Retail Time Tracking Software Buying Guide

By Moe Long
Business.com / Managing / Last Modified: November 2, 2017
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Price, reporting and platform compatibility should all come into play when you pick time and attendance software for your retail business.

Time tracking is essential for maintaining productivity. For freelancers, a simple tool can lead to greater efficiency. But in the retail business, time tracking software is a true must-have. Time tracking software options boast feature sets that include timeclocks, multiple varieties and methods of installation, and more. Learn about what to look for in retail time tracking software and some of the top solutions you should consider.

Features and considerations

Time and attendance systems offer a means to track your retail employees' working hours. Users record arrivals and departures as well as break times. Look for features such as near-field communication (NFC), which enables two devices to speak to each other when in close proximity. This technology can make tracking employees even easier. For example, TimeTac offers NFC tag stickers that adhere to a smartphone. The employee just taps their phone on a terminal in the office to clock in or out.

 

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In retail, overtime and paid time off (PTO) are crucial elements of time tracking. Some time and attendance tracking systems, such as Stratustime, boast PTO and other scheduling tools, such as manager approvals. Similarly, shift-planning inclusions are in most attendance systems. You can even have automatic alerts tell you if an employee is approaching overtime.

Another important feature of retail time tracking software is reporting. You'll want to look for a solution that offers data filtering to gather actionable intel on employee performance. Specifically, you want to check on data such as overtime hours worked, arrival time and break duration. For enhanced reporting, look for software that allows exporting, advanced filtration and additional data-sorting capabilities.

You'll also want to think about traditional software qualities. For instance, you may wish to use a free trial before purchase. Additionally, where you plan to run attendance and time tracking software is a deciding factor. While some systems run on computers, others offer mobile, phone, web kiosk and even physical clock options.

Similarly, consider a solution's payment options. Do you wish to pay per employee or a flat rate?

To recap, these are all important features to look for:

  • Time tracking
  • Connectivity
  • Data tracking
  • Reporting
  • Scheduling and PTO tools
  • Payment options
  • Software environment
  • Free trial

Options to consider

There are tons of options for retail time tracking software. Which one is best depends on the features you desire as well as the size of your store.

uAttend sports a low price and high functionality. Users can clock in and out via mobile apps, phones, computers and even physical clocks. The company charges $18 a month for up to eight users. This solution offers excellent shift planning. However, uAttend doesn't offer a free trial.

Stratustime is an excellent choice for small businesses. With its price of $4 per employee each month, it's affordable. Its software runs on a variety of devices, such as mobile websites, phones, computers, kiosks and physical timeclocks. You'll also find an array of scheduling tools. Unfortunately, there's no free trial.

TimeTac offers online software as well as physical devices. There's advanced reporting, live recording with timesheets and more. The available physical timeclock features a fingerprint reader and NFC connectivity for its physical devices.

TSheets accommodates the growing trend of distributed teams. As the remote workforce continues its expansion, TSheets offers a solid time tracking tool for retail. 

TimeClock Plus, with its helpful service plans, is a solid choice for bigger operations. The Express tier is limited to businesses with fewer than 20 employees. The Standard and Professional tiers cater to larger organizations. As such, these tiers deliver lots of amenities, including mobile apps, scheduling and accruals.

Bottom line

Finding the right software to fit your needs is essential. With the proper retail time tracking system, you can glean clear business insights, achieve actionable data and streamline company operations. When selecting time tracking software, think about your company size and needs. Aspects that shape which tool is best for you include your number of employees and desired software deployment option.

 

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