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Decision Making: 5 apps you need to test

We take a look at some of the best retail apps on the market which aim to solve your payment, accounting, inventory management, time, administration and communication qualms.


Keep track of and respond quickly to the news, and grab every PR opportunity to get your message across in the digital economy. Wouldn’t it be great to have all your relevant content, from news, blogs, articles, videos and social networks, in just one place? Flipboard seamlessly aggregates your topics of interest to your own curated magazine spread, allowing you to keep up to date with all the content relevant to your business.

Price: Free (iOSAndroid)


Managing your work schedule by hand smoothly and efficiently is easier said than done, with endless hours wasted when you could be focusing on the business and attending to pressing deadlines. With Homebase, you can track the clock-in status of all staff and monitor employment costs. It’s a convenient app for employees too, granting them better access to schedules, shift covers, time-off requests and availability.

Price: Free (iOS, Android)


Unless you’re a designer, designing your own shop plan could be a challenging and expensive task – unless you had an app which made the whole experience user-friendly. Praised by small business owners and commercial contractors as accessible and straightforward, MagicPlan lets you upload photos of your space, supplies the measurements and draws everything up for you. You can also add objects and photos to generate more detailed estimates.

Price: Free, but floor plans must be purchased individually at $2.99 USD (£2.86) each (iOS, Android)

Zoho Books

Administration and bookkeeping should be quick, fast and secure, but it isn’t always possible when you are growing your business and have a backlog of administrative clutter. Zoho Books is an online accounting system that fuses your accounts, helps you create and send invoices, request quotes, and audit your company’s financial information from any location. The app has real-time updates so employees across several locations can see the same information, reducing communication blunders across the business.

Price: Basic £6 per month, Standard £12 per month (iOS, Android, Window, iPad)

Shopify POS

You need a user-friendly, reliable, safe and fast payment system. But with so many on the market, can an app cover all of these demands? Shopify POS is a cloud-based, multi-channel commerce app which accepts cash or credit, offers discounts, emails receipts and syncs and creates new products with your online store. The Shopify POS card reader securely accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, Apple Pay, and Android Pay payments. It’s designed for small and midsize businesses, but can also accommodate enterprise-level companies.

Price: Basic $24-$49 per month (£17.89-£36.53)