Shopify vs Clover

Shopify or Clover?

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Compare Shopify POS vs Clover

Feature comparison table between Shopify and Clover

Key features

Clover

Shopify POS Pro

Unlimited SKUs, in store and online 15,000 products max Yes
Fully synced inventory, in store and online No Yes
Inventory transfers No Yes
Receiving and counts No Yes
Purchase orders No Yes
Demand forecasting No Yes
Inventory analysis and reports No Yes
Exchange online purchases in store No Yes
Return online purchases in store No Yes
Pickup availability (show available stock at your locations on your website) No Yes
Local pickup No Yes
Local delivery No Yes
Redeem gift cards online and in store No Yes
Integrated first-party hardware and payments Yes Yes
First-party hardware 1-year warranty No Yes
Unified in-store and online payments No Yes
Fully customizable POS interface No Yes
Mobile POS Yes Yes
Unlimited staff Yes Yes
Custom roles and permissions Yes Yes
Ecommerce No Yes
Website builder No Yes
Social media selling No Yes
Online marketplace selling No Yes
App integrations Yes Yes
Loyalty program integrations Yes Yes
Built-in marketing platform No Yes
24/7 support Yes Yes

Based on features available in Ireland as of June 2021

10 Things Shopify Can Do vs Clover

Centralized inventory

On Shopify, your in-store and online inventory is managed in a central place, so it’s always in sync. On Clover, you need to use third-party apps to merge online and in-store inventory, leaving you exposed to syncing errors.

Unlimited SKUs

With Shopify you get unlimited SKUs, in store and online. Clover can only support 15,000 SKUs in store and their ecommerce partner limits your SKUs based on the plan you’re on.

Simple exchanges and returns

With Shopify you can accept returns and exchanges of purchases made online at any of your retail locations. With Clover, you can’t accept online purchases as in-store returns.

Local pickup and delivery

Unlike Clover, Shopify has local shopping features. Shopify’s product availability feature means customers can check what’s in stock before coming to the store. They can also buy online and select local pickup or delivery at checkout.

Email carts

On Shopify, you can start a customer cart in-store and email them to complete a purchase online. The perfect tool for re-engaging indecisive customers with items they didn’t purchase in-store. This feature doesn’t exist on Clover.

Smart inventory management

Managing inventory is a big part of running a retail business. Unlike Clover, Shopify has smart inventory features, from demand forecasting to updates on how quickly SKUs are selling.

Flexible gift cards

On Clover, you can only sell digital gift cards, and they can only be redeemed in store. On Shopify, you can sell physical and digital gift cards and they can be redeemed at any location, whether in store or online.

Unlimited registers

When you use Clover as your POS, you need to pay more for each retail location and every register. With Shopify POS Pro, you pay per retail location and get unlimited registers.

Built-in ecommerce

Shopify offers both POS and ecommerce. Clover only offers POS, so you'll need to pay for ecommerce on top of your Clover subscription. Not to mention, you'll be reliant on third-party apps to sync your online and in-store data.

Unified reporting

Making impactful business decisions is hard when your data is spread across many platforms. With Clover, your in-store and online data is separate—with Shopify all your data is together, so you can easily spot trends and opportunities.

Why Businesses Choose Shopify Over Clover

You get a POS for retail, not restaurants

Unlike Clover, Shopify was made for retail businesses. That’s why Shopify POS has unlimited SKUs and powerful inventory features, like demand forecasting. That’s also why you can use Shopify to provide the service customers expect, from offering local pickup to accepting online purchases as in-store returns.

You can build better customer relationships

To customers, your website and retail stores represent the same brand—and it’s frustrating when their experience breaks between the two. With Shopify, customer profiles are synced across online and in-store sales, so you’ll always know who your customers are—whether they’re longtime fans or first-time shoppers

You can manage both your in-store and online business

Shopify’s strength is the unfair advantage you get when your in-store and online businesses are connected. That means you can skip the hassle of managing multiple systems and avoid the risk of reconciliation errors.

You have the data to make decisions

When all your business data is in one place you get more than information: you get actionable insights. With Shopify your data is all together, from the retail reports that shop owners need to website analytics and more. With Clover, your in-store and online data is separate, meaning you’ll spend more time reconciling data and less time responding to it.

You get ecommerce included

With Clover, you only get a POS. With Shopify, you get a POS and ecommerce. From domain hosting to our website builder and over 100 ready-made website templates, you can use Shopify to build a website and start selling online, at no extra cost.

You get centralized support

It’s hard to get help when you don’t know who to call. With Shopify, there’s one support team for all your retail and ecommerce needs. On Clover, you have to call Clover for retail support and your ecommerce provider for ecommerce support, leaving you without the help you need when your problem doesn’t fit neatly into one or the other.

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FAQs

Does Clover work with Shopify?

Yes, there are third-party apps that allow you to sync your Clover POS with Shopify. However, we strongly recommend using Shopify POS if you’re using Shopify to power your website. That’s because Shopify’s strength is bringing together your in-store and online sales, inventory, payments, reporting, and customer profiles. When all your data is in the same place, you can offer a competitive shopping experience for your customers, from offering buy online, pick up in store, to accepting returns and exchanges at any location.

Does Clover have an online store?

No, Clover doesn’t have an online store. You can use apps from Clover’s app market to integrate your Clover POS with ecommerce platforms. However, these integrations leave you exposed to syncing errors. In contrast, Shopify comes with ecommerce built in, at no additional cost. When your POS and ecommerce platform are connected, your sales, inventory, and customer data are kept together so you can skip the syncing errors.

Who does Shopify use for credit card processing?

Shopify has its own credit card processing solution called Shopify Payments, which is available at no additional cost. You can use Shopify Payments to take payments online and in person, using Shopify’s first-party hardware. That means you won’t have to reconcile payments from a variety of processors—you can see all your payments and payouts in one place.

Does Clover have a monthly fee?

Yes, when comparing Shopify vs Clover pricing, both Shopify and Clover have a monthly fee. However, Clover’s pricing is only for POS and you need to pay an additional fee for ecommerce. Shopify’s pricing covers both POS and ecommerce.

Is Clover good for retail?

Clover was built for restaurants while Shopify was built for retail. That means that Clover lacks many of the features that retail businesses need, like unlimited SKUs, fully synced online and offline inventory, and local pickup and delivery. Shopify was made for retail and has the feature to support retail businesses, online and offline.

Page last updated June 2021