Secret
  • Requires sync settings setup
  • Requires manual sync

Interface

Oliver POS

Oliver POS has a simple interface that’s fully functional and easy to learn. Everything you need is easy to find with the intuitive layout. 

Pros:

  • Intuitive layout
  • Customizable product tiles
  • Reports
  • Opens in a new window so it’s easy to return to WooCommerce
  • Customizable discounts, additional fees, and taxes
  • Discounts at cart and product level
  • Multiple browsers and devices including mobile
  • Refunds
  • Customer history & notes
  • Sales history
  • Change product inventory within register
  • Split payments
  • Integrated payments
  • Parked sales
  • Multiple languages
  • Barcode Scanning
  • Cash management

Cons:

  • No Roster
  • No Supplier information
  • No customer groups
  • No Custom Sale

Hike POS

Likewise, Hike POS provides an equally clean and functional interface. Their interface has many of the same features, however Hike does offers a roster feature for keeping schedules, as well as custom sales and supplier management. On the other hand, Hike does not have customizable product tiles to organize your products. Products in the register are displayed in their categories, so it can be tricky to find products.

Pros:

  • Reports
  • Seperate from Woocommerce
  • Customizable discounts and taxes
  • Discounts at cart and product level
  • Multiple browsers and devices including mobile
  • Refunds & exchanges
  • Customer history & profiles
  • Sales history
  • Change product inventory within register
  • Split payments
  • Integrated payments
  • Parked sales
  • Multiple languages
  • Barcode Scanning
  • Cash management
  • Roster
  • Suppliers
  • Customer Groups
  • Custom sales 

Cons:

  • Product organization in register
  • No customizable product tiles
  • Products added in register do not sync to WooCommerce

Reports

Oliver POS

Oliver POS has all of the essential reports to understand your shop’s performance. 

Pros

  • Hourly, daily, weekly, and annual sales reports
  • POS and online reports
  • Tax reports
  • Product reports
  • Employee reports
  • Payment reports
  • Customer reports
  • Store credit reports

Cons

  • No inventory reports
  • No custom reports

Hike POS 

Hike POS reports may match Oliver POS reports. Hike offers inventory reports as well as custom reports, however they do not offer employee reports or product reports.

Pros

  • Sales reports
  • Inventory reports
  • Register reports
  • Payment reports
  • Customer reports
  • Store credit reports
  • Custom reports

Cons

  • No employee reports
  • No Product reports

Integration with WooCommerce

Oliver POS

Once you’ve installed your POS into WooCommerce, you entire shop will be synced in seconds, including your previous WooCommerce sales and orders, customers, inventory, products, and so much more. It’s quick and easy, and it stays synced to WooCommerce automatically.

Pros

  • Pulls all WooCommerce shop settings into your POS, including products, customers, orders, and more.
  • Automatically keeps your POS synced

Cons

  • Cannot add products on your POS

Hike POS

While you can add products directly from your register, Hike does not automatically sync your products from WooCommerce during set up. Syncing your shop settings can be troublesome with Hike, as you must manually sync your products. Even then, some of your products may not sync. On top of that, previous sales and orders from your shop do not appear in Hike. 

Pros

  • Pulls shop settings into your POS automatically
  • Keeps your POS synced to your WooCommerce shop
  • Can add products from your POS 

Cons

  • Products don’t automatically sync to your POS
  • Manually syncing products can be troublesome
  • Previous orders and sales do not sync do your POS

Adaptability

Oliver POS 

While Oliver offers customizable product tiles, discounts, and receipts, the real customizability is in its ability to integrate and take custom development for a fully personalized POS. Oliver was designed to be built upon, meaning any tool and any feature can be added.

Pros

  • Customizable product tiles
  • Customizable taxes, shipping, discounts, and added fees
  • Customizable receipts
  • Designed for endless integrations
  • Designed for custom development

Cons

  • No custom reports
  • No custom products

Hike POS

With a number of customizable features, a number of integrations and custom products, Hike POS is a great option for an adaptable POS. Conversely, the ability to customize product organization for easy access is definitely missed. Likewise, Hike doesn’t offer the extent of integrations and custom development that Oliver POS does.

Pros

  • Customizable taxes and discounts
  • Custom products
  • Custom reports
  • Custom receipts
  • Offers multiple integrations such as WooCommerce, Mailchimp, Quickbooks and more

Cons

  • No customizable product tiles 
  • No customizable shipping or added fees
  • Integrations are limited

Support

Oliver POS

Pros

Cons

  • No support portal

Hike POS

Pros

Cons

  • No support forum

Cost

Oliver POS

When it comes to point of sales, Oliver POS is one of the most affordable. Built with small businesses in mind, Oliver offers a free plan with no hidden costs, with all the essentials to run a small retail shop. As your business grows, Oliver POS offers more advanced plans with tons of features, still with some of the most affordable prices on the market.

Pros

  • Free plan with all the essentials
  • Basic Plan at $19/month with one register and up to 2 employees
  • Professional Plan at $39/month with three registers and give employees
  • Custom price for Empire plan, with multiple locations, unlimited registers and employees

Hike POS

While Hike is not the most expensive POS on the market, its prices do not compare to Oliver POS. 

Pros

  • Free 14 day trial
  • Start-up Plan is 59$ per month
  • One Store plan at $79/month with one register
  • Multi-store is $129/month with multiple outlets and two registers

Cons

  • No free plan
  • More expensive

Conclusion

How do these two measure up? Hike POS has a lot to offer. However, some problems do arise during the installation and WooCommerce integration. Because it is not a native software to WooCommerce,inconsistencies are bound to happen when trying to merge the two softwares. Oliver POS, on the other hand, was designed specifically for WooCommerce. On top of that, while Hike POS does offer some great features, it’s most affordable plan is still more expensive than Oliver POS’ most expensive plan – with more or less, equal features. 

Did this blog help you reach a decision? Or are you still undecided? To learn more about Oliver POS features, click here.

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