We are opening an espresso cart soon and have also decided to go with shopkeep (http://shopkeep.com/ipad-pos) . Been researching a lot of ipad pos systems for their cost/ease of use, and this seems like the one to start with since there is no licensing, startup, or software fees. $50 per month straight up. $400 for an ipad and you're good to go, compared to thousands and thousands for a bulky touchscreen computer (all of which seem to have their share of glitches etc.) And it can hook up to a CC printer and drawer. I'll be able to say for sure in a month when we put it to the test, but I'm pretty convinced that tablet POS are the way of the future. They'll only get better, and swapping Shopkeep for a better program later would be a snap compared to swapping out an Aloha for Selbysoft or whatever.
Also check out POS Lavu. Seemed like they might, maybe, have a nicer more robust program, but you pay like $800 for the software. Good luck!
WoW!!! shopkeep sure look good but it is holy expesive for a software.49 a month for basic or 79 $/ month for the next step up. that ist over 2352$ over 4 year or 3792 over 4 years for the other one. + the i pad 500$ plus a comptuter 1000$ so this is more 4000 $ for the basic or almost 6000$ for plus. Well for mutch cheaper then that you can get a real pos with commercial touch screen witch wont break after a year in commercial used.
Dont get me wrong i would love to have shop keep in my shop but really i rather put that extra money in stuff that will bring me more returning costumer.
I use Coffeeshop Manager but I am moving my location and looking for a new system myself... I think cloud-based servers are the wave of the future and ipads are an inexpensive way to get a system going. I'm looking hard at POSLavu (somewhat expensive software fee to start), Revel Systems, and Square (basic but cheap and the CC fees are only 2.75%). I want to use modifiers and Shopkeep doesn't support that option. I'm most interested in OWN, but they have yet to get off the ground.
You can't go wrong with Coffeeshop Manager, but it isn't cheap, but it is robust... just not quite as slick as some others out there.