Appointment Scheduling Handbook

Scheduling Apps with inventory solutions

A customer scheduling app for any retail business is not limited to just scheduling and appointment booking features. It must now include features like logistics management, inventory management, store availability, provider specific schedules, sales management, client management and simple dashboards to track all of it. For a retail-specific scheduling application you must consider the above factors and it is wise to consider scheduling apps that are intended for salons such as the following:


Mindbodyonline app interface for appointment booking facilities

Mindbody is a powerful application for all SMB and enterprise suits in the health care sector. What makes it so comprehensive as a scheduling app for businesses is the Billing & Invoicing, Employee Management, Inventory Management, CRM integration, and expense tracking features beside generic appointment scheduling aspects. Room Booking Management, Online Payments, Multi-Location, Client Database, and Recurring Appointments are the cherry on top. However, they have no free version, and the paid version benefits cost 129$ subscription fees per month following a free trial.


Gettimely App interface for appointment booking facilities

Gettimely leverages their expertise in scheduling in the salon and health care sector by regularly upgrading their app to fit the present market trends. Apart from the features of calendar management, client dealings, marketing, and sales and payments, Gettimely also allows integration with Xero, WordPress, Mailchimp, Afterpay, Paypal, Quickbooks, and vend. Furthermore, they also manage your inventory and employees besides the features of multi-location and dashboards. It has no free version, but the paid versions allow a free trial. The paid version starts at 15$ for a solitary user.

However, if your concerns do not include inventory management you should consider using other generic applications that come in a cheaper range such as the Karen App, Calendly, Woven, or HubSpot.

Karen App

Karen App interface for appointment booking facilities

Karen is a 24x365 hours online facility that offers clients appointment booking facilities and make payments as and when they are comfortable. With Karen, clients can send reminders through text or email alerts and control the no-show ratio. It also tracks the number of appointments per week, missed and canceled bookings, a new addition to the client base, and much more. One specific advantage of using this app is that it is both an appointment booking app and a meeting scheduling app, i.e, it suffices both as a personal tool and a vertical tool. Karen has a free version, and the paid version starts at 8$ per user/month.


Scheduling and appointment booking in Calendly software for SMB suits

Calendly lets you customize your meeting slots by providing details such as a 30-minute meeting or a round-robin, a group, or a one-on-one. It syncs with your calendars such as Google, Outlook, or Yahoo and keeps your timetable up to date. Your clients can then choose from these options to book a meeting or schedule an appointment.


An entirely free web-based scheduling app is an excellent alternative to Doodle. This comprehensive package comes with all features you might want in a scheduling app. It also lets you hold your meetings through any meeting scheduling app you prefer.


Scheduling and appointment booking in HubSpot software for SMB suits

In HubSpot, the cherry on top is that the meeting tool syncs with the calendars, Office365, Google, and the HubSpot CRM to keep your schedule up to date. It allows members to align meeting schedules by letting them access to view your availability. You can further use the app to let your prospects book Round-robin or Group Meetings.

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